Title: One Week Girlfriend
Author: Monica Murphy
Series: One Week Girlfriend #1
Release Date: January 10, 2013
Temporary. That one single word best describes my life these last few years. I’m working at a temporary job until I can finally break free. I’m my little brother’s temporary mother since our mom doesn’t give a crap about either of us. And I’m that temporary girl all the guys want to get with because I give it up so easily. According to the rumors, at least.
But now I’m the temporary girlfriend of Drew Callahan, college football legend and all around golden guy. He’s beautiful, sweet—and he’s hiding way more secrets than I am. He’s brought me into this fake life where everyone seems to hate me. And everyone seems to want something from him. The only thing he seems to want though is…
I don’t know what to believe anymore. All I know is, I think Drew needs me. And I want to be there for him.
I absolutely adore Drew and Fable! I blew through this book very quickly because I just had to know more about this unforgettable couple. There are a lot of books out there that follow the storyline of a fake boyfriend/girlfriend arrangement in order to make someone jealous or satisfy parental curiosity, but Drew and Fable’s story is different. Fable is a strong and independent woman with a good heart. She isn’t perfect but she is doing the best she can given her shitty home life. She lives to take care of everyone else. Drew, on the other hand, doesn’t have to care about anyone but himself and his life appears pretty close to perfect. So, when the campus golden boy asks for her help, Fable can’t possibly understand what Drew could want with a girl like her. It would be easy for this story to have followed formula and been completely predictable, but I never felt that way. Whenever I thought I saw where this story was headed, Monica would steer me in a different direction, delivering a story that was breathtaking, emotional, and full of surprises.
“I shut myself off to make life bearable. I’m like a damn machine sometimes. Unfeeling. Uncaring. Emotionless.”
Both Drew and Fable experience significant growth over the course of One Week Girlfriend. Little by little their growing feelings encourage both characters to begin revealing pieces of themselves during their time together. I found myself easily mesmerized by the emotional honesty and character depth they seemed to bring out in each other. Monica Murphy developed both characters with so much care and love, their personalities and histories came to life through their words, their actions, and even those subtle habits that made them imperfectly human. I loved being in their heads and enjoyed their unique voices. Despite their initial seemingly opposite situations, Monica Murphy writes this couple with a connection that is undeniable and instantaneous. Monica’s beautiful words created the chemistry between Drew and Fable, filling me with all of those warm and fuzzy feelings that ensured my total investment in their happily ever after.
“This isn’t a game to me, Fable. This is my life. And I want you to be a part of it.”
One Week Girlfriend was expertly mapped out to build suspense and instigate emotional turmoil. Drew’s motivations for asking Fable to be his fake girlfriend are a little bit of a mystery until the end of the book when his secret finally comes to the surface. Even though there were several clues throughout the book, I just kept hoping I was wrong about Drew’s secret. I really wanted to be wrong. This is where the book did me in. One Week Girlfriend deals with some tough issues, issues that are raw, real and very sensitive. I can’t say more without giving it away, but Monica Murphy thoroughly impressed me with the way she handled the subject, approaching it with the respect and sensitivity it deserved while maintaining the integrity of the story and expertly demonstrating the associated emotions. Through poignant prose and absolute grace, One Week Girlfriend grabbed hold of my heart and made me feel Drew and Fable’s story deeply and irrevocably. Since this book is part of a series, it obviously doesn’t give you complete closure, but I wouldn’t have been satisfied with just one dose of Drew & Fable anyways.
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Check out the rest of the One Week Girlfriend series:
Second Chance Boyfriend (One Week Girlfriend #2)
Three Broken Promises (One Week Girlfriend #3)
Drew + Fable Forever (One Week Girlfriend #3.5)
Four Years Later (One Week Girlfriend #4)
Five Days Until You (One Week Girlfriend #5)