Sunday, March 2, 2014

Blog Tour Review, Guest Post & Giveaway: Four Years Later (One Week Girlfriend Quartet #4) by Monica Murphy


Blurb:

Guilt. That is all ever feel when I think about my mom. Now she's back in my life, always wanting something. Having her around makes it so easy for me to fall into those bad habits that get me into trouble. Skipping class, smoking weed, fooling around with girls that mean nothing to me...I'm messing up. The last thing I need is my sister on my case. 

So I keep my mom's return a secret. But promising I'll get my grades back up on my own isn't enough. Fable makes me see a tutor. And Chelsea is the smartest girl I've ever met. She's definitely not my type but there's something about her that I'm drawn to. She's sweet, she's shy and she seems completely immune to my usual moves.

Chelsea has her own secrets and she's not talking. Like I have any room to judge. How can I get her to open up to me? And will I ever be able to convince her that what we have could be something real?



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About Monica Murphy:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.





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Guest Post: Owen and Chelsea’s Perfect Date

 Owen and Chelsea…what I love about them is that their relationship is fairly normal. Not without its issues (hello, screwed up parents and dealing with addiction) but hey, everyone comes with issues, right?

Compared to the other couples in the One Week Girlfriend series (Drew + Fable, Jen and Colin), Owen and Chelsea are a fairly average college-aged couple. Owen’s attracted to her from the get-go and though he fights it at first, he gives in fairly easy and asks her on a date. Like, a real live, let’s go out to dinner and make out in the back seat of my car bona fide date.

That was fun to write. Don’t get me wrong, I love the other couples in the series, but the simplicity of Owen and Chelsea’s blossoming relationship was so refreshing for me as a writer.

What would be their ideal date then? I’m thinking it would come best from Owen and Chelsea. Don’t you agree? So I’m going to let them answer the question…

Chelsea: The perfect date with Owen? Hmm…we go on lots of perfect dates. What I love best is just spending time with him. Talking to him. If I’m going to get all dreamy about it, this is what would be ideal:

* He’d give me flowers.

* He’d take me to dinner.

* We’d share dessert because we both have a sweet tooth.

* He’d take me back up to that spot above town where we kissed the first time and we’d…kiss some more. Because that’s my favorite thing to do with Owen.

And that’s it. Simple and sweet and romantic. It doesn’t take much to please me and Owen knows it. I’m a lucky girl to have such a great boyfriend.

Owen: Perfect date with Chels? Well, I could sound like a total pervert and say naked in bed for the night but I know my girl. She would love that as much as I do but she likes to go on actual dates, you know? Not just fall into bed with me (though she likes that too). I’d probably take her out and feed her. I love that my girl has no problem eating.

Then I’d take her somewhere and kiss her for a while. Even though we live together, she likes to make out in cars. It’s something she never really did when she was younger so I think she’s making up for lost time. Which is fine by me because am I going to pass up on a hot make out and grope session? Uh, no…

There you have it – looks like these two understand each other, right? They’re so cute. I love them. I hope you do too.

Review:



After the emotional roller coaster of the first few books in the One Week Girlfriend series by Monica Murphy, it was a nice change of pace to return to the butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling of a new relationship with the final book in the series, Four Years Later. The plot is deceptively simple, with protagonists Owen and Chelsea meeting and connecting with one another, forming an unmistakable bond despite their different upbringings and opposite personalities. It's the characters' complex backstories that give this narrative its depth, exposing the flaws and insecurities of two people who appear seemingly perfect on the surface. Romantically and emotionally, Four Years Later is a test of patience, with Owen and Chelsea requiring time to break down their carefully-constructed walls and build a foundation for their relationship.

Fans of Monica Murphy are already familiar with Owen, who first appeared in One Week Girlfriend as Fable's trouble-making, but loyal younger brother. It's somewhat strange to think of Owen as grown up, yet it's fascinating to see how far his character has come from where he started. While I liked Chelsea and enjoyed reading about her back story, I naturally gravitated more towards Owen's character, which is perhaps why I was so affected by his half of the narrative. I tended to react strongly to his slightest change of emotion, and although I didn’t agree with his choices, I couldn’t help but sympathize with his situation.

Despite their obvious differences, Owen and Chelsea are similar characters, both spending much of the book torn between two different directions. They are each typecast into a certain role – Owen the womanizing athlete and Chelsea the sheltered overachiever – but these roles by no means define who they are. What makes this story so special is that, even though the main focus is on Owen and Chelsea’s burgeoning romance, it's also an extension of the previous books in the series. Knowing what these characters have gone through to get to this point in time makes me appreciate their growth that much more. Finishing Four Years Later was bittersweet because as much as I loved the ending, it was difficult saying goodbye to these characters.

Rating: 5 Stars


14 comments:

  1. Definitely when Drew finally gets Fable back in Second Chance Boyfriend <3

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  2. I haven't had the opportunity to read any of these, but I would love to win them so I can start reading them <3

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  3. I haven't read any of this series YET! :)

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  4. I haven't read the series yet. I do have book one, but been busy reading for blog tours. When I get the chance I will be reading it though. Thank you.

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  5. The reconnection in Second Chance Boyfriend

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  6. Havent read theses yet but plan too soon. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!

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  7. When Drew and Fable finally start being an actual couple, no longer pretending.

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  8. Haven't read these yet. But they sound really good!!!

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  9. Love this series. Best thing about it: Marshmallow :) can't wait for four years later!

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  10. when drew and fable finally got together

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  11. Not had the chance to read these yet :( Deffo on my kindle to start though :)

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