Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Four Years Later by Monica Murphy ~ Release Day Review and Giveaway

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Title: Four Years Later (One Week Girlfriend, #4)

Author: Monica Murphy

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 4 2014

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Synopsis

Owen's story
New Adult bestselling author Monica Murphy winds up her sensational series with this sexy story of two college kids with nothing in common but a bunch of baggage and a burning attraction.


Over. That about sums up everything in my life. Suspended from my college football team and forced to cut back my hours at The District bar because of my crappy grades, I can’t keep turning to my sister, Fable, and her pro-football playing husband, Drew, to bail me out. I just can’t seem to find my own way. Weed and sex are irresistible temptations—and it’s messed up that I secretly hand over money to our junkie mom. A tutor is the last thing I want right now—until I get a look at her.


Chelsea is not my type at all. She’s smart and totally shy. I’m pretty sure she’s even a virgin. But when she gives me the once over with those piercing blue eyes, I’m really over. But in a different way. I won’t deny her ass is killer, but it’s her brain and the way she seems to crave love—like no one’s ever given her any—that make me want her more than any girl I’ve ever met. But what would someone as seemingly together as her ever see in a screwed up guy like me?

 

 

Lisa’s Review

4 Stars!

People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long.

~Johnny Depp

 

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Four Years Later by Monica Murphy is the fourth and final book in her One Week Girlfriend series. This is Owen McGuire’s story, Fable’s younger brother who we have gotten to know and love. Owen is all grown up and it is now his chance at finding love. Two college young adults from opposite ends of the social spectrum. Different goals. Different mindsets. But, when they both give in to their shared sizzling attraction, can they be the one to set the other free?

 

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“Sometimes, I hate that. Growing up, moving on. Being alone. Finding my footing, when all I do is stumble around in the dark. Fuck.” ~Owen

 

Owen McGuire’s life is in shambles because of his bad choices. His football career, his school grades, his life….all of it is being demolished and is crumbling because Owen can’t seem to get his head out of his own ass and step up his A-game. Smoking weed and having copious amounts of sex with varying partners have become a way of life and Owen is unsure how to stop it, especially since his dead-beat mother is once again in the picture and that is a secret he is trying to keep from his sister and his brother-in-law. Seeing that Owen’s life is spiraling out of control, Fable and Drew step in to save his ass. He is off the football team and his hours at work are going to be cut. Oh….and he is getting a tutor to help him get back on track with his schooling.

 

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“She’s….sweet. All clean, wholesome innocence.”

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“Nobody. I’ve always been nobody. Why Can’t I be someone’s somebody?” ~Chelsea

Chelsea Simmons may come across as the brainiac and reserved girl but the fact of the matter is she has not had it easy and has had to work hard to keep herself in school and help out her mom. With a thief for a father who is now serving time in prison, Chelsea is all about focusing on school. The last thing she wants is some guy coming into the picture and messing up her life like her father did to her mother. She is the quintessential good girl who has her life planned out. It may be boring, but at least it is safe. No risks. No chances of getting hurt. That is until Owen McGuire comes into the picture. When she meets the sexy football player at their first tutoring session, Chelsea finds it difficult to keep Owen at arm’s length.

Owen may not want to endure tutoring sessions but the more time he spends with Chelsea, the more he becomes entranced by her goodness and light. She is definitely not the sort of girl that Owen has associated with in the past. As the pair become closer, Chelsea is the one that helps Owen straighten things out and get his grades and life back on track. There is something about her that makes Owen want to try and better, like the kind of guy that she deserves. Simultaneously, Owen becomes the one that helps Chelsea shed the “timid girl” skin. With Owen in her life Chelsea blossoms. She finds her strength and stands up for herself, allowing her life to stop being all about adhering to strict schedules and more about living free and happy. Owen and Chelsea seem to bring out the best in one another but can they survive the turmoil that comes from their secrets coming into the light?

This is a very sweet story. It really is a story about self-discovery and moving on from past hurts and the things that tie you to those hurts. Owen frustrated me at times because of his immaturity and his inability to simply stop making dumb-ass decisions; however, he made the right decisions when push came to shove. After all, we are all young once and making choices that are less than stellar comes with the territory. But, when it call comes down to it, you learn from those mistakes and grow, hopefully finding your way to the person who holds your heart and makes you better.

All in all, Four Years Later was a great final addition to this series. I loved seeing Owen get his happy forever and also loved getting a further glimpse into the life of Drew and Fable. I am a fan of Monica Murphy and am looking forward to whatever else she has in store for her readers.

 

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Excerpt

 

“Anything else?” I ask them minutes later as I drop the check on their table.

Owen slaps his hand against the piece of paper and drags it toward him. “I think that’s it.”

“Great.” I smile but it feels brittle. “I can be your cashier or you can pay at the register.”

“Hey, what else can you be for us, huh?” one of Owen’s friends ask, making the other one laugh.

My cheeks are hot again and my mouth is open. I’m gaping at them like a dying fish and thankfully Owen rushes to my defense. “Shut the hell up, Des.” He glances up at me, all traces of the buzzed foolish boy who first walked in here gone. “He’s drunk. He doesn’t know what he’s saying.”

“I know exactly what I’m saying,” drunken Des mumbles, clamping his lips shut when Owen shoots him a deathly stare.

“It’s all right,” I say, backing away from them slowly. “Take your time.”

I turn to flee from their table when I hear someone slide out of the booth, strong fingers curling around my upper arm and stopping me from leaving. He’s standing directly behind me, the warmth from his body seeping into mine and I go completely still. Willing myself not to react, not to say something stupid and embarrass myself.

Look what he’s doing to me just by touching my arm. This sort of thing doesn’t happen to me. I don’t care about boys. I’ve been kissed a measly three times in my life, once by Cody Curtis the tongue thruster and he definitely doesn’t count.

So twice. Twice I’ve been kissed and I’m a virgin. A freaking virgin. Owen Maguire has player written all over him. I’m nothing to him.

So why is he touching me? Talking to me in that husky low murmur of his that slides over me like slow, warm honey?

“…need to talk to you. About this tutoring thing,” he’s saying and I wrench myself out of his grip, irritated that I didn’t pay attention to what he said at first.

“Just meet me Monday afternoon as scheduled and we should be good to go.” I turn to face him, a fake smile plastered to my face and he stares at my lips for a long, breath stealing second before he finally lifts those too pretty green eyes up to meet mine.

My lips are tingling like he actually kissed them. God.

“I don’t even know your name,” he murmurs.

 

Giveaway

 

Monica is giving away one signed set al four full length novels in this series.  For your chance to win, just enter the Rafflecopter below and Good Luck!!

 

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About The Author

 

MonicaMurphypicNew 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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15 comments:

  1. My favorite part of the series is when the evil step mother dies.

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  2. Unfortunately I have bought the first 2 but haven't d time to read yet.

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  3. I haven't read any of these books yet :(

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  4. I have not read the series yet, thanks for the chance to!

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  5. My favorite part has to be when Adele died. I don't like to wish that upon anyone but come on! She was a sick and demented individual. Fantastic series! I can't wait to read this last book.

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  6. How Fable stood by Drew

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  7. I haven't had a chance to read this one by sounds like a great story!

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  8. I haven't read the books yet, so sadly I don't have a favorite part!!!

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  9. My favorite part is the MARSHMELLOW parts.

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  10. Sorry but I haven't read the series yet. Thanks for the great giveaway. I know I would love the series, so hopefully I will get a chance soon!!

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  11. I haven't read the books yet and I don't have a favorite part!

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  12. Never read it but would love to

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  13. I have not read any of the books yet, but they are on my TBR list and I hope to get to them soon! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. I love the scene in the rain when Drew begs for Fable to accept him again. <3

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