Title: Four Years Later (One Week Girlfriend, #4)
Author: Monica Murphy
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 4 2014
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?
People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long.
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?
“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.
“She’s….sweet. All clean, wholesome innocence.”
“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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About The Author
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.