Blog Tour: Four Years Later (One Week Girlfriend Quartet #4) by Monica Murphy~ Kat's Review & Giveaway
Finally…the story of Owen. As much as I was looking forward to his story, I was well aware that I may have issues reading it regarding the fact that I “met” him when he was just 13. It took some time to forget about all that, but once I finally did, I fell into the story of Owen and Chelsea and once again fell in love with the characters that Monica so beautifully writes about.
The pros and cons of Owen McGuire:
1. His favourite word is F. He says it A LOT!
2. He is that football jock. Parties hard and studies way too little.
3. He is going to be majorly screwed for the future if he doesn’t get his S together, like NOW!
1. He’s determined to be independent and not rely solely on the riches of his NFL playing brother-in-law, Drew.
2. He got a kind heart and is afraid to let people down, even if those people are toxic for him.
3. He loves his sister with everything he’s got.
It’s understandable as to why Owen feels so much pressure and is always looking for a way to escape reality, if only for a little while. He idolizes Drew, grew up wanting to be just like him. Perhaps he’s putting a little too much pressure on himself to do that instead of being who he really wants to be. He feels like he needs to love his mother, even though she a horrible person and he knows it. I wouldn’t exactly say getting stoned with your mother is quality bonding time. How any parent expect or want to even do that with their own child is beyond me. It really didn’t come as a big surprise though, she was a terrible mother as we had witnessed previously in Fables story. I wholly support the fate that Monica gave her. It was either that or the other thing (and I can’t say exactly what without spoilers), but I really don’t think she was strong enough for that.
As for Chelsea, of course she had a story of her own, one she was embarrassed by. The how and the why of her father ending up the way he did and the dislike she felt towards her mother for continuing to support him had left her feeling angry and confused the hell out of her. It gave her the mentality of never wanting to have a boyfriend, because men are trouble and will only let you down. So she focused her attention elsewhere. She was the perfect student, smart beyond her years. She was pretty much the stereotypical nerdy, socially awkward teenager as you could imagine. She was like that timid little Chihuahua sitting in the corner watching the other dogs play and have fun, but never really knew how to join in.
Owen knew Chelsea was going to be a tough nut to crack. Once he did and she realised just how much she needed him, she had no choice but to give him an ultimatum. Would he choose love and reality or his continue on with his self-destructive ways? These two really are perfect for each other once they got by all their individual issues. They opened each other up to a world that was unfamiliar to them. They grew beautifully together into a love that will last them forever.
This really was a great story for Owen. And even though the romantic aspect and the swooniness I had for Drew (sorry to compare) wasn’t quite there for me, Monica’s writing and storytelling is always a rapid page turner. I love this series, and I’m sad it has come to an end. Unless y’all know something I don’t, I will miss them all.
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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