Release Day Launch - Four Years Later (One Week Girlfriend Quartet #4) by Monica Murphy ~ Excerpt, Ava's Review and Giveaway
“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.
“No one knows Chelsea Simmons. I never wanted anyone to know me…until Owen.”
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
It was time for the youngest Maguire to tell his story, Owen was always the young kid during Drew and Fable’s books, we didn’t know much about him other than the fact he was used as a tug of war between Fable and their mum. It was great to finally get inside Owen’s head and discover the type of person he really was.
Owen is now at college and he is trying to juggle it all; football, partying, girls, weed, his blood sucking mother and a little bit of school thrown in. When his grades start to slip, Fable intervenes, Owen has to buck up his ideas and improve, that’s when shy, socially inept Chelsea appears as his new tutor and it’s not before long that they both realise there is something much more special to their lessons than either one expected.
The storyline had less drama than I was anticipating but this worked well, I thought Owen and Chelsea’s story was realistic and their struggles genuine. There were no crazy plot twists or surprises just for the sake of it. In essence, it was about two young adults standing up for themselves and fighting hard to stop their families dictating their future.
I loved Owen and Chelsea together. Chelsea was Owen’s perfect match. She was studious and smart and a breath of fresh air for Owen. Her innocence was just what Owen needed to realise he had a special gift and one that he would cherish.
As always, I love Monica’s writing. I know before I even begin reading a book of hers that I am going to enjoy it and that I can escape reality for a few hours. Four Years Later was no exception. Owen and Chelsea’s relationship was portrayed beautifully and the writing flowed well. Every time Drew and Fable popped up, however brief, I clung on to every morsel. This really is a book family I have came to love and one that I will miss dearly.
Four Years Later was truly a sweet new adult romance, I’m glad Owen got his time to shine, as a reader, I’ve watched him grow up throughout the series and I can’t help but feel a little proud of the young man he’s grown into. (And yes, I’m well aware of how crazy and old that makes me sound ;-))
I only have one note for Monica, well two really, I need to know where that poor girl lived for the last year, I assume it was with Owen yes? And I need to know what this graduation gift was from Owen to Chelsea. I’m a stickler for details, you can’t just dangle the carrot in front of my nose, I think I was as excited as Chelsea to find out what it was. I’m hoping she had better luck than me and is not still waiting. ;-)
If you are a fan of the Drew and Fable series then you need to complete the journey with Owen’s story. There isn’t much Drew and Fable in it, if that’s what you are after but it ends on a sweet note and will leave you with a huge smile on your face.
“Nobody. I’ve always been nobody. Why can’t I be someone’s somebody.”
“Chelsea’s looking at me like she doesn’t think I’m a dick at all. More like she’s looking at me as if she could actually…like me. That thought carries me all the way home.”
“You make me feel beautiful,” I admit, because it’s true. No one has ever treated me like Owen has. I feel safe with him. I trust him. He makes me laugh. He makes me want. I think I’m falling in love with him.”
“How I feel about Chelsea is just fucking…ridiculous, in the most awesome, unbelievable way.”
“We’re not perfect, but we’re perfect for each other. It’s all or nothing with Owen and me-and nothing is too hard for us to bear. So I want it all. Everything. With Owen.”
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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