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?
It is about damn time. I have been waiting to get into Owen’s head ever since he was first introduced to us in One Week Girlfriend. Watching him grow up book by book without any insight into his thoughts, feelings, choices, or desires has been torture. So, Monica Murphy, it’s about damn time! Thank you for putting me out of my misery.
Owen is now in college. His sister, Fable, and Drew are happily married and raising their little bundle of joy, Autumn. Owen has always looked up to Drew and planned to follow in his footsteps; only those footsteps seem to be mighty big. No matter what he does or how hard he tries, Owen seems to fall short of the mark. That’s pretty much the story of his life.
Owen’s mom is back in the picture. Bad news! She’s basically only looking for drug money, but when you’ve been told your whole life that you’re mommy’s little boy, that you’re different, even when your mom is a total waste of space, you kind of form an attachment – an unhealthy one but an attachment none the less. I know what you’re thinking. Does Fable know? No, she doesn’t. This is just a recipe for disaster…
Owen’s doing really poorly in school as a result of working too many hours, getting high and/or drunk and skipping classes – basically making bad choices. His college counselor has recommended a tutor to help him improve his grades and get back on track. Enter Chelsea; a straight laced, hardworking, slightly broken, virgin. She’s nothing like the girls Owen usually goes for and everything he’s never realized he’s always wanted; now if he could only realized his potential in both life and love…
Just like everyone else does.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Owen. When we first met him he was just a little boy with a poor excuse for a mother and a sister willing to do just about anything to give him even a smidgen of the life he deserved. As he grew, he and Wade – his best friend – got involved in some pretty messed up stuff, usually involving drugs or girls. Not much has changed since he’s living with Wade, still smoking pot and going through girls like toilet paper. He needed a wakeup call and it came in the form if a freakin’ genius!
More like I’m too smart for my own good.
Owen is great, but I LOVE Chelsea. She’s so smart that it’s scary, and she’s extremely levelheaded. Chelsea’s never felt like she fit in with her peers, because she skipped grades and graduated high school early. Chelsea has always been wise beyond her years and it shows when she interacts with Owen. My heart broke for her when I learned of her father’s indiscretions and even more so with her mother’s. The poor chick can’t win.
I have absolutely adored this series and am so very sad to see it go. Drew and Fable stole my heart. Colin and Jen… *sigh* I LOVED THEM SO HARD! They’ll always be my favorite. Now we have Owen and Chelsea. Three incredible couples with heartwarming, troubled journeys. I’m so very happy that Monica shared their stories with us.
Please take the time to read Owen’s story. He has a voice that wants to be heard; it’s impossible not to love him – warts and 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.