Friday, March 7, 2014

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: Four Years Later by Monica Murphy

Four Years Later
(One Week Girlfriend # 4)
By: Monica Murphy
Pub. Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley

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?
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley, Random House and Ink Slinger PR.

I am a huge fan of this series and while I am sad to see it end, I couldn't wait to read Owen's story. When I first met him in One Week Girlfriend, I knew he was going to be an interesting character. Owen has been through so much in his short life, and his personality is so realistic. He is flawed, he drinks and smokes, but he wants to be a good person. Despite his past with his mother, he loves her and wants to be a good son. He also wants his sister and brother in law to be proud of him. Chelsea is the perfect fit for him. She is his opposite in every way, but brings out the best in him. They had a wonderful connection and I loved these together. She is also dealing with family issues, but they were both so reserved in telling each other their problems.

I loved watching these two form a relationship. Owen was so sweet and sexy with Chelsea, and never rushed her to do anything that she didn't want to do. But Chelsea wasn't the only important relationship in his life. I loved how much Fable and Drew was a part of his life. He's always looked up to both of them. I wished that there were more moments between Owen and Drew though. I think their relationship is one of the most important ones Owen has, so I would have liked to really see them together, not just with Fable or through text messages. Owen and his mom have a sick relationship. I can completely understand why Owen would participate, but I can't get over how disgusting his mother is. I felt so bad for Owen. He felt the only way he could have any sort of relationship with his mother is if he paid for her drugs, but he also knew that deep down, his mother never really love him.

Monica Murphy has such a wonderful talent for making her characters feel so real and realistic. I'm excited to see what her next series will be about!

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