|Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy|
(One Week Girlfriend Quartet #2)
April 6, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
(contains: strong language, alcohol, sex, sensitive topics)
Source: Personal ebook purchase
Lost. That one single word best describes my life at this very moment. I lost the last games of the season and both my team and my coach blame me. I lost the last two months because I drowned in my own despair like a complete loser. And I lost the only girl who ever mattered because I was afraid being with me would destroy her.
But now I realize how truly lost I am without her. She has become my story…and even though she acts like she’s moved on, I know she still thinks about me just as much as I think about her. She’s beautiful, sweet—and so damn vulnerable, all I want to do is help her. Be there for her.
If only I could convince Fable to give me a second chance. Then I wouldn’t feel so lost anymore, and neither would she. We could be found together.
**Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual content and language, mature subject matter**
One Week Girlfriend was one of those books that really stuck with me (see my review). I loved getting to know Drew and Fable and their incredible story. Considering where they were left at the end of the book, I was quite excited about starting Second Chance Boyfriend and discovering the rest of their story. These are two characters I really wanted to get their HEA. SCB takes place two months after where OWG left off.
Once again, there is something so refreshing and beautiful about the characters of Drew and Fable. They are not the frequently portrayed alpha male and damsel in distress. Fable is so strong despite those around her trying to break her down, and so loving and faithful despite the lack of love in her upbringing. She is fierce and loyal. Drew is learning not to run, getting stronger emotionally, growing and coming into his better self. He also has this poetic side that made me swoon. Separately, they are hurting characters who have handled their difficulties very differently. But those differences have somehow brought them together. And these two very different people can proceed to heal each other.
I loved the way Murphy wrote out Drew and Fable's relationship. They must deal with the hurts of not only their individual pasts and present from others, but must also deal with how Drew hurt Fable and how Fable reacts to Drew. And though there is the necessary angst in this book, I enjoyed how Murphy used it to bring them together and how they learned how to handle things and each other. Their unconditional love and amazing support of one another was a beautiful thing. I loved how they worked together as a couple and brought out each other's very best. But beyond the serious, they are cute and funny and have such a sweetness about them that was a pleasure to read. And, of course, their chemistry was fiery and off the charts.
We also get to know Fable's brother, Owen, more. I loved Owen and wished I could gather him up and have him live with me and my sons. He was a great addition to the story, and I look forward to his book. We also meet Colin, Fable's boss, and Jen, her co-worker. Their additions were just enough to give the story that extra oomph, but not be overkill. Drew's dad was well-played as well, and I appreciated how Murphy integrated him into the story. The use of secondary characters here was just enough to add to the depth of the story without taking away from Drew and Fable.
Overall, I loved this story. Drew and Fable are an amazing, imperfect couple with an incredible, touching story. Watching these two broken people heal, find love and acceptance and hope, find someone who loves them unconditionally - it was beautifully done and a pleasure to read. I look forward to the rest of the books in this quartet and hope for more Drew and Fable appearances, because they are that special.
4 1/2 STARS