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?
Drew and Fable are living their happily ever after… but what about Fable’s brother, Owen? This is his story…
Owen wants to follow in Drew’s footsteps. He has been the only male mentor that Owen has had in his life and he looks up to Drew and wants him to be proud of him right along with Fable. Owen also knows that he is really not in a good place. He can’t be a good person with everything he has going on. There is no way he can be in a relationship. He is unloveable. The only people that see beyond all of the bad stuff are Drew and Fable, but even now, they are concerned. He is about to be kicked off the football team, he is failing his college courses and why? He doesn’t have to work, Drew bought the house where Owen lives and they cover the costs of school… but Owen works. He works to help his mom, who has walked back into his life. She won’t contact Fable or Fable won’t allow her the contact, but there is something that just speaks to Owen. He knows she needs help but he doesn’t know how to give it. So he works and gives his extra money to his mom, if he is lucky she will get him beer in exchange. They smoke pot together. That is his connection with his mom. She just wants money and drugs from Owen. Both things he can provide for her when she asks. But for Owen, it doesn’t fill the void in his heart.
When things finally spiral to the point where he is about to be kicked off the team and fail out of school, he is forced to go to tutoring to get his grades up and get back on the team. What he doesn’t expect from this experience is Chelsea. She is his tutor. And she is kind and sweet and caring and hot. But not hot in a perfect body and sexy way, but Owen just can’t take his eyes off of her. But does she see it too?
Chelsea has issues. She was a child prodigy and at 19, she is in her junior year of college, never quite fitting in anywhere or with anyone around her. She knew she was different so she stayed to herself. Nothing wrong with that right? She goes to school, works as a tutor and a waitress and sends all of her extra money back to her mom. Her family is just as broken as Owen’s but since neither of them are willing to talk about it, they can’t find at least that in common.
When Owen relizes his world is out of control, in walks Chelsea and he knows he needs to change is ways. He wants to do it. He wants to do it for his team, for his sister and brother-in-law and suddenly he wants to do it for Chelsea. She is different from all the others, she doesn’t flaunt what she has and she doesn’t scream sleep with me. But she is also nothing like Owen’s type. But the more they talk, the more their attraction grows.
With pasts and families that continute haunt them both, can they ever have a relationship filled with love? Can Chelsea see beyond the hurt of her father to open her heart to another man? Can Owen get past his distractions of his mom and drugs to find faith that he is loveable? Can they find love?
I don’t know how Monica Murphy does it, but her writing just captures me. I want to reach in and hug the crap out of each of the characters in her books. I love them. I love the stories and I think Owen’s story is my new favorite of her books. I just adore Owen and Chelsea. They are two completely opposite personalities but both find something within that just keeps bringing them together and it is an amazing journey that they both take alone and together and I love it that much more because of it.
This is an amazing book in this amazing series. I cannot wait for more fabulous books from Monica Murphy!
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.