Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:
One Week Girlfriend
Synopsis for One Week Girlfriend (from Goodreads):
Temporary. That one single word best describes my life these last few years. I’m working at a temporary job until I can finally break free. I’m my little brother’s temporary mother since our mom doesn’t give a crap about either of us. And I’m that temporary girl all the guys want to get with because I give it up so easily. According to the rumors, at least.
But now I’m the temporary girlfriend of Drew Callahan, college football legend and all around golden guy. He’s beautiful, sweet—and he’s hiding way more secrets than I am. He’s brought me into this fake life where everyone seems to hate me. And everyone seems to want something from him. The only thing he seems to want though is…
I don’t know what to believe anymore. All I know is, I think Drew needs me. And I want to be there for him.
Series: Drew + Fable; One Week Girlfriend Quartet
Author: Monica Murphy
# of Books: 4 (Full Reading Order Here)
There are two novellas. See Reading Order for more info.
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
Heat Rating: Toasty to Hot
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Dates: January 2013 – April 2015
Source & Format: Own–eBook (Kobo)
**This post was originally published as a review of the first two books of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**
My Review of One Week Girlfriend & Second Chance Boyfriend:
I really went into this book thinking it was going to be a typical, New Adult Romance where the girl from the wrong side of the tracks catches the eye of the Golden Boy and I was ok with that. But boy, was I wrong–and I am so glad that I was!
I really enjoyed this book! I really don’t think it has anything to do with the price (you know sometimes things seem infinitely better when you don’t pay much for them?) I just realy enjoyed what happened in this first novel. There is a lot more going on here than what the summary eludes to and the great thing was that it didn’t play out the exact way I thought it was as a little bit of the mystery is revealed a little bit at a time.
I also loved Fable and Drew. Fable is everything I like in a heroine–strong, likeable, smart and witty. So I didn’t find her annoying and I loved how independent she is. Drew is great too–he captures your heart. I really liked their relationship dynamic and could see how they connected besides a physical attraction–despite the fact that they are essentially together for a week.
Another thing I love is the set-up of the series. Two books is the perfect length for their story. It wasn’t dragged out in Second Chance Boyfriend and as a reader I appreciate that. Both books are also super quick to read page-number wise (but you will probably devour it anyways regardless of page numbers) but again, I didn’t feel like anything was missing from the story by having it shorter than some books.
–February 4, 2014– Book #3: Three Broken Promises
I had always hoped that we would get this book after Drew and Fable’s story was done in Second Chance Boyfriend because we get so many insights into Colin and Jen’s story. It was everything I had hoped it would be. It was cute, charming and swoon-worthy. While I did get a little irritated with the lack of communication between the two at times, I let it go pretty quickly because it was hard to dislike the two of them.
–February 4, 2014– Book #3.5: Drew + Fable Forever
Drew + Fable Forever should be read after Three Broken Promises because it does take place shortly after it (I know it’s tempting to read it before but I promise it is worth it to wait). I like that this wasn’t a full blown novel, rather an extended epilogue and it gave me that little bit more of closure about both sets of leads. It also made me excited to read Owen’s story in Four Years Later.
–March 17, 2014– Book #4: Four Years Later
I really enjoyed Four Years Later. While I didn’t find it as strong as the previous books, I burned through it quickly and loved every minute of it. Overall, I felt like this book was more about Chelsea and Owen growing as individuals as a result of them meeting and then falling in love with each other. I didn’t feel like their connection to each other was as strong as the other two relationships in the previous books but I liked both of them a lot and as I read I saw their connection develop. The ending felt a little rushed but I was very satisfied with how this series wrapped up.
–June 18, 2019– Book #4.5: Five Days Until You
I always felt like their story was a little unfinished, but I’m not sure if this is the way I wanted it to end? Extended epilogues are tricky because you need to find the right balance with romance moments and wrapping up any loose storylines. Here, because it is 11 chapters long, I think I want a little more substantial development. I thought there were too many sex scenes to the ratio of the plot. The last 2 chapters were great since that’s when we got some drama and development but otherwise, I lost interest about halfway through.
Series Rating: 4/5
One Week Girlfriend 5/5 | Second Chance Boyfriend 4/5 | Three Broken Promises 4/5 | [Drew + Fable Forever 5/5] | Four Years Later 4/5 | [Five Days Until You 3/5]
One of my favourite New Adult reads ever: great characters, great stories, and great romance.
Read if You Like: damaged characters finding love
Avoid if You: dislike drama
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