Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Second Chance Boyfriend - Monica Murphy

Rating : 4 Chirps

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. Love 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.

After a romantic and heartbreaking ending to One Week Girlfriend, Drew and Fable are struggling to mend themselves, and each other.  Drew is the master of running, while Fable carries the weight of the world on her shoulders.  OWG was perfect in the sense that we got to experience what the characters did during that brief time, but SCB gives us that character development that we really need to fall head over heels for the characters.  We also see more interaction between them and the rest of the world, which allows us to even further see into their minds.

Fable Maguire holds herself responsible for herself, her mother and her younger brother.  Those that have read OWG don't find this to be a surprise.  She is a refreshingly strong, not completely innocent or naive heroine.  I personally loved that about her.  She carries herself with confidence, even though deep down she is insecure and fragile.  Only after Drew breaks her down with a bit of anger does she give in and rely on him.  

Drew Callahan...still feeling broken and sorry for himself.  I can't say that I blame him.  He's been dealt a shit hand in the stepmother department, and he felt alone.  I can't say that I was alright with his bad habit of running from his problems, but I slightly understand it.  I appreciated when he was able to see the world from Fable's perspective, and finally decided to step up and be there for someone else.  In the end it wasn't tit-for-tat with them, it was a true desire to be there for one another - despite the f*cked-up-ness of their separate lives. 

I also mentioned the supporting characters.  They were just that - supporting.  They didn't make or break the story, though one in particular did lose this book a chirp.  Adele, the evil stepmother.  The culmination of her storyline was rather disappointing for me.  Had there been a slightly different outcome for her character, I would have given this story 5 chirps.  As it stands, the bad taste she left in my mouth for her after the first book, remains in the second.  I will say, though, that it's a completely biased and personal opinion.  Some may feel that it was a well deserved ending for her character.  

Overall,  I highly recommend this book.  But be sure to read One Week Girlfriend, as it's not a stand alone series.  You will be lost if you don't go in order.  

About the Author :

Monica Murphy writes books with boys and kissing in them. She also likes to read books with boys and kissing in them. Writer of new adult contemporary romance-ish stuff. Mom and wife. Native Californian.  
You can learn more about Monica, or her characters and books, by following the links below.  Be sure to add One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend to your To-Be-Read list if you haven't already.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review! After reading OWG, I'm anxious to find out what happens with Drew & Fable in SCB! :)