Release Day Launch & Review: Drew+Fable Forever: Monica Murphy

DREW + FABLE FOREVER (Drew+Fable 3.5)
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Expected January 14, 2014
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Monica Murphy returns with her most beloved characters, Drew and Fable, in this eBook original short story that brings her bestselling New Adult series full circle.

Fantasy. How I ended up with NFL player Drew Callahan, the guy every woman wants, is beyond my wildest dreams. All I know is that once he chose me as his one and only, I sure wasn’t looking back. I had past wounds and he showed patience and concern—even accepting responsibility for my messed-up kid brother. Now, yet again, he's found a way to blow my mind: an exotic wedding and honeymoon miles and miles away from home. What else could a girl ever ask for?

Reality. Except now the honeymoon’s over. Drew's football schedule takes him on the road constantly, while I need to stay put and look after my brother until he finishes high school—because God knows our sorry excuse for a mother won’t. I know Drew loves me with all his heart, and I’ll always be over the moon about him. This just isn’t how I imagined life as newlyweds . . . dealing with the distance, missing him constantly. But we’ve gone through hard times before. We can get through this, too, right? We’re Drew and Fable, together forever. At least I hope so. . . .

“We should check out Ocean Avenue tomorrow,” Drew whispers close to my ear, amusement tingeing his deep voice.

“What? Are you serious?” Even though I’ve come to terms with being here, it doesn’t mean I want to linger and make it a serious vacation. Besides, Drew needs to get back home so he can resume practice.

“Well yeah, remember the spot where we kissed?” His eyes are warm as they search my face, filled with so much love I feel my heart swell.

“Yes,” I whisper achingly. “Of course I remember.”

“I want to go back there.” He tucks a strand of hair behind my ear, his index finger lingering on my skin. “I want to kiss you again in that little alley and remember how wet we were from the rain. How nervous I was. I was scared you might reject me.”

I’d felt the same way. We’d dealt with much of the same feelings and fears and hadn’t even known it.

“I want to take you to that store where you got the dress that just about killed me and buy you whatever you want,” he continues, his fingers drifting across my jaw. My eyes flutter closed as memories rush back at me.
“I want to sit outside the dressing room and have you come out to show me every single thing you’re trying on.”

That he remembers all the little details sends a thrill of pleasure spiraling to the very depths of my soul.

“And then I want to wander off for a bit and let you do whatever you want, secretly hoping that you’ll send me a text that says marshmallow. Though if you don’t that’s okay because I’ll send you one instead.” He offers up a crooked smile and the sight of it cracks my heart wide open, overflowing with so much pure love for him I want to cry. “Because we made a deal. Whenever we see or hear that word, the other comes running. I’ll always be the one to rescue you, Fable. You never have to worry about that.”

Monica Murphy ripped my heart out in One Week Girlfriend and gave me what I thought was Drew and Fable's happy ending at the end of Second Chance Boyfriend. But with this novella, she continues their beautiful love story and it made my heart happy.

We have seen this couple go through so much confusion, pain, drama, and heartbreak. And now we get to see them moving on and happy.  I loved how the author gently reminded us of some of the major happenings in the other books so that they were fresh in our minds without it feeling like she was retelling the whole story. We met them as a broken rich boy with major demons, and a girl with a bad rep who took money to pose as his girlfriend for one week in order to help take care of her brother. They forged a real relationship, understanding and deep connection and helped each other move forward and heal. They have been together and apart and now plan to be together permanently. 

I just totally love Drew. He has conquered his demons for the most part, mended fences, and is still head over heels for his girl, Fable. He is living his dream career, has such a bright future, and wants to share it. His acceptance, love, and support for Fable's younger brother Owen is remarkable. His journey from a stoic, tortured boy to an open, warm, devoted man melts my heart. 

Fable is still fiercely protective, sassy, caring, sweet, and outspoken. She has overcome a hard past and has basically raised her brother. She is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and sometimes she still marvels at the fact that she has Drew and is living in a way she is not accustomed to. But she is real and genuine, and her  loving personality  shines through. 

They are moving on with their lives. They are taking the next steps in their relationship. They are dealing with Drew's commitments, success, and celebrity status. They are still essentially parents to a maturing Owen who is in High School and college during this story. So they have pressure and stressors like most couples. But we get to see how they deal with their changing lives.

There are a few tests and tribulations they face, but mostly this book lets us finally see this couple find their happy place together. They both so deserve it after the pain from their pasts. I loved seeing their progression, maturity, and growth individually and together. Of course there are still fears, insecurities, and misunderstandings, but Drew and Fable have become so much stronger together. 

I absolutely adore this couple. This story had me enthralled from the fist page and I loved every bit of it Even though this was a novella, it covered a lot of ground and felt like it gave us a complete, fresh story that was worthy of telling. I loved getting both of their points of view and seeing their innermost thoughts, emotions, and fears. This book made me laugh, tear up, swoon, and hold my breath. It was romantic, sexy, humorous, and heart warming. It had a little drama and tension, but it did not overshadow the sweet happy moments. I feel like it did justice to this couple and will be enjoyed by the fans of this series. 

I cannot wait for Owen's continued story in Four Years later. His growth and issues were touched upon in this book we we have a little more insight about Owen going into his own story. And since I cannot get enough of Drew and Fable, I hope they pop up in his book as well. 

Thanks to Monica Murphy, Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell, and Netgalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review. 

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Kim's 4.5 star review

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…Me.

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.

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Kim's 4.5 star review

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. Forever.

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Expected December 31, 2013

That’s what I really want from Colin. Ever since my brother, Danny, died in Iraq, Colin’s done so much to help me, including giving me a job at his popular restaurant so I can leave my crappy waitressing job at the strip joint. But lying in bed with him every night to comfort him from his horrible nightmares isn’t enough anymore. I know he feels guilty about Danny’s death, about not going to Iraq, but I can’t keep living this double life.
I love him desperately, but he’s got so many demons, and if he can’t open up to me now, then he’ll never be the real partner I need him to be. I gave him a month, and now I’m out of here. If he truly loves me like he says, he knows where to find me.

FOUR YEARS LATER (book 4)Add to Goodreads Pre-order Amazon/B&NExpected February 25, 2014
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?

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.


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