Thursday, January 12, 2017

😍REVIEW: "Safe Bet" by Monica Murphy (New Adult, Romance)

by Monica Murphy

Publisher: Monica Murphy
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: January 10th 2017

Series: The Rules, #4
Standalone: Yes

Borrowed Time, Fake Dating, Sports (NFL Football)
Other Books in the THE RULES Series

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Description from Publisher:
Sydney Walker’s new job is perfect. As the live-in nanny to the most famous quarterback in the NFL and his beautiful wife, she couldn’t have it any better. Their kids are adorable. Her bosses are more than generous. Plus, there are hot football players at the house all the time. Life can’t get much better than this.

Until her life turns into an absolute nightmare. The media is abuzz with rumors that she and her boss Drew Callahan are having a torrid affair. Everyone knows the truth—except the public. So Drew’s wife Fable comes up with the perfect idea.

She creates a fake relationship between Sydney and one of the rookie players on Drew’s team. Wade Knox is forever indebted to Drew and Fable and readily agrees to the set up. Pretending to be in a romantic relationship with the hot nanny for a week—how hard can it be?

Crazy how it only takes one week for two people to fall head over heels in love…

(This mash-up new adult romance features characters from both the One Week Girlfriend series and The Rules series.)
My Rating:
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My Musings:
I hadn't read any of the series before this, though I have read several other Monica Murphy novels. This was still mostly standalone, though it definitely had a lot of the other couples mentioned in ways that I knew were for fans of those couples from previous books.

This was still a good read though, and I enjoyed it despite not being familiar with Fable & Drew, Gabe & Lucy, and Owen & Chelsea. All of the characters, though couples included, were very likable characters and I know I'm going to have to bump them up a bit higher on my TBR list. :)

In this, we have Syndey, a young woman (just 18) who has been recently cut off from her wealthy family and gets a job as a nanny/personal assistant to Fable, wife to NFL pro Drew. She meets Wade, a rookie who hopes to stay on Drew's team. Paparazzi spin a story that Drew and Sydney are having some sort of an affair, so Sydney and Wade are encouraged to pretend to be dating to get the attention away from the "Naughty Nanny" rumors.

I was surprised at how the paparazzi story line played out by the end, though it felt like things were resolved too quickly to the extent that it almost felt like they weren't resolved at all and just sort of stopped being so important. Everything that I thought was going to be the big crisis in this just sort of fizzled out and Drew & Sydney got their happy ending without any big dramas.

Which was nice, in ways, as it made the book a cute (and sexy! These two definitely can heat up a page or twenty ;) ) and lighthearted romance with basically no angst. Great for a quite read while traveling or just curled up on the couch.

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Monica Murphy
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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