Second Chance Boyfriend (One Week Girlfriend Series #2)

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From breakout author Monica Murphy comes the exhilarating conclusion to Drew and Fable’s story—the star-crossed young romance that began in One Week Girlfriend.
 
Lost. Everything in my life can be summed up by that one sickening word. My football coach blames me for our season-ending losses. So does the rest of the team. I wasted two whole months drowning in my own ...
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Overview

From breakout author Monica Murphy comes the exhilarating conclusion to Drew and Fable’s story—the star-crossed young romance that began in One Week Girlfriend.
 
Lost. Everything in my life can be summed up by that one sickening word. My football coach blames me for our season-ending losses. So does the rest of the team. I wasted two whole months drowning in my own despair, like a complete loser. And I lost my girlfriend—Fable Maguire, the only girl who ever mattered—because I was afraid that being with me would only hurt her.
 
But now I realize that I’m the one who’s truly lost without her. And even though she acts like she’s moved on and everything’s fine, I know she still thinks about me just as much as I think about her. I know her too well. She’s so damn vulnerable, all I want to do is be there to help her . . . to hold her . . . to love her.
 
I just need her to give me one more chance. We may be lost without each other, but together, we’re destined to find a love that lasts forever.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804176798
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Series: One Week Girlfriend Series , #2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 84,967
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Monica Murphy is the New York Times bestselling author of One Week Girlfriend and its sequel, Second Chance Boyfriend. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.
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Chapter 1

Sometimes you have to stand alone, just to make sure you still can.

—Unknown

Fable

Two months. I haven’t seen or heard from him in two freaking months. I mean, who does that to a person? Who spends the most intense week of his life with another human being and shares his most intimate thoughts, his craziest, darkest secrets, has sex with a person—and we’re talking amazing, earth-shattering sex—leaves her a note that says I love you, and then bails? I’ll tell you who.

Drew I’m-going-to-kick-him-in-the-balls-next-time-I-see-him Callahan.

I’ve moved on. Well, I tell myself that. But time doesn’t stop just because my heart does, so I take care of my responsibilities. I’ve stretched the three thousand dollars I earned for my one week of pretending to be the jerkwad’s girlfriend pretty well. I still have some money left in my savings account. I bought my brother, Owen, some cool Christmas gifts. I got my mom something for Christmas, too.

She didn’t buy either of us anything. Not one thing. Owen made me a shallow bowl he created in his ceramics class at school. He was so proud to give it to me. A little embarrassed, too, especially when I gushed over it. The kid wrapped it in bright Christmas paper and everything. I was blown away that he took the time to actually create something for me. I keep that bowl on my dresser and leave my earrings in it.

At least someone gives a crap about me, you know?

He didn’t give Mom anything. Which—shallow witch that I am—pleased me to no end.

January is supposedly a time of healing. New year, new goals, resolutions, whatever you want to call them, when a person should be hopeful with all that unchartered territory spread out before her. I tried my best to be positive when the new year came, but I cried. That clock struck twelve and I was all by myself, tears running down my face as I watched the ball drop on TV. Pitiful, lonely girl sobbing into her sweatshirt, missing the boy she loves.

Most of the month is gone, and that’s fine. But the realization hit me last night. Instead of dreading every single day that comes my way, I need to savor it. I need to figure out what I’m going to do with my life and then actually do it. I’d leave if I could, but I can’t ditch Owen. Without me, I have no idea what would happen to him and I can’t risk it.

So I stay. I vow to make the best of this life I have. I’m tired of living in misery.

I’m tired of feeling sorry for myself. I’m tired of wanting to shake my mom and make her see that she has children she should give two shits about. Oh, and that she also needs to find a job. Sleeping all day and partying all night with Larry the Loser isn’t the way to deal.

And I’m tired of mourning the loss of a beautiful, fucked-up man who haunts my thoughts everywhere I go.

Yeah, I’m most sick of that.

Pushing all mopey thoughts out of my head, I go to the booth where a customer’s waiting for me to take his order. He came in a few minutes ago, a blur of a tall man who moved quickly, dressed too nicely for a Thursday mid-afternoon jaunt to La Salle’s. The bar is hopping at night, full of college kids drinking themselves into oblivion. But during the day? Mostly bum losers who have nowhere else to go and the occasional person coming in for lunch. The burgers are decent, so they’re a draw.

“What can I get you?” I ask once I stop in front of the table, my head bent as I dig out my order pad.

“Your attention, maybe?”

His question—spoken in a velvety deep voice—makes me glance up from my notepad.

Into the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen. Bluer than Drew’s, if that’s possible.

“Um, sorry.” I offer him a tentative smile. He instantly makes me nervous. He is waaaay too good-looking. Like beyond gorgeous, with dark blond hair that falls over his forehead and classic bone structure. Strong jaw, sharp cheekbones, straight nose—he could’ve walked right off a billboard. “Are you ready to order?”

He smiles, revealing even white teeth, and I clamp my lips shut to prevent them from falling open. I didn’t know men could be this attractive. I mean, Drew is gorgeous—I can admit that even though I’m furious at him. But this guy . . . he puts all other men to shame. His face is too damn perfect.

“I’ll take a Pale Ale.” He flicks his chin at the tattered menu lying on the table in front of him. “Anything from the appetizer menu you can recommend?”

He must be joking. Beyond the burgers, I wouldn’t recommend any food La Salle’s serves to this ideal male specimen. Heaven forbid it might taint him. “What are you in the mood for?” I ask, my voice weak.

Lifting a brow, he picks up the menu and glances it over, his gaze meeting mine. “Nachos?”

I shake my head. “The beef is rarely cooked all the way.” More like it comes out with a pink tinge. So gross.

“Potato skins?” He winces.

I wince back. “So nineties, don’t you think?”

“How about the buffalo wings?”

“If you want to set your mouth on permanent fire. Listen.” I glance around, making sure no one—as in my boss—is nearby. “If you want something to eat, I suggest the café down the street. They have great sandwiches.”

He laughs and shakes his head. The rich, vibrant sound washes over me, warming my skin, followed quickly by a huge dose of wariness. I don’t react like this to guys. The only other one who could earn this sort of reaction from me is Drew. And he’s not around . . . so why am I still so hung up on him?

Maybe because you’re still in love with him, like some sort of idiot?

I shove the nagging little voice that pops up at the most inopportune times into the back of my brain.

“I like your honesty,” the man says, his cool blue gaze raking over me. “I’ll just take the beer, then.”

“Smart decision.” I nod. “I’ll be right back.”

I head toward the back and slip behind the bar, grabbing a bottle of Pale Ale, glancing up to catch the guy staring at me. And he doesn’t look away, either, which makes me feel uncomfortable. He’s not watching me like a pervert; he’s just very . . . observant.

It’s unnerving.

A trickle of anger flickers through me. Do I wear an invisible sign around my neck? One that says Hey, I’m Easy? Because I’m not. Yeah, I made a few mistakes, looking for attention in the wrong places, but it’s not like I dress with my tits or ass hanging out. I don’t put any sort of purposeful swing to my hips, nor do I thrust my chest out the way I see plenty of girls do.

So why does every guy I encounter seem to blatantly check me out like I’m a piece of meat?

Deciding I’ve had enough of his crap, I stride toward his table and set the beer in front of him with a loud clunk. I’m about to walk away without saying a word—screw the tip—when he asks, “So what’s your name?”

I glance over my shoulder. “What’s it matter to you?” Oh, I’m such a bitch! I could really piss this guy off and get myself fired. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.

I’m almost as bad as my mom. She sabotaged her job with her drinking and awful attitude. At least I only have the bad attitude.

If I could kick my own ass, I would be doing so right now.

He smiles and shrugs, as if my smart-ass remark doesn’t faze him. “I’m curious.”

Turning fully, I face him, studying him as intently as he studies me. The long fingers of his right hand are wrapped around the neck of the beer bottle, his other arm resting on the scarred and scratched table. His entire manner is relaxed, easy, and my defenses slowly lower.

“It’s Fable,” I admit, bracing for the reaction. I’ve heard endless jokes and rude remarks about my name since I can remember.

But he doesn’t give me a hard time. His expression remains neutral. “Nice to meet you, Fable. I’m Colin.”

I nod, not knowing what else to say. He both puts me at ease and shakes me up, which leaves me confused. And he definitely doesn’t fit in at this bar. He’s dressed too nice and has an air of authority about him that borders on entitlement, as if he’s above it all—and he probably is. He reeks of class and money.

But he’s not acting like an ass and he should, I’ve been so rude to him. He brings the beer bottle to his lips, taking a drink, and I watch unabashedly. He’s handsome. He’s arrogant. And he’s trouble.

I don’t want anything to do with him.

“So, Fable,” he says once he’s downed half his beer. “Can I ask you a question?”

Shuffling my feet, I glance around the bar. No one’s paying us any attention. I could probably stand here and talk to Colin the mysterious customer for fifteen minutes and no one would protest. “Sure.”

“Why is a woman like you working in a shit bar like this?”

“Why is a guy like you ordering a beer in a shit bar like this?” I retort, momentarily insulted. But then I realize . . . he’s complimenting me. And he referred to me as a woman. No one ever does that. I don’t do that.

He tips his beer at me, as if offering a toast. “Touché. Would you be surprised if I said I came in here looking for you?”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    MARSHMALLOW!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a great follow up book to One Week Girlfriend. There were ups and downs, some stressful situations and then the HEA. Loved Fable and Drew's story and how the author let us see their thoughts/views within the story. I am also glad that the book finished rather than leave us with a cliffhanger(too many authors are going that way). However, if the author Monica Murphy deems it worthy, she can include them in further books about some other characters in this book: Owen's story or Jen/Colin's relationship?

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    SCB

    Great story from beginning to end...I love how it didnt take the entire book for them to get back together and how much love and support they had for each other...wonderful, just absolutely wonderful...

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Awesome book

    Loved the second book as much as the first! I would love to read jen's story now.. ;)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Love triumphs

    My favorite kind of love story....boy is imperfect but humble and girl is strong and imperfect. Great book

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Easy read to pass the time

    Second book to One week girlfriend. The first book was better, but this tied up the loose ends well. As stated, both are easy reads to pass the time. Not too racy, wouldn't make you blush in public.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    I absoutely loved it

    Well written....5 stars

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Good read

    Once again a good read. But still many errores through out the book. If you can look past that. It was good. I am hoping she introduced Colin and Jen to make a book out of them. Fingers crossed.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

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    This is a book review site, not a sex site for catching partners. Take it somewhere else.

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    Engaging Characters

    I read the first book OWB and loved it. Would have rated it 5 stars. The characters were sympathetic and the hero had a real trauma. The heroine was courageous and struggling. The story continues in SCB. The characters love each other and persevere through real obstacles. I liked the characters but the second book was just not as good as the first.
    Fable's boss came off as sleazy, but he's not? The horrible stepmother is still in the story, but this part of the plot was not resolved in a satisfactory manner. Would I recommend it? Yes, particularly if you read the first book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    This book is written for teens but it's a pretty good read!  Lot

    This book is written for teens but it's a pretty good read!  Lots of drama but she ended it well!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Wow. This book is as good as the first, if not better. Must re

    Wow. This book is as good as the first, if not better. Must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Like it.

    I like the story. Andrew comes from a screwed up family. His stepmother molested him when he was young. But he learned how to straighten himself and void his step mom. Then he met fable who also grew up in messed up family. She has a bad reputation as a slut, but she a very good person. She takes care of her little brother, fable accepted andrew, understand him and tries to help him deal with his past. As andrew tries to help her do the same. I like the story.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    LAUREN IS AT NEXT RES

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Aurora

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    Posted June 11, 2014

    To auroura

    Pick a book

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    Posted June 1, 2014

    I NEED A BOYFRIEND

    Respond to Aurora. Find my bio at pink result 2

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    WOW, AS GREAT AS THE FIRST BOOK

    I really enjoy this story this as great as the first one. I hightly recommend both book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

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    Posted April 25, 2014

    Tollolololed!!!

    Lolo.

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