by Sarah Mayberry, Sarina Bowen

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The first time I lay eyes on Callan Walker, I know he’ll be trouble. With his smug grin, hot Aussie accent and thousand dollar shoes, he’s just the kind of rich guy who always gets what he wants. 

And he wants two things: a night of sin, and my cooperation as he outmaneuvers his powerful mother to take control of his uncle’s estate.

I can’t afford either one. I’m the only thing standing between my little sister and the foster care system. He may have money and charm on his side, but I have something even more powerful — pure desperation. This temp job at his mother’s company can become a full time job for me. It has to. 

But when Callan’s eyes rake over my body, sometimes I forget my obligations. His piercing gaze finds the fun, optimistic girl I used to be and not the tired person I’ve become.

And it works—if only for a moment. Our night together was a mistake. I can't afford to get sucked into his high-powered family’s treachery. But the closer I get to Callan, the more layers I find beneath those expensive clothes. Though I can’t forget this is temporary. He’s temporary. I have too much to lose. 

Too bad my foolish heart didn’t get the memo...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154293812
Publisher: Small Cow Productions Pty Ltd
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 94,582
File size: 520 KB

Customer Reviews

Temporary 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
smiles4uCF More than 1 year ago
Genre: Romance - contemporary, international, comedy Stand-alone: yes but the epilogue opens it up for another one Part of a Series: ??? POV: Grace/Callin Steam-level: warm 4/5 Temporary was a quick and fun read about a rich playboy and an independent temp hired (by his mom's company) to help get his uncle's estate in order. Overall I really enjoyed this book. I got through it quick and was surprised when it ended. I feel like some questions weren't answered but it's not really a cliffhanger. Callie's mother is atrocious and hope to see her get her due in another book. The humor was used well in breaking up emotional tension but didn't have me laughing out loud. Grace's sister is a riot and I like the themes of family and love that run throughout the book. I like that it touched on some LBGTQ issues, especially on family acceptance. The authors made these issues secondary to the story but I'm glad that they not only touched on them but did it in a factual and respectful manner. I'd probably read more books by these authors. The writing was well done and kept me interested throughout. I received an advanced copy of this book from the author. This is my honest and voluntary review.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun, sweet read. I loved how entertaining it was and the romance of it all as Callan and Grace really get to know each other and come together. Callan and Grace were great characters. When they really start interacting with one another is when everything clicked into place for me and I was all in. I really liked Grace, she had a quiet strength about her that was inspiring. She loved and cared deeply. Callan was really sweet and I loved how much he cared for his uncle and fought to honor his wishes. I loved the attraction Callan and Grace had and their cute flirting, they had such fantastic chemistry. They were challenging and fun and so much more than others perceived them to be. I liked them really getting to know one another and opening up. Those moments when they saw the other in a new light were so sweet. There’s a nice mix of heated and playful moments scenes in the mix as well as emotional ones giving it a well rounded feel. There's as an interesting cast of characters in play. I thought Grace’s sister Olivia was awesome. Total teenager but also a lovable, funny girl that was full of personality. Callan’s mother was a piece of work, I love a well written villain. She was a bit extreme though and I found myself wondering why she was that way and wanted to know more about her. The writing was really good and descriptive, I thought the story had a nice flow. I loved the dual POVs and how it switched back and forth within the chapters. The end was super angsty and drama filled. It ended nicely with all their loose ends tied up. That being said, new drama was introduced for another person so I would assume that will lead to the second story in the series (fingers crossed!)... and hopefully more details on the ruthless mother. I really enjoyed this. Light, fun, playful, and sexy with very determined characters full of heart and love. Awesome read! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
amatate More than 1 year ago
Miss Bowen is an auto-buy for me regardless of tropes, romantic pairings, and if she’s writing solo or with another author. When she first announced she would be teaming up with Miss Mayberry, I was intrigued and had to learn more. I hadn’t read anything by that author before, but noticed she’s known for her opposites attract romances. I think Temporary ended up playing to both author’s strengths. The characters were both strong and likable, the writing flowed effortlessly, and the romance had a special spark that came across throughout the book. From the beginning, I could feel Miss Bowen’s touch. Her writing is always polished and reads beautifully so the reader can focus on the romance unfolding within the pages, and Temporary certainly was no exception. I found both Grace and Callan to be great and loved that there was more to them than meets the eye. While the loose construct of this book was a story about the struggling career woman falling for the wealthy playboy, it never felt like a remake of the common contemporary romance. I also loved how the authors played up Grace and Callan’s differences. Not only did those experiences shape their responses to one another and the outside influences, but it also led to some great banter and highlighted their chemistry. I thought the Australian element was interwoven perfectly into the story. Though it was never a distracting focal point, it lent some really fun and relatable moments that left me smiling. As light as much of this romance was, it didn’t lack heart. Both characters had considerable depth that developed throughout the story and I appreciated how they grew independently over the course of the book. The dialogue and romance between Callan and Grace was thoughtful and vibrant, making it a joy to read. This is definitely a book that will appeal to a wide range of readers. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
bbarneybooks28 More than 1 year ago
It’s amazing how much the human heart can endure and still remain beating…still remain a guiding force in lives filled with chaos, difficulties, and heartbreak. Callan and Grace, the hero and heroine in Temporary, a story co-written by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry, are no strangers to situations and people who wear and tear at their hearts, creating broken pieces that they might be able to repair, but they’ll never fit as perfectly as the whole parts did before because irreparable damage can never be completely mended. But despite their harried pasts, Callan and Grace find common ground due to what they’ve both survived and while they don’t want to risk their hearts again by putting their faith in another person just for him/her to let them down, the bond that Callan and Grace form, after some rather unfriendly first encounters, force them to risk their heart yet again, hoping this time, it doesn’t shatter for good. Because Temporary is told through both Callan and Grace’s perspectives, readers are able to understand how complicated and difficult their lives have truly been and why they both have bigger worries than not getting along with the person they need to work closely with for a short amount of time. Bowen and Mayberry made the right choice in telling the story through the eyes and mouths of both characters; without the dual point of view, I feel like it would have taken me quite a bit of time to warm-up to Callan and his outward personality, especially when dealing with Grace. But because Callan tells his own story, readers see all of him, which makes it much easier to accept why he acts like he does without wanting to punch him for his attitude. Grace is one hell of a woman of strength and compassion. Her relationship with her sister is just as important to Temporary’s storyline as Callan and Grace’s burgeoning connection. Grace has sacrificed so much to be there for her sister, protecting and caring for her despite the struggle it is financially to do so. There’s a depth to Callan that Bowen and Mayberry slowly unveil as the story progresses and everything that is learned illustrates a complex and intriguing hero – one who is more than enough for the heroine – because he understands how amazing Grace is and stops at nothing to help her accomplish everything she needs to feel secure in her life and everything she deserves simply because there’s nothing she won’t do for the people she loves, which is exactly where Callan wants to be by the end of their story. I’ll admit that it took some time for me to get into the story; I’m not sure if it’s because I’m used to stories that draw me in with their fast paced story line or if I just needed some time to understand how Callan and Grace could help each other do more than simply exist due to the hands they were dealt because of the people who raised them and ultimately treated them like crap. But despite the beginning, every other part of the story flowed well for me and the chapters and perspectives seamlessly blended, which means that the writing team Bowen and Mayberry formed knew exactly how to smoothly transition in their writing and storytelling, which is a key component to a successfully co-written text. 4 Poison Apples
Ambur More than 1 year ago
Despite having several friends who have raved about some of the other books that Sarina Bowen has co-authored, this was actually my first time reading one of her co-written books! I've been loving her Brooklyn Bruisers series, so when I first read the blurb for TEMPORARY, I couldn't resist adding it to my to-read list and I was extremely excited to read her first book with Sarah Mayberry! And you know what...it was as AMAZING as I hoped it would be! When I'm reading a romance, I'm one of those readers who judges books based on how they make me feel. Do I laugh? Do I cry? Do I swoon? Well, TEMPORARY had me checking all those boxes! The story was incredibly unique and it wasn't like anything I'd ever read before. The story was compelling and I didn't want to put it down at all. I was pulled in from the moment that I read the book's description and the story completely delivered! I was smitten when I finished this book, and even though I don't make it a habit to reread as much as I used to, I'd definitely love to reread TEMPORARY again sometime soon! And the characters...oh my! I loved Grace! She was driven, brave, strong, and so determined when it came to taking care of her sister! She was also incredibly passionate about her art, which was a side that I loved seeing snippets of! And Callan...Callan was AMAZING! Like a large portion of the population, I have a serious weakness for accents...so the accent alone was enough for Callan to immediately intrigue me! Once you get past his dreamy accent and super sexy appearance, Callan just got better and better though! He's one of those characters that appears one way, but is so much deeper and I loved seeing him let Grace in. Their banter was hilarious and I loved that we got to see both of their perspectives because their reactions to one another was one of the most interesting parts of the romance. They also had some seriously intense chemistry and the sexy bits in the story were pretty steamy! I also really loved seeing Grace's relationship with her sister. It added an interesting dynamic to the story and created an interesting parallel when compared to Callan's family life, too. Overall, I adored TEMPORARY! The romance between Grace and Callan was wonderful--they had amazing chemistry and I loved how their story unfolded! I also loved that while the romance was sexy, it was also incredibly sweet. The family dynamics also added additional introspective elements that pushed TEMPORARY further than simply a romance where the characters come from very different worlds. I loved how all of these elements combined in this story and I can't recommend it enough--I also can't wait for Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry's next collaboration! Contemporary romance fans who love sexy, yet sweet stories, will love this one! * I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. * This review also appears on my blog and other social media accounts.
ReadingFrenzyBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Temporary is a somewhat different take on the office romance trope, and a refreshing one at that. Grace is a poor New Yorker with a temp job at a billion dollar family-owned company. Callan is a wealthy Australian playboy and the family’s black sheep. Funny enough, this is an office romance where their interactions don’t actually take place in an office, and while the affair doesn’t occur between boss and employee, it’s still forbidden. Callan’s cold, ruthless mother is the CEO, and Grace reports to her. If Callan and his mom were close, a relationship between him and Grace probably wouldn’t be off limits. However, her need for job security requires Grace to keep things professional. I loved Grace’s huge heart and selfless care of others. Callan is a welcome surprise. With his devotion to his late uncle and gentle care for Grace, he is nothing like your typical rich man ho. I love a good villain, and Callan’s mother is evil incarnate. Having a common enemy creates some wonderfully warm dynamics and clever maneuvering. Collaborative writing can be tricky, and I think Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry are successful in meshing their writing styles. Temporary is an entertaining story with just the right amount of romance. Recommended for fans of: Office romance Aussies Espressos and lattes Poodles
BrandiJPrice More than 1 year ago
Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry are new-to-me authors. While I haven't read anything by either of them I have heard praise for Sarina Bowen and her books. A big problem that can come with co-authoring a book is a story seeming like two separate pieces were being forced together but that wasn't the case with this book. Temporary flowed together and was seamless. It felt like the entire book was written by one author. This book took me by surprise. Based on the cover and synopsis I was expecting this to focus on a steamy romance and while that is part of it, that isn't the only topic this book focuses on. We get to see how the characters have been affected by not having the best home life growing up. It also shows how people deal with grief and different family dynamics. Temporary was such a fun read. It didn't completely blow me away but it was still an amazing read. I do with this was a little longer. Callan and Grace went through quite a bit in this book but I still feel like it's only the beginning of their story. Not to mention that Temporary left off on a pretty big cliffhanger. I'm looking forward to seeing what stories these two authors come up with together in the future.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Sarina Bowen does it again (and Sarah Mayberry of course). Reminded me a little of [book:Talk British to Me|34925164], I was relieved to find that it was by a totally different author. Grace Kerrington is a young woman who has given up on her dreams of art and fashion to study marketing and business in order to look after her 15 year old sister Olivia whilst their mother is off getting high with her latest squeeze. In order to get Olivia into a good school they have to live in a really bad apartment. Grace has recently stopped working as a bartender and is temping for the Walker Group with a hope of getting a permanent position when she gets called into her boss' office. The head honcho of the Walker Group, Victoria Walker has called from their headquarters in Australia, her brother, who lives in New York, has died and she needs someone to catalogue and handle the sale of all his belongings. Callan Walker is the black sheep of the Walker dynasty who spends his days on yachts with super models and various hangers-on. He learns of his uncle's death from a stranger at a party and is horrified to find that his mother had him created without any funeral service or even informing Callan. He is then astonished to find that his uncle left everything to Victoria rather than the plethora of charitable causes he had always intended. Convinced there must be a later will, Callan flies to New York determined to find the missing will and honour his uncle's wishes. At first Callan thinks Grace is just another of his mother's raptors - all sharp suits and sharper teeth but soon he catches glimpses of the real Grace and realises that she is not at all what he thought. This was pretty low angst for Sarina, I'm used to her wringing my heart strings with the awful lives her heroes/ heroines lead but although Grace was struggling she didn't have the terrible life/ background that I have come to expect. I just enjoyed every single word. There's LOADS of coffee, a cute dog, fascinating neighbours, family strife, a bit of a mystery and 100 days of Callan - I know I'd sign up!
Mari-BayouBookJunkie More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars!!! Grace is a temp at Walker Holdings, hoping that she'd get the chance to make that job a permanent one if she proves herself to her boss so she can provide a better life for both her and her 15-year-old sister, Olivia, so when she gets offered the chance to do an inventory of Jack Walker's estate, she jumps at the chance. What she didn't expect was to find Callan Walker at Jack's place when she gets there. Callan is a playboy through and through, but if there's one person he's ever loved and respected, it's his uncle Jack. When he learns of his death, he's devastated, and when he finds out that his mother is planning to sell off everything Jack owned based on a 30-year-old will, he's determined to find a more recent one, the one Jack told him he would draw up a few years ago. Grace isn't too happy that Callan is determined to 'help' her with the inventory, but since the boss lady (Vicky) says he can work under Grace, there isn't much Grace can do about it. Callan is too handsome and charming for his own good (or Grace's), though, and soon she's fighting the attraction that blooms between her and the Aussie. I loved Grace, she was a great female lead. She was sweet and fun and responsible. I really enjoyed her interactions with both her best friend and her sister. I liked Callan, but there were a few instances in which I wanted to slap the selfishness out of him. The chemistry between Callan and Grace was off the charts and the sex scenes were hot, although I felt as if something was missing, perhaps a bit more detail. I hated Callan's mother, she was a despicable woman and not worthy of the title. I am ambivalent about Claire, Callan's sister, but I hope we'll learn more about her in the next book, especially after that little bomb at the end of this book. I liked Olivia, Grace's sister, she was a typical teenager, but even if there were times in which I'd have liked to shake her a bit, she seemed like a nice girl and she provided some very funny moments. As collaborations go, this was seamless. Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry did a fantastic job and the book was fun and engaging and intriguing, with just a bit of angst thrown in for good measure. Recommendable! *** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***
TaliaFM More than 1 year ago
This is the thing about this book: it’s not a bad book, it’s actually pretty good, but it couldn’t hold my interest. You all know I’m a die hard fan of romance and there’s nothing I love more than reading about two people falling in love. And this book, for how well-written, funny, flirty… it wasn’t romantic enough for me. The second half of the book, admittedly, held more heart than the first. But I seriously couldn’t get over how many pages were spent discussing Jack’s estates, Jack’s will. It seemed like the romance didn’t have a front and center place. That being said, the writing style is flawless. It had never read a book by Mayberry, but have been a Bowen fan for a while now and I have to say that writing wise, these ladies did not disappoint. The narration was smooth, the dialogues realistic, there was plenty of funny banter. I probably just hoped that the characters would go a little deeper in their chat sooner into the narration. About the characters, I liked both, but none of the MC or side characters blew me away. I found Grace’s background relatable and honest, and I loved how the authors portrayed her relationship with her sister Olivia in a realistic way, and not just all unicorns and rainbows. Because let’s face it, teenagers are hard to deal with. You also know that I love broke heroines and I appreciated how the authors also described the true life hacks the heroine had to do in order to be able to sustain herself and her sister, like sawing her own clothes from thrift store findings and eating prepared meal instead of going out. I always find it easier to relate to this kind of people instead of the rich and wealthy. And talking about the rich and wealthy. Callan. What I loved the most about him was how genuine he is. He’s a happy go lucky guy, but at the time he’s sometimes clueless about the struggles Grace has to live day. I liked how he wasn’t portrayed as a perfect guy. More than once, he messes up, even putting her job at risk. But he’s a such a fun person to be around that it was impossible for me, as a reader, not to forgive his misteps. I mean, the guys is actually trying to do some good. Too bad that his agenda is undoubtedly going to crash with Grace’s job. A job she really needs. This is what caused the majority of the friction between them. The end me left me quite befuddled because even though this is a standalone, given the ending this story isn’t 100% over. I won’t say more about the plot not to spoiler anything. But in conclusion, I liked the book even though it didn’t make anything flutter in my belly. Callan and Grace are a cute couple, but there was not enough epicness or romance in general for me, especially in the first part.
ACody89 More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely one of my favorites so far this year! From the beginning you are sucked in and you feel so many emotions for Grace. Then when we meet Callan and we just know that life is going to be dangerous for Grace. Their chemistry is amazing! Callan is another person we feel so many emotions for. He lost someone so close to him and it seems like no one else in her family cares. This really put Grace is such a tough spot, but she handled it so well. These two worked so well together in their work life and in their private life. My favorite thing about this book was the dedication both of them had. Callan for his Uncle and Grace for her sister. They are both so admirable for their efforts and it makes us fall in love with them both. There were so many feelings throughout this whole book, we felt heartache, pride, sexy thoughts, happiness and sadness. It really was a constant roller coaster, and it was such a great ride! These two did so good together, I hope they put out more work together!
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! I am always drawn to books that take place in New York City. I love the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, and authors Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry capture its energy with their first collaboration, Temporary. This book may be completely enjoyed as a standalone, and the last few pages introduce the possibility of a second book! Grace Kerrington is in her mid-twenties, smart, and in charge of her fifteen year old sister Olivia. Making ends meet is extremely difficult, which means every single, solitary, dollar counts. With Grace's marketing degree, she ends up temping for Walker Holdings, a very successful company with its headquarters located in Australia. Her new job is to inventory the estate of the late Jack Walker, the successful black sheep of the Walker empire. Since Grace was informed that Jack's luxury apartment would be vacant, she is shocked to see his nephew Callan relaxing in the living room. Along with the rest of the Walker family, Callan is very wealthy. However, he is not involved in the family business. He is very hot and his reputation for having a good time is well-documented. Grace is immediately attracted to him, however, she has a job to do and retain, so getting to know him is not what she intends to do. Callan knows that his Uncle Jack made him the executor of his estate a few years ago, so imagine his astonishment when his barracuda of a mother informs him that she is in charge of Jack's estate, and she wants it liquidated as soon as possible. Callan's goal is to find the updated will, stop his mother from destroying Jack's legacy, and continue on with the philanthropic path his uncle immersed himself in. Instead of being a thorn in his side, Grace becomes his friend, confidant, and lover. This is a complicated romance that will cause all your senses to remain on high alert. Both authors are excellent storytellers and their words kept me engaged from beginning to end. If you enjoy a novel with a strong heroine and a hero that just won't give up, then spend sometime in The Big Apple with Temporary. Complimentary copy provided.
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars -- I won an ARC of this book through a contest, but this does not affect my honest and unbiased opinion. I am a HUGE fan of both of these authors, and in a stroke of luck I threw out the wild guess that they were collaborating in a contest that probably didn't expect winners, I managed to...well...win. So I had really high hopes for this book, and can I just say that it lived up to EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM?? This book was everything I loved about both authors, so if you're a fan of either one, you won't be disappointed. The thing that has always sucked me in with both authors writing was their focus on fantastic, relatable characters. Characters that you root for, characters that you fall in love with. And Callan and Grace were no exceptions. I felt the desperation and struggles that Grace faced, trying to provide for her sister and give her a stable home. I felt her wariness of starting relationships when she'd had such a bad track record of being left behind. And OMG, she had such a smart, sassy mouth on her...what I loved is that it was kind of subtle, not in your face sassiness. She was strong, independent, with a big heart and a beautiful soul. And Callan surprised the crap out of me. My heart ACHED for his grief over his beloved uncle...so much so that *I* mourned for Uncle Jack. I wish I'd known him. The situations he faced at the hands of his mother, both in the past and in the book, just made me want to throw down with him and punch her in the throat. I really understood how his experiences shaped him, and I loved getting to see that there was a LOT more there than met the eye. And his humour and his own brand of sassiness were just infectious. I can't even tell you how many times he made me laugh. And Grace and Callan together made my heart happy. I followed them from flirting to more, and their chemistry was palpable. I desperately wanted them to work, regardless of the odds they were facing. Even when mistakes were made, I waited patiently for them to make it better (and they did). I even adored Olivia, despite her teenage sauciness. I thought the balance between teenage snark, bad attitude, vulnerability, and sassiness was perfect. I appreciated that she wasn't forgotten about. So yeah. I got "stuck in" and now I want to go listen to some Aussie accents. And dare I hope that this is the start of a series?? Please please please please please....
JulieD2 More than 1 year ago
An interesting tale with great dialogue and story line. There was plenty of tension and chemistry between the two leads which leads to a steamy romance. A good read!