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Four Years Later: A Novel

Four Years Later: A Novel

Written by Monica Murphy

Narrated by Nick Podehl and Arielle DeLisle


Four Years Later: A Novel

Written by Monica Murphy

Narrated by Nick Podehl and Arielle DeLisle

ratings:
4/5 (10 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Mar 4, 2014
ISBN:
9781480558946
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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?

Released:
Mar 4, 2014
ISBN:
9781480558946
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

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. She also writes as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.


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  • (4/5)
    I loved Drew and Fable and their story in One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend (plus their novella). I completely fell in love with them. The bits and pieces we got about Owen, Fable's little brother, in their books drew me in to wanting to read his story. I'm so glad Owen got his own story! This can be read as a standalone. You get references to Owen's relationships with Fable and Drew from the previous books, but Drew and Fable's love story is not really spoiled, so newcomers to this series can still go back and read their books (which I loved).Four Years Later is set when Owen is in college. Owen's life and upbringing have been far from easy or ideal. Fable did her best to help raise Owen, but their manipulative addict of a mother did a number on him, and despite new stability with Drew as a male role model in his life, his sister's unconditional love, and the opportunities of college and football, Owen is still drowning in the aftereffects of the mind games he's been dealt as well as the repercussions of his poor recent choices. He is lost and confused and losing hope quickly. But I loved Owen. There was something honest and innocent in his voice despite the lack of innocence in his life. He had to grow up too quickly, never being given the opportunity to ease into life. I hurt for the guy. I loved that we got to see him step back, taking on a new relationship and looking at his current life as well as his future differently, allowing him to mature and grow into himself. Yet he still remained Owen, just improved. Then there's Chelsea, who has her own bucket of family drama to deal with. I could relate to Chelsea's shy side, her awkwardness, her insecurities. She was smart and felt out of place often. But I loved that she didn't force herself to be someone she wasn't, even if that lessened her social opportunities. She was a great contrast to Owen, but they also had a lot in common. Watching their relationship develop was very sweet, yet contained just enough drama to keep things interesting. These two had their work cut out for them in the trust and family department, but I appreciated the care that was taken to look at their circumstances in an honest fashion. Owen and Chelsea were really great; their chemistry, their conversations, their trepidations, their belief in the other, their patience and exploration of each other, and the way they were finally able to trust each other. I was rooting for these two hearts who had been dealt a lousy hand, that they would find the jackpot with each other. Owen and Chelsea's story was just what I needed to finish off this series. I loved getting to know them and was taken on a beautiful journey once again. I'm also so happy to have gotten glimpses into Drew and Fable's life, and baby Autumn. I will miss these characters and their stories.
  • (3/5)
    I haven't read the previous books in this series, I recv'd the book through the early reviewer group. I never read anything by Monica Murphy and I was pleasantly surprised. I'm glad I won the book, I don't think I would of picked it up on my own.The story of Owen and Chelsea was very sweet and they each had so much that they were dealing with. I really felt bad for them both and glad they had each other to get through their problems. Chelsea is super smart and I love when a main character (mainly the girl) isn't some dumb female. I liked reading from Owen's and Chelsea's POV, you get to understand things a little better that way.. I probably would have enjoyed this book a little more if I started the series from the beginning, but by itself, it was a cute, fun read.
  • (4/5)
    This was a continuation in a series that author Monica Murphy started a few years ago. I did enjoy the story line involving Owen and his new girlfriend Chelsea, though she did bug me a little with her constant insecurities - though I guess that was a major part of the plot also. If you like Murphy's book, you will enjoy this one. IF you have not read anything of hers, I would start at the beginning of the series. This books would not be good as a stand alone.
  • (5/5)
    Four Years Later is an amazing story! I loved every minute of it! Though I love Drew and Fable's story from the first two books, I might have to say that I like Owen and Chelsea's story a bit better. Owen is hard not to love; what with his constant swearing, blunt statements, bad boy edge, and a warm heart that is a little frayed in places. He's strong, sweet, spontaneous, and funny. Throw in the green eyes and sexy smile and it's hard not to see why so many girls want him (I do!).Chelsea is the super smart, good girl who walks the straight road, except she has a few skeletons in her closet that she hopes no one will discover and when she meets Owen who tries his best to corrupt her (*sighs* lucky girl!). Predictably, when these two meet and the chemistry starts to flow there are bound to be sparks (good and bad). It's inevitable, but makes one hell of a story. Owen and Chelsea are definitely worth reading about and the story is tantalizingly hot and endearingly sweet. Monica Murphy is definitely becoming one of my favorite authors!
  • (4/5)
    A follow-up to Murphy's hit Drew + Fable series, Four Years Later gives Fable's brother Owen the spotlight and allows readers to see more of the brother that Fable would do anything for. We get more about Owen and his feelings about his mother, who is down right evil, and his sister that he feels he is always letting down. The book also introduces us to Chelsea, Owen's socially awkward tutor. Both she and Owen have lots of feelings of insecurity that stem for the bad home lives they had growing up. Owen's comes from his mother abandoning him and Fable when he was still in Middle School and Chelsea's is from a cheating father and a too harsh mother that continually fills her head with crap about men being evil. Both characters have to work hard to get over their feelings of guilt and insecurity to be together. I liked Murphy's last look at this world and these characters both old and new. It was nice to see inside of Owen's head after watching him grow-up in Fable's books. It was also nice to see peeks into Fable and Drew's lives.
  • (3/5)
    I appreciate winning this copy in the LibraryThing Giveaway but I have to admit that I was disappointed in it. It was hard to admire either character as they were so flawed and allowed their flaws to dominate their lives. I was glad to see them finally get their act together near the end but by then it was a little too late. I was so tired of it all I just wanted to get to the end. I could have done without all the cursing too. I think it just helped cheapen the book and the characters even more.
  • (5/5)
    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    “So they think you want to get in my panties. What if I told you I don’t wear any?”

    Until last month, I hadn’t read any of Monica Murphy’s books. Not for lack of wanting to, just lack of available reading time. When Three Broken Promises became available, even though I hadn’t read about Drew & Fable, I jumped at the chance. I emailed a friend and asked what I needed to know, and when she told me that the two main characters weren’t really in the other books, I dove in head first! It was then that I fell in love with MM. When I saw that Owen would have a book, I became even more excited.

    Like its title, Owen and Chelsea’s book begins four years after Drew & Fable meet. Chelsea is a new character and Owen is Fable’s brother. From what I gather, Owen hasn’t changed much since high school and is still on a path of destruction. Our character’s meet when he needs a tutor for his English classes, which he has fallen extremely behind on. Owen is a smart guy, he just doesn’t have any drive or inclination of what he wants to do with his future. I felt his constant struggle; it hurt my heart. These were two broken people thrust into a situation neither could escape from.

    How can I say no? After all, I’m still his tutor.
    His girlfriend.
    His rose.
    His home.


    There was something so magical about watching their story unfold. Watching as they came to realizations separately and together over things they didn’t before realize. Owen’s mother infuriated me and I longed for the day he broke free from her. His turmoil and misguided loyalty to her was completely understandable, though frustrating. The back and forth, the push and pull, it had me wanting to rip my hair clear out of my scalp. But throughout all this angst, I saw through to the heart of Owen. And when you can see Owen’s heart, well, that’s a beauty to behold and treasure. Here was a kid who life gave up on yet he hadn’t given up on himself. He longed for a true family, someone whom he could call his own and love unconditionally. I felt his sadness in my bones and I just wanted to give him a hug.

    Chelsea is a little girl who was lost, one who had to grow up before she was ready, essentially raising herself. I loved how headstrong and sure of herself she was. I loved that she didn’t take any crap from Owen and wasn’t afraid to be herself. She was such a refreshing and endearing character, and a girl I would be proud to call a friend. I loved that she believed in Owen when almost everyone else had given up. She saw through his cocky exterior to what lay deep beneath.

    One of my favorite things about this book was the complex inner dialogue that each character had. I loved seeing into their minds and finding out what guided their decisions, whether they were right or wrong. Monica writes in such a style that allows you to do just that flawlessly. I know now that I will need to carve out time very soon to read Drew & Fable’s story. I understand this is the end of the series, and I think it ended perfectly. I could think of any better way. Solid five star rating from me!