Audio Review: One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

Posted January 10, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 7 Comments

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Audio Review: One Week Girlfriend by Monica MurphyOne Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy
Series: One Week Girlfriend #1
Narrator: Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels
Published by Random House LLC on 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 274
Format: Audiobook
Length: 6 hours
Source: Purchased
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Breakout sensation Monica Murphy takes the New Adult genre by storm with the deeply emotional, completely addicting story of Drew and Fable. Temporary. That's the word I'd use to describe my life right now. I'm temporarily working double shifts—at least until I can break free. I'm temporarily raising my little brother—since apparently our actual mother doesn't give a crap about either of us. And I always end up as nothing but the temporary girlfriend—the flavor of the week for every guy who's heard the rumor that I give it up so easily. At least Drew Callahan, college football legend and local golden boy, is upfront about it. He needs someone to play the part of his girlfriend for one week. In exchange for cash. As if that's not weird enough, ever since he brought me into his world, nothing really makes sense. Everyone hates me. Everyone wants something from him. And yet the only thing Drew seems to want is . . . me. I don't know what to believe anymore. Drew is sweet, sexy, and hiding way more secrets than I am. All I know is, I want to be there for him—permanently.

I’m still pretty new to audios with more than one narrator. One Week Girlfriend is narrated by Kate Rudd and Luke Daniels. With the story switching between the two main characters’ (Fable and Drew) point of views the narration switches. Kate Rudd narrates for Fable’s POV and Luke Daniels for Drew’s POV. But both narrators do both characters’ voices. This is where it was different for me.

Kate Rudd’s narration was very good for both Fable and Drew. She really pulls of the male voice while making Fable sound very different and feminine. Honestly I would have enjoyed the narration with just her as the narrator not to say that I didn’t enjoy Luke Daniel’s narration.

Luke Daniel has a great masculine voice but with Drew only being 21 I felt like his voice was too old sounding for the character and his female voices had me laughing at first. But then I got use to them and thought a man with that deep of a voice can only do female voices so well and he did do an ok job with them.

Over all I enjoyed the narration job of both narrators and I’m interested in seeing how the narration for the second book, Second Chance Boyfriend goes since there is a third narrator. Ok enough about the narration let’s move on to my thoughts of the plot.

Why did I purchase the audio for One Week Girlfriend? I received the 2nd book for review on audio and I wasn’t about to start the series there. Also I’ve been looking for more contemporary romances to enjoy and One Week Girlfriend has been getting some great ratings by other bloggers I follow so I thought why not give it a try.

The story is about Drew a college student at a small university that’s the football star. It’s Thanksgiving break and he doesn’t want to go home to visit his dad and stepmother. So he gets the idea to ask the pretty girl who works at a local bar to be his girlfriend for the week, Pretty Woman style. He pays her for the week, not for sex but just to play his girlfriend so that he has a buffer between him and his family.

Fable the bar waitress is a townie and the same age as Drew (21) but she doesn’t attend college because she doesn’t have the money. She may only be 21 but she is the only thing keeping her family together. Her mother is a drunk that moves from one lousy boyfriend to another so that leaves Fable being the mother to her 13-year-old brother, Owen.

Fable agrees to Drew’s crazy plan because she needs the money he offers to pay her for the week but she has no idea what she is getting herself into.

Just when Fable thinks her family is messed up she gets a look into Drew’s dark family past and it breaks her heart. Drew is so damaged from his past that Fable wants no needs to help him and the two end up falling in love with each other by the time their week is up. But because Drew has a ton of stuff to work through he is always pushing Fable away.

One Week Girlfriend is not a sweet and happy romance and don’t read it thinking you will get a HEA. BUT there is hope for a HEA later with the couple and I’m hoping they get it in the 2nd book, Second Chance Boyfriend which I will be starting very soon on audio so look for that review coming soon.

About Luke Daniels

Luke Daniels has narrated over 250 audiobooks, has been the grateful recipient of thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has earned three Audie nominations. His background is in classical theater and film. Luke has performed at repertory theaters around the country, but now he resides in the Midwest with his pack.

About Monica Murphy

New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She’s a workaholic who loves her job. When she’s not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson, and is published with Samhain Publishing and Entangled Brazen and Bliss.

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7 responses to “Audio Review: One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

  1. I’m thinking I might actually get a copy of this one. I read Rule lately and it had a similar feel so I can’t wait to dive into other New Adult books that are actually getting good ratings, unlike so many of them.

    Thanks for the great review! I hope they get their HEA in the next book 🙂

  2. I haven’t been able to read this one yet, but I read THREE BROKEN PROMISES so I’m sure I like Monica Murphy’s style. Looking forward to getting my hands on this one at some point 🙂

  3. I loved this book and now I really want to listen to the audiobook. Didn’t you just want to murder Adele at the end? She made me feel really stabby. And that letter at the end!! M-A-R-S-H-M-A-L-L-O-W.

    Hope you endjoy the second book.

  4. I love Luke Daniels but 21? It would have to be a mature 21 because he has such a “raspy male voice” that just has experience built in. So I can see where this might not have been a good match for him.

    The books sounds more NA than contemporary romance (or a combo of the two). I would have a hard time with the non-HEA. Contemporary is my least favorite and it has to have an HEA for me to love it. *sigh* I swear I am such a picky reader!

    • TheBookNympho

      Their story continues in book 2 so I’m thinking the HEA will be at the end of that one.

      I liked Luke Daniel’s voice and I’m looking forward to hear him narrated the Iron Druid series. I think his voice will be better suited for an UF series.