Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Blog Tour & Book Review: Safe Bet by Monica Murphy

Safe Bet
by Monica Murphy
The Rules #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 10th, 2017


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.)

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About the author:

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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My review:

This was an enjoyable sweet romance with no drama. I liked that it was a fun, easy and quick kind of read.

Sydney and Wade Knox's story was my first book in The Rules series. I've just read books from this author’s Friends series so far and they are the exact opposite of this book because there's LOADS of teenage drama there. I definitely plan on catching up on the other books in this series and might also go into other series of hers because I quite liked this story of Sydney and Wade and since Fable and Drew played a big part in this book too, I'm really intrigued to read their story as well.
So be prepared to get hooked by the characters of this series.

The Story:
Sydney got kicked out of her parents’ house and can’t believe her luck when she lands the job as a nanny for the Callahan’s family, although she’s just gotten the interview because of a friend's friend of her brother.
After an encounter with some paparazzi, stories of an affair between Sidney and her boss Drew Callahan adorn the covers of lots of magazines with the caption of the Naughty Nanny.
When her bosses come up with the crazy idea that Sidney and Wade should fake a relationship to stop the ongoing rumors, Sidney has a hard time wrapping her head around the fact that she has to make the media believe that she's in a relationship with the hot football newbie on the offensive line for the San Francisco 49ers, Wade Knox.
After both got over the first shock of their part in this pretend, they can't help but feel attracted to each other. Or are they such good actors that it just feels like it's real? And most important of all, are they convincing enough to be able to manipulate the media?

'I like what I see. She's pretty. Average height and a bangin' body from what I can tell, with striking blue eyes and wavy golden blonde hair and that kissable mouth. There's no denying we have chemistry. I've felt it. I'm feeling it right now.'

'He is really too good-looking. I don't know how I'm going to spend time with him and act like a normal human being. Of course, maybe it's good that I won't act normal. I'll let a starry-eyed fork instead. Maybe that'll be more convincing.'
As I already mentioned above, I really enjoyed this lighthearted sweet romance. Although I have to say that I wasn’t much a fan of the instant-lust between Wade and Sydney. I believe that the story would have been more fun if they hadn’t liked each other that much from the very beginning. It would have spiced it up a bit because in stories like this where we know already that H and h will eventually end up together, there has to be something else in between that makes the story unique and stand out from other similar books.
I contemplated to give the story 3.5 Stars but since it was such a quick read I thought that I shouldn’t be so strict.

I absolutely liked how the characters had their magical moments when they didn’t think about their fake relationship. They were so cute sometimes and really had me laughing a few times.
Both characters were really sweet. What bothered me though was that I never had the feeling that Sydney came from a rich family and that she was spoiled because she never acted that way. She had no bitchy attitude or anything. This made her background kind of unbelieving because she might as well have come from a ‘normal’ family.

-- I received an ARC of this book from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. --

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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