Safe Bet by Monica Murphy
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Series: One Week Girlfriend, The Rules
on January 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Dating & Relationships, Dating & Sex, Football, Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance
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.)
I became of fan of Monica Murphy last year and am so glad that I discovered her books. While I’ve only read her YA works, I was interested in reading something in the NA category. What better way to begin than with Wade Knox?
It’s kind of funny how I don’t know anything about sports, roll my eyes when people start talking about football games like they played in them, considering how much I love sports romance. Maybe that’s another one of my loves that I developed in 2016.
Wade was the newest receiver for the 49ers and strove to make sure that he deserved a place on the team. He was sweet and caring and while he wanted to remember his roots, he also had to prove to everyone that he wasn’t the same guy that he had been in college. I loved him. He had drive and determination, as well as a wicked smile and a way with words.
Enter Sydney: reformed party girl and new nanny for the star player and his wife. She constantly thought back to past and let it haunt her. It added to her character and showed how much she had changed. Since this is a blend of two separate series, every time she mentioned someone from another book, I wanted to know his or her story. She and Wade clicked and combined character and stories that didn’t ever have to meet but did.
Wade and Sydney liked each other instantly, but neither had any intention of acting on the attraction. Then the media got involved and gave them a reason to need to be together. I enjoyed watching as their romance progressed. The book only spans a week’s time and was short. I read it fast and didn’t want to put it down. The ending did disappoint, however. There wasn’t a climax, where I felt like the rising action left a lot to be desired. While the ending might have been more realistic in terms of actual life, I thought something huge would have taken place. The building blocks were there, but—nothing. Nada. Nope.
This is a sweet romance. I haven’t read The Rules or One Week Girlfriend series yet, but hav
e them on my TBR. If you’re a fan of new adult, or enjoy Murphy’s YA, then you should check this book out. It’s perfect for an afternoon of reading and flipping through the pages. Before you know it, you’ll have finished the book.