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    Sexy, Sweet, & Unique!

    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.
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    Fun and Steamy Collaboration

    Loved it! Steamy romance with clever dialogue and characters with depth and heart. Wonderful collaboration by two of my favourite authors. More please....
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    I loved this book so so much

    Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way. I read this book a few days ago and I have to say, it's probably one of the best contemporary books I've read in a while. This book has a lot of pain and turmoil in it. I love that at its core, it's not just about two people falling in love, but about dysfunctional families and people who should be in your corner but aren't, just based on a tiny difference, that really is nobody's business but yours. Callan is a very hurt individual, one that is trying really hard to get away from his family, but he seems stuck between parties, fancy yachts and hot, nameless women. It takes the death of his beloved uncle to wake him up and force him to try to do something more with his life, something meaningful. I was truly sad for him, that the only thing powerful enough to wake Callan up was the death of his uncle, and it truly shows just how lost he was. Because although he got away from his mother, who's just the most evil woman I've read about in a while, it seems like he's given up on everything that was important to him. It isn't until later in the book that we find out just why that is, why he's not even trying to do something important or useful, and why he's that lost. It really made me sad to read about his family. On the other hand you have Grace, who's the sweetest woman I've read about in a while, one that struggles with being the best big sister and guardian for her little sister, one who is willing to give up her dreams in order to keep her sister in school, happy, fed, with a roof over her head. I really liked her dedication to her job, even if it was not the right job for her. Clearly she can do more, she deserves a better job, and it's sad that in today's economy, you have a lot of young people having to accept unfit jobs just to get by. I really respected Grace, because it takes a lot of courage and strength to take care of her little sister, to be a role model, at such a young age. I was angry for her when the shit hit the fan, so to say, because she clearly did not deserve to be treated the way she was. The cool thing about this book is that, even though not physically present, I felt that Jack, the dead uncle, was written in such a way, that he felt like a true character, not just a plot device. I really enjoyed that, and I loved how he was portrayed. I felt like he was there the whole time, and that's something I truly enjoyed. I would love to learn more about him, if a sequel is at any point in the future in the works *makes puppy eyes* The book is pretty fast paced, and I really enjoyed reading every single page of it. The ending was a bit surprising, and it made me hope for a sequel, because I need it in my life. But even without a sequel, this book was fantastic and I would recommend it to every contemporary romance fan out there.
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    Temporary

    I loved reading this book! The characters were smart, funny and so real. The chemistry between Grace and Callan.. amazing! Their story touched my heart.
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    Lived up to my very high expectations!

    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....
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