Fantasy. How I ended up with NFL player Drew Callahan, the guy every woman wants, is beyond my wildest dreams. All I know is that once he chose me as his one and only, I sure wasn’t looking back. I had past wounds and he showed patience and concern—even taking responsibility for my messed-up kid brother. Now, once again, he’s found a way to blow my mind: an exotic wedding and honeymoon miles and miles away from home. What else could a girl ever ask for?
Reality. Now the honeymoon’s over. Drew’s football schedule takes him on the road constantly, while I need to stay put and look after my brother until he finishes high school—because God knows our sorry excuse for a mother won’t. I know Drew loves me with all his heart, and I’ll always be over the moon about him. This just isn’t how I imagined our life as newlyweds . . . dealing with the distance, missing him all the time. But we’ve gone through hard times before. We can get through this, too, right? We’re Drew and Fable, together forever. At least I hope so. . . .
If you’ve read One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend, which I hope you have or you shouldn’t be reading this review, you’ve probably become rather attached to Drew and Fable. I know I have. Their story is riddled with pain; physical, emotional, mental – it’s all there. Finally we’re shown what all those tiny rays of hope have turned into. Drew & Fable are still happy and going strong. They’ve been engaged for a while now. Drew has been drafted to the NFL and will be the new QB for the San Francisco 49ers, and Fable is the same old sassy, hard ass girl we all fell in love with. Obviously their love was meant to be.
Drew decides that before he leaves to embark on this new career opportunity he’d like to make to make their “forever” official. He whisks Fable away to a romantic tropical location in order to tie the knot. Get ready for some steamy sex scenes. I’m pretty convinced that Monica has them down pat at this point. I had to fan myself a time or two. Woooo.
After the wedding we jump ahead a year. Drew is doing pretty well with the 49ers and Fable is ready to expand their family… I don’t want to give much more away. I will tell you that there are some misunderstandings and arguments. Jen and Owen both make an appearance or two throughout the short novella. They talk about Colin, but we never actually meet up with him.
Hmm… What else can I say?
Drew and Fable are still working through the aftermath of hurricane Adele. Who wouldn’t be, though? It’s probably a lifelong process. Just thinking about that woman makes my skin crawl. Ick. Drew and his father seem to be doing pretty well. Their relationship has flourished and Drew’s father even has a new love interest. Let’s pray that this one’s a keeper. Even Fable has started to feel more comfortable with the man.
Thank you, Monica for giving us this little glimpse into Drew and Fable’s future. There are moments when you read a book, or series of books, and become so attached to the characters that they feel real; almost like a part of the family. Drew & Fable are part of a beautiful series that did just that. With each book published in this series, a piece of them lives on. Jen and Colin stole my heart in Three Broken Promises, and I am anxiously awaiting the release of Four Years Later. I just know that Owen’s story will blow my mind. And the best part? We’ll have more Drew and Fable! You can’t have a story about Owen without the two people who loved him enough to take him in and essentially raise him. *sigh* I. Can’t. Wait!
“We should check out Ocean Avenue tomorrow,” Drew whispers close to my ear, amusement tingeing his deep voice.
“What? Are you serious?” Even though I’ve come to terms with being here, it doesn’t mean I want to linger and make it a serious vacation. Besides, Drew needs to get back home so he can resume practice.
“Well yeah, remember the spot where we kissed?” His eyes are warm as they search my face, filled with so much love I feel my heart swell.
“Yes,” I whisper achingly. “Of course I remember.”
“I want to go back there.” He tucks a strand of hair behind my ear, his index finger lingering on my skin. “I want to kiss you again in that little alley and remember how wet we were from the rain. How nervous I was. I was scared you might reject me.”
I’d felt the same way. We’d dealt with much of the same feelings and fears and hadn’t even known it.
“I want to take you to that store where you got the dress that just about killed me and buy you whatever you want,” he continues, his fingers drifting across my jaw. My eyes flutter closed as memories rush back at me. “I want to sit outside the dressing room and have you come out to show me every single thing you’re trying on.”
That he remembers all the little details sends a thrill of pleasure spiraling to the very depths of my soul.
“And then I want to wander off for a bit and let you do whatever you want, secretly hoping that you’ll send me a text that says marshmallow. Though if you don’t that’s okay because I’ll send you one instead.” He offers up a crooked smile and the sight of it cracks my heart wide open, overflowing with so much pure love for him I want to cry. “Because we made a deal. Whenever we see or hear that word, the other comes running. I’ll always be the one to rescue you, Fable. You never have to worry about that.”
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 for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.