To say I enjoy Sarina Bowen’s writing would be an understatement, and if I was perusing through her backlist I would say some of my favorite books were her collaborations with other authors. Even though Sarah Mayberry is a new to me author, when I saw that she would be co-writing with Sarina Bowen I couldn’t put Temporary on my TBR list fast enough.
Then there was this blurb:
The most beautiful man I’ve ever seen is the one who can ruin everything…
The first time I lay eyes on Callan Walker, I know he’ll be trouble. With his smug grin, hot Aussie accent and thousand dollar shoes, he’s just the kind of rich guy who always gets what he wants.
And he wants two things: a night of sin, and my cooperation as he outmaneuvers his powerful mother to take control of his uncle’s estate.
I can’t afford either one. I’m the only thing standing between my little sister and the foster care system. He may have money and charm on his side, but I have something even more powerful — pure desperation. This temp job at his mother’s company can become a full time job for me. It has to.
But when Callan’s eyes rake over my body, sometimes I forget my obligations. His piercing gaze finds the fun, optimistic girl I used to be and not the tired person I’ve become.
And it works–if only for a moment. Our night together was a mistake. I can’t afford to get sucked into his high-powered family’s treachery. But the closer I get to Callan, the more layers I find beneath those expensive clothes. Though I can’t forget this is temporary. He’s temporary. I have too much to lose.
Too bad my foolish heart didn’t get the memo…
How do you resist a blurb like that?
As soon as Callan Walker, wealthy Australian playboy who regularly jet sets around the world, and Grace Kerrington, hard-working New Yorker who desperately needs a steady job to take care of her sister, set eyes on each other in chapter three I knew this book would be something special.
Right from the get go their chemistry is off the charts, but it was the pacing of their relationship that had kept me reading. The attraction was almost instantaneous, but these authors built that attraction to a place that when they finally fell into bed, err couch, that I believed that the timing for them to move forward in that direction was just right. It also allowed the reader to get to know each of the characters. Callan was not the directionless playboy he first appeared to be, but rather a compassionate, kind man who loved his uncle and was dedicated to doing the right thing. Grace is determined to keep her sister out of the foster care system and works hard and worries and sacrifices. I liked them. Together, apart, I just liked each of them and wanted them to be together because despite their differences they worked as a couple and deserved happiness.
Despite the conflict, and a few moments at the end which involved some pretty great groveling on Callan’s part, this was such an easy read. There weren’t any overwhelmingly dramatic scenes that made my heart hurt, or things said or done that made me wonder how they would come back from them. Callan’s mother was the villain (she’s a total bitch), and she is the sole source of angst between this couple. Both Callan and Grace are trying to do what they feel is the right thing for them, and I could sympathize with each of their positions and what they were feeling. In the end I liked how they got together and liked where these authors chose to leave them in the future. It felt right.
Now I’m hoping that this won’t be the last collaboration we see from these authors. There is something that happens in the last chapter that leads me to believe we will see more of this couple and their extended family. I’m keeping my fingers crossed it happens. Sooner, rather than later. Final Grade- B+
Everything about Callan Walker was a little more glamorous than I was used to. A little brighter, a little more perfect. I was never going to forget this brief moment when we’d enjoyed each other’s company so thoroughly.