Published by Rennie Road Books on September 12th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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...
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review and did not influence my opinion of the book.
Temporary is a book penned by an author I adore, Sarina Bowen and by another I’ve never read, Sarah Mayberry. This new author duo has something here; something sweet, something fun and something I need more of.
❝Everything about Callan Walker was a little more glamorous than I was used to. A little brighter, a little more perfect.❞
Callan is a man who was raised by a ruthless, self-absorbed mother. She knew nothing about loving others. Her children were nothing but tools to be used to further her career and social standing. So when she bribes his first love into leaving him, Callan swears off his family and loving relationships. Becoming the best Bachelor that money can buy, he parties and one-night-stands his way around the world. Until his Uncle dies and he is suddenly forced to set down temporary stakes. Becoming consumed with settling his Uncle’s estate the way he knew his Uncle Jack wanted, he is forced to figure out how to maneuver his mother and Grace O’Malley.
❝I was out of practice dealing with someone as genuine and substantial like Grace.❞
Grace was the guardian to her 15-year-old sister, Olivia. Their mother was more in love with drugs than them. One day she vanishes leaving Grace the only choice but to quit her dream and work hard to provide a family for herself and her sister. Working as a temp may not be her dream job, but it pays the bills, for the most part. When she is assigned a job with Walker Holdings, she hopes to turn this temporary position into a permanent one. Her job? She is to create a detailed inventory of everything owned by Jack Walker, from tea cups to vintage wine collections. As well, she needed to contact auction houses and dealers who may be interested in purchasing his items of value. Between raising a teenager and trying to impress her boss, she did not have time for the smug bachelor who was derailing her. Her job was to dispose of Jack Walker’s life, while Callan was determined to preserve it.
Neither expected to find so much in common with the other, neither expected to find love.
I really enjoyed these characters. They were both fiery, both fiercely loyal and neither wanted anything to do with relationships. But the more they worked together, the more their defenses fell, allowing their true selves to show. Jack was a great hero, we got to see his vulnerability, his need and desire to be loved. Grace was a strong female character. She may have questioned her worth in response to the wealthy man that was Callan, but once he showed who he was and what he wanted, she was all in.
❝I really had to get a grip on my hormones where Callan was concerned. It was starting to get embarrassing.❞
When I first started this book, it moved a little slowly for me. Admittedly, that is because I am a sucker for angst, suspense, or just generally fast moving stories. But once I settled into the story, the feels and excitement developed me, and I breezed through the book. A funny, sexy, character driven story sure to put a smile on your face, Temporary is a must read!