Book Review: Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry
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…
I received an e-arc of Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings of the book.
If you have been following me the last year, I’ve started making my way through Sarina Bowen’s books and I’ve really been enjoying them overall. So when I saw that she was bringing a new book out, with an Aussie taking the lead. I needed it.
Temporary follows two very different people. Not only from opposite sides of the world but also on the social ladder. Grace is the sole carer of her younger sister and will do anything to help them survive. Now in a temp job, she knows that one step out of line could risk her losing her sister – for good. While Callan has everything that could have asked for – except a family. Business and money are what he knows, but when his uncle dies he wants to make sure that he is remembered. They are on two different sides, but they can’t stop the chemistry that runs between them.
Grace was an easy protagonist to get along with. I loved her passion and her drive to keep her sister, while she tries her best to make sure she is happy. I felt that times she was very on edge, while I understood why it really did create a lot of tension in her life. Grace is very smart, but she does let her emotions get the better of her, and that did hinder my like for the book.
Callan wasn’t the easiest protagonist to get along with at times, but as the novel went on, I really got to like him. I loved his passion to do what ever he could for his uncle. I felt that at times he didn’t understand Grace’s situation before it was too late.
Like I said, Grace and Callan are total opposites. But when they were together, they brought out the best in one another. At the start, it was slow burning, with both Grace and Callan hesitant of one another. Nevertheless, as they got to know each other, they become comfortable. And from there it was pretty fast.
One of my favorite things about Temporary was that while it was co-written, I was unable to tell who was writing what. It flowed seamlessly and worked to the T. I’ve read both Sarina’s solo and co-written work, so I thought I had a grasp of her writing style. However, it just worked so well in Temporary, with alone putting a smile on my face. I felt that Callan’s Australian side was honest and very well done.
In saying that I did feel that at times Temporary was a little too long. I thought there could have been a good amount of pages cut. Some scenes were long winded and just interrupted the flow of the novel.
The notion of family is always big to me in novels and throughout Temporary we were able to see the good, and the bad. I loved the relationship between Grace and her sister that she is the sole carer of. While it was a struggle at times, I loved seeing how much they cared for one another and would do anything for each other.
Then we had Callan and his family. I liked the contrast of the two families and one big notion of life comes to mind, ‘money isn’t everything.’ I think that really stood out between the different dynamics of these two families. And let’s just say that his mother is a right piece of work.
Overall, Temporary is a heartwarming read that explores the notion of family, trust and learning to find your feet. With a bubbling relationship, a great friendship, and heartache, this books took me on a ride. If you are in for a little love, heartbreak and some beautiful moments, then this one is for you.
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