Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Safe Bet

Safe Bet by Monica Murphy
Release Date: January 10th, 2017
Series: The Rules
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Sydney Walker’s new job is perfect. As the live-in nanny to the most famous quarterback in the NFL and his beautiful wife, she couldn’t have it any better. Their kids are adorable. Her bosses are more than generous. Plus, there are hot football players at the house all the time. Life can’t get much better than this.

Until her life turns into an absolute nightmare. The media is abuzz with rumors that she and her boss Drew Callahan are having a torrid affair. Everyone knows the truth—except the public. So Drew’s wife Fable comes up with the perfect idea.

She creates a fake relationship between Sydney and one of the rookie players on Drew’s team. Wade Knox is forever indebted to Drew and Fable and readily agrees to the set up. Pretending to be in a romantic relationship with the hot nanny for a week—how hard can it be?

Crazy how it only takes one week for two people to fall head over heels in love…

(This mash-up new adult romance features characters from both the One Week Girlfriend series and The Rules series.)

Safe Bet is the fourth installment of The Rules series and follows Sydney Walker and Wade Knox as they try to find their way through a fake relationship. Sydney is the new nanny for Drew Callahan and his wife Fable, but when rumors start to surface that she's having an affair with Drew they all need to come up with a plan to stop the false accusations. And what better way to stop cheating rumors than to show that Sydney is in a loving relationship with someone else. 

I enjoyed this story but I can't say it was my favorite. I actually had to think on this for a long time once I finished reading because I just didn't know how I truly felt about it. While I liked these characters and the overall story, I felt like it ended way too soon and that the relationship between Sydney and Wade wasn't shown enough. So much of the beginning centered around Sydney starting her new job, then when she and Wade actually started their shame of a relationship the story seemed to move in double speed and before I knew it the book was over. I actually got confused when I got to "The End" because it didn't seem like a good place for the book to end to me. 

Overall, I did enjoy reading about these characters and I liked both Sydney and Wade. I wish I had more time to get to know them and see them together, but it didn't completely ruin the story for me. I would still recommend this book for anyone that enjoys a story about a fake relationship turning to more. 


Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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