on 12 September 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Rennie Road Books
Source: Bocci PR
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...
Temporary is the first collaboration between contemporary romance authors Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry. On their own, both happen to be among my favorite authors so when I heard about them writing a romance novel together, there was no way I was going to miss having it on my reading list. I’m thrilled to say that it was every bit as good as I’d hoped!
Grace Kerrington has learned the hard way that to make it, she can only rely on herself. Taking care of her fifteen year old sister Olivia means putting her own school aspirations on the back burner, and putting up with any temp job she can get. Her latest task, to help catalogue the estate of a recently deceased member of the prestigious Walker family, could be the foot in the door she needs to get a full time job and some financial security.
Callan Walker is mourning the loss of his uncle Jack, a man who’d lived his own life away from family expectations. On finding out about his death, Callan had immediately returned to New York with hopes of finding a more recent will than the one leaving everything to his cold and hard-hearted mother. But there’s a wrinkle in his plans, in the form of one determined, beautiful young woman. Grace’s need to wrap up the estate and secure a paycheque are at odds with Callan’s goal which could make Grace’s job obsolete. The fact that sparks fly between them certainly doesn’t help matters. Callan and Grace come from two very different worlds, where money or the lack thereof has defined them and set them on certain paths. Now that their paths have crossed, can they find a compromise that will lead them to a new future together?
I loved this story! Callan starts out being the Aussie playboy hero, bored with the luxurious lifestyle he’s been living and shocked into reality by the death of his beloved Uncle. His encounters with Grace at the start show that privilege. As he comes to learn more about Grace, and about what enterprises his uncle had been involved in before his death, including Jack’s work with renovating an LGBTQ shelter, he reveals more of his true character. In fact, his playboy image while being partly accurate has concealed a lot of the charity work he’s done on his own. I loved seeing the more sensitive side of Callan’s character, his love for his uncle fueling his determination to see him honored properly. He becomes a hero in pursuit in this story, though at first only for the fun he and Grace can have and without thinking of the long term implications for her. She teaches him that love and family are the things worth fighting for.
Grace is a wonderful character as an intelligent and talented woman. She’s able use her design skills to alter thrift store suits into modern looking business attire. She keeps her sister fed and clothed and does her best to get the rent paid on time, as well as providing the emotional support her sister needs. Though she cautions herself not to be swept off her feet by the handsome and wealthy Australian, when it’s clear the attraction is mutual, she’s ready to indulge in what he offers. The result is some steamy love scenes that connect them on an emotional level too – something they both try to deny without much luck.
The conflict in the story is pretty clear stemming from their wealth divide, interference from Callan’s family, and from their opposing goals in handling Jack’s estate. In this situation, money is usually the winner but at risk for Callan is the one woman who understands him and whom he no longer thinks of as a temporary diversion. Fortunately he gives some epic grovel to smooth the way for their happy ending. The sweet epilogue contains a surprise for a secondary character, meaning there’s going to be more coming our way from this fabulous duo. Temporary is a sexy slow-burning opposites attract romance destined for a permanent place on my re-read shelf.