When An American & An Aussie Fall In Love: Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

When An American & An Aussie Fall In Love: Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah MayberryTemporary
by Sarina Bowen, Sarah Mayberry
Release Date: September 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 302
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three-half-stars
Source: ARC received for review purposes

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...

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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Sarina Bowen has quickly become a favorite author for me. Though I have never read anything by Sarah Mayberry, I have heard really great things about her writing and romances. So I was keen to pick up Temporary, even more so when I learned that we would be getting a hot Aussie as the lead. Temporary turned out to be a fun read for me, and despite the book feeling just a little long at times, I found myself enjoying the book and the characters.

Though I was most eager to meet Callan, the hero, it was Grace who completely stole the show here. She is a great heroine, selfless, hardworking and fiercely determined. Life constantly handed her lemons, but even so, she rose up from every obstacle stronger and more tenacious than before. Taking care of her sister is not an easy task, but she does everything possible to make life easier for Olivia. I love how much love Grace has for Olivia and Olivia is her priority all throughout the book. Callan, on the other hand, initially appears to be the opposite of Grace in every way. He grew up in a wealthy family, has the reputation of a playboy and has been handed almost everything in his life. So, he’s never really known struggle like Grace has. However, over the course of the story, we learn more about his issues, which are admittedly different from Grace’s but just as heartbreaking. He and his family are at odds with each other, so much so, that they don’t even bother to inform him about his beloved uncle’s death. Throughout Temporary, we get to see a softer side to Callan emerge, and I have to say I really liked all sides of his, including his charming self. Underneath it all, he was a sweetheart.

Grace and Callan don’t start off on the right foot because Grace is hired by Callan’s mother, who he hates, to auction off his uncle’s estate. He is convinced that his mother has in her hands an old will and that his uncle has written a newer will leaving everything to charity instead. So they initially clash a little bit as Callan secretly attempts to find this will in the midst of Grace’s evaluation. Of course, they slowly give in to the attraction and chemistry. Even though the relationship could cost Grace a full-time job, she gives in to it, and finds a companion in Callan. The two are both steamy and sweet together, and as a couple, they just clicked for me. Theirs is most certainly a relationship that romance lovers will enjoy watching evolve. I also enjoyed the complicated family dynamics in Temporary. I despised Callan’s cold and callous mother, was wary but also intrigued by his sister, and absolutely adored the bond between him and his uncle which we experience through Callan’s memories. Though for the most part I enjoyed Temporary, there were times when I wanted the plot to move a bit faster. Other than that, I had no real complaints about the book.

Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry’s new foray into co-writing is undeniably a hit. Temporary is a lovely romance novel, which offers a lot more than just a romance. The ending suggests that there will be a companion novel, and I’m here for it!

Chatting with Sarina & Sarah about Temporary

Hi Sarina & Sarah! Welcome to the blog!
Could you describe your new book, Temporary, using emojis only? 

Sarina, you’ve co-written with Elle Kennedy. Was co-writing with Sarah different? Sarah, how was the co-writing experience for you?

Sarah: I loved it! The magic of having someone else write the book while I was sleeping never got old! And I got to wake up every morning to a Sarina Bowen scene. Doesn’t get much better than that!

Sarina: So much fun! The time difference was the only hard part. I confess to sending at least one email reading: Wake up! I had an idea. Poor Sarah.

If you could pair up a characters from each of your solo books, who would you pair up? (As in character from Sarina’s book paired with character from Sarah’s book)

Sarah: This is hard, because I can only ever imagine my heroes and heroines together once I’ve told their story. Let me think… Maybe Bella from The Shameless Hour and Eddie from book two in my Brothers Ink series, Anticipation. Because Bella reminds me a bit of my heroine in that book, I think. Eddie would be a very different love for her than gentle and generous Rafe, though!

Sarina: Hey! That’s a good pairing. Okay. My turn. Seth from Her Kind of Trouble and Georgia from Rookie Move.

Temporary seems to heavily feature family dynamics. What are your favorite fictional families?

Sarah: I love the Shipley family from Sarina’s True North series. In my own books, I love the Porter family, as featured in All They Need and Suddenly You. In the big wide world, the Bedwyn family from Mary Balogh’s regency series were great fun

Sarina: The Weasleys. I want to be Ron’s pal and visit their sprawling home.

What makes Callan and Grace different/similar from other romance couples?

Sarah: They’re both a bit broken, I think, which is why they understand each other. And they’re a great match in terms of smarts and sense of humour. I know I’ve never written such a charming, playful playboy before!

Sarina: This book was so much more urban than some of my other work and I loved writing their Big City problems!

To end, tell us one non-spoilery thing that no one knows about Temporary.

There is a scene at Nobu in New York and now we both want to eat there again.

I hope you guys enjoyed the interview and learned a thing or two about Sarina and Sarah. Are you interested in this book? Have you read either of these author’s books before?
Let me know in the comments below!

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Nick
  • This sounds sexy and adorable. It does not appear as if it was overly dramatic. Store is like these I enjoy.

    • No there wasn’t any overly dramatic scene, thankfully! 🙂

  • kindlemom1

    It’s nice the two writing styles blended so well, that doesn’t always happen. Hope the companion novel will be just as good if not better. 🙂

    • Yeah, I couldn’t tell who wrote who because everything was so smooth. I hope so too!

  • Jasprit

    Ahhh this is a great post Nick! I still have to pick up a book by Bowen, I know epic failure on my part, but Temporary sounds fantastic! I love how strong of a character Grace is and how she tries to resist Callan at first. The chemistry between them also sounds off the charts! Thank you for putting another great book on my radar! Fab review 🙂

    • Ahhh! You have to read her Brooklyn Bruisers series, Jasprit! 🙂

  • I’ve heard such great things about Sarina Bowen, but I still haven’t read any of her books. I’ve been seeing great things about this one. I also just love when the heroine is extra amazing. Maybe even more so than when the hero is super special.

    • You’ve got to try Sarina! Her books are just amazing.

    • You’ve got to try Sarina! Her books are just amazing.

  • Love the post. Such a fun chat. You already have me feeling connected to both characters Nick.

    • Thank you, Kim!

  • I want to eat at Nobu too. I love books with a duo of writers, I think it makes the book so much better. I will have to check this out.

    • Me too! Everything on their menu sounds so delicious! I’m amazed by co-writers. They make it seem so effortless.

  • I honestly can’t wait to read this book, especially since I am hearing so many GOOD things about it, and Bowen has been on my watchlist for the LONGEST time!! Lovely review and interview. I do appreciate a solid evolving romance.

  • I totally have this book on my radar, I’ve read nothing by Mayberry but every blogger who has read this joint venture has said they liked it so I both need to read this and hunt out books by Mayberry because why has her name never come on my radar before? I seriously need to pull me finger out and get reading this, it sounds awesome.