Saving It by Monica Murphy
Release Date: November 6th, 2017
Genre: YA Romance
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Eden: Josh Evans and I have been best friends forever. He knows all my secrets, and I know all of his. So when he randomly asks me to help him lose his virginity, I sort of flip out. That’s a question that sends your mind to places you’ve seriously never considered before. Like, you know. Having sex. With your best friend. Except Josh doesn’t want to have sex with me—he wants me to help him find a girl. A nice girl who’s funny and smart and cute. Except he already knows a girl just like that…
Josh: Eden Sumner is my best friend. So of course she’d be the person to help me find my perfect match, so I can drop my V card before I head off to college. Except the more we search, the more I realize that maybe the right girl has been by my side all along. I don’t need Eden’s help in finding me a girl to love. I’m pretty sure I’m already in love with Eden. But now she thinks I’m only after one thing…with anyone but her.
Stephanie’s 4 Blush Review
Once again Monica Murphy brings us into the world of YA/teen/high school drama capturing it and its endless cycle. Dating, cheating, Snapchat and lots of sex talk. Josh and Eden have been best friends forever. They are in their senior year of high school when Josh asks Eden to help him find someone to lose his virginity to. Eden is stunned by this request but she agrees to help. As Eden starts the process of “choosing a candidate” and giving Josh a makeover her unexpected feelings start to stir….
I’m just friend material. That’s how he sees me. And that’s how I’ve seen him until…what? I’m not even sure what changed. It’s probably all the talk of him looking to have sex with someone else.
Josh is also having unexpected feelings and thoughts about Eden….
You say you want a girlfriend, but dude. You pretty much have one. Her name is Eden.
Is that for real? Like, for real for real? Does Eden think of me in that way? Could she want to go out with me? Make out with me?
Of course you have your angst and drama that go along with all of these feelings and hormones. Josh and Eden are filled with doubts about how the other one feels. But they realize that they really like each other.
She’s my best friend. How awkward would that be? Oh, hey, Eden, let’s do it once and then go back to being friends because I want to lose my virginity and I bet you do too because you’re still a virgin, right?
This was a sweet story with a nice ending. The characters are real and developed. The story flows from page to page. I felt like I was on a couch watching the drama unfold! I loved “The Bachelor” references. As Monica Murphy has stated, she has an endless supply of YA drama thanks to her daughter and her friends. I am sure there will be more to come!
Josh pulls the dressing room curtain back and walks out, holding his arms out at his sides. He’s wearing a black button down shirt and the dark khaki pants and um…
“I’m totally overdressed.”
“No, you look…” I shake my head, at a loss for words. Which is stupid. It’s just Josh.
“I look what? Bad?” He’s frowning, staring down at his chest, running his fingers over the shirt buttons.
“You definitely don’t look bad.” My voice is firm. My thoughts are going haywire. I think about the pact we made, how crazy I thought he was for bringing it up.
But hey. Maybe there’s something to this “let’s lose our virginity to each other” deal.
Nah. That’s crazy talk.
He lifts his head, his gaze meeting mine. “So I look…good?”
“You look great.” Understatement. He looks hot like fire. But I can’t tell him that. “You need a haircut.” I say this to break the tension, because there is so much freaking tension right now. Am I the only one who’s experiencing it? Or does he feel it, too?
“Yeah. I know I do.” He runs a hand through his hair, messing it up so it’s a riotous mass on top of his head. My gaze lingers, and I’m tempted to run my fingers through his thick hair and straighten it out.
Oh. My. God. Stop thinking like this!
“Go try on something else,” I tell him, waving my hands and shooing him away. He needs to go. Get behind that curtain and hide for a few minutes so I can gather my thoughts. “Try on one of the flannel shirts and the jeans.”
“Okay.” He sends me a questioning look before he slips back into the dressing room.
I breathe out a sigh of relief, my shoulders slumping. What just happened? I don’t like feeling this way toward Josh. Thinking he’s hot, being attracted to him. It makes me…uncomfortable?
Well, it should make me uncomfortable.
“Your boyfriend is cute.”
Glancing over my shoulder, I watch the sales associate who greeted us when we first walked into the store approach. She’s super cute with a bohemian vibe. Long wavy golden hair almost to her butt, a black choker around her neck, she’s wearing a flower print, flowing dress that swirls around her ankles when she walks.
“He’s not my boyfriend,” I tell her.
Her eyebrows go up. “You could’ve fooled me.”
I’m scowling. “What do you mean?”
“You two looked totally into each other.”
“Yeah.” I laugh, but it feels forced. “No. We’re just friends.”
“Uh huh.” The knowing smile she sends my way tells me she doesn’t believe a word I’m saying. Whatever. “Let me know if you need any new sizes or whatever, okay?”
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About the Author:
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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