Saving It, an all-new YA romance from Monica Murphy is available NOW!
Saving It by Monica Murphy
Release Date: November 6th, 2017
Genre: YA Romance
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.
AH! I’m so happy. This book landed in my hands right when I needed a cute angsty read. If you are a fan of friends to lovers stories then you are in for a treat! I wouldn’t say it is my new favorite by Monica Murphy but it is definitely up there.
Eden and Josh are best friends. They know pretty much everything there is to know about each other. They trust each other. That’s why Josh asked Eden to help him lose his virginity. Stop your dirty minds from getting too excited though, it is not what you think. She’s only going to help him find the perfect candidate. After all, they don’t like each other that way. They are best friends. The thought never even crossed their minds… or did it?
My cheeks hurt from smiling like the Cheshire cat. But it is impossible not to smile while reading this book. Josh and Eden are so pure, cute and real. Their story is kind of different from the friends to lovers books I’ve read in the past. From the beginning you can tell they truly believe they only love each other as friends and as you keep reading they slowly discover that deep down they’ve always felt something stronger. It was a different twist to the classic story where only one person has the crush while the other is oblivious.
The characters in this story are teenagers so naturally things get pretty angsty. We all know how it is with teenagers, drama everywhere! Fortunately it is not the unnecessary drama that just makes you roll your eyes a hundred times, it actually makes the love story more exciting. It keeps you wondering what the characters are going to do next even though we all know how these kind of books end. The ending is predictable but so what? Who doesn’t like a good ol’ happy ending?
Saving It is told from Josh and Eden’s point of views so you always know what’s going through their minds. That’s why I got the surprise of my life when the ending came around and Josh (sneaky boy that one) did something that was totally unexpected. Unexpected good. Y’all are going to swoon so hard when you read it.
If you are in need of a cute teenage romance read then pick up this book right now. It’ll make your teenage self very happy,
4 / 5 flowers
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?”
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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