Review: “Temporary” by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry

TemporaryTemporary by Sarina Bowen

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…

3.25 Stars.

This is the thing about this book: it’s not a bad book, it’s actually pretty good, but it couldn’t hold my interest. You all know I’m a die hard fan of romance and there’s nothing I love more than reading about two people falling in love. And this book, for how well-written, funny, flirty… it wasn’t romantic enough for me. The second half of the book, admittedly, held more heart than the first. But I seriously couldn’t get over how many pages were spent discussing Jack’s estates, Jack’s will. It seemed like the romance didn’t have a front and center place.

That being said, the writing style is flawless. It had never read a book by Mayberry, but have been a Bowen fan for a while now and I have to say that writing wise, these ladies did not disappoint. The narration was smooth, the dialogues realistic, there was plenty of funny banter. I probably just hoped that the characters would go a little deeper in their chat sooner into the narration.

About the characters, I liked both, but none of the MC or side characters blew me away. I found Grace’s background relatable and honest, and I loved how the authors portrayed her relationship with her sister Olivia in a realistic way, and not just all unicorns and rainbows. Because let’s face it, teenagers are hard to deal with. You also know that I love broke heroines and I appreciated how the authors also described the true life hacks the heroine had to do in order to be able to sustain herself and her sister, like sawing her own clothes from thrift store findings and eating prepared meal instead of going out. I always find it easier to relate to this kind of people instead of the rich and wealthy.

And talking about the rich and wealthy. Callan. What I loved the most about him was how genuine he is. He’s a happy go lucky guy, with a shitty family, but at the time he’s sometimes clueless about the struggles Grace has to live day. I liked how he wasn’t portrayed as a perfect guy. More than once, he screws up, even putting her job at risk. But he’s a such a fun person to be around that it was impossible for me, as a reader, not to forgive his misteps. I mean, the guys is actually trying to do some good. Too bad that his agenda is undoubtedly going to crash with Grace’s job. A job she really needs. This is what caused the majority of the friction between them.

The end me left me quite befuddled because even though this is a standalone, given the ending this story isn’t 100% over.

I won’t say more about the plot not to spoiler anything. But in conclusion, I liked the book even though it didn’t make anything flutter in my belly. Callan and Grace are a cute couple, but there was not enough epicness or romance in general for me, especially in the first part.

To end the review, I’ll leave you with a sexy quote because why not?

A man like Callan Walker would be good in bed. He’d be dirty and adventurous, earthy and bold. He’d take no prisoners.


8 thoughts on “Review: “Temporary” by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry

  1. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Fantastic review Talia but too bad it was not better for you. Thanks for the quote 😉 I hope you’re still enjoying Big Apple ❤


    • taliaredhotink says:

      Thank you, Sophie 🙂 It was a meh book. It happens. Ahaha, it was my favorite quote. Love the “no prisoner” part.
      Yes, I’m still enjoying it, but this week is crazy at college. We have so many meetings and conferences and job and internship fairs, and resume workshop. I’m spinning all over with things to do. But I love it so there’s that ❤

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      • Beware Of The Reader says:

        I’m so happy for you Talia 😉 I can live my American college dream vicariously through you LOL My daughter wants to study one year in the US later too. Enjoy your adventure ❤


  2. taliaredhotink says:

    Ahaha, college life is different than what they portray in the movies, although I believe the undergraduate kids do party quite a lot compared to us stressed busybodies. Still, it’s definitely an adventure and your daughter will love it… when she grows up. 🙂


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