Saturday, May 16, 2015

Review Tour and Giveaway: Fair Game by Monica Murphy (The Rules #1)

You are going to LOVE this new series by Monica Murphy! We're celebrating the release of FAIR GAME! Join us in the fun!

Title: Fair Game
Series Name: The Rules Series
Author Name: Monica Murphy
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations

FAIR GAME (The Rules Series, Book 1) May 12, 2015
Bad enough Jade Frost's boyfriend drags her to a boring poker game. Even worse that he actually threw her into the betting pot during an intense round...and lost. Talk about the perfect excuse for Jade to make him her ex-boyfriend.

Now she supposedly belongs to the ultra rich, extremely gorgeous Shep Prescott. He could have anything he wants yet he seems to be in hot pursuit of her. No matter how rude, how snarky, how impossible she acts, it doesn't stop him. More like her horrible behavior seems to make him want her more.

When she finds herself starting to fall for him, Jade's confused. There's more to Shep than the carefree rich charmer he portrays. No way could he want a serious relationship with her...or could he?

My Review

Want the quick version of my review?  That's easy..."read it--you'll love it".  Monica Murphy has a writing style that quickly absorbs your attention, then doesn't let it go.  Hell, my mind is still wandering back to the story.  The theme is a favorite of mine-a playboy finally finding "the one"-and it's written as dual POV from both Shep and Jade so we get so much more from the story.

The characters were wonderful-both Shep and Jade are strong-willed, which makes for a lot of head-butting and some great banter.  The push and pull between them, and the fireworks once they finally get together make for a truly engrossing read.  Their supporting cast of characters fill their roles in typical fashion, most notably with Shep's best friend Gabe and cousin Tristan playing the constant playboy bachelors...and of course ragging on Shep for not doing the once-and-done with Jade (can't wait for their books to see them finally fall!).

The sexual tension between Shep and Jade builds tremendously, so when it finally snaps you're in for some vivid, hot scenes.  There's also plenty of snarky commentary from Jade toward Shep until he breaks through her mistrust of his playboy ways.  Shep is my favorite character of this story; I always love watching the playboy come to the realization that he's found "the one", and he plays his part perfectly.

4.5 stars for Fair Game, recommended to those 18+ for language and adult content.  The only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars was the talk about casual drug use...I'm not a fan of this and the offhand way it's mentioned (like it's expected of college students) just bugs me.  Otherwise?  A great read and a good start to a new series.

The series continues!

IN THE DARK (Book 2) August 25, 2015
Stuck spending the summer with his screwed up family, Gabriel Walker is bored out of his mind and looking for an adventure. And he seems to find it with the hot girl who lives next door. The attraction between them is instant. Electric. Soon they’re spending every stolen minute together. Talk about the perfect summer fling…

Lucy isn’t what she seems. She doesn’t live next door—she’s the maid who’s been hired to house sit for the summer while the family goes on a worldwide vacation. If Gabe wants to believe she’s a spoiled rich girl looking for some fun, she can go along with that. After the summer, she’ll never see him again.

They don’t count on running into each other at college. Now Lucy must keep up the pretense of being a rich girl—and it’s exhausting. She knows she’s falling in love with Gabe and she’s scared he feels the same. Will he still care about her when he discovers the truth?

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SLOW PLAY (Book 3) November 3, 2015
Newly broke girl Alexandria Asher just wants to live a normal life. After her parents are sent to prison on embezzlement charges, she enrolls in college under her mother’s maiden name and tries her best to pretend she’s someone else.

Tristan Chadwick is everything Alex is trying to avoid. A seemingly egotistical, lazy, rich jerk, she dumps her beer on his head when he comes on to her one night at a party. This only spurs Tristan into action. He loves nothing more than a challenge. And the beautiful Alex is exactly the type of challenge that intrigues him.

Despite her reluctance, Alex finds herself quickly involved with Tristan. Underneath that playboy exterior is a good guy, a sweet and sexy guy who she is undoubtedly falling for. What they both don’t realize is the actions of Alex’s parents are the reason for so much tragedy in Tristan’s family. And when Tristan discovers who Alex and her family really is, can he forgive and forget?

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About the Author:
New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She's a workaholic who loves her job. When she's not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

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