Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Release Blast with Giveaway and Christie's review: Fair Game by Monica Murphy

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

Blurbs (subject to change):
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?

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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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 

"Three little words. One. And. Done."

I haven't read a bad book by this author in the NA genre. And lets just say I was quite a bit intrigued when it came to the poker game bet part of the synopsis. A heroine offered up in a bet by her slimy boyfriend in a card game? Well, I couldn't really imagine where the story would lead us. How in the world would she now belong to the hero? Girlfriend? Love slave? (Kidding.) But really, an inquiring mind wanted to know. And what I discovered is that this part of the story was pretty downplayed. It wasn't really an integral part of the book other than a unique means of putting these two in each other's path.

This book did have some basic NA trope. Rich, womanizing, most popular guy on campus meets the average, middle class girl who's unconventionally pretty yet somewhat antisocial. They meet. They're complete opposites who have an attraction with seemingly nothing in common.

That's pretty typical stuff and yes, I've read it quite a bit in one form or another, but if it's written right, it still works.The uniqueness of their meeting and the chemistry during their interactions kept me engaged and turning the pages.

The words are kind of sexy when you think about them. Shep "claiming" me as his, like I'm some sort of possession he can take whenever he wants. Another shiver, this one full body. Those words conjure up all sorts of images, every one of them sexual.

I enjoyed this couple's dynamic for the most part. I liked how Jade consistently and firmly pushed Shep away out of distrust due to his manwhore reputation. He's also known for being cocky, rude, and an entitled rich kid who always gets what he wants. That doesn't give him any points in her eyes. She's completely disgusted by him and she's not afraid to be blunt and honest-no holding back.

For me, this was a pro and a con in the story. As much as I liked that she was intelligent and didn't put up with any of his usual antics, at the same time, I think this part of her personality became a little bit grating and gave her the appearance of immaturity rather than strength after a certain point. She was extremely harsh and unaccepting of him for a large portion of the book and a lot of times I felt it was undeserved. Even when he was being sweet with her and being respectful, she would still insult him. I felt like it could have been toned down a bit, IMHO. But that's just me. Funnily enough, this was actually one of her traits that Shep liked the best. Because no one ever dared push his buttons and give it to him straight like she always has.

She acts like she hates me most of the time and I fucking love it for some twisted reason. She's a challenge. No girl is a challenge for me. Ever.

What I really liked was the hero. He was the star of the show for me. He was an absolute arrogant, and overbearing jerk and yet, from the very first scene with him, I couldn't help but like him. There was something about his confidence and his sexy swagger that was a little bit irresistible. But what I liked the most about him was the fact that from the moment he sets eyes on Jade, he's a goner.

He's not gone for her in an insta-love, I want you to bear my children kind of way. It's an I can't stop thinking about you, and I'm determined to change your mind kind of way. I loved his pursuit of her, seeing him slowly accept the depth of his growing feelings. Everyone knows that when those manwhores fall, they fall hard. And Shep was no exception. She scared him shitless. His "One and Done" philosophy that he shares with his best friends is looking less appealing by the day but he can't stop the tidal wave of feelings she brings out in him.

Fuck. I should run. Push this girl off my lap, pay someone to take her back to her dorm and be done with her. She's dangerous, but worse? She doesn't even know it.

Once Jade started softening toward him, is really became quite enamored of this couple. The tenderness and the genuine feeling of their emotions toward one another was in part due to the fact that she enforced a friendship phase to their relationship. It really allowed them to get to know each other and discover everything under the surface. She has sexual "performance anxiety" that Shep is more than happy to cure. And his parents' failed marriage have caused him to distrust real relationships and closed him off emotionally but she gives him the courage to seek more than his empty and lonely hook ups.

Monica Murphy has caught my attention again with this new group of friends and I look forward to reading more about the fate of Gabe and Tristan. I will definitely be continuing on with the series when In the Dark releases in August.


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