May 15, 2015

FAIR GAME by Monica Murphy ~ REVIEW TOUR

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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?

Review by: Tatia 

I have found my new favorite read. I loved everything about this book. It was super sexy and totally captivating.

The heroine, Jade, is fierce. She's tough as nails, sarcastic, and tends to keep to herself. She's very genuine though. It'll be hard to find another like her.
Now the hero,'ll fall in love with him. He ranked very high on my book boyfriend list. He's the love em' and leave em' guy, not even close to thinking about starting a relationship. He's used to getting what he wants, so when Jade puts up a fight, he looks at it as a challenge.
I read the synopsis for Fair Game and knew that I would enjoy it. It just seemed like one of those books that you know you're going to like. It was that and more. There wasn't a page that I turned that I did not absolutely love. It had me smiling, wanting to slap a few side characters, even the main characters a few times, and in the end wanting more because I could never truly have enough of this story. As my first read of Monica Murphy's, I'd say she definitely won me over.

5 Stars 

Review by: Sam 

As soon as I read the synopsis for this book, I NEEDED it! STAT!  Jade Frost accompanies her boyfriend Joel to an underground poker game, where students bet for BIG monies!!! She meets the cocky, confident, sex on a stick Shep Prescott for the first time in person! She has heard all about his reputation and ego around college, and verbally bashes the dude to her friend, however, he overheard that bashing and was nothing but intrigued by the sassy little red head! 

Joel has nothing left and wants to win back some money, but when Jade becomes the game....that shit just isn't cool! I wanted to kick her boyfriend in the balls for allowing the situation to get that far.....however, I am so glad it did! Joel loses Jade to Shep Prescott and the confident lady magnet is more than happy to collect his winnings, but not before Jade cracks him around the face! HAHAHA! It was at that point I fell in love with the heroine! Her sorry excuse of a boyfriend has been kicked to the curb and Jade really starts to notice Shep.....a little bit MORE! 

Shep is wealthy, he can have anything he wants, he thinks he is incredible, irresistible, and the one thing he has never won before is a chick! But he plans on claiming his prize!! After all, he did win fair and square!
Jade however, does NOT want to be just another one of his minions. Even though she is intrigued, she tries to avoid him, until they run into each other at a party, then her work, where she insults him some more LMAO!!! She is feisty, with a kick ass attitude, gorgeous red hair and freckles that bring Shep to his knees!!! These characters are total opposites, but they are the perfect fit! 

This book is absolutely HILARIOUS! The banter between Shep and Jade made me laugh so hard, their chemistry was HOT and I devoured every word! 
Supporting characters were interesting and I look forward to reading their stories! I loved Shep's POV, is was written so perfectly, I found myself swooning, blushing and not being able to put the book down! 

Monica Murphy has delivered a five star start to a new series! Shep and Jade are just PERFECT! 

5 Stars 

Review by: Dawn 

This has been one of my favorites by Monica. I LOVED these characters. I LOVED their story. This story really had me laughing at some parts ready to throw my Kindle and smash these 2 charters heads together. I loved how jade doesn't take any BS and gives it back just as good as she gets it. She is a tough as nails girl that knows what she wants and isn't scared to go after it but when it comes to love she fights it all the way. This book is a journey that you won't want to stop.

5 Stars 

Review by: Fidah 

Fair Game is the first book in Monica Murphy's new series, The Rules. From what I've read, I believe each book takes two characters from very different backgrounds. While it's definitely not the most original idea, I had such a great time reading the story. It was almost impossible to put down. I doubt I would have if I hadn't had work. 

Jade was such an interesting and spunky character. She always seems full of energy with her quick and sarcastic comebacks especially where Shep is involved. It definitely made me smile on several occasions. Their first meeting was definitely one of my favourite moments in the book. Of course, there were some steamy scenes and I liked how it cooperated into moving the story instead of being used as a filler.

I had a minor problem with the storyline. I wished there was more involvement with their families. They were included but I didn't think it was enough. Especially with the epilogue, I didn't feel like everything was revolved and tied together well. Which does make me hopeful for another book with Jade and Shep.

4 Stars 


“I hate Shepard Prescott.”
“Of course you do. Heaven forbid you’re normal and think he’s hot like the rest of the female population on campus.” Kelli rolls her eyes, flicking her long, perfectly wavy brown hair over her shoulder. I dodge out of the way before all that glossy perfect hair smacks me in the face.
“Do you really think he’s hot?”
The pointed look Kelli sends my way is answer enough.
It doesn’t matter if I think or Kelli thinks he’s good looking because he just is. There’s no denying that fact. But his arrogant attitude and smug personality cancels out the sexiness.
“Seriously. He’s an asshole.” I stare at the back of the asshole’s head. His hair is this streaked golden brown that almost looks like he paid for those highlights, which I really hope he didn’t because oh my God, that would make him even more pretentious. Though I’m sure he received those naturally glorious blond streaks by sailing on his family’s yacht or whatever. Or perhaps sunning himself on the beach during one of the many tropical vacations he no doubt takes.
To say we run in different crowds is putting it mildly. He’s older than me by two years. He’s in a frat and I’m not in a sorority. He’s rich as hell and I am most assuredly not. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for him to know I exist and I’m fine with that.
“Even his name makes him sounds like an asshole. And his nickname is stupid too. Shep.” I grimace. All rich dudes have stupid nicknames I swear. “Sounds like a dog’s name. ‘Here boy. Here Shep. Mommy’s got a treat for you’,” I sing song then roll my eyes. “Ridiculous.”
“I just bet Mommy’s got a treat for him,” Kelli says, her droll voice dripping with sarcasm.
“Pfft. Please. He wishes.” I wave my hand, sending a cautious glance in Shep’s direction. I may be mocking his ass but the last thing I want is for him to actually hear me.
“You’re on a roll tonight aren’t you?” Kelli sounds bored. That’s because we are bored. Holed up in a crappy little underground poker palace run by the supposedly legendary gambler Shepard Prescott and all of his rich, asshole friends. Our boyfriends brought us here so they could play against Shep and his gambling posse because they have a reputation. As in, they bet big so they tend to win big. But more often than not, they lose. Really big…
Our boyfriends are counting on the losing really big part.
“I can tolerate maybe two more rounds of this and then I’m walking,” I mutter before I finish off the rest of the warm beer in my requisite red Solo cup. Grimacing, I set the cup on the table behind me and heave a big sigh, earning a quick glance from my boyfriend. Pretty sad he recognizes my irritated sighs but we really haven’t been getting along lately so it’s no surprise. He flashes me a tense smile before returning his gaze to the cards in his hand.
“He looks stressed.” Kelli nudges my side with her pointy elbow, making me yelp. Does she sharpen those things or what? “Joel. Look at him.”
I’m looking at him. And she’s right. Joel does look stressed. What else is new? “He’s been wearing that look a lot lately.” Lack of funds will do that to a person. Instead of saving the money his parents gave him at the beginning of the semester to bail him out since he lost his part time job, he went and blew it on stupid stuff. Like that pair of designer sunglasses he promptly lost when he was at one of those lake parties, got drunk and went swimming with them on. In February.
My boyfriend doesn’t always make the best choices.
“He doesn’t have very many chips left either,” Kelli mentions, leaning in close to me so she can see past Shep. But who can really see past that guy? He has shoulders as broad as a mountain. And all that wild does he pay for highlights or not hair that sort of springs up as if it has a mind of its own.
“Good. Maybe that means we can leave soon.” I grab my cup from the table and bring it to my lips only to realize it’s empty and I frown. Not that I want more warm beer but…
“Get her another.” Shep raises his hand above his head and snaps his fingers, his finger pointed backward.
Right at me.
“How the hell did he do that?” I ask no one under my breath, glancing up at the barely dressed girl who’s suddenly standing in front of me, fresh Solo cup in hand outstretched toward me. I take the drink from her with a mumbled thank you and she flashes me a toothy smile before she bounces away.
“Look.” Another nudge from Kelli’s pointy elbow—that should be an illegal weapon—before she’s pointing at the wall across from us. There’s a mirror mounted there.

And Shepard Prescott is looking right at us, a smug grin stretching his lips wide, revealing perfect white teeth.

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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