Title: Slow Play
Series Name: The Rules Series #3
Author Name: Monica Murphy
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
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He’s the player of all players…
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 Prescott 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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Review by: Tatia
I remember seeing a picture that Ms. Murphy posted on Instagram saying how excited she was about the release of SlowPlay, about how Tristan's story was her favorite in the series. I thought to myself that it would have to be some story to beat Shep in my book. He's always been my favorite. Well, Ms. Murphy, guess who's story is now my #1?
Man-whoring, asshole, black-hearted, stuck-in-his-ways Tristan. He's has selfish as they come. He uses women for one thing - his pleasure. He's never worried about what they wanted, if they got off, or if they had a preference. Get in, get off, get out. That's him, until one Halloween party when an angel dressed in white took over his every thought. Now Tristan's fighting feelings he didn't think he'd ever have to deal with.
Alexandria was just looking for a new life, away from everyone and everything that was ever involved in her past. She's focused on her and rebuilding a life where she's actually happy. The last thing she wants is the attention of the biggest player on campus. Unfortunately, that's what she has. With her new friends in tow, surely she can thwart his advantages and he'll eventually give up, right?
I loved everything, EVERYTHING, about this story. Tristan and the fight he put up. Alexandria and her will to not give in. That's the funny thing about love though. It usually knocks you over when you least expect it, and you fall hard. I couldn't stop thinking about it. Hell, I dreamed about it. I went to sleep thinking that I couldn't wait to wake up, get the oldest off to school, come back home and pick up reading again. I had to know what happened. I knew the big plot twister was coming. I knew secrets would be revealed, the past would catch up, and it would test everything Tristan and Alex had built. And it did. I didn't know if there was enough time in the story to salvage all that had went wrong. I was worried. Have no fear, though. We get the ending I did not see coming. Sexy, stubborn Tristan surprises us all.
Review by: Gina
I really love this series and was super excited that Tristan got his own book. I really enjoyed the story. For me, I thought there were a few holes, or need for something more but overall well written with good characters. I had times that I really loved both characters and then I had times where I really wanted to yell at them to get it together.
Alex's story really intrigued and I kept wanting to know more. Then Tristan...he was just so arrogant that I really wanted to hate him, but then he would be so sweet, say the sweetest things and I would love him all over again.
I was hoping to get a little more backstory, a little more drama, with regards to the secrets Alex and Tristan were keeping. It seemed the story mostly revolved around Alex. We would get tidbits of her past here and there until finally her secret is exposed. With Tristan, it seemed like he was just there...playing the object of Alex's affection. We don't get most of his story.
Overall, while Slow Play wasn't my favorite in the story, I did enjoy it. I thought it was well written with characters who were almost 100% complete for me. If you are looking for a fun series, with good characters, secrets and drama I recommend The Rules series.
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About Monica Murphy
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.