Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fair Game (The Rules, #1) by Monica Murphy [Review + Giveaway]

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?
6 Playing the Game Stars

This is my first Monica Murphy read and yes you can slap me in the face.  I don’t know why I waited so long. If you haven’t read a Monica Murphy book, EVERY ONE NEEDS TO READ THIS ONE!!!!

Fair Game is a standalone and is the first book in The Rule series.  This is Jade and Shep’s story.


Dynamics between Jade and Shep is absolutely CUTE!!!

GREAT Banter

Laugh out LOUD funny

The writing flows well with no angst and mild tension


Jade is at a poker game with her boyfriend. Her boyfriend is losing badly. Shep runs the poker place and is bored. He decides to spice up the game and offer’s Jade in the bet. If Shep wins, he gets Jade and if Shep loses then he pays $50K.

Isn’t that fantastic!!!! I loved that I got Shep’s POV because it was such a treat reading his thoughts.
So, we know what happens after the poker game. Jade thinks Shep is crazy and doesn’t want anything to do with him. I LOVED that Shep goes after Jade. I’m a HUGE fan of the Hero chasing after the Heroine.

“I want to both punch him and kiss him, though I haven’t decided yet what I’d do first."

“I’m starting to realize I don’t mind regular girls. Everyone has flaws, including me. Lies are just that. Lies. With Jade, everything I see is what I get.”

Jade is a freshman in college and she wants to focus on her studies. Shep is rich, good-looking and loves women. Shep is very bored and is very interested in Jade. When Jade and Shep run into each other later at a frat party, oh the tension is too good!

“Oh my God, I love how he’s looking at me at this very moment. Like he wants to consume me. I feel the same. Exactly the same”

I love the sexual tension and chemistry between Shep and Jade. Monica Murphy knows how to slowly build-up the characters and I loved it. I loved that Shep and Jade didn’t have insta-sex. The relationship between them started as annoyance and slowly builds into something more.

I love the side characters as well. Shep lives with his best friend and cousin, which I am assuming will be in the next two books. I found them 100% entertaining.  Both of his roommates are players and are exactly like Shep. I liked how they gave him a hard time, but it never created too much tension that took away from the story.

Overall, I devoured this book. I gobbled it up like I couldn’t get my next fix. It was cute, adorable, funny, and all around yummy. I’m putting this book on my favorites and Monica Murphy is definitely an author I am going to internet stalk.
An ARC was provided




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 Karen Erickson.
 @MsMonicaMurphy @WordsmithPublic

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