Review Tour: Slow Play: Monica Murphy

Slow Play (The Rules Series #3
October 13, 2015
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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 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?

Alex is hiding in plain sight. No one at her new school would guess that just last year she was the homecoming queen, rich girl who thought nothing more than about what she would wear to the next party. But when your parents are in jail for embezzlement, your priorities shift, especially when you had no idea what was going on.

Tristan is the last man standing among with group of close friends. To be honest, he’s a little tired of all the lovey dovey crap his best friends have signed up for, especially since he lives with one of the new couples. He’ll never settle down with one woman, it’s against the rules, and he’s determined that one of them follow through with the rules they set.

This was so much fun to watch the walls around Tristan and Alex shift and crumble. Each of them has reasons for keeping people out, and neither can quite put their fingers on why it seems to be easy to open up to the other. But even as Tristan lets Alex in, and Alex begins to find comfort in Tristan’s presence, she keeps her biggest secrets tucked close.

Alex was never about lamenting what she had lost. Instead she had found real friends for the first time in her life. I did have a hard time with the fact that she hid everything about herself, even from her best friend, but I loved her character anyway. She had a good head on her shoulders and did what she needed to in order to get herself through a tough situation.

This felt like it had less drama for the sake of drama than the other two books in the series. For that reason, it may be my favorite of the three. I think I have also settled into the idea that this is not supposed to be a super deep series. This is a fun read, fitting into the niche of romance between unlikely pairings. It was light, easy, and quick, and left me feeling settled and comfortable in a way that my reading list was screaming for.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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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 girl 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?
Monica Murphy
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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.


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