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Fair Game (The Rules Book 1) by [Murphy, Monica]
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"And while there were about a thousand places where this story could have gone down some all too familiar paths, Monica Murphy keeps it fresh and real throughout."-Ysar (reader)

"It's pure new adult at it's finest."-Southern Belle Book Blog 

"Monica's writing is on par as always, she knows how to highlight comedic situations and give the story more meaning with a bit of drama to break up the equilibrium but as always her ability to create a beautiful romance never falters yet again proving why she is still one of my go-to authors."-Nicole McCurdy (reader)

" It made me laugh, it made sigh and it made blush."-Ramblings From This Chick Book Blog

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  • File Size: 3501 KB
  • Print Length: 474 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Monica Murphy (May 12, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,166 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Michelle@Book Briefs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 12, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Fair Game is the first book in a new, new adult contemporary romance series from Monica Murphy. It's called the Rules Series and it is off to a very strong start. I thought one thing from reading the summary of the book, and thought it had potential to be interesting and funny. And it was all of those things, but in a different way than I was expecting. Shep "wins" Jade in a poker game in one of the first scenes of the book, so I thought she was going to be stuck running errands and completing tasks for him, but what actually happened was so much better. Jade is too spunky to let anyone win her, and I loved that! She took the book in a whole new direction, and it was great.

Shep comes from old money. So much old money that no one for generations has to work in his family if they don't want to. That kind of money can be a great thing, or it can really mess someone up. I think for Shep it was a little bit of both, but he seemed to at least have a healthy grasp on what his life of privilege was doing to him as a person. I couldn't get a good read on Shep at the start of the book, but as the story unfolded we saw bits and pieces of who Shep is. And I have to say that even though he initially comes across as an arrogant jerk, I love who he was with Jade. He has moments of such sweetness that I think even took him by surprise. But what was great, was that he didn't shy away from them. Yes he was shocked that Jade was making him act like someone foreign to his college persona, but he didn't try and hide or bury that side of him. He embraced it with her. And that is what made me like him.

Jade is skeptical of this Shep, just as she should be. I wouldn't have liked her nearly as much if she wasn't. She was guarded, sure, but I don't think she came across as cold or uppity.
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I just recently discovered Monica Murphy and I'm so glad I came across her books because wow I loved Fair Game. The characters held my attention till the very end. Shep and Jade together led to some sexy and funny moments, they were just adorable together and what I loved was that Murphy gave us point of views from both characters which really helped especially in Sheps case because I probably wouldn't have liked him much if we only had Jade's perspective but thanks to his p.o.v I loved him.

No insta-love thank goodness, although there was an attraction between the two from the get-go, but the romance between the two was a slow burn and happened in a realistic time frame.

Was there cliche moments...yes. Did it follow your typical man-whore guy falling for a girl he never would and changing his way for her...yes BUT it was still an addictive read because Murphy knows how to write great characters with some laugh out loud moments mixed within. So if you love New Adult Romance check this one out.

There are three books in the series each one about a different couple and I can't wait to read Gabe's and Tristan's stories.
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5 - B!tch face Jade has a solid swing. Stars!

Fair Game is not the first book I have read from Monica Murphy, I know for sure it won’t be the last either, but it is the best book I have ever read by her.

There's something about this girl that I think... might be worth waiting for."

Sometimes when you start reading a new book, you know from the first page that you are at the beginning of something special, there’s that little tingle in your tummy, the infamous ’One More Chapter’ filters through the subconscious the whole time you are immersed in the characters and their story as it is unfolding, that was me with Shep and Jade's story, couldn’t put it down.

”Pay up. I won that hand. I won you.”

This isn’t a short book, but it didn’t feel long in its reading, I absolutely adored the initial love/hate between these two, ‘man who**' versus mouthy 'Miss Prim'. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t read a lot of similar books to the themes that featured with Jade and Shep’s story, but it all just worked perfectly for me, I got involved, I got lost in the reading and I fell in love with this couple as they fell in love with each other. The challenges they faced together, the s3xy-times, the snark and sarcasm of their conversations were just an absolute joy to read.

Being the first book in The Rules series, I am interested to see where Monica takes us next, In the Dark, Gabe’s book is due in August, and Slow Play, due November 2015, are certainly reads that I will be waiting impatiently to get my hands on.

”There’s something to be said for anticipation.”

ARC generously provided by the author, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.

~~One of the best books I have read in 2015 so far.~~
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Read this book now! OMG I freaking LOVED Fair Game. Seriously, one of my favorite reads this year. From beginning to end I was hooked and just couldn't get enough. Oh the chemistry, heat and banter between Shep and Jade was off the charts. Loved these two to pieces.

Oh how I loved Shep. On paper he doesn't seem all that special...he's your typical spoiled rich kid player that is just looking for a good time. But beneath all of his layers is so much more. He's sweet, funny and unbelievably caring at times especially when it comes to Jade. Oh there were times when I found myself sighing out loud and having a huge smile on my face at some of the things he says and does. I loved him and found that he had such tremendous growth throughout the book. In the beginning he acts like a spoiled boy but by the end he grows into a sexy man and I just wanted to eat him up.

As for Jade I freaking adored her. I love that she stands up for herself and doesn't allow people to walk all over her. Also, I love that she isn't afraid to say what's on her mind. She doesn't play games and she keeps Shep on his toes.

Together Shep and Jade were explosive. From their first encounter you could just get a sense of the heat and chemistry these two had together. Sparks were flying like crazy and I just couldn't get enough of these two.

Fair Game is by far my favorite book that Monica Murphy/Karen Erickson has written and I just can't wait to get my hands on the Gabe and Tristan's stories. I just couldn't put this book down. It made me laugh, it made sigh and it made blush. I just can't say enough good things about this book. I loved it and I highly recommend. This one is a keeper and I'll definitely be re-reading this one again.
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