Monday, May 18, 2015

Fair Game by Monica Murphy ~ Promotional Event & Giveaway

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Title: Fair Game
Series Name: The Rules Series
Author Name: Monica Murphy
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
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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?

Monica's Favorite Quotes from Fair Game

Is it wrong that most of my favorite quotes from FAIR GAME revolve around Shep? Well, we’re supposed to fall in love with the hero, right? And thankfully, I tend to fall in love with the heroes I create, though some I fall for harder than others. Shep? I fell for him extra hard. Despite his arrogance, the way he viewed women and relationships, I just knew he was going to be a goner once he met Jade. And I was right.
So here are a few of my favorite quotes from FAIR GAME (first in my new NA series THE RULES). Hopefully reading these quotes will tempt you into reading the entire book…
Favorite quote #1:                     
“You’ll do all those girlfriend things girls do. Hang out with me. Wash my clothes. Feed me. Rub my back. Go out to dinner with me. Watch TV together.”
“Wash your clothes? Feed you? You make me sound like a maid.”
Shep doesn’t have a clue when it comes to having a girlfriend. He’s a one and done type guy. That’s his rule. So when he proposes that Jade be a sort of girlfriend for him, he doesn’t do it in the best way. Wash his clothes? Feed him. He sounds like a child—and he seriously makes me laugh.
Favorite quote #2 (I need to lead up to this one):
“Despite how much you hate me, I keep thinking about you.” He hands over the box and I take it from him with numb fingers. “A lot.”
“Like how you want to murder me with your bare hands?” I twist the box within my grip, mangling it further. I owe him a new one. Good thing I overcharged.
“I’d rather do something a lot more fun to you with my bare hands,” he whispers, his mouth curving into the slightest smile.
That last quote right there, I love. I swear as I write, I don’t even know where I come up with this stuff. The characters are talking to me like they’re real people! Yes, I’m completely bonkers.
Favorite Quote #3:
Jade’s thoughts upon seeing him…
Freaking Shep. Shirtless Shep. Running like a madman out on the field while chasing a little black and white ball Shep.
She’s not feeling too great when she spots him but everything perks right up when she knows he’s nearby. And he’s shirtless. Which leads to another favorite quote…
Favorite Quote #4:
…wow, he smells good. I can actually see sweat glisten on his belly and oh my God, I think my ovaries just exploded.
Or that could be cramps.
I can’t really tell.
Sweat glistening on Shep’s flat stomach would probably make every woman’s ovaries explode. Because trust me, he’s one sexy beast.
Favorite Quote #5:
“What do you want?” she asks snidely.
“You,” I tell her like an idiot. I swallow hard, ignoring the buzzing sound swarming in my head that’s most likely vodka-induced. “I want you, Jade.”
Aww, this quote above came to me as I was writing a difficult scene between them. I remember thinking, how could he answer her question? What is the one thing he could say to her that would make her melt? Because she needs to melt. He’d done something sort of bad prior to this moment and she is so angry with him (and she should be). So I figured the best thing he could say to Jade is that he wanted…her.
Favorite Quote #6:
“Why did you think I’d tell you no?”
“Because you love to tell me no, Jade. I think that’s one of the things I like best about you.”
And this exchange above best describes the relationship between Jade and Shep. She’s not afraid to tell him no. She has no qualms in letting him know how she really feels. And he’s never encountered a woman like that, ever. They all bow down to him and do what he wants, always agreeing with what he says. He hates it. But Jade’s not like that. She’s a challenge. And most men? They love a challenge! At least in romance land they do. I wanted to give Shep a strong partner, not a wuss. I think Jade is his perfect match. J

The Rules series will continue with In the Dark and Slow Play!

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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 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.


  1. I loved Play! Now, I'm ready for Gabe's story! Monica Murphy never disappoints!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  2. Fair Game was a fun read! I liked all the guys! Cannot wait for more.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace