Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Review: Slow Play by Monica Murphy

Rating: 4.5 Cups of Coffee
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?

Natasha’s Experience:

This series has been such a fun ride – the stories, the characters, the banter, the writing – I love everything about it. And now Tristan? The guy who is an absolute jerk, the guy who doesn’t care enough to let women get close to him? The one character from this series who I wasn’t expecting to really like, let alone love? He comes out of nowhere and somehow finds a way to redeem himself. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I am so ridiculously in love with Tristan, it’s insane. After you read the first two books in this series of standalones, you don’t expect to love Tristan, but being inside his head in SLOW PLAY changes your mind and your heart.

“I can’t want Alexandria. To want her is to want – more. More than I can give her, more than I can accept, more than I can deal with.”

Tristan and Alex’s story is one of push and pull – these two have that kind of chemistry that sets things ablaze, yet they are torn between acting on their attraction and not getting anywhere near each other. Tristan is known for being the guy who won’t get attached; he doesn’t have crushes on girls and he doesn’t commit.

Alex is running from a past that could potentially ruin her future. She’s hoping to go through college completely under the radar and she doesn’t need to complicate her life any further by getting involved with Tristan. But he’s a persistent asshole who says what he means and doesn’t downplay his attraction towards her.

“I touch you and it’s like electricity sparks between us. I look into your eyes and I feel like I’m fucking drowning. And when I kiss you, I never want to stop.”

When things get complicated and feelings start arising, the two of them have to figure out exactly what they are and exactly what they want. But Alex’s past finds her and threatens to ruin them. I was rooting for these two from the start, even though I was incredibly weary of Tristan. But at one point –I don’t even know when it happened—I realized I was swooning so hard whenever he spoke. You’re going to end up crushing on this guy, it’s inevitable.

“I want to drive Alexandria out of her mind. I want to witness her falling apart. And I want her to remember that I’m the one who makes her feel this way.”

If you love New Adult like I do – the college setting, the hilarious dialogue, and the heat that the characters experience when they give in to their attraction – don’t even hesitate. This series, this story, is for you.


Series Links

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About the Author

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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