Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Monica Murphy’s latest, Slow Play! I’m sharing my review and some awesome teasers with you today.
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Slow Play by Monica Murphy
Series: The Rules #3
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 13, 2015
Format: eARC, 312 pages
How I got it: From the author
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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?
So, if I’m going to be completely honest, I wasn’t entirely sure I would like Tristan’s book. I’ve been having trouble reading books with “manwhores” in them as of late. I’ve lost my tolerance for their bullshit. I went back and forth quite a bit in the beginning. But, once I accepted him for who he was and, more importantly, who he was becoming, I kinda loved him. A lot.
The characters definitely drove this book. I really liked Alex from the beginning. She was strong and sassy. My favorite kind of heroine. I loved that she called Tristan on his bullshit. She was dealing with enough and, though she was undeniably attracted to him, she wasn’t going to be a doormat for him. She wasn’t falling for his game. She wanted more. As I said above, Tristan was not the ultimate book boyfriend in the beginning. He was a jerk. He said things that had me simultaneously rolling my eyes and gritting my teeth. But he was unapologetic and he didn’t try to hide who he was. I had to respect that, even if I didn’t like it that much. Once Alex came into his life, he slowly began to change and I started crushing on him hard. I couldn’t not. His character’s development was fantastic and something I enjoyed as much as the romance.
Slow burn is the name of the game with the romance in this book. If you’re someone who needs immediate gratification when it comes to your books, this one probably won’t work for you. The slow burn is one of the things I liked best about this book, however. Anytime an author can give me that much chemistry and sexual tension and then a really fantastic payoff in the end, I’m content. More than content, really. I’m thrilled. That’s exactly what happened with Alex and Tristan. I had my doubts about these two very early on in the book, but there’s no denying just how right they were for each other. I ended this book with a couple tears because of the sweet (and wholly unexpected) ending.
When I finished this book, I’d rated it 4 stars. Upon further reflection – and because I haven’t been able to get it out of my head – I decided to up the rating to 5 stars when I wrote my review. I love when a book takes me completely by surprise and this one definitely did that. This is the last book listed in the series, but I can’t help but hope for more. I’ve really enjoyed these characters and would definitely like to see more from them. I loved this end to the series. Just wonderful!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.