Fair Game (The Rules #1) by Monica Murphy REVIEW

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Fair Game (The Rules #1) by Monica Murphy REVIEW

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?


Shepard Prescott is an entitled rich boy, currently a Junior at college and along with his friend Gabe and cousin Tristan, he runs an illegal gambling house for the students. It’s here at the mini casino that he wins feisty Jade Frost in a game of blackjack.

Jade is not happy that her boyfriend offered her up as a winning prize, especially when Shep makes it clear that he is planning on claiming his winnings. Shep has never met a girl who is willing to stand up to him before and her strong personality along with her stunning red hair and beautiful features, she is looking like she may be the one to tame his ways.

Rich boy/Poor girl plus enemies to lovers are personal favourites of mine, and whilst I did really enjoy reading this one, I felt something was missing to give it the wow factor.

There was great banter, lots of hot sex and it was fun. I just missed a more deeper emotional connection between the characters. Saying that, I really liked both characters, I love it when a man realises that having a good woman is so much better than whoring around, and I love to watch a strong man fall. This was definitely the case here.

“I’ve been a shallow asshole most of my life.
A product of my environment, I’d say.
But there is always that defining moment when a man decides he wants to change his ways.”

Overall I would recommend this to NA lovers, I am definitely looking forward to both Gabe and Tristans stories.

This is the first in a series of standalones.

About the Author

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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