Saturday, April 23, 2022

REVIEW - FAIR GAME by Monica Murphy

Jade and her friend Kelli are bored.  Their boyfriends drug them to an underground gambling house run by Shepard  Prescott.  He is two years older than her and the total opposite.  He's in a frat...she's not in a sorority.  He's rich...well, she's definitely not.  His arrogance and smugness cancel out his gorgeousness as far as she's concerned. 

Evidently, he and his friends are famous for their gambling.  They play big so they win big, but they also lose big.  Which is what their boyfriends are hoping for.  Her boyfriend Joel looks over at her when he hears her annoyed sigh looking stressed.  He's looked stressed a lot lately.  Instead of spending the money his parents send him, he spends it on stupid extravagant stuff he doesn't need.

Shep was bored because he knew he was going to win, but the sassy redhead he was watching in the mirror was making it more interesting.  Until he saw her making a gesture.  Had the guy really brought his sexy girlfriend to the game so he could cheat?  The woman who doesn't realize he's heard her saying all the awful things about him.

Shep throws in his winning hand and makes her come sit next to him as he deals a fresh hand.  Telling her if she looks at her boyfriend he will automatically lose.  He's enjoying pissing her off.  It's making up for the boring night.  Shep decides to make the game more interesting.  Shep suggests they bet on Jade.  If he loses he'll pay Joel an ungodly amount of money.  If he wins he gets jade.  Her threats to Joel's person if he makes the bet are very creative and even he cringes.  

Joel ignores her and asks what ungodly amount.  When Shep tells him fifty thousand dollars, Joey's eyes bug out.  Jade is outraged they would dare bet on her but it didn't keep Joel from taking the bet. Joel places his cards down and smugly goes to grab the pot..full house aces and kings high.  Shep reminds him of protocol and Joel sits back.

Shep lays his cards down one at a time.  6 of Hearts, Queen of Spades, Queen of Hearts, Queen of Diamonds....a huge pause...and he lays his final card on the table...Queen of Clubs.

I loved this book!  It is very well written and the characters are fully developed and relatable.  I love Shep and Jade's story!  Jade is feisty and pulls no punches in dealing with Shep.  She doesn't care that he's rich.  To her, he's just an a$$hole man-whore.  Shep is enthralled with Jade.  The first woman to ever ignore him and want nothing to do with him or his money.

This book is action-packed from page one.  I love Shep and Jade's relationship...she wants him despite his reputation...he wants her despite his rules about women.  This book is steamy hot and Shep turns out to be surprisingly romantic.

Highly recommend!  

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FAIR GAME is book one of THE RULES Series
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