Title: Slow Play
Series Name: The Rules Series #3
Author Name: Monica Murphy
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
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He’s the player of all players…
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?
Monica's Favorite Quotes
Here is a list of my favorite quotes/passages and why I love them….
Because in this story, that asshole isn’t getting the girl.
These two lines in Tristan’s POV were the turning point for me as the writer/creator of Tristan. His determination just bled through to me when I wrote that line late at night while furiously typing away. After I wrote it, I remember leaning back, rereading it and thinking, Okay jackass you better bring your A game.
And fine. Yes. I talk to myself—and to my characters. I’m sure this means I’m mental.
“What the hell is Tristan doing here?” I hiss-whisper.Kelli sends me a look. “Be careful. He might hear you and you’ll hurt his feelings,” she cautions.“He doesn't have any feelings,” I return.
This is in Alexandria’s POV and I love it because that’s exactly how everyone thinks of Tristan—that he’s heartless. He sort of is. But later in the book he actually tells Alex, “I do have feelings despite what you think,” or something like that.
“You feel it,” he whispers. “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.”
Tristan being honest. He’s coming around at this point. Realizing that he really likes Alex and he wants to pursue what they have further. I love this turning point. It’s where the stuff gets good between them.
Kelli turns to look at me, rolling her eyes. “He’s a dick.”“Who, Shep? I disagree. I mean, according to Jade he has a big di—”“No, not Shep. Please. Tristan.”
Jade over shares at a party and now they all know the size of Shep’s ahem…private parts. This part makes me laugh. Any time Kelli (Alex’s friend) enters a scene I was happy. She’s funny. Blunt. She drives Tristan crazy. She made her first appearance in The Rules series as Jade’s roommate and I’m glad I brought her back. Plus I gave her a love interest. Everyone deserves love!
Oh God, his lips should be designated lethal weapons. They obliterate all of my brain cells the moment they touch mine every single time.
Please say you’ve experienced a kiss like that at least once in your life. Kissing is the best thing EVER. And for Alex, kissing Tristan is her absolute favorite thing. Even though his kisses leave her a brainless wreck every single time.
“We’re going to watch Sex and the City and snuggle.” The way she says it is adorable.
“Really?”She nods.Okay. I’m down to snuggle. I’ve never done it before but for Alexandria, I’ll do anything to spend time with her. But Sex and the City? “You’re going to make me watch that chick show?”
I had zero plans to include any Sex and the City references but it became a thing. And I carried it through the rest of the book. Tristan becomes a closet SATC fan who can actually quote from the series (and does to Alex – and she quotes him a Carrie Bradshaw line later on too). I also like how Tristan thinks he’s “down to snuggle.” Sometimes I wonder where I come up with this stuff. And speaking of lines that make me wonder where they come from…
Gabe crosses his arms in front of his chest and tilts his head, looking full of doubt and muscles.
Full of doubt and muscles – where did that come from? I seriously love it though. Even if it is coming from Tristan’s POV (it probably should’ve come from a woman because really? Tristan’s going to notice Gabe’s muscles?) but still it works for me. But I’m easily amused so…ha ha.
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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.