by Tracy A. Ward
Publication date: June 10, 2013
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher in exchange for unbiased review
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Fair Play caught my attention from the cover to the synopsis
and I was eager to jump in and read Noah and Ashlyn's story. This was a fun, hot read that I
consumed in a single evening. Three word review: sweet, sexy and entertaining.
Writing three plays for a nationally acclaimed theater in
Phair, Texas, wasn’t supposed to put my inheritance at risk and force me into
constant contact with Noah Blake--the very guy I love to hate. But with one
chance to prove to my controlling father that I can succeed as a playwright,
I’ve developed a major case of writer’s block. Cue Noah, my older brother’s
best friend and the guy I’ve avoided since my crush-gone-bad days. And now my
director thinks he’s the key to unleashing my creativity. He thinks Noah is my
muse. Discovering the fate of the theater is also in my hands, I have no choice
but to collaborate with my worst enemy. But it’s more than just a great scene
Noah inspires. Now everything I thought I wanted is put to the test. And the
guy I swore I was over still has a hold on my heart.
Ashlyn is a struggling writer who has been hired to write
three plays for the nationally acclaimed theater in Phair, Texas. Her first two
increased sales but didn’t enthrall the critics. With just a few weeks to go
before the playwright festival she hands in a rough draft of her first scene and
admits she is suffering from writer’s block. Her director thinks there is a link between
her characters and her relationship with her brother’s best friend Noah Blake. He
wants Noah to be her muse and insists they spend time together. Blake runs a successful
pub chain across the street from the theater that is about to go international.
She has a love/hate relationship with
Noah and the tale that unfolds found me laughing, swooning and completely captivated.
The tale is told from Ashlyn’s POV which in my opinion added to the tale.
I found her to be strong, brilliant, witty and carrying around a few issues. It was
fun seeing her overcome them and take a chance. Noah just oozes smexy from his
handsome good lucks, smirky smile and brilliant career mind. He has known Ashlyn forever but
as his best friend’s little sister she is off limits. The banter between them
was hilarious with an edge of snark. They both have commitment issues which
only added to the tale and had me wanted to bop them over the head. We meet
other characters and a sleazy character from their past, all of which
had me turning the pages. The town of Phair is one I would like to visit and the
townsfolk we met added to the story and made you envious of the people who
lived there. I am hoping the author decides to revisit this small town and
create new stories there.
I love troupes that force two characters together. Especially
when it’s obvious the couple is attracted to one another and are the only ones
who can’t see it. Ward added some clever twist including the play Ashlyn was
writing which created some delightfully sinful and smoking hot scenes. I laughed
and giggled despite the predictability of the tale. The romance and sexual
tension built slowly and when it all collided it was oh-la-la! I found the
characters to be fleshed-out, genuine and believable. This book offered me a lovely escape as
reality simply slipped away. I loved that it made me burst out laughing and had
me sighing the next moment.
Fair Play is the
perfect late night or beach read that allows you to slip away from reality for
a short time. This is Tracy A. Ward’s first published work and I look forward
to seeing what she delivers next.
Three and half cups of coffee out of five
Labels: adult, contemporary romance, Entangled Publishing, Tracy A. Ward