- Title: Fair Play
- Author: Tracy A. Ward
- Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
- Publisher: Self-published
- Publication Date: March 28, 2016
- ISBN: 9780997282702
- Rating: /5
- Buy: Amazon, Kobo
Who knew love could bring a playwright so much drama? Writing three plays for a nationally acclaimed theater in Phair, Texas, was never supposed to put Ashlyn Carter’s inheritance at risk or make or break her future. And it certainly wasn’t supposed to force her into constant contact with the very guy she’s avoided since her teenage crush-gone-bad days. Noah Blake. He’s Ashlyn’s enemy, for good reason. As her older brother’s best friend, he seems hell-bent on interfering with nearly every aspect of her life. So how then does he also seem to be her muse? When Ashlyn reluctantly agrees to act out scenes with Noah from the play she’s writing in order to trigger her creativity, the spark of passion she’d felt for him as a teenager flares up again. But there’s more at stake than just her future as a playwright or the inheritance she never cared about in the first place. Finding out the theater she loves is in danger of closing puts everything she thought she knew and felt about Phair…and Noah…to the test. Will there be a standing ovation for Ashlyn Carter, playwright, or will the curtain drop and fade to black? Only by facing their biggest fears together will Ashlyn and Noah learn to trust in themselves and each other.”
I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
Fair Play falls under the usual brother’s best friend thing in which the girl and the brother’s best friend falls in love with each other. Unlike most of the books that i’ve read which tackles the same thing, Fair Play has a very promising premise. It does not only mainly focused on the conflict of giving up the long friendship versus chasing the woman of his dreams. Other problems also arises which gives it spice. I liked that!
On the storyline: I love how the story rooted from their childhood and the people from back then are also evident in the story. Evident, which I mean is, they made an appearance through the course of the story. Also, since theater is one of the aspects that dominates the story, I was hooked. It feels like a glimpse on what really happens backstage or while in the process of writing a play.
The story has some moral lessons you could squeeze out of it. One of it is about holding grudge.
“…..the past hanging up on her future.”
This line got me thinking that sometimes all you need is the apology you never got to be able to move on.
On the characters: I like how characters are portrayed just how NA should be. Fair Play’s characters acted how normal adults should act and yes! I felt the angst.
Ashlyn is the heroine who always stood up for herself and would sometimes become too hard-headed. She’d do anything she wanted even if it means danger. This also becomes the reason of one of the big troubles of her career life. On the other hand, she can be soft when it comes to love. Who doesn’t? Okay, I know not all characters are perfect and like any other else, Ashlyn too has her flaws. I hate her for using other man to get the other jealous. Like wow girl! You can do better than that! Why complicate more the situation? And how could having sex with a guy let you finish a script? No more other sources for your creative juices to flow?
As for Noah, he’s the typical guy who’ll always save your ass when you caught yourself in trouble but one thing I do not like about him is the way he conceals his real feeling towards the girl she likes. I mean, man up and grow some balls! You cannot just walk away just like that. Aside from that, I have no more issues on Noah. I like him.
For Kyle? Oh wow, I have no words but I am amazed at the thick face this pompous freak has. He deserves some ass-kicking.
Overall: The story is good. It is fast-paced and won’t let you get bored. It is worth a read because Tracy Ward’s writing is flawless. She’d properly depicted what new adult literature is. I love it and I kind of want more of Noah and Ashlyn’s story. I want a sequel!! That last part got me smiling from ear to ear. I swoon! ❤
After the birth of her children, Tracy had an epiphany: banking just wasn’t her thing. So she quit her corporate job, let her nanny go and became a not-so-desperate housewife by day, Sexy Women’s Fiction author by night. Her characters are every-day women, following their dreams, searching for that elusive happily ever after.
OOOOOPS! Before you go, read my interview with Tracy here: Author Interview 🙂
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