Release Blitz Review: Playing Hard to Get by Monica Murphy

Posted December 1, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Blog Tour, Review / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Release Blitz Review:  Playing Hard to Get by Monica MurphyPlaying Hard to Get by Monica Murphy
Published by EM Publishing on December 1, 2022
Genres: NA Sports Romance
Pages: 446
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: five-stars


Playing Hard to Get by Monica Murphy is now live!

Knox Maguire is the king of our college campus.

Star offensive tight end on the football team.

He is the complete opposite of me in every way.

I’m quiet. He’s loud.

I’m shy. He’s definitely not.

Everyone loves him. No one knows me.

Fresh out of a breakup, I don’t really trust him, and why should I? Knox is the ultimate player. When I become his English tutor, I tell myself we need to keep things between us strictly business. Watching my mother deal with my ex-athlete father long, long ago taught me to stay far away from that type of man.

Yet Knox is impossible to resist. Next thing I know, we’re getting hot and heavy in the library—and that was never part of the plan. When Knox admits he can’t stop thinking about me, I have a realization.

I can’t stop thinking about him either.

Instead of keeping my distance, I pull him in closer. Until somehow, we’re spending all of our time together and I find myself falling for Knox. Hard.

Will this actually work between us? Or am I getting played?

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My Review

Wow, I loved this one! So excited for this new group/generation of football players and their HEAs. At least I hope that we’re going to get the stories of some of Knox’s friends. Because I’m guessing at least one of them might be with one of his sisters based on this story.

But anyway, I liked the way the the two had their meet-cute, as well as all the ways they kept bumping into each other. It was nice to see how Knox figured out slowly that he was interested in her, or maybe quickly, but his feelings and interest developing was nice. Even if there was what I call a “Jake Ryan moment” where he said yeah it was nice to be able to get all the women he wanted but now he just wanted her. It’s like the scene in Sixteen Candles when Jake Ryan tells someone about how his girlfriend is built and all that, but he wants more. Always just seemed so yeah, right to me.

I digress though, because I did love how it all came together. I liked how the meeting between Joanna, or Jo-Jo as Knox liked to call her, and one of Knox’s exes went later in the story. While I haven’t read all of the books in the other earlier series by this author, I’ve read a few, and know enough to enjoy the parents in the book and how they are connected.

And the steam level was perfect, hot at the right times, sweet at the right times. Another wonderfully perfect new adult sports romance from Monica Murphy.

About the Author

Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling romance author. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Both a traditionally published and independently published author, she writes young adult, new adult and contemporary romance. She’s also known as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, two kids, one dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s an assistant coach for her daughter’s high school cheer team, which is a two season sport. Meaning, she’s at practice with a bunch of teenage girls all the time. Or she’s at a football game. Or a basketball game. Maybe someday, she’ll even write about this experience.

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