Release Blitz Review: Playing by the Rules by Monica Murphy

Posted April 2, 2023 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 by the Rules by Monica MurphyPlaying by the Rules by Monica Murphy
Series: The Players #2
Published by EM Publishing on March 30, 2023
Genres: NA Sports Romance
Pages: 452
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: four-stars


Playing by the Rules by Monica Murphy is now live! 

Camden Fields is the star quarterback of our college football team.



Absolutely gorgeous.

He’s the man all the women on campus rave about. And while he’s had a few casual hookups over the years, it’s never anything serious. Cam doesn’t do serious.

He also doesn’t do me.

See, I’m his best friend’s little sister, and whenever we’re around each other, he’s always warning me that I’m off limits. That nothing can ever happen between us.

But I see the way he looks at me when he thinks I’m not watching. The heat in his gaze. The hunger. He can deny it, but that man wants me.

I want him too.

I’m tired of always being the good girl and doing what everybody expects. For once, I’m going to break all the rules that have restrained me my entire life.

I’m going after Camden Fields.

And no one can stop me.

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My Review

I really am enjoying this series, even if the books are a little bit long for me! I liked how this one kind of overlapped what happened in the first book, Playing Hard to Get, by taking place at basically the same time. Camden and Blair were meant to be, and it’s obvious to the reader, as well as probably most everyone around them, except maybe her brother. I like how Blair was able to kind of tempt him, and get him to finally give in to the temptation. Of course it went too long with not telling her brother, and that’s a normal story line for this type of trope/plot. I liked how there was more to it than that. Cam’s past was one that made it easy to see why he felt the way he did. I liked how he even took a moment when he realized that he’d started to become exactly what he’d told himself he would never become, like his father. And I like that Blair did set a line in the sand, not putting up with it, but that she did let him back in when he was ready. To me that is real. And it was more than just him saying he was ready. He did the work, he did what he needed to do not only for Blair and their relationship, but also for himself and his own well-being.

A great story, and I look forward to the next book in the series, although there are so many of the characters I hope to see get their HEA!

Meet Monica

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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2 responses to “Release Blitz Review: Playing by the Rules by Monica Murphy

    • Lisa Mandina

      I’m actually reading it right now! I had to skip it because the last book I read was very similar in storyline, even if the characters and writing style was different, but now I’ve picked it up and am enjoying it!

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