Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Book Review and Tens List: Fair Play by Tracy A. Ward (plus a link to a giveaway!)

Fair Play by Tracy A. Ward
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Publish Date: June 10, 2013
eBook 176 pages
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
 ISBN: 9781622661367

Today I welcome Tracy A. Ward, author of the new Indulgence title, Fair Play, which is a fun, sexy romp with a bit of suspense as well.  Tracy's here today to talk about her Top Ten Favorite Characters in books.  Check them out, see how many of them are yours and then check out my review.  And also make sure and stop by Tracy's site to enter to win a $50 Amazon GC.

Top 10 Favorite Characters in Books:

10.  Atticus Finch- To Kill a Mockingbird
 9.  Sookie Stackhouse- Charlaine Harris books
 8.  Hermoine Granger- Harry Potter
 7.  Katniss Everdeen- Hunger Games
 6.  Aloysius Pendergast- Preston-Child books
 5.  Francesca Johnson- Bridges of Madison County
 4.  Pony Boy- The Outsiders
 3.  Scarlet O’Hara- Gone With the Wind
 2.  Lisbeth Salander- Dragon Tattoo series
 1.  The Walsh sisters in the Marian Keyes books. 

My Review:
I love small town settings, interesting pasts and anything hot and steamy and Fair Play comes through with all of those. 

Character Development:
Told from the alternating point-of-view of both Noah and Ashlyn makes Fair Play a very fun book to read.  Not only do you know that one side is really confuse about the relationship and things that are happening between them, but you know what both sides are thinking.  I loved hearing from each of them.  They both have things to deal with and are trying to figure out the chemistry between the two of them even though each is sure the other hates him or her.  It's amusing and the chemistry soars.  Their banter is especially fun and one of my favorite things about the book.  But I also love that Noah is so protective of Ashlyn.  That really touched my heart.

Throwing Noah and Ashlyn together so she can finish the play that could save the town, makes a very interesting premise and it also makes the sparks fly.  Add in a somewhat mysterious man from the past (we know who and what he did, but have to figure out what he's up during the book).  But the main focus is on the developing attraction between Noah and Ashlyn.  I loved this, it really worked in the book and kept me turning the pages.  I was thoroughly involved in their outcome.

Final Thoughts:
Fair Play provides an interesting premise, builds on it, holds my attention and makes me care about the characters.  It's a fun and spark-filled romance with the great back drop of a small town and some of the people in it.  All-in-all it's a great romance read for the summer or for anytime!

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

About the Book:

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.

You can find Fair Play at:

About the Author (from 

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.

Growing up the youngest child of a freakishly large family in a small Midwestern town means she never lacks for ideas, inspiration, or moral dilemmas. Being the wife of a corporate attorney, mother of two young children, and living in a Dallas suburb provides unlimited insight into the rest.

In her spare time, Tracy is a chauffeur, a maid, a short-order cook, a coach, a psychic/intuitive who always finds what her husband loses, a yoga nut, a mango margarita connoisseur, and a really bad dancer. She’s currently contracted through Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence imprint.

You can find Tracy at the below places.

***I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free.  ***