#ThrowbackThursday “Slow Play” by Monica Murphy


My musings…

These three books were the first series I read by Monica Murphy, and I truly enjoyed all of them. Although book one and two are enjoyable, I anxiously awaited Tristan’s story.  His general attitude and disgust towards his friends’ relationships indicated that his story would be epic, and it was!

Tristan is the last remaining man-whore of the group and resists commitment, even though his other two friends have fallen in love.  He is also, of the group of three boys, the most antagonistic towards women and resistant to love.  He is crude and is a d*** in his interactions with girls, which just makes his fall that much better for the reader.  Even though Tristan is an unlikable character, there is still something about him that makes me love him.  I still want him to meet someone and fall in love.  Maybe it is the circumstances surrounding his family or how he grew up, I don’t really know, but I do know that I want Ali to fall in love with him so he can get his HEA, too!

Ali is sweet but trying to hide her identity due to some criminal activities her father committed.  She is trying to correct these crimes the only way she knows how, and, although the reader sees the conflict coming, it doesn’t hurt any less for the reader when it happens.  Tristan’s reaction when he finds out, while harsh, is justifiable.  I fully understand his reaction and behavior towards Ali, and I understand her motivation for hiding information from him.  Even though the reader sees the conflict coming, it does not make the climax and less emotional.   The final scene of the book is epic, and it is really the best resolution for Tristan and Ali.  It completely fits with his whole attitude of not caring what other people think of him and his decisions.

If you are looking for a new NA series that chronicles the journey of three college friends that aren’t looking for love but find it in unlikely places, this is the series for you!


Newly broke girl Alexandria Asher just wants to live a normal life. After her parents are sent to prison on embezzlement charges, she enrolls in college under her mother’s maiden name and tries her best to pretend she’s someone else. Tristan Prescott is everything Alex is trying to avoid. A seemingly egotistical, lazy, rich jerk, she dumps her beer on his head when he comes on to her one night at a party. This only spurs Tristan into action. He loves nothing more than a challenge. And the beautiful Alex is exactly the type of challenge that intrigues him. Despite her reluctance, Alex finds herself quickly involved with Tristan. Underneath that playboy exterior is a good guy, a sweet and sexy guy who she is undoubtedly falling for. What they both don’t realize is the actions of Alex’s parents are the reason for so much tragedy in Tristan’s family. And when Tristan discovers who Alex and her family really is, can he forgive and forget?

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About the Author:

monicamurphyNew York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She’s a workaholic who loves her job. When she’s not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

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Happy reading,


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