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?
Playing Hard to Get is exactly why I just adore Monica Murphy!!! There hasn’t been a book by her that I haven’t absolutely fallen in love with the characters or the story itself! This one was no exception!!!
I fell in love with Knox and Joanna from the very beginning. Their chemistry was off the charts, giving me all the butterflies and tingles. Yet, I loved their friendship as well. As they made each other laugh, they made me laugh! I loved the build-up of their relationship. While getting to know one another, they realized the preconceived notions they had about one another weren’t necessarily accurate. Knox was more than the player that she thought he was. He had insecurities that she never thought he had, and she came to love his honesty. He learned that there was more underneath that serious exterior of hers, and they both came to not only love one another but respect each other.
This was one of those books that I wanted to just fly through the pages, yet I also didn’t because I didn’t want to tell them goodbye! Yes, I loved them that much!
Murphy also didn’t follow the exact pattern of many romance novels. Once this couple decided to go all-in on their relationship, there wasn’t the intense angst and breakup. It was realistic even with the little insecurities and uncertainties present in many new relationships.
Another thing that makes Murphy so special is how she can continue stories about the same families yet keep them fresh. I was so happy to see past couples who stole my heart years ago.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series which is about Knox’s sister and his best friend. She gave us a bit of a tease, and it promises to be just as good as this one.
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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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