Thursday, March 17, 2016

Book Review: Fair Play by Tracy A. Ward

Who knew love could bring a playwright so much drama?

Writing three plays for a nationally acclaimed theater in Phair, Texas, was never supposed to put Ashlyn Carter’s inheritance at risk, or make or break her future. And it certainly wasn’t supposed to force her into constant contact with the very guy she’s avoided since her teenage crush-gone-bad days.

Noah Blake. He's Ashlyn’s enemy, for good reason. As her older brother's best friend, he seems hell-bent on interfering with nearly every aspect of her life. So how then does he also seem to be her muse?

When Ashlyn reluctantly agrees to act out scenes with Noah from the play she’s writing in order to trigger her creativity, the spark of passion she’d felt for him as a teenager flares up again. But there's more at stake than just her future as a playwright or the inheritance she never cared about in the first place. Finding out the theater she loves is in danger of closing puts everything she thought she knew and felt about Phair…and the test. Will there be a standing ovation for Ashlyn Carter, playwright, or will the curtain drop on her heart and fade to black?


Fair Play was a sweet romantic read that I devoured in about a day. I believe that this is Tracy A. Ward's first book and if that's the case, I'm excited to have found a new author to follow because this one was great!

I liked the premise of this book from the very beginning but I'll be honest, I was kinda hoping that the play-writing thing would take a backseat to the rest of the novel because I'm just not into plays. Unless it's The Music Man but who doesn't love Gary, Indiana, right?!? Anyway, the play stuff most certainly DOES NOT take a backseat and man, am I ever glad that I didn't get what I want. It would have been a totally different book, a bad book, if Ward didn't write Fair Play the way that she did. 

Laughter was not what I expected from this one, either. There was just this snarkiness between Ashlyn and Noah that was hilarious at times and some of the situations that they found themselves in were rife with sexual tension that neither character wanted to admit and/or act on. That tension just brings a romance novel to a whole new level. I don't want to read a book where the attraction comes easy and then it's all downhill from there. I enjoy the controversy and unsure feelings because that's how it is in real life. Love doesn't come easily for most people and it's just fun to see how things will play out in these fictional situations. 

Nothing left to say unless I want to start divulging secrets and no one wants that! This is a great book for someone who wants an easy romantic read for sitting next to the pool or curled up in your favorite chair. It has characters that will make you laugh, make you angry and make you want to fall in love all over again. I'll definitely be on the lookout for new works by Ward. I think she's one to watch in the coming years. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

Available: March 28th, 2016

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