Fair Play

Fair Play 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 b

  • Title: Fair Play
  • Author: Tracy A. Ward
  • ISBN: 9780997282719
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 AWho 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 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 Phaird Noah the test Will there be a standing ovation for Ashlyn Carter, playwright, or will the curtain drop on her heart and fade to black Only by facing their biggest fears together will Ashlyn and Noah learn to trust in themselves and each other.

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    1. 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, [...]

    2. Fair Play by Tracy A. Ward proved to be a quirky, sweet, romantic little gem of a novel. I was pleasantly surprised by how well-rounded, complex, and how invested I became in Ashlyn and Noah as characters. Their relationship with each other and with fellow people of the small town of Phair, gave me that close-knit, southern feel that I felt when I watched Sweet Home Alabama all those years ago and attempted to convince my parents that we just had to move down south.Told through alternating point [...]

    3. *2.5 rounded up to 3. Characters, writing style, and plot would be a solid 3 to 3.5, but overall I have to go with 2.5.Read more reviews like this one here.The tone for this felt very "film noir" throughout, which I enjoyed. It's very different than many of the romance novels I've read in that way and I loved the overlap between Ashlynn and Noah's story and "Caroline and Andy's" story. There were good splashes of humor, at times in the banter and at others Noah's reactions to the "improv" scenes [...]

    4. Tracy Ward nailed it! This book is a fun, sexy read. It is full of interesting characters with depth and emotion. The words fell from the page creating the wonderful world of Phair, Texas. As a native Texan, I found the dialect and characteristics of the supporting characters to be spot on. The wit, sarcasm, and sexy dialogue made the book for me. And just when you thought the dialogue was steamy enough, Ward didn't disappoint and backed it up with steamy descriptions of the characters intimate [...]

    5. This was a very sweet book J I stayed all night to read it and I don’t regret this. This was the first book I’ve ever read whit a person who actually writes. Ashlyn is a thirty-year-old-woman who writes plays for the theater. She and Noah known each other for many years, but she started to hate Noah when she was seventeen and from then, they were in the opposite sides of the boat.But Ashlyn had a crush with Noah and when Lucas, the theater’s director, put them to work together, that fire s [...]

    6. * I received an ARC copy of Fair Play for an honest review by the publishers on Net Galley*So im not sure where to start with this book other than that I enjoyed it, but I didn't LOVE it the way I thought I would after having read the synopsis. What I did really enjoy about the book was Tracy's writing. It was phenomenal. I was pleasantly surprised with how well written it was, how well the story flowed together, and the grammer and spelling was on point. This definitly added to the quality of t [...]

    7. 3.5 Fair Play caught my attention from the cover to the synopsis and I was eager to jump in and read Noah and Ashlyn’s story. This was a fun, hot read that I consumed in a single evening. Three word review: sweet, sexy and entertaining.Ashlyn is a struggling writer who has been hired to write three plays for the nationally acclaimed theater in Phair, Texas. Her first two increased sales but didn’t enthrall the critics. With just a few weeks to go before the playwright festival she hands in a [...]

    8. First line: Sitting on the ladder-backed barstool at the Double Shot, still sweaty from spending the day shut in my oven for an apartment-who didn't have AC in Texas?-I took a slug of my gin and tonic and glanced at my watch for the eight billionth time."This was a lovely story that I easily read in one sitting. The characters drew me in and the unique set-up of the plot and the external conflict was well done.Ashlyn is a struggling playwright on the verge of either making it really big or becom [...]

    9. Before anything else, I received a digital copy of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, publishers!Fair Play is a contemporary romance that centers on a play (see the pun?) - or more specifically, a play that Ashlyn badly needs to write and to excel in. Unfortunately for her, Noah Blake - her brother's best friend who she almost totally despises - just so happens to be her muse.In the novel, we can identify the use of multiple common book tropes: love/hate, forb [...]

    10. 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 f [...]

    11. I really enjoyed Ashlyn and Noah's story. I loved that the author switched between the character's voices each chapter. It was a fun way to get to know how each of them was feeling as their relationship developed. The plot was unique and I thought Tracy Ward did a great job developing the story. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work in the future. Favorite quote from Noah:"All at once, fifty years of nights just like this flashed before my eyes-of coming home from a long day and findin [...]

    12. I'd actually give Fair Play 3 1/2 stars, but doesn't let you give half stars.Fair Play by Tracy A. Ward: Ashlyn and Noah have known each other for years, but for the past few years, Ashlyn has, as she says ‘hated’ Noah for what she perceives as wrongs he’s done. By a quirk of fate (or is it fate?) they both end up in small town Phair, Texas. Ashlyn is a struggling playwright and Noah is running a bar in on of the chains he owns. Ashlyn sees her move to Phair as her last chance to prove he [...]

    13. Fair Play by Tracy A. Ward is a nice romance with a few sensual love scenes splashed throughout the second half of the story. The book moves along at a reasonable pace and the characters are believable and likeable. It is an original and intriguing read.The two main characters, Ashlyn and Noah have crushed on each other since college. However, Ashlyn has always been off limits because her brother Quinn is Noah's best friend. Ashlyn is a sharp and witty playwright working diligently toward a Broa [...]

    14. I tried so hard to like it. Keyword here is "tried."I don't know.The book was very promising to me, but it ended up just okay. Maybe because I didn't like the characters that much, or maybe because I just couldn't with the writing style. I just realized that in the past week, this was the only book I was reading. And it's only 175 pages!It could have been 4 stars to me if only there were no sex scenes. I'm very open to sex scenes, much much dirtier is better, but with the author's writing style, [...]

    15. I really really wanted to like this one but I just couldn't get into the writing style. I felt awkward and almost forced at times. There was a lot of telling and not enough showing. I was a bit confused about the timeline of this one too, because at one point in the story the said they met because her brother was his roommate in college but then they said they've known each other since they were kids?? I'm so confused. I don't know if I read something wrong or not but it really threw me out of t [...]

    16. Very addictive! Hard to put down so clear up your schedule for the day. This is a great easy read if you are looking for a fun romance book! Characters come to life in this adorable Texas town. Good amount of sizzle without being too much. Look forward to more from this author. Would recommend book to my friends.

    17. Fair Play is the kind of novel that draws you in, makes you feel right at home and, when it's over, you kinda don't want to leave. Ashlyn and Noah are a fun couple, and I loved the story line of her as a playwright saving the town's theater and Noah as her muse. This is definitely a story I want to visit again.

    18. Couldn't put this book down!!! I stayed up way past my bedtime on a work night to finish this book because I had to know what happened! It was worth it. The main characters are smart and clever with great dialogue and serious chemistry! Sexy! The ending was heartfelt but not sappy! Perfect summer beach read!

    19. A friend recommended to me Fair Play by new author Tracy A Ward and after spending the afternoon with Ashlyn and Noah I will in turn recommend this read to anyone who would like to lose themselves in fun, drama and sizzle for a fast pace afternoon read. I felt as if the characters were anyone I could know in real life. The author did a terrific job and I look forward to more books by her.

    20. Such a fun read! I loved the sass and quick wit of the main character, Ashlyn. The town of Phair sounds like a place I would visit, especially during the festival time. I'm not going to lie, I teared up at the end. If you are looking for a fun, sexy, quick read, check out Fair Play!

    21. Best friend's little sister and sworn enemies to lovers--Fair Play had my two favorite story lines wrapped into one! Loved the banter and at times the book was laugh out loud funny. This was a fun, fast-paced read. Can't wait to see what this author does next!

    22. I loved this book! From page one I was hooked! And the storyline was so different than anything Ive read before! A great,fun and sexy read that youll want to devour! Fantastic read!

    23. 3.5 “Broadway love” STARSLooking for a sweet romance with a theater/Broadway background? Fair Play is a good choice for you, then.This is the love story of Ashlyn and Noah with three of the tropes I like in this genre: hate to love + brother’s BFF + (a variation of) fake relationship.Ashlyn, the main character, is a writer who dreams of conquering Broadway. After a few successful plays, Ashlyn sees the opportunity to take her career to the next level with her next project, a play for a nat [...]

    24. "Fair Play" was a fun take on the unrequited love/forbidden fruit trope with a little "role playing" thrown in for good measure. The hero and heroine have a like - hate relationship he likes her, since he's his best friend's little sister and he's known her almost half his life and she hates him because he's a controlling asshole. Unfortunately, they are both living in the small Texas town of Phair. Ashlyn is there because it's her best chance to get one of her stage plays sent up to Broadway w [...]

    25. "Fair Play" was a fun take on the unrequited love/forbidden fruit trope with a little "role playing" thrown in for good measure. The hero and heroine have a like - hate relationship he likes her, since he's his best friend's little sister and he's known her almost half his life and she hates him because he's a controlling asshole. Unfortunately, they are both living in the small Texas town of Phair. Ashlyn is there because it's her best chance to get one of her stage plays sent up to Broadway w [...]

    26. Fair Play was a fun and flirty novel about falling in love with your brother’s best friend. I absolutely adored this book. Noah met Ashlyn’s brother when they became roommates at college and Ashlyn’s been crushing on Noah for almost that long. But after a disastrous visit one year when she was seventeen, things have been tense. Noah thinks he can’t cross that line. You know that invisible guy line that best friends don’t cross? Ashlyn thinks he’s just the Patron Saint of…well you c [...]

    27. Fair Play is Tracy A. Ward's debut novel. Fair Play is about a woman named Ashlyn and a man named Noah, who happens to be her older brother's best friendd the guy she has avoided since her crush-gone-bad days. Now her director thinks that Noah is the key to her creativity, she has no choice but to collaborate with her worst enemy. Everything Ashlyn thought she wanted is put to the test and the guy she swore she was over still has her in his grasp. Tracy A. Ward's novel, Fair Play, was an absolut [...]

    28. I could feel the chemistry smoldering off the pages between Noah and Ashlyn – and that’s what helped sell the story for me. It was easy to like these two and hope they ended up with their own HEA, especially when it comes out that these two have been pining away for one another for years, even though Noah is Ashlyn’s older brother’s best friend. They’ve kept their friendship platonic and pretended to dislike one another, but deep down Noah had forced himself to put his friendship with [...]

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