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FAIR PLAY (Word Play Prequel Novella) – FOUR PLAY ANTHOLOGY by AMALIE SILVER

‘Eight years earlier. Two women. One bet.’

Four Play

SYNOPSIS

From the author of the Internationally Bestselling Satire Word Play comes this collection of laugh-out-loud novellas, all guaranteed to curl your toes and challenge your morals.

Titles include:

Surrendering to Innocence
(Previously published in Forbidden Fruit, Volume II)

Big Balls
(Previously published in Nighttides)

Debating Number Ten
(Previously published in Hot for Teacher)

Fair Play
(The brand new prequel novella to Word Play)

Fair Play Collage (1)

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯ Stars

‘We were both contradictions. Complete anti-clichés.’

 Last year we fell in love with a book called Word Play. It was a tongue in cheek, unique and a very – very swoony story that hilariously portrayed the crazy ups and the peculiar downs of our Book-world. It was a warts and all satirical look at our community which had us constantly nodding in agreement and relating to some of the funny and strange moments we all encounter now and again.

 “I’ll be over here with a smile on my face reading what I want to read, and not worry if The New Yorker, USA Today, or The New York Times think they’re worthy enough for me. Let me worry about that.”

In that story we met Michael Rourke, a mystery writer who relished the anonymity of writing under a pseudonym after selling his soul to write smut. We can’t tell you that much about what unfolded in Word Play because you need to find that out for yourselves after this book so you’ll appreciate the relationship and how it develops.

What we will say is that in Word Play we learnt that Michael had previously met a woman at a conference some years earlier that was shrouded in mystery. Well, it’s a mystery no more because in Fair Play we get an inside peek at what occurred during that time.

Firstly, if you haven’t read Word Play we guarantee you’ll be breaking your 1Click finger record to grab it once you’ve been tempted and teased by the glimpses you receive in Fair Play!

 ‘When a woman so fair touches any part of you, the devastation you feel when she pulls herself away is agony…’

 This book was adorable, sweet, acerbic, sexy and giggle worthy and we loved it. We both had permanent smiles on our faces as Amalie Silver returned with the same sarcastic humour and quick wit we loved in Word Play, as well as an endearing banter between Michael and Lauren, plus a few cringe worthy moments. We were once again reminded why we love this author’s work so much.

 ‘We were fiction writers. If we always got caught up in the thesaurus, our characters’ voices wouldn’t be real.’

 This is a fabulous companion novella to a book we adored from an author who really does ‘get’ our Community and doesn’t take herself to seriously…much to the benefit of us readers. The memories  and glimpses of ‘book life‘ back then….’could a book about a vampire and a human really sell?’ had us in fits, not to mention….the discussion about the item that would become our lifeline of the future….

 “This, my friends, is what they call a Kindle. It’s an e-reader and is in beta testing right now. This puppy is going to be sold for four-hundred bucks on Amazonia’s website in a few months. People can keep an entire library on this thing. It’s s going to revolutionize the business as we know it. Duncan

 “I doubt. It’s another electronic hung of junk that will be obsolete in less than a year. You can quote me on that.” Jack

And Jack….we guess you had to eat your words there buddy!  It all went to make this a fun, swoony and entertaining read!

 **Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks** 

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BY AMALIE SILVER

Word Play Series (1)

WORD PLAY 
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FOUR PLAY – PREQUEL NOVELLA TO WORD PLAY
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WORD PLAY by AMALIE SILVER

 

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SYNOPSIS

Smut sells.

Michael Rourke learned this the hard way.

Struggling to make ends meet as a mystery writer, he sold his soul – and his pride – as he pedaled sex and lust writing under the pen name Christoph Strong.

No one knew he was the one behind the steamy stories on the bestsellers lists. And he planned to keep it that way.

Until he met her.

Monica Singer, an infamous blogger, is keen to discover the truth of his secret identity.

During a chance meeting at a book convention, Michael and Monica form an instant connection. And soon, an industry rivalry becomes something else entirely.

But as Michael starts to let his guard down, he doesn’t realize that the person he’s learning to trust may be hiding secrets of her own.

Secrets that could ultimately destroy everything.

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J&G: ✯✯✯✯ hilarious and romantic Stars

‘They wanted to read about the slurping, slapping, colliding, and thrusting that damn near leaves the heroine cross-eyed, stunned and with slight concussion.’

G&J: For everyone who ‘lives’ in book world through social media platforms this story will mostly have your sides splitting from laughter and nodding your head at the fantastically sarcastic take on it all. Yes there’s a gorgeous swoon worthy and sexy romance running through it which we absolutely loved. But….the sarcastic humour and satirical take on the before mentioned book world is what had us aching from the belly laughs and loving this story. In actual fact, as bloggers ourselves, we were laughing because yes, we got it and we are quite happy to take the piss out of ourselves too! The romance element was really sweet and sexy and we wondered if this has ever truly happened, if so….awwww!!! ♥

‘Suddenly everyone was an author. And although there was a certain pride that still came with at title, it certainly didn’t carry the same weight it did years ago.’

Now, to say we were devouring this is an understatement. We were loving every laugh out loud minute and every sigh worthy romantic moment. We were sporadically fanning ourselves at the heat factor too. The characters were gorgeous, lovable, sexy, vulnerable and sweet. Word Play is brilliantly written with such a unique and original concept. Taking the mick out of what we know to be partially if not mostly true in book world.

‘I’d apparently misunderstood the sexual deprivation and borderline psychotic fantasies of this country’s romance-reading community.’

So, why only 4 stars? Well, two thirds through it was a solid 5….then something disappointing happened. The story became apologetic to what it had originally set out to be and what it was excelling at so far. It’s as if either an outside influence called a halt or ‘balls’ went bye bye’s. Until then it was fabulous…funny….satirical and sexy. Sadly it became a bit soft, it seemed as though the story began to apologise for what it had been and the voice altered. The romance though remained brilliant in all its intrigue, seductiveness and mystery.

“You’re something to be savoured…….Jesus, I couldn’t even write a woman like you if I tried.”

Gitte: Hey J, how many times did we laugh as we related to the book world elements covered in Word Play, like street teams, trolls and the repercussions from honest reviewing?!

Jenny:  OMG G! We sure could relate! I think our heads nearly nodded off when we kept having those ‘aha’ moments. We’ve heard about and lived through it all and it became especially giggle worthy when, on the day we read this book we received a PM from a Street Team Member abusing us for not posting our review for a certain author’s book on Amazon. Only problem was we hadn’t actually read or reviewed it at all. Ummm yep, we probably laughed more because we could relate and the tongue in cheek manner in which it was delivered in was priceless hahaha….

‘I’m collecting signed paperbacks as we speak. All the ones I’ve given five stars to. I mean, it’s not like those authors want honest reviews, they just want to see those stars. Half the books I’ve reviewed I haven’t even read.’ – A Blogger 

Gitte:  So we sure loved it alright, but there was no squee-ing or even smeeping from us…we cringe and shudder whenever squee is used to describe a brilliant story. It somehow devalues the written work in our opinion and also we’re not 10 years old anymore are we, Jenny??

‘I sighed and stuck my hands in my pockets. Smeep. Now officially a word. I shook my head. I weep for this country’s literary future. ‘– Michael

Jenny:  Oh dear god! I’m with you and Michael wholeheartedly on that one! Although ‘smeep’ is preferable to ‘the other word! When I see ‘that word’ used to describe their feelings about a book it immediately makes me think the person has read something that’s not to be taken too seriously.

Jenny:  The book signings were handled hilariously! I’ve only been to one book signing, you’ve been to two! Anything you’d like to spill G? Any dirty little shenanigans go on as they did in Word Play?  If there are, I need to go to more!

When an author is asked how they handle bad reviews:
‘Last month I got back-to-back one star reviews. But I say at least I’m evoking emotion! Not everyone can understand intelligent humor. It’s like I’m British’

Gitte: I haven’t seen any at the signings I’ve been to so I’m clearly missing out! I’m seriously stealing someone’s name badge at the next one I go to…Let’s see how long it takes before someone susses me out hahahaha. Who should I pretend to be???

‘I couldn’t have been further from their perception of who I was.’

JennyHaha! Use Michaels name, you might get action.  Loved this quote Michaels – this is a regular occurrence for us bookworms G…well, except the teeth cleaning thing…that always gets done 😉

‘I read until three o’clock, completely forgetting about the world around me. I hadn’t showered, shaved, brushed my teeth, or eaten.’

Gitte: Yep absolutely! And this is why WE blog…for the love of the book – the story- the characters. THAT is worth being a smelly hungry reader living in a sometimes messy house for.

G&J: Word Play gave us a chance to laugh at a few of the things which sometimes get us down and we all know laughter is the best medicine. At a time when it sometimes appears  as though the quality of the story and the reader’s enjoyment comes second to that much revered spot on the NYT list, where ‘he who markets and street team best’ wins, Amalie Silver captured this unique world to perfection with wit, sarcasm, passion and romance – what a combination!

Word Play satisfied our cynical sides, it tickled our funny bone, it made us laugh at ourselves a few times, it completely satisfied our romance needs and it reminded us that as long as authors keep writing quality stories we’ll keep reading them because despite everything …reading is a passion, a drug and we, its willing romance addicts!

‘She read my thoughts, she embodied my desires. But most importantly, she returned my kiss. I coveted her beauty; I could’ve stared at her all night.’

**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

WORD PLAY by AMALIE SILVER
AMAZON US / AMAZON UK

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