Forced to live a clandestine life, Danielle "Dani" Jordon believes she has found a safe haven in Las Vegas until she meets devastatingly handsome casino owner Jace Diamond. With his compelling sexual magnetism and mind-numbing kisses, Dani finds her world turned upside-down. Resisting the most compelling man she has ever met proves to be a task Dani doesn’t have the strength to fight.
Inexplicably drawn to her, Jace embarks on a relentless pursuit to make Dani his. It isn’t long before he finds himself totally in love, but can he convince Dani that she belongs with him?
Trapped in her life of deceit, Dani is afraid to admit her love for Jace or believe in a life without fear. Can Dani take the chance and trust Jace to provide the sanctuary she so desperately needs, or will that trust lead to the exposure of her secrets and destroy her life?
Author - Janna Shay
Posted by Dianne on 12th Apr 2013
Janna Shay’s book, Fair Play, set in Sin City doesn’t disappoint, sizzling from the first chapter to the last, with lots of twists and turns that keep the plot moving. I fell in love with Dani and Jace even as they fell in love with one another. Dani is seeking respite from life on the run, and Jace is just the kind of guy who can offer that respite – strong alpha-male with a sensitive side – my kind of hero. And the chemistry between Dani and Jace starts with a scorching flash of heat then simmers down to a rolling boil.
The end satisfies the need for happily-ever-after in a big way, giving you a glimpse of their life after “The End.” If you enjoy a sexy, fun, fast-paced read, I definitely recommend picking up Fair Play.
Posted by Julia on 8th Mar 2013
Dark secrets are dancing on the outskirts of spicy romance and true love in Janna Shay's novel, Fair Play. I loved the connection between Jace and Dani that was instant from their first meeting at the casino pool, a scene that will take you by surprise and which basically sets the pace for the electric charge that follows the entire storyline. I truly loved the conversation and the growth of their relationship. The end is just the action sequence needed to top off the happily ever after for two people who need and deserve it. Great story and I highly recommend it.
Posted by DeAnn Smallwood on 26th Dec 2012
Janna Shay has a wonderful ability to bring the reader into the story. You sympathize with Dani for fear making her deceitful. You rejoice with Dani over finding someone to love her so completely. Jace is drawn to Dani from their first encounter. Not only is he drawn to her, but he is determined to move mountains to free her from a past that threatens to defeat their love. Jace is a strong lover, but he has met his match with the feisty Dani. While she has lived a past that is scaring, she is a survivor. It was fun and exciting to join the Vegas casino life with Jace and Dani. Along with this poignant love story, Shay has woven in the miracle of family. I look forward to reading more books by Janna Shay.
After you have read and enjoyed FAIR PLAY, I invite you to read books by DeAnn Smallwood: TEARS IN THE WIND, SAPPHIRE BLUE, and MONTANA STAR. Under the pen name D.M. Woods: DEATH CROSSES THE FINISH LINE.
Posted by Liv Rancourt on 29th Aug 2012
The premise of this book is awesome: a young woman on the run ends up in the arms of the hottest man on the planet. In Vegas. Really, what’s not to like? And for the most part, I gotta say Ms. Shay pulls it off. Sin City sparkles, her opening scene has to be measured in centigrade because it’s too hot for Fahrenheit, and Dani and Jace have real chemistry.
My main quibble with this piece is that in the first half, I could have used more detail around Dani’s secret past. I knew there was something that could destroy her relationship with Jace, but there’s so little information about it and so much emphasis on the romance that I forgot about the suspense angle the blurb had promised. As a result, when the suspense picks up, the story ends up feeling a bit disjointed.
Overall, though, it’s an enjoyable ride, with lots of fun naughty bits and a postlude that shows a snippet of what their happily-ever-after looks like. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? So if you can’t afford the price of a plane ticket, Fair Play might well be the next best thing.
Posted by Anita Kingsberry on 3rd Aug 2012
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Review for Fair Play by Janna Shay
I thought this was a thrilling an sensual novel to read. I enjoyed the relationship between Jace and Dani. I enjoyed their sexy teasing game they play with each other throughout the story. I loved that the story took place in Sin City, Las Vegas. I really felt badly for Dani’s situation she was in when she ran away from home. This novel had it’s touching moments that made me cry and love scenes were hot.
The story begins when Dani moves to Las Vegas and starts working at a casino. She meets the owner of the Diamond Casino, Jace Diamond. They quickly fall in love with each other. Jace wants forever and Dani feels she can’t offer forever due to her dark past. He discovers what happened to her in her past. Her past comes back for vengeance and vows to destroy her.
In opinion the story needs more sex scenes, maybe a little more raunchiness. I understand that this is a romance and not erotica. I would recommend this novel to people who enjoy soft and sensual romances with intrigue and danger added to the mix. This novel is a Good Read.
Posted by Unknown on 18th Jul 2012
When I picked up this book, I'd somehow gotten it in my head that it was romantic suspense. Turns out it was a contemporary romance with a suspense subplot, which is fine, but it led me to be a little impatient to get to the suspense part until I realized that I'd misjudged the genre. So bear the genre in mind when you read the book!
There's lots of hot and heavy chemistry between the leads, Dani and Jace. Jace owns the casino where Dani gets a job. She's on the run, and doesn't intend to get involved with anyone, but she can't deny her attraction to Jace, and he's a man who's used to not being denied anything. However, she tries her hardest to pretend that he doesn't affect her. Naturally, this intrigues Jace, and he pursues her all the harder until he wins her... but that when things get tougher for the two of them.
I won't give away any spoilers, but I had some difficulties with Dani's character until her big secret was revealed. She comes across as rather immature at times, and the reasons why aren't clear until you know what happened to her. If there had been some hints earlier about the nature of the trauma Dani had suffered, it would have helped me understand her better earlier in the book. Once I learned what happened, the lightbulb came on and her behavior and reactions made more sense.
I also think that poor Jace was a little too understanding at times and didn't press her for information when she was flying off the handle. Yes, he's very attracted to her and falls for her, but there's a limit to the amount of drama someone should have to put up with. Dani overreacts (though, so does Jace at times) and is extremely insecure, and that gets wearing. Why Jace didn't press her harder and earlier for information, I don't know.
There's also the matter of how the heck did Dani live for seven years on the run? I think that part of the story could have been quite interesting, particularly given Dani's age (especially at the start) and her lack of resources, but Jace never asks and Dani never tells. I can only imagine that she could have gotten into all sorts of jams during that time, and might have done some things to be ashamed of or to regret (instead of the incident that set her on the run, which she worries that Jace won't understand, when it was quite clear that she did the right thing, and I can't see anyone condemning her for it).
These issues aside, I really got into the book once Dani's past comes back to haunt her. The villain was quite creepy, and I was very uneasy until his character was defeated. When Dani was in his clutches, I kept worrying about what would happen to her. Well done!
Overall, a nice beach read--lots of sparks, fun banter, and chills. Plenty to keep you turning the pages!
Posted by Lydia on 4th Jul 2012
I loved the setting, uber-modern Las Vegas. The insight into the underground of high stakes gambling riveted me. The characters were strong and sexy but vulnerable. I couldn't put it down.
Posted by Chantale on 25th May 2012
I started reading this in the afternoon and I absolutely couldn't put it down. I was going to just read a few pages and then go mow the lawn but I ended up reading the entire book and by the time I was done reading it was to late to do it but that is ok because I very much enjoyed this book and I loved the characters. I will be reading this book again at a later date.