Unrequited love can be one of the most agonizing experiences life can hand you, and Tracy Raymond knows this all too well. In an effort to secure the affections of handsome rock star Jake Benjamin, she purchases a mysterious love potion that guarantees to snag the affections of anyone who consumes it. The tables turn quickly when Jake falls in love with Tracy Raymond and succumbs to the full effects of the ill-fated love potion. Tracy's unconditional love causes her to endure unthinkable hardship and grief.
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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite Love comes with a price in Tari Robinson’s spellbinding thriller, Turn About is Fair Play. Unattractive Tracy Raymond’s groupie obsession with rock singer Jake Benjamin consumes her life. Friends Janie and AJ take her to a fortune teller who sells her a love potion. Tracy gets the opportunity to drug Jake and the potion takes effect. He falls in love with her but the happiness Tracy expected backfires. Jake experiences mood swings, is abusive and distrustful. She knows Jake is only with her because she drugged him, but refuses to leave. Jake changes whenever the drug wears off, so Tracy constantly purchases more, depleting her finances. She’ll do anything to keep Jake so she ignores the fortune teller’s instructions. Groupies have been known to stalk celebrities; some do weird things to attract their attention, but have they have been as obsessive or conniving like Tracy? Turn About is Fair Play and so it was in this intense, suspenseful drama that will have you hooked but incensed at Tracy’s actions. Based on Tari Robinson’s expressive writing, one could easily be swayed to sympathize with Tracy when Jake became abusive. But Turn About is Fair Play, isn’t it? I admired how the author kept taking the drama to the next level each time with moving conflicts from interesting characters. The conclusion left me numb, but it was an acceptable one, given the circumstances. I can see a movie being made from this thriller and am impressed with the author who showed her creativity.
Interesting premise Turn about is fair play is an interesting story that brings to light how a crush on someone out of reach, and turn into an obsession and focus on only that person. Tracy is such a person, wanting to do out of the norm steps to get what she wants. Robinson pens a good story and it is very well written. A lot of the story is dialogue driven, and I like that, as I do similar type of writing. The dialogue also flows like dialogue and conversation, and isn't stilted or too formal. Tracy is looking for a love connection, and the story works. It's relatable, and captivating, as anyone can almost relate to Tracy's feelings. The characters have great depth and a connection to each other, so the aspects of the blog make sense. "keep saying and doing all the right things but in the end the potion is the glue that keeps us together. And he just reminded me that I’m nothing without it. I am not a beauty, I am not special, and I’m certainly not worthy of him.” It's definitely an unpredictable story with many turns that make for a good story. I look forward to reading more by this new author.