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Fair Play

(It Happened at the Fair #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,728 ratings  ·  242 reviews
Saddled with a man’s name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for pursuing a man’s profession. As a lady doctor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice--until she doctors an imposing man who threatens the fulfillment of her dream.

Hunter is one of the elite. A Texas Ranger and World’s Fair guard specif
Hardcover, 433 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Howard Books (first published May 1st 2014)
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Gina Burgess
May 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I have been an avid reader of Gist's books ever since her novel debut. She has always been teetering on the edge of edgy. This one topples over that edge. I have to say as well that Gist usually does her homework when it comes to research. This one, not so much.

I am by no means a prude. I realized more than two decades ago that steamy romance was erotica and just as much pornography as Playboy. When I get uncomfortable reading a romance novel, that raises all sorts of red flags for me. I took a
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I expected to like this book more than I did. This novel elaborates on the story between Dr. Billy Jack Tate and Columbian Guard Hunter Scott, who we first met in the novella Tempest in the White City. I really enjoyed the novella and was thrilled to discover we were getting a whole novel about Billy and Hunter. Unfortunately, it seems their story would have been better off left short and sweet.

Most of the reason I wasn't a fan of this book is because I really didn't connect with the characters
Anne Osterlund
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Billy Jack is a modern city doctor. Not to mention a woman, a feminist, and a guest speaker at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. That is, if she can get into the building where she is supposed to speak. An entrance which requires breaking in through a cellar window, scrambling—legs first—through the narrow space, and suffering the mockery of a witnessing guard.

Hunter is a Texas Ranger, temporarily on assignment guarding the Women’s Building at the fair. When he signed up for the position, his goals
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, it was very well written.

It is no secret that Deeanne Gist is one of my favorite novelists, and this novel was every example of why she is so. The historic details that Ms. Gist weaves into her novels is beautiful and often heart wrenching. To know the past as it was and not the "fairy-tale" enriched version that is often portrayed makes the history of this country more eye opening.

In Fair Play, the "lady" doctor, because women just don't become doctors, is an a
Aug 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
I have never cared much for this author's books (I have read a few), but someone recommended this one to me claiming that I was sure to love it.

The only way I could think to explain it to my sister is that it's basically a trashy romance without the explicit sex scenes. What is "Christian" fiction coming to when it makes a person so uncomfortable to even read it?! I ended up mostly speed-reading it to see if the entire book was that way... Such a disappointment.

I'm not going to say anything more
Anna's Herding Cats
I glad I gave Fair Play a chance. Historical fiction isn't one of my normal genres but let me tell you. Gist about did me in with an incredible story of hope, heartbreak and love set during the final days of the 1893 Chicago World Fair as a lady doctor and a Texas Ranger are drawn together by an abandoned infant that sets their lives on a new course they never would have expected.

The quick of it is that Billy and Hunter have both found themselves at the World Fair. Billy--the heroine--as
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I have slowly been losing interest in Deanne Gist books as they have derailed from what it was that initially drew in her readers. The Bride in the Bargain, Bride Most Begrudging, and Maid to Match books captivated readers with fun, clean, light, romantic reading. Then Love on the Line and the Fair books took another direction. I think Gist worked so hard to research the back story of her novels that she now spends way too much time regurgitating what she learned and less time on developing her ...more
Margaret Metz
I was torn with this. First some formatting notes. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a picture and a blurb reprinted from within the chapter. That's fine, but I was listening to it and got confused a couple times before I figured it out. I switched to reading it and after each picture and blurb there is a section of text which is smaller and in a harder to read type. I was not a fan.

I have always been a fan of Deeanne Gist, but this was my least favorite book by her. It took edgy to the
Reet Champion
Mar 16, 2014 marked it as unfinished
Dr. Billy Jack Tate has overcome so many obstacles in her life in order to get to where she is now. And she isn't about to let her emotions run away with her to get her into a position she doesn't want - i.e. give up her profession, stay home and raise kids. And although she confesses to have fallen for Texas Ranger Hunter Scott she can't imagine love being strong enough to tie her to her home and give up her medical career in favor of that. While she tries to sort out her whirlwind of emotions ...more
Rachelle Cobb
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time was, I had a very small pool of authors I read: Janette Oke, MaryLu Tyndall...and Deeanne Gist. I'm glad I've branched out since then, but I still read every last one of Dee's books. Why? They're hilarious, adorable, and well-written.

First, though, let's gush about that cover, shall we? Who ever heard of a heroine swinging off the cover of her own book? Love it! Especially since that swing is actually in the book and the hero swings on it, too.

I loved Billy and Hunter, also. Billy, the femi
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Great Gist Story!

I really was drawn into the story of Dr. Billy, Hunter, and Derry. The romance was real. I liked the frustration Hunter deals with as far as Billy being a doctor. I like that Billy was a strong female that doesn't give up all she's worked for just because a man expects it. No spoilers but there is room for compromising.
The deplorable conditions of life for children of the time was very well told. Sadly, it was all too true.
I appreciate the author and publisher for incl
Dr. Billy Jack Tate isn't your ordinary doctor. In fact, "he" is actually a she, named after two her grandfathers. She has fought and clawed her way up in a profession dominated almost solely by men in 1893, so it is a godsend when she is asked to do the doctoring at the Women's Building at the Chicago World's Fair. Her clientele of patients is almost nill so she is desperate for a regular income. What she didn't expect was the pig-headed Columbian guard, Hunter Scott, to start pestering her. On ...more
Marilyn Rondeau
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for taking on a man’s profession. Being a doctor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice although, being a woman is still a hurdle to overcome most people’s inability in accepting her gender. One in which she is doing her best to overcome.

Hunter Scott is one of the elite. A Texas Ranger and World’s Fair guard specifically chosen for his height, physique, character, and skill. Even though he feels a great
Tara Chevrestt
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Having thoroughly enjoyed It Happened At the Fair, I was more than eager to read the latest installment from Gist. Though I don't like it as much as the first one, mostly because that story line about deafness and lip-reading really touched a chord with me, I still really liked this story.

We have a spunky woman doctor who knows how to stand on her own two feet and give back what for. Especially when she meets a manly Texas Ranger who has very set ideas about women's place.

Boy, does she manage to
Maureen Timerman
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Travel back in time to right after the O’Leary cow Chicago fire and attend the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair. Deeanne Gist has us walking in their footsteps and we feel we are at the fair, with the inclusion on old pictures of the buildings, and wonderful descriptions. We put faces to the people, although fictional, we become absorbed in their lives, and those around them.
We have a young woman doctor, and of all things she has two male first names, Billy Jack, talk about confusing people. Woman docto
Carrie Pagels
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
ery good read but slight disappointment. There are many reviews already posted and I'll be posting a longer review on my blog. See previous reviews for the content of the story. Lots of good things in this book! But I'm going to explain why DeeAnne's fans might have a few issues with this book.

We do know DeeAnne Gist has moved over to the secular market. But to include just a small amount of Christianity in this book muddies the waters. And the hero doesn't appear to have much of a spiritual arc
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I have to say that this wasn't my favorite Deeanne Gist novel. It did, however, have many redeeming qualities!

What I loved:
1) Hunter - my crush on this fictional hero began from his line "Pretty much the whole time" and carried on 'pretty much the whole time' throughout the book :) Gotta love those Texas Ranger cowboys :) :)

2) learning about Chicago's history - even the seedier parts. As an English as a Second Language teacher, reading about the conditions in which immigrants of that day lived
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why Howard thought this was a CBA book. It is not a Christian Fiction book. There is erotic sex in it - designed to be so.

The plot is set at the Chicago World's Fair - it really only plays a small part. The most interesting and heart rending part of the story is happening in the West Side. The author does a great job of incorporating this historical part (and I dislike most historical description in my novels) into her story. It is actually the best part of the book.

The two main c
Karen R
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful, fun story by Deeanne Gist! The second in her Chicago's World Fair series, this one features a feisty woman physician struggling to start her own medical practice, and a Columbian guard who just happens to be one very tough Texas Ranger on loan. Sparks fly after a funny first encounter, and their relationship grows deeper as they work together, helping needy children who cross their path, including an abandoned baby, and building the first city playground in a poor district.
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Fun, Historical, Touching, and very Teaching story!!!
Even though our Texas Ranger was hand picked for his manly figure, he hasn't seen it all until he met our Doctor Billy Jack Tate with very feminine figure but with mind manly enough to even rival his. try and guard that woman. The whole Fair ground want getting in as much trouble a her. But no matter how much of man's world we try to take over we will still be women and this book i perfect eye opener. we are engineered from inside to be women,
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Deeanne Gist never disappoints! "Fair Play" is a fun, fascinating story steeped in the aura of Chicago's historical World's Fair; cleverly highlighting a movement to provide indigent children with the means to recreate safely outdoors by constructing spacious, outdoor public playgrounds. Add a splash of romantic humor by pairing wildly independent Dr. Billy Jack Tate with alpha-male Texas Ranger Hunter Joseph Scott, coupled with the dialogue of the day surrounding women with careers, and heated ...more
I really liked this. I have read other books by this author and I usually fall between loving her books and being "meh" about them. This one falls into the former category. I like that the background of the World Fair and Hull House added to the characters and plot line of this book, they didn't take it away.

This book had a lot of themes but I think my favorite was the theme between the two leads about how Billy (a girl) wanted to stay a doctor after marriage and children and Hunter not wanting
Katelyn Mac
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hunter Scott, a Texas Ranger never wants to marry a woman in a man’s profession. Dr. Billy Jack Tate, doesn’t want to marry, give up her practice and move. Will Hunter and Billy compromise and have a happy ending or stick with their stubborn ways?

This book had me laughing from page one. I read it every chance I got, at work, at school. Deeanne never disappoints, the connection between Hunter and Billy was sweet and unexplainable.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
With the exception of some uncomfortable lustful scenes, I enjoyed this immensely. Two of my favorite scenes involved a swing set, which was sweet and brought back pleasant childhood memories for me. It was nice to be back at the Chicago Fair. This one got better as it progressed. Overall, I'm glad I completed it.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Another amazing book by Deeanne Gist! What I love about her books is all of the historical information she packs in her stories. It was sad to read about how horrible the slums in Chicago were!
I was captivated by the idea of a book set against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, but it was just bonus when I discovered the protagonists were a lady doctor and a Texas Ranger. This is one humdinger in its length and its scope. The story felt long, but for the life of me I can't imagine cutting one part out to shorten it because each piece of the story was interesting for various reasons.

It was lush and rich in historical authenticity, cultural elements and social issues of the
Margaret Chind
It appears that my partial review written has disappeared as I've returned to finish it. Alas.

Almost without fail, when it comes to Dee’s books I know it’s going to be a great story and straight to the permanent keeper shelf. She is one of those authors where you’d love to have both a physical and digital copy on hand to read it whenever and wherever. Deeanne Gist is one of those authors that I tell my husband she sells well even in the general market world of fiction as well as the Christian m
Katie Johnson
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first book I read by Deeanne Gist was It Happened at the Fair, and I liked the characters but absolutely loved the Chicago World Fair setting. When Fair Play came out, I snatched the book straight off the shelf and marched to the checkout line. I brought this book with me to a restaurant as my date so I didn't have to eat alone and immediately fell in love with it.

Hunter Scott impressed me right away. There's just something about meeting a Texas Ranger with his southern drawl in the heart o
Victor Gentile
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Deeanne Gist in her new book “Fair Play” Book Two in the Chicago World’s Fair series published by Howard Books takes us into the life of Billy Jack Tate and Hunter Scott.

From the back cover: From the bestselling author of “It Happened at the Fair” comes a historical love story about a lady doctor and a Texas Ranger who meet at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Saddled with a man’s name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for taking on a man’s profession. As a doctor at the 1893 Chica
Lisa Johnson
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Fair Play
Author: Deeanne Gist
Pages: 464
Year: 2014
Publisher: Howard
I suspect that works of fiction cause one and all to consider reading it for many reasons. For this novel, it was due to one character being a Texas Ranger. The other would be the setting, Chicago in the late 1800s along with the rich historical flavor to the tale. When I first started reading, the novel caused me to chuckle at the start and at other times throughout until the last page. There were in the late 1800s many h
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“Texas Rangers are men who cannot be stampeded. We walk into any situation and handle it without instruction from our commander. Sometimes we work as a unit, sometimes we work alone.” He turned his attention to the jurors. “We preserve the law. We track down train and bank robbers. We subdue riots. We guard our borders. We’ll follow an outlaw clear across the country if we need to. In my four years of service, I’ve traveled eighty-six thousand miles on horse, nineteen hundred on train, gone on two hundred thirty scouts, made two hundred seventeen arrests, returned five hundred six head of stolen cattle, assisted forty-three local sheriffs, guarded a half dozen jails, and spent more time on the trail than I have in my own bed. We’ve been around since before the Alamo, and”—he turned to Hood, impaling him with his stare—“we’re touchy as a teased snake when riled, so I wouldn’t recommend it.” 1 likes
“Hunter burst out laughing. Billy twisted around, one hand holding the babe securely on the cot, one hand clutching her collar. Red filled every inch of her skin. “What are you doing here?” she hissed. Instead of answering, he chuckled and shook his head. He couldn’t imagine why any little girl would want to be a doctor when everybody knew girls were supposed to grow up and become mothers. She turned her back to him, then began to diaper the infant. It was a boy, he noted. “What’s the matter with you, Hunter Scott?” she asked. “What were you doing to sneak in here and eavesdrop on a conversation that wasn’t meant for you?” The tenor of her voice upset the babe and it started to cry again. Making his way to her side, he cocked a hip against the cot. “I’m sorry, Billy. I really am sorry to have upset the babe, but I wouldn’t have missed that tale for the world.” 0 likes
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