Title: Play With Me
Series: Grover Beach Team, #1
Author: Piper Shelly
Date(s) read: August 20, 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Source: Xpresso Book Tours (eARC)
A short, sweet novella.
Ryan Hunter’s parties are legend. And tonight she’s going to be there.
Liza Matthews anticipates the return of her best friend and only love since kindergarten from soccer camp. But when Tony finally shows up, his mind is more focused on another girl. And worse, she’s a soccer player. Fighting for the attention Liza craves, she’s just a hairbreadth away from making a very stupid decision. But when extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, she’s prepared to play ball to get her man.
The tryouts are hell, the first match ends bloody, and the morning after the selection party she wakes up in the worst place possible—in the arms of the captain of the soccer team. The hottest guy in school. Ryan Hunter.
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I really, really liked this! It was a very quick read – I think the novel is just under 200 pages – which I enjoyed. I felt like I was flying through the story of Liza and I just couldn’t get enough.
This book really hits home with the question of whether or not a boy and girl can just be friends. Seeing as how Liza has been in love with her best friend Tony for quite some time now, I’m guessing that the answer is no. But after Tony goes away to camp, things aren’t really the same between the two.
As I read this story, all I could think about was how it reminded me so much of Miranda Kenneally’s sports-themed YA books. It was fast-paced, funny, and had some really great characters. I really enjoyed Liza’s character and how she did joined the soccer team out of jealousy. And Ryan Hunter? Swoon! I liked him from the instant I met him. He had a bit of a bad-boy quality and was labeled the hottest guy in school, but there was something endearing about him when he was with Liza. When it came between him and Tony, I was definitely a Ryan fan all the way.
The only thing that I didn’t really like about this book was the possessiveness of the male characters. It seemed quite overpowering at times and made me wonder if there’s a difference between overprotection and being too possessive of another person. It didn’t happen a whole lot, but when it does I noticed it. Maybe it bothered me because the main character is only 16 years old, which seems way too young for that kind of thing, or maybe I’m just a stodgy old grown up.
At any rate, I do really look forward to reading the second book in this series, which will be told by the point of view of one of the other characters. I really love those kinds of books because it’s great to get to see the OTHER person’s point of view. I think it’ll be another fun read!
There is a giveaway for this blog tour! It’s a universal one, so follow the link to enter! You could win a boxed set of PLAY WITH ME and RYAN HUNTER. One book, both stories inside. (International)
About the Author
I’m a cool girl with a passion for writing.
The genres you’ll find me hanging out at are contemporary and paranormal YA, but I’m also snooping into some adult paranormal right now. All of them romances…of course.
I’m an Austrian lass—totally uncomplicated and up to anything fun.
I grew up in Vienna, not by free will but because my parents decided to move there when I was only 4 years old. I. Hated. The. City. Everything about it. So right after graduation I moved back to Upper Austria, where I settled down with a nice husband and an awesome laptop.
I’ve been a storyteller all my life. Already in kindergarten, I came up with the most exotic fantasies and tales. My teacher would call me a liar. I call it the cornerstone of my writing career.
People always told me you can’t make a living with being an author. So when my first novella PLAY WITH ME came out and shot straight to the stars within the first week, I was totally dumbstruck. Took me a while to realize what was happening, LOL.
And the personal stuff:
At the (awesome) age of seventeen, I met the love of my life. But he was a playboy, and I was so not going to be his next trophy. It took him another four years of fighting for me until I finally decided to give that “couple-thing” with him a shot. I’m now married to this man. 😉
We have an eleven-year-old son, and together we travel a lot…although I sometimes wish the trips were shorter because I can’t wait to get back to my laptop and my many stories. Unless we’re in Disneyland. No stress to go home then…
If you still want to know more about me, my FAQ page is the right address for you. 😉