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.
Review: I read Play With Me by Piper Shelly like almost one year ago. Yes, that long ago. I remember liking the story, heck, I still remember the story. I went to my goodreads account to see if I left a short comment in there (normally I don’t do full reviews for novellas). I did and it was short (too short) and I wanted to help spread the word in my own little ways. So when I saw this is up for blog tour I decided to join. I really liked this novella. It was short but wasn’t abrupt. It was sweet but still strong in some unique ways.
This may sound like your typical best friend story: where friend #1 falls in love with the friend #2. At beginning, yes, that was the impression I got; but not until I met the elusive Ryan Hunter. He’s hot but Liza only has eyes for her best friend, Tony. But Tony is not on the same page as her. And while most women will think that a way to man’s heart is through their stomach, Liza has some other idea. She decides that a way to Tony’s heart is through his favorite sport—soccer. And she got a sweet deal by getting Ryan Hunter to teach her. But she didn’t anticipate that training with him will lead to something else. And that something else is making her forget the real reason why she signed up for this.
I described this book in three words: nice, fun, and cute. And all is true. It was nice; the simplicity of the story is what I think the best asset of this novella. I don’t have to overthink; all I need is to enjoy it. I went along with its graceful pace. Then it was also fun! I loved the characters particularly Liza and Ryan. I was rooting for Ryan because obviously the guy was so interested with her. And he went along with her plan even though she was doing it for another guy. But it wasn’t a wasted effort; he did have what is due to him. And finally it was cute. I liked how the relationship had developed. Yes, it’s predictable but weirdly it’s not. I can’t really explain it but the entire process was cute to me. They are a cute couple so I’m happy for them.
I maybe in the verge of sounding like a broken record but here it goes: it was fun, nice, and cute novella. So really, what’s not to like? Go ahead and read it if you’re in need of something light but fun read.
Preview Quote: “Because a kiss from me obviously fails to make you shiver like one look of Ryan Hunter does.” — Tony
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. 😉 http://pipershelly.com/faq/
This is open internationally You could win a boxed set of PLAY WITH ME and RYAN HUNTER. One book, both stories inside. Good luck.
Book Tour hosted by: Xpresso Book Tours