PLAY WITH ME
Grover Beach Team #1
Published December 9th 2012
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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.
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. ;-)
Play with Me is a really cute read that you can suck you in and not let you go until the last page. It wasn't really what I thought it would be, but that, in no way, means that I wasn't pleasantly surprised with the novella. It is the kind of book you would read when you're feeling a bit down and the only remedy is a cute love story that will always workout better than your own.
I particularly love the character dynamics and how Shelly managed to write a book around soccer but made the main character, Liza, hate it with a passion. It was a fresh and welcomed surprise and added quite a dose of comedy to the plot. And then, of course, there is Ryan Hunter. He's sexy, witty, caring and if he suddenly took an interest in me, I wouldn't be questioning a higher power why. I was seriously concerned about Liza's mental state when she didn't see the appeal of Hunter.... but then again, she was in love with her best friend, Tony. I can't really blame her for that, I mean, who can honestly say that they have never had feelings for one of their guy friends before? I know I can't.
Even though I really enjoyed Play with Me, it lacked one important thing - a depth to the story. I was quite superficial and I felt more information could've gone into story, possibly more scenes between the love interests to build the foundation better for their relationship. But I suppose that it is only a novella and adding these kind of things would've made the book too long.... All-in-all, a good book with the potential to have been great.
3 out of 5