14 October 2013

{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Play with Me by Piper Shelly

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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My Review

4.5 Very cute, *sigh*, young love stars!!

It's been quite a long time since I've read a true-blue YA book like this one. I say, true-blue because this book and others like it (see Julie Prestsater's So I'm a Double Threat as an example) has a more, shall I say, realistic portrayal of high school love and the drama that goes along with it. And personally, I find these books endearing and it takes me back to, well, my own high school days. :)

Play With Me tells the story of Liza Matthews, a semi-awkward high school student who's been in love with her best friend, Tony, since kindergarten. Unfortunately for Liza, Tony returned from soccer camp in love, but *gasp*, not with her but with another girl.

In order to get close to Tony and steal his attention away from his new love interest, Liza joined the soccer team organized by the boy's soccer team. Determined to fight for her man, Liza accepted Ryan Hunter's proposal to help her with her soccer skills.

Ryan Hunter, by the way, is the team captain. Gorgeous, loaded and actually very sweet. And he seems to enjoy Liza's company as much as she's enjoying his. But of course, not everything is quite what it seemed and when secrets started coming out, Liza must choose between Tony and Ryan. No worries though for all of you love-triangle-trope haters like me, this isn't a love triangle per se. Just one heck of a confuse girl who needs a little push in the right direction.

Very entertaining, very sweet, very cute novella about the joys and pitfalls of young love. I really enjoyed myself. Ryan Hunter is a wonderful hero and Liza is adorable. A great novella to read in between "heavier" themed books. Definitely worth it!

About the Author
The quick-and-dirty:
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.

The nitty-gritty:
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. ;-)

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Prize (open internationally):
--A boxed set of PLAY WITH ME and RYAN HUNTER. One book, both stories inside

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a really sweet, short book! Glad you liked it! :)