Saturday, August 17, 2013

QUICK REVIEW: PLAY WITH ME (Grover Beach Team, #1) by Piper Shelly

Title: Play with Me
Series: Grover Beach Team, #1
Author: Piper Shelly
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: December 9, 2012
Genres: YA, Romance
Reviewed by: Books4Tomorrow
My smiley rating: 4/5


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.


Hmmmm, this was a really quick and entertaining short read. It revolves around a love- triangle: he loves her but she loves his best friend; and everyone knows how I despise love-triangles, right? But, but, buuuuut, this particular love-triangle worked like a charm. I actually cared for both these guys. Tony is the typical guy best friend found in all YA novels, and Ryan is the typical hot, rich playboy-soon-to-be-boyfriend (with the ever present *eye roll* “lopsided grin”) found in most YA novels, getting exactly what he wants – the oblivious, typical female YA lead (also found in most YA books), Liza. Yep, these are pretty standard characters in a standard, but sweet, love story that doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Yet, I quite liked these characters and by the last page I was unsure which of these two boys I would’ve chosen were I in Liza’s shoes, as they both have a lot going for them in their own unique ways.

Play with Me is an easy and enjoyable read which I recommend as the perfect wind-down before bedtime when you’re looking for something light and feel-good to make you fall asleep with a smile. Great writing, satisfactory ending…I definitely want to read more of this author’s books! 


Play with Me by Piper Shelly has 307 reviews on Goodreads. Read it here.



PIPER SHELLY prefers blue to green, spring to winter, and writing to talking. But then she prefers writing to almost everything else. It helps her to escape from a boring world to something with actual adventure and romance in it, she says. Even when she’s not crafting a new story, you’ll see her lounging with a book in some quiet spot. She was 17 when she left Vienna to live in the tranquil countryside of Austria, and from there she loves to plan trips to anywhere in the world. Two of her favorite places? Disneyland and the deep dungeons of her creative mind.


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