Play With Me [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044197336
  • Publisher: Anna Katmore
  • Publication date: 12/16/2012
  • Series: Grover Beach Team , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 5,429
  • File size: 893 KB

Meet 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. ;-)pipershelly.com/faq/
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    Hmmmm, this was a really quick and entertaining short read. It r

    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!  

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Good

    A really good quick read. Well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

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    Liza¿s been in love with her best friend, Tony, since they were

    Liza’s been in love with her best friend, Tony, since they were little but things have always remained platonic between them. However, Liza is determined to make him see her in a new light when he gets home from soccer camp. However, she finds out that while she was pining away for him while he was gone, he was getting cozy with a co-ed player. Confused as to what’s going on with Tony, the new girl and her feelings, the captain of the soccer team, Ryan starts showing a softer side of himself that she never knew existed. He’s even there to pick up the pieces when it seems like her world is falling apart but can she trust him with her heart?

    I don’t usually like short stories. I can never seem to connect with the characters, however, I LOVED this story. I was aggravated at Liza for pining away for Tony when he was clearly shacking up with someone else. My heart melted every time she interacted with Ryan. No seriously, Ryan is the typical “bad-boy” that’s become the norm for YA novels. He’s so freaking sweet and caring. When Liza got really drunk at his party, he carried her to his room so that she wouldn’t be disturbed by other party members “using” the spare bedrooms, since his was off limits to anyone but himself. When she decides to join the soccer team to get closer to Tony, he takes it upon himself to practice with her one-on-one. There were just so many sweet moments that my heart was literally melting the entire time. I don’t think he could’ve been any more swoon worthy if he were holding a basket full of kittens. *Thinks about that for a moment…* Nope, not even with a basket full of kittens.

    Considering that this is under 100 pages I fell in love with the characters. I was extremely invested in their life. The author wrote the book in such a way that I didn’t realize it was a short story. I really wish it have been about 4x longer but that’s just because I couldn’t get enough. Piper definitely brought the characters to life as teenagers. I know you’ve heard me whine about it before but I hate when an author writes teens as they THINK they should behave, instead of the way that teens really are. Piper got this one spot on. There was angst, drinking, grounding (how many YA books have you read where the parents are absent?!) and the mention of sex.

    I really couldn’t have been happier with this story. I loved it from start to finish. I loved this story so much that I’m clamoring to get my hands on the second novel, Ryan Hunter, which is a retelling of this story but in Ryan’s pov. Piper has made her way to the top of my fave list with just 80 pages. I’m pretty sure I will gobble up anything she writes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

    Coming in at just under 200 pages, this was a quick, light read;

    Coming in at just under 200 pages, this was a quick, light read; I finished the book in just a couple of hours. I wish it had been longer! Piper Shelly could have added another hundred pages to really flesh out the characters and give them more background. Everything seemed to happen at warp speed and there was lack of motivation in a few spots. I would have given Play With Me four stars had it delved deeper into the various relationships and provided more than a glimpse into the characters' lives.

    I have not read the sequel, so maybe it's addressed later on.

    I am concerned about the slut-shaming and fat-shaming that occurs throughout the book. The last thing that young women need is to read about female characters who are disparaging members of their own sex. It's already so pervasive in the media that it reinforces negative stereotypes when it's part of a YA novel.

    To women everywhere: it is unfair to label another woman a "bimbo" simply because she is attractive and likes the same guy that you do.

    That being said, this was a quick, fun way to spend an evening.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

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    Amazing book, loved the ending! I totally feel in love with Ryan Hunter!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Okay so...

    I got this book when it was free and by mistake i deleated it then i forgot about it and now when i thought about it i went to redownlod it....it cost money so now i cant get it......gurrrr *-* ~ DIVERGENNT913

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    How many pages long?

    Thanks...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Great

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    quick read but it was cute and I loved ryan

    quick read but it was cute and I loved ryan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Awesome

    Im in love awesome!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Loved it!!!!

    A very cute love story. Short but amazing!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Great

    I loved this book! I just wish it was longer. Though it was 106 pages it only took me just a little while to read..


    P.S. I want Ryan all to myself ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Lol so cute

    Lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Lol

    When i first read it i thought the best friend was gonna ask her out after he dumped the devil. But he didnt instead he led her into his other friends arms. Well big mistake she falls for him. Its a good read and you should read it if you like the main character that is really determined. ~Sk8rGrrl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Loved it

    This story was beyond amazing I could not put it down. I smiled all through it. Piper definitely captured the lives of the teenagers. There was not one dull moment in this story. The characters were well developed and relatable. I instantly fell for Riley, you could see how much he cares for Liza. I definitely recommend everyone to read this story, you will not be disappointed. I loved the first book so much that I had to buy the second book in Ryan's pov.

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

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    I love a good novella. Whether it¿s a standalone or part of a se

    I love a good novella. Whether it’s a standalone or part of a series, if it’s well-written and the characters are developed, I’m all over it. I absolutely breezed right through this one. It was the first of Piper Shelly’s books that I’ve read, but I assure you it won’t be the last.

    Play With Me is the story of Liza, Tony and Ryan. Liza and Tony are best friends. Liza’s in love with him and decides to tell him. She’s incredibly disappointed to find out he’s dating someone else. (And boy, this girl is a piece of work!) In the midst of all this, Liza tries out for the soccer team Tony’s on so she can spend more time with him. She winds up meeting Ryan (who is adorable!) and finds herself attracted to him, but still holding out for Tony.

    I’ll be honest, I did not like Tony at all. Immediately. He had a totally sketchy vibe to him and I couldn’t understand what Liza saw in him. But, Liza was blinded by “first love” … and who hasn’t been there before? While she saw only his good qualities, I pegged him as a totally not worth it jerk straight away. I’d say I wish I had been wrong, but if I had been, Ryan wouldn’t have been in the picture. And I really liked Ryan.

    I do have to say that there was one thing about this book that really bothered me. That was the fact that Liza’s supposed best friend Tony abandoned her in a bedroom at a wild party. That’s not very good best friend behavior. That alone told me everything I needed to know about his character. Granted, nothing happened, but it was a terribly poor choice, even if he was trying to get laid by someone else. Totally abhorrent and irresponsible. Ok, I’m glad I got that off my chest. 

    This was a sweet book with characters that were remarkably well-developed given the length of the book. One thing I love about novellas is there isn’t a whole lot of downtime. The story flows quickly and I get hopelessly sucked in, just like I did with this one. I was intrigued by soccer captain Ryan as soon as he appeared in the book. Unlike Tony, he seemed to genuinely care about Liza and was concerned about her well-being. I never bought him as the jerk jock. Ryan’s the sole reason this book gets the extra half star that bumped it to four. 

    If you’re looking for a quick, sweet and cute (though I hate using that word) book, I highly recommend this one. I have the second book in the series on my Kindle already and I can’t wait to read it! It’s from Ryan’s perspective. Eeee!

    ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Great Read

    I read this book in two days and everytime i wasnt reading it, i was thinking about it. A great teen book that makes you smile and blush, almost as if you are one of the characters! Great read! I only wish the version where ryan is telling the story wasnt 5$ cause even though its a good read, its not worth spending more then 2$. Very short yet satisfying!

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

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    These books are both very quick reads.  I read Play With Me firs

    These books are both very quick reads.  I read Play With Me first and think that is a good order to read them in.




    Play With Me tells Liza's side of what happens between her, Tony and Ryan.  Tony has been her best friend forever and she has herself convinced that she is in love with him.  She is just waiting for Tony to realize it.  Unfortunately, he comes back from soccer camp with eyes for another girl.  We get to see all the events from Liza's POV.  She closes her eyes to the fact that Tony might be interested in someone else, so when he point blank tells her, it is quite a shock.  However, since she has been enjoying the attention of Ryan Hunter, it makes you wonder whether or not she was as clueless as she let on.  Things come to a head though when Tony lets it slip in front of her that he "asked" Ryan to spend time with her to "distract" her. 




    In Ryan Hunter we get to see the same story line from Ryan's POV.  It was fun to see a guy vulnerable and upset over losing out on a girl and misunderstandings that happen.  Normally you only see that from a girl's side.  I liked seeing the story from Ryan's POV after having read Liza's side because then I knew what she was feeling as I learned what he was feeling as well.  Did that make sense?  It is hard to tell you much more without spilling the beans on how the story ends.  If you are worried that you might be bored reading essentially the same story again, don't be.  I found it to be a lot of fun and enjoyed reading all the way to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Really enjoyed the story

    :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2013

    I almost have a love-hate opinion of this book.  There were thin

    I almost have a love-hate opinion of this book.  There were things I didn’t like, but overall I ended up really liking the story.  I didn’t like the childish moments that Liza had, but then again I have to remember that she’s only seventeen and most teens still have some pretty childish moments (as do many adults in fact).  She’s got this awkward relationship with her best friend, Tony, and between that and her being painfully naïve, her story is heart wrenching at times.  That being said, it’s also kind of funny sometimes as well as uplifting.  Ryan, despite his reputation, is actually a really nice guy and I totally fell for him over Tony whom I wanted to slap a lot of the time.  Tony did redeem himself to me though as he mends some fences to make himself a pretty decent guy.  The ending was pretty darn sweet and I couldn’t wait to read Ryan’s side of the story.

    A teen story with a love triangle creating loads of angst, Play With Me will take you on an emotional ride with a girl who finds love in the most unlikely of places.  It’s a story of growing up, letting go, and I guess you could even say it’s kind of a coming of age read.  Definitely not to be missed!

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