Monday, February 18, 2013

Review: Play With Me by Piper Shelly

Hi all!

I liked this short story a lot :)

Author: Piper Shelly
Title: Play With Me
Release date: 8th of December 2012
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 244 in e-book format
Source: Bought from for Kindle

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.


I don't usually read short stories, but I guess I have to break that habit because of this novella. While it was really short and, basically, I read it in a couple of hours, it turned out to be an incredibly sweet, adorable and romantic read.

A big plus in the story were the characters who, for a short book, I found had more than enough development and distinctiveness, be it cliché or not. By the end, I didn't feel as the main people were left foreign and flat. I also appreciated the snappy and humorous dialogue. I wasn't expecting anything noticeable, but the banter and sarcasm was more than sufficient and I even ended up smiling and smirking because of several spot-on and fun one-liners, which, sadly, doesn't happen a lot with me.

I have to bring the following out in a separate paragraph: the book had somewhat of a love triangle going on, and shockingly, I was executed in a way I didn’t find teeth grindingly annoying and unnecessary. I found it quite to the point and tolerable in its own way. 

Why this book rocks (yes, it's quite a shallow reason): I can't stress enough how important I think the description of kisses, especially, first kisses are. I want to read about bone melting, hot, passionate yet considerate and lovely kisses, preferably for several long paragraphs. No quick two sentence description of lips-together-and-then-part will ever do! I want to get the full picture and emotions behind the kiss of a couple I'm rooting for. Bring out the fireworks! What I'm trying to say is that the big lip lock in this story belongs in my honorable "I'm breathless and reduced to goo" category. It was just that vivid, emotional and so incredibly hot yet so simple!

My issue with the story has to mainly to do with the length. While for the frame it was given, the book excelled, but I wanted more. Plus, the ending was too abrupt. I’m also certain that people would find the storyline and characters quite predictable, but, you know what – this was such a cute and positive read that I didn’t care a bit that I basically knew how things would evolve and wrap up. If you can retell something repetitive and usual in a nice and engaging way, then I don’t mind if it has basically been done too many times to count before. I just enjoyed this story to the fullest!


Liza was spunky, sweet and determined. Luckily, she wasn't stubborn and blind enough to keep holding on to something that would never be. Respect to her for trying to win the guy she crushes on by engaging in something out of her comfort zone, even though it was kind of a hasty and thoughtless decision. But the results are what matter, and she gained heaps. Her and Tony's friendship was something to admire, but her and Hunter's chemistry was off the charts.

Hunter was such a hottie, I loved his devotion to helping out Liza and his overall attitude for that matter. Would have liked to know more about him.

Tony, oh, Tony, I like you but you are an idiot.


A really charming short story with enough swoony romance to leave you wanting more.

4 stars!



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