Book Review: Play With Me

playwithmePlay With Me by Anna Katmore (Previously known as Piper Shelly)

Series: Grover Beach Team #1

Published by Kindle Edition on December 8, 2013

Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Fiction, Love & Romance, Realistic Fiction, Sports & Games, Young Adult

Pages: 238

Format: ebook

Rating: ★.5

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What if you had to do the one thing you hated most to get the guy you loved to notice you?

Ryan Hunter’s parties are legend. And tonight she’s going to be there.

Lisa 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 Lisa 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.



Critical Rating: 

Entertainment Rating: 

Overall Rating: ★.5

Plot: Fast Paced | Read In One Sitting | Page Turner | Cliched But Enjoyable

Characters: ALL Likeable | Swoonworthy | Witty & Adorable Banter | Friendship Goals

World Building: Not Much (Contemporary / Realistic Fiction) | Modern World | Day To Day Life | Focus on Sports & High School

Writing: 1st Person | Quick To Read | Enjoyable | Light & Perfectly Paced



What a yummy, sweet treat of a book! Play With Me by Anna Katmore was like a hidden piece of chocolate inside a cookie; unexpected, familiar but amazing all the same. Everything from the cover to the synopsis rang the “cliche YA romance” bell a little too loudly and I’ll admit that I only picked this up because it was free and available on my phone. But now I can happily announce how pleased I am with the result, this story was easily able to take me away from my hectic life and introduce me to the world of soccer & romance.

“Fresh, exciting, dangerous. Nothing compared to good old safe Tony.”

Lisa Matthews has been best friends with Tony for basically her whole life. They played as kindergartners together, spent countless nights sleeping over at each other’s houses and shared all of their secrets in the dark. This is all true, except for one thing Lisa keeps hidden in her heart. The fact that she had and has undying feelings for Tony, eleven years and counting. Now, after a long wait, Tony is finally returning home to her after his days at a soccer summer camp. More time to hang out with him and eventually confess her feelings, right? Wrong. Instead of Tony realizing how Lisa really feels, he has taken a sudden interest in Chloe, a fellow soccer player who is completely the opposite of Lisa. Determined to settle things once and for all, Lisa joins the soccer team, expecting to impress him with her passion for his favourite sport. Funnily enough, life almost never goes the way you want it to.

This book had all the elements of a cliched story yet somehow made them work in an unique and refreshing style. As short as the book is, the pacing is just wonderful and there is no doubt that it will easily be devoured in one sitting. The plot grasps you from the get go and there is always something (whether it be romance, conflict, or a change of setting) happening. It is the definition of a page turner and was easily able to prevent me from falling into a potential reading slump. That being said, there was nothing too enticing going on conflict wise. I felt as if it was already easy to guess where the story was going and nothing in particular was a surprise. There was a lot less angst than I expected (which is good) but it was still a high school romance novel based on a rage of hormones.

“Don’t do this to yourself. No guy is worth it.”

As always, characters, especially in light hearted contemporaries make or break a book for me. In this case, they definitely made Play With Me a lot more enjoyable ride. Lisa as our main character was witty, sarcastic and all around likeable. She easily stood up for herself when put in unacceptable circumstances and the comebacks that she would smoothly retort were just delightful. There was nothing too annoying about her and the mistakes that she did make only proved how humane and real she was.

Tony, Lisa’s friend was an interesting character to read about. I never really like Tony all that much compared to Ryan (because RYAN <3) but his friendship with Lisa was really something special. They struggled quite a bit with one another later in the book but no matter how many arguments they got themselves into, I knew they would eventually find a way out. Ryan on the other hand made me swoon to no end. Katmore did an excellent job in changing up our male protagonist; instead of making him a popular, douchy guy with a terrible personality, Ryan is sweet, considerate and protective of the ones he loves. There is really not a single thing off about him except maybe the fact that he is way too dangerously attractive and will make you drool.

“You were like the only absolute term in a changing world as we grew up.”

The chemistry between Lisa and Ryan was downright hot. They sparked and sizzled and made each other better. There was a bit of an insta attraction at first but nothing enough to deem the romance as foul play. From the synopsis, it also may seem like a major love triangle, but honestly, it was rather more about Lisa figuring out who or rather what was right for her. There wasn’t a lot of wishy washy back and forth and the contemplation she actually did go through  felt genuine and worth thinking about. 

“It was all too easy to fall for him. Not only because he looked illegally good in a white shirt, or because of his amazing smell. It was the attention he gave me that made me feel good around him. Special. Desired, even.” 

Overall, Play With Me gave exactly what I signed up for. Though there wasn’t anything too deep or significant about the story, the entertainment it did provide me with was fun, exciting and hilarious! I am definitely going to pick up the next book in this series, Ryan Hunter in order to extend my time with one of my newly found favourite boy.


Have you read Play With Me or are you planning to? What did you think of it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading lovelies xoxo,

-Jenna <3-

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