Monday, 30 March 2015
Review: Play With Me by Anna Katmore
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: January 3rd, 2014
Ryan Hunter’s parties are legend. And tonight she’s going to be there. Lisa Matthews has been in love with her best friend since kindergarten. They’re close as can be, they’ve even slept in each other’s bed. But they’ve never kissed. Weeks away from her seventeenth birthday, Lisa hopes that soon things will change between them. But when Tony comes home after summer soccer camp, his mind is focused on someone else. And worse, that new girl is a soccer player. Fighting for her love, Lisa gets carried away and makes a stupid decision: Without the least bit of talent or any passion for the sport whatsoever, she goes for the co-ed soccer team. 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 can probably count on one hand how many self-published eBooks I've read since I've owned a Kindle. I tend to stay well away from them because of typos and grammatical/editing errors that drive me crazy, and they seem to be prevalent in the self-published world. A couple of months ago Play With Me was free on Kindle and had been on my wishlist for a while, so I snapped it up and read it the day after. I really loved it, and I don't think I'll avoid books like this again!
Play With Me is the first book in the Grover Beach Team series, focusing on the romantic lives of Liza, Ryan and Tony. Liza's always liked Tony but they're BFFs, and nothing has ever happened between them. When Liza gets more friendly with Ryan Hunter (swoon), a nice little potential triangle is formed and Liza has a couple of tough decisions to make. It's very reminiscent of The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines, though not quite as steamy!
I love Liza and Ryan - they're my favourite thing about the whole book. Their chemistry is off the charts, jumping off each page and making their will-they won't-they moments compulsive reading. Tony's okay too though I didn't like him as much: he never seems right for Liza in a romantic sense, and I can't understand why she's so hung up on him. I think maybe she hasn't really experienced a strong attraction to anyone else before, and Tony's always been there to fill that space. They are, without a doubt, better as friends, which becomes apparent as the story progresses.
I'm happy to report that there are hardly any typos in this book and it definitely comes across as professionally edited. Whether it has been or not, I don't know, but it's enough for me. It's a great YA contemporary read, addictive, engrossing and full of likeable characters (have I mentioned Ryan? Yes? Okay then). The next book in the series is Ryan's side of events, simply titled Ryan Hunter. Hurrah - I can't wait to read it!