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Play With Me (Grover Beach Team #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  12,754 Ratings  ·  975 Reviews
This is 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 hairbr
Paperback, 190 pages
Published December 9th 2012 (first published December 8th 2012)
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“For the time being,”He emphasized each word. “I’ll be the only one climbing through your window.”

Genre: YA/ Contemporary romance

Play With Me was such an amazing and cute book! Just...

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Let's be honest here, i did not have high expectations for this book. I thought it'll be a 3-4 star read.

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It was so freaking hilarious! I haven't laughed this much in what seems like a very long time.

Meet the main characters!

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Liza Matthews has had a crush on her best friend Tony since kindergarten. She's dyin

4.5 Sexy Soccer Player Stars! Someone find me a time machine so I can climb in, go back to high school, and find me a Ryan Hunter!

Young love, it can be so cruel, but it can also be so good and incredibly sweet! This was excellent! The cover and the price were what caught my eye, then I read the sample, I immediately one-clicked, because I was hooked! This is an adorable, swoon-worthy story with some really great characters. It's amusing, fun and it doesn't wallow in angst, which made it that muc
Alex (Lexie)
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alex (Lexie) by: Deniz
Wow. I love this book. Full review when I wake up later. ;)

Morning came... and I still love this novella. I think this is the first book after months that really made me giddy because of the sweetness? Ah! I don't know what to phrase it in English but we do have this word in Tagalog called 'kilig'.

kilig (KEE-lig)To shiver. When used in topics of love and romance, it means to shiver with delight when something romantic or cute...

That's what I freakin' felt while reading this novella. I'm g
Katrina Passick Lumsden
If it was Piper Shelly's intent to showcase the shallow nature of teenagers, she's succeeded spectacularly with this book and its sequel. I can't quite figure out how to describe Shelly's writing. I think she has potential. She knows how to pace, at least, and her plots could make for some compelling reads, but her characters and the attention she pays to detail are abysmal. The reader isn't led into the story and shown around so much as thrust into the middle of an OC-style melodrama. And don't ...more
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rachel by: Deniz
Very cute and sweet! Really liked it :)

Epilogue for Play With Me is up here :)
♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Very cute, *sigh*, young love stars!!

It's been quite a long time since I've read a true-blue YA book like this one. I say, true-blue because this book and others like it (see Julie Prestsater's So I'm a Double Threat as an example) has a more, shall I say, realistic portrayal of high school love and the drama that goes along with it. And personally, I find these books endearing and it takes me back to, well, my own high school days. :)

Play With Me tells the story of Liza Matthews, a semi-awk
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Scarily enough, I LOVED this story..... 0_o Lke I REALLY LOVED IT!!! Coming from ME, that says a lot, considering this is YA!!!
Infradesarrollado. Todo pasa demasiado rápido, no da tiempo de empatizar con los personajes: en una página Liza dice estar enamorada de su mejor amigo del cual ya olvidé el nombre desde hace 10 años, giras la pagina y está suspirando por Ryan Hunter, giras la pagina y terminó el libro.
Я люблю, люблю эту книгу.

Это был такой прекрасный роман, такой забавный и легкий. Такой милый и потрясающий. Все как я люблю от и до. Язык автора, герои, сюжет – словно эта книга писалась специально для меня.

Лиз с детства влюблена в своего лучшего друга. Они множество раз спали вместе в одной кровати, он регулярно тайком пробирался через окно в ее комнату, Тони играет с ее волосами и всегда защищает от обидчиков. Но увы… они всего лишь лучшие друзья. Но не смотря на все девушка твердо уверена,
Muse-ic ♬
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-on-kindle
That was pretty short!

But other than that, it was a fun fluffy read.
It was kind of generic and stereotypical but I still liked it.
The characters (and by charterers I mean Ryan and Lisa) are pretty awesome!
Ryan is so mature for an 18-year-old boy and not the typical player!
And he was perfect for Lisa! I loved that he respected and treated her like a queen.
Tony was pretty cool too!

I loved how Ryan already liked Lisa before he met her. What I mean is that it wasn't like the whole, meets-dork-falls-
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
For a self published book, this is surprisingly well edited. Also the Pinky and the Brain reference :D
Fani *loves angst*
4.5 stars

Liza has been best friends with Tony since kindergarden. She's also in love with him (or so she thinks). So when Tony comes back from soccer camp obviously infatuated with a girl that plays in the team, she decides the only way to win him back is to enter the team herself. But once there, she captures the attention of the team's captain, Ryan Hunter, who's a known playboy. And the fun begins:)

A book that forces me to put two very nice books I was already reading on hold, leaves me with
Marty :}
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, romance
“For the time being—”He emphasized each word. “I’ll be the only one climbing through your window.”

I don't know why I did it... The cover announces a cheesy romance, the summary too, I'm officially 19 years old and therefore, way too old for those romances with a lot of drama, which include girls who think their lives gravitate around boys and that if a guy will stop being a part of their life, everything will be ruined + girl hate + another girl "stealing" their crush away and all those high s
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
This book was like a chocolate snack between two main meals-short,fast and yummy!

Liz is about to be 17 and she has never kissed a boy because she is in love with her best friend Tony who has a passion for soccer and is suddenly interested in another soccer girl! Liz is determined that Tony and her are meant to be together and in order to win him over she signs in the tryouts for the soccer team. Team captain Ryan Hunter takes it on him to teach Liz soccer and everything else if she only takes he
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this! YA can be hit or miss, this was definitely a winner. The synopsis won me over instantly. I loved seeing love blossom from an unexpected place. Ryan Hunter was hot, captain of the guys soccer team and has his eyes set on Lisa. Too bad she's in love with her best friend, Tony.
This was clean, plenty of sexual innuendos, though. I adored Ryan. I loved Lisa. Tony was ok. This type of story is among my favorites in YA: sports romance with an unexpected love interest, an underdog. I loved
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle, own-a-copy
Original Review @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

4.5 Stars

I love a good sports romance, and when I saw this on a friend’s blog (Marilyn’s Mystery Blog) I had to check it out for myself. It was free, so I snapped it up and decided to read it immediately because I was looking for something light and fun. It turned out to be exactly what I needed and I really enjoyed reading it!

Lisa has spent the summer waiting for Tony to come back and when he does he seems to brush her off a little, wanting to go to the l
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katy by: Melissa
Very cute. And puts you in a good mood.
Anesha †Curious & Obsessive Bookworm†

Who rocks...?
.....Piper Shelly!!!!



WHY is this over?!

This book is soooo good! I wish it wasn't a novella and that I hadn't finish in one freakin' sitting <_<

Liza is in love with her best friend from since kindergarten. They've done it all, slept in each other's bed, spend the night over, him sneaking in her bedroom window. The only thing is - they've never kissed. He's simply her best fr
Lyra Gill
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This review is also posted HERE.

Damn it, I can't stop smiling. It's been four days since I finished reading this story and I still can't stop smiling! I know that Play with Me is rather short, but wow, it sure did hit the mark with only 30,000 words. I finished this novella in one sitting (I did have to pause sometimes to shut my eyes and squeal silently - don't judge!) and I had this huge cheshire cat grin on my face almost all throughout! This book is such an amazing fun read. Read it a
Unholy Unicorn
I think we all learned one of life's most powerful lessons in Pretty in Pink. It's that the best friend never gets the girl. Ever. Yeah, thank you so much John Hughes! *crawls into a rabbit hole* *sobs hysterically*

Trust me Duckie, I know.



Liza Matthews has been planning her wedding to best friend Tony Mitchell since forever. And after being apart for 5 whole weeks because he was at soccer camp, Liza can't wait
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
I honestly have this secret and weird obsession with short stories/novellas. There's just this sense of easiness with reading them and the story just easily sucked me up into their world. It jumps right into the story and we easily get to know the characters and their backgrounds in not so many words and the story just seems to zoom right in front of your eyes. A good example of this is Play With Me. Sigh. This is one of those times that I want to lengthen the story. It contains everything a sto ...more
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And that's how you make my heart flutter! Thank you very much! ^_^




I enjoyed this a lot. Liza and Tony have been friends for like, forever, and Liza had it in her head that they were bound to be together forever. She was always doing things for him and him alone. She totally believed that eventually, Tony will look her way. Personally, I didn't like Tony's character from the start because hellooo? How could he be so dense? It's either he's ignoring Liza's e
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Oh, Hunter. I love love love Ryan Hunter! ♥_____♥ Piper Shelly sure knows how to make her readers giddy! I couldn't stop smiliiiing and it's been a long time since that happened. This may be short but I had more butterflies reading this novella than the long ones out there.

I'm going to read Piper Shelly's "Her Game, His Rule" next! Novella no more!! Yay!

BTW, thanks to Lexie for the copy!! ^^
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
3.75 stars

That was a short and sweet read. I'm holding of a star because we didn't get much. I would have preferred to read some more about what happens next or the history of Hunter. But I have the next book and I'm hoping we'll find out some more in it. So, I'll have to revisit after finishing the book and maybe up a star.
Kelly Oram
This was a really cute read. Just a fun cute love story. Very short. I read it in just a few hours. It's worth the couple bucks if you're looking for something sweet.
Jenny Levine
Dec 23, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this because of Lexie's and Jill's reviews. Hihi :D

Read it in one sitting. Short and sweet. :)
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Play With Me was such a great story about first loves and first kisses and true love and friendship. This story was a quick read and I wanted more but when I found out there is going to be a book from Hunter's POV I just about had a heart attack and when you read this book you see why. There was so much going on in my head when I read this book because the story flowed so smooth that at times I had to say WTF when one of the characters acted up.

So the low down is this Liza Matthews has loved her
Jan Bethel
Ohhhhh noooooo! It did not just end there! There has to be moreeee! I need moreeeeee!

This book is sooo cute. Sweet. And Funny. And I really, really, really hope it was longer! Ugh! I love it!

Thank you, Piper Shelly, for writing an epilogue!:

Ohhhh-kayyyy now for my real review:

This is my first Piper Shelly book and I'd say I wasn't disappointed. With all the new YA books right now oozing with sexual tension and heavy stuff, this is what I exactly needed
diana terrado
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Even though Play With Me felt like a really short novella and I was left hanging and wanting for more, I absolutely loved it!
I swoon over the romance of the book and I was completely mesmerized by the characters. Piper Shelly's writing is flawless, fun and entertaining. I liked the plot, the bit of drama, the quirky moments and the head-over-heels romance.

I admit I have conflicting thoughts about Liza Matthews. She seemed a bit obsessed at the beginning that she seems very much oblivious to the
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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 w
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“I can feel you
staring at me,” he said in the softest wake-up voice I’d ever heard. “I only
hope you’re a girl and not one of the drunken guys.”
“For the time being—”He emphasized each word. “I’ll be the only one climbing through your window.” 57 likes
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