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Play Me

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,351 ratings  ·  190 reviews
She has a head for business and a body for sin.

He is a coach who knows how to use his equipment.

Neither is looking for love.

Should be easy, right?


This might be the most important game Kendall Wales and Hunter Owens have ever played where everything is on the line.

With one wrong play, they could lose it all.

Hopefully, the game clock doesn’t reach zero before it’
Published March 25th 2019
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Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

“I didn’t want to move. I wanted to live out the rest of my life inside this woman. ”

“I had never felt so connected to someone. It was as if we’d become one person. ”

“Love means giving someone the chance to hurt you while trusting them not to. ”

“Life isn’t some damn movie you play a part in. There are no guarantees.”

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Kelly Elliott’s writing. So, when I heard that she was co-writing a book with author Kristin Mayer, I just knew I had to check it out.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. Strangler?!

Proof readers, where were you?
My review started going downhill right out of the gate with the editing. Atlanta is in Ga, not NC. The NFL team name changed more than once. Wrong pronouns used.
I could have looked those over, but the characters were silly. She's supposed to be a tough business woman, but the whispering and demure behavior made her look wimpy and juvenile. He starts out alpha, but very quickly he turns into mush. I can't even believe in the Insta-love premise becaus
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 x 200 = THAT MANY STARS & SOME!!

Not my first read by either author! I have been looking forward to this for a long time! Can't wait for the cover reveal too!!

Kendall is a bad-ass woman! I loved her with just a few pages in! The moment she fired the head coach, BOOM insta-love because she was professional and stood up for herself. I mean in a football world filled with mostly men, she stood her ground! Fist off her parents, are also the bomb. Nothing better than reading about supportive parent
Apr 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
What the actual hell?

I thought this book was gonna be solid, I liked that our heroine was someone who struggled to find balance between her personal and work life but the whole book is just ridiculous.
The pace in the beginning was okay but after they kissed everything started moving so quickly and real relationships don't work like that???
There were also a few problematic things and I just can't
I found myself skimming through most of the book, it's just a no from me.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
If I rolled my eyes anymore they'd have been permanently stuck in the back of my head. 🙄
I was liking some of the story but it was just too cheesy.
Also why do the cover models look like porn stars?? 🤷🏻‍♀️
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I’m a sports romance junkie; it doesn’t matter the sport or the level of competition…this tomboy just loves any and all story lines, whether they’re in the forefront or the background, that include the wide world of sports!

And, that’s exactly why Play Me by Kelly Elliott and Kristin Mayer was a no brainer ARC read…add to that the fact that the premise included an intelligent, driven, and more than qualified female general manager for a minor league football team who knows the game of football a
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Though I have read several books by Kelly Elliott, this is my first read by Kristen Mayer, but not my last! I absolutely loved Play My by this writing duo. This story consumed me from start to finish, and I could not stop reading until I had devoured the entire book!

Kendall and Hunter were amazing together. Their chemistry was steamy and their banter witty and entertaining. Kendall was smart, beautiful and full of sass! You can’t help but love her. Hunter was sexy and swoon-worthy. He is a reti
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i know both of these authors, but i am pretty sure i have yet to get around to both of them before? glad to get that under the book belt now ... such a great read, so steamy and hot at times. wow wee!! really enjoy the farm moments. i am visualizing the farm ... sounds so peaceful. look forward to more from both of these authors, hope they will work together in the future. well done. loved it!! what a cover!! ( ;
Lydia H
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, hellloooo Hunter!!!

Right off the bat I knew I’d love his character. Not only was he a man of his word, but damn swoony too. He knew what he wanted and he went after it. And did I mention he’s swoon-worthy AF???

Kendall was quite funny and the Mike and Ike’s prank will forever stay with me. I’m thinking of trying that with my husband since he loves that candy so much, LOL! Her control-freak issues reminded me of myself because I tend to obsess over details like that so it was pretty amusing
Melissa  ❤️ bookaddict_fanatic
I have been looking forward to this book since it was announced... how could you possibly go wrong with these two authors! This book had me consumed from beginning to end with the witty banter, sexual tension, off the charts chemistry and laugh out loud moments. I absolutely LOVED Kendall and Hunter's story and so will you! ...more
* A review copy was provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review *

~ 5 My Beginning and My End Stars ~

The writing duo of Kelly Elliott and Kristin Mayer has done it again!! This is the second book they have collaborated on and it was FANTASTIC!!! I was so excited to see them announce they were writing another book together and it was going to bring two of their other worlds together. This book did not disappoint!!!

I have always loved Kelly Elliott’s writing style, but I am not too fam
Britt The Hatters
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, I already knew I loved Kelly Elliott’s writing, but I know think Kelly Elliott and Kristin Mayer writing together may just be my new favorite duo ever! Play Me is insanely good. It’s one of those reads you pick up and immediately think “oh my god this is going to be epic!” After reading just a few pages. This book starts out strong and just gets better and better as you read!
Kendell and Hunter’s story has literally everything. Humor, heat, sweetness and all the swoon. Kendell is one seriou
Happily Mary After
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can never resist a great contemporary sports romance, and Play Me is an absolutely fabulous one. It’s sexy, heartfelt, romantic and downright fun, and you’ll be tempted to stay up all night to read it. Kendall needs a new coach for the minor league football team that she’s just taken over managing, and she’s got her sights set on Hunter Owens. He’s sworn off coaching and stonewalls Kendall when she approaches him with a job offer, but the sassy, determined business woman pushes him to reconsid ...more
Isha Coleman
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
How do you keep your head in the game, when your heart is on the line? Play Me has TOUCHDOWN written all over it. Elliott and Mayer are the perfect duo to pen a story of feminine empowerment. Kendall is a boss in heels. She knows what she wants and goes about making it happen. In business, she's a tiger, but what happens when a smart business decision is on the verge of costing her everything, including her heart? Play Me had me cheering for the home team. ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this story, so so much! Kendall and Hunter are so so good together..the spark is there right from the start, but they both have something to prove in the football field!
I love how this story has a few layers, where both characters have their own reasons and things going on, and they also have to face something together.
I love Hunter, he is such a great guy, with the biggest heart ever.
Kendall is also very lovable and she is so determined to succeed on her own two feet.
Great story!
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this collaboration between Kelly and Kristin. I am a Kelly Elliott fangirl and will read anything she writes. This is my first Kristin Mayer book and I'm now a fan! This book was both sweet with a bit of humor weaved in. The banter between Kendall and Hunter kept me turning the pages. I'm looking forward to more from these 2 authors ...more
Nina Wallace
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very low angst and such a quick read!
Lara Bayfield
Fine line between love and hate

I did enjoy the characters in this book and their love/hate attraction. What I found really random was the back story of the troubled star player in their team that came randomly at the end. Clearly this was where the 2nd author took up the story and it was tagged on the end as an after thought or to get another book with his story. To me it just took away from the two lead characters and spoilt the story.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written and flawless collaboration by authors Kelly Elliott and Kristen Mayer!!!

I am a long time fan of author Kelly Elliott. If she writes it, I will read it! I anxiously await each and every book release. As a reader I do worry about books that are co-authored. Will it feel disjointed not cohesive? Will the reading have that effortless flow as one by a single author? Can I tell where one author ends and the other begins. This book proved the superb talents of this writing duo.

Lisa Waugh
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I heard Kelly and Kristin were co-writing another book, I was so excited because these talented authors are two of my favorite! The special K’s are so in sync when formulating their ideas, their magic flows effortlessly together and this makes for one heck of a story!

What I particularly loved about this a story was the fact that Hunter and Kendell are children from couples who previously had their own stories. Hunter is the son of Brett and Aubrey Owens from Kelly’s The Playbook and Kendall
Franci Neill
5 Everyone Wins Stars!!

The minute I heard that Ms. Elliott and Ms. Mayer were bringing the kids of two of my favorite book couples together in this book I literally EEEPPP’d out loud. I’ve wanted to see what these families were like since we left their worlds and both Hunter and Kendall were little bitty babies!

I can say with all honesty this book is EVERYTHING I wanted it to be. Kendall Wales is a woman that’s trying to prove to her father and his board that she’s capable of running the ent
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Play Me – Kelly Elliott & Kristin Mayer – Review

‘Play Me’, is a joint venture between New York Times Best Selling Author & USA Today Best Selling Author Kelly Elliott, and her dear friend and fellow author, Kristin Mayer. In this read, we see the coming together of a character from each of a respective read of theirs, Hunter Owens from Kelly’s book ‘The Playbook’, and Kendall Wales from Kristin’s book, ‘Trust Me’.

Here is where I think the title for the new book has come from, using ‘Play’ from
Reviews from the Heart
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recently, I have been super diligent when it comes to star ratings, so for me to give a 5 star review says so much about Play Me by Kelly Elliott and Kristin Mayer. This book collaboration is pure magic, it blew my expectations out of the water. I was expecting to go in, and get bored with the football lingo real fast. What this duo of authors created, is anything but boring. Yes, this story revolves around the football aspect, but that literally is just a blip in what this story is all about. P ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was disappointing. This one really lost steam with me.
Starting out strong, career driven Kendall knows what she wants to achieve in her life and sets out to do it all when she approaches ex-football player and coach Hunter Owens to coach the minor league team so now manages.
Despite being a bit of a Daddy's-girl, and Daddy actually funded the purchase of said team (also owns a major team and whatever the hell else) Kendall is strong and independent. Hunter is grumpy, and not interest
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recently found Kelly Elliott’s books and devoured her Cowboys and Angels series, so when I saw the opportunity to read and review a new book she had co-written with Kristin Mayer I jumped.
Kendall Wales new job running a minor league football team is almost cursed from the beginning. The team is continuously into trouble causing a PR nightmare. Kendall is trying to prove to her father, who also happens to be her boss, that she is capable of turning this team around fires the teams incompetent
Sarah Dale
4.5 stars *****

I am a huge fan of Kelly Elliott and love everything she writes. Kristin Mayer is a new author to me but if this collaboration is a show of her writing she now has a new fan. These two brilliant authors together have delivered a flawless, addictive, gripping read.

I started this in the morning and had no intention of going anywhere until I had finished it (which made me glad to have a quiet morning for once).

The chemistry between Kendall and Hunter was palpable and explosive from t
Lynn Lim
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I freaking LOVED EVERYthing in, about, and around this book!! I was hooked from the very first page.
Kendall Wales is definitely one kick butt chick!!! She is what every woman strives to be. Successful, competent, real, knows what she wants out of life, and goes after it. And she wants, needs Hunter Owens!! She needs to show her father’s board of directors she can turn this football team around, and turn it into the team they CAN be, rather than the laughing stock of the league. And, Kendall know
I'm a long time fan of Kelly Elliott, but this was my first time reading anything by Kristin Mayer, but I have to say that I loved this collaboration by these two authors.

Both Kendall Wales and Hunter Owens are at different points in their respective professional lives: Kendall is working towards being able to become the CEO of her father's corporation, but has to prove herself to the Board by making the minor league football team into a champion team, and she's got her work more than cut out fo
Thuy Taylor
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
💚 “Love is the best thing you could ever fight for.”

💚”I already knew if she were to break my heart, I would never recover.”

💚”There is only one happiness in life—to love and be loved in return.”

💚I need you to know that I choose you. No matter what happens, I choose you.”

Kelly Elliot and Kristin Mayer had a book baby, and it’s touchdown+field goal AMAZING!!!!!

Hunter and Kendall have such amazing chemistry. This book has everything and more in it. From the fun banter, the undeniable chemistry
Jackie Wright
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow !!!! Where do I start and I hope my words can do this book justice. Kelly Elliott is one of my go to authors but Kristin Mayer is a new author to me in saying that after reading Play Me I will certainly be checking out other books she has written because I loved this book so much.
Kendall is the boss and she is determined to prove herself worthy of running a minor league football team, she needs to prove to the board a woman can do this job and she is there on merit not because of her family
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Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.

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