Ahh to be young and in love—this is what the Grover Beach Team series is all about. It’s high school love at its sweetest and I really enjoyed this reading these books because of its fluffiness that made me feel all warm and fuzzy as well as made me reminisce about my own high school romances. If you’re looking for a light and sweet read, then these books would be perfect for you!
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.
Overall Rating: 5/5 — One of the best short and sweet novellas I’ve ever read.
Short and very, very sweet 🙂
I made the right decision by reading this book after reading a heavy and intense novel. All the good vibes and fluffy high school romance managed to overpower all the angst and hurt I felt after reading the other book. This really reminded me of all the “high school feels”, when it’s all about sweet and almost innocent romance. More often than not, novellas only make me feel as if they’re just an extension of a full-length novel but that wasn’t the case with this one. Even with the shorter length, I still felt like I read a full length novel because of the perfect pacing, story development, and of course the loveable characters.
Although I’m not necessarily anti Tony, I do think that he’s some sort of huge idiot for taking Liza for granted all those years when he had the chance. Enter Ryan Hunter. This dude is one sweet guy. Sometimes, actions really speak louder than words and you just know with the way he treats Liza that he’s just over the moon in-love with her. Their chemistry was just off the charts and I just devoured every moment they spent together. You have to give it to Tony for how he made up for his “shitload of mistakes” in the end though. He really did what was best for Liza at that time and it was one helluva sweet ending 🙂
Ryan Hunter kissed more girls than he cares to remember. But the only one he ever wanted is in love with his best friend.
Watching Liza Matthews’ obsession with Tony Mitchell is a torture Ryan conceals from everyone. Until after a five-week soccer camp, where Tony gets involved with someone else, things suddenly take a different turn. Ryan knows if he doesn’t make a move now and grab his chance, he might never get another.
Asked by Tony to distract Liza, Ryan is only too happy. He subtly seduces her first into his soccer team and later on to his party. He does all in his power to make her see that he’s not just an insufferable playboy but a guy who really cares about her.
Some one-on-one soccer training, a passionate kiss — things seem to be going the way he wants. Except Ryan didn’t reckon on his best friend showing up at the worst possible moment and destroying everything…
Overall Rating: 4/5 — Not as good as the first one but still a worthwhile read.
Sad to say, I didn’t love this as much as I loved Play With Me. I guess reading it from the girl’s POV added to the butterflies because you really don’t know what to expect from the guy but with this one, everything was pretty much laid out when it comes to Ryan’s feelings towards Liza.
But what I liked about this novel we see just how Ryan is really a vulnerable guy in-love, instead of the jock and player facade he kept on displaying himself as. And of course, Ryan and Liza’s key moments gave me butterflies just as much as it did in Play With Me, especially that whole tequila-lemon scene. The last scene in this book was also super sweet and I can’t wait to see more of them, even just a bit, with the next books in this series! I still do have a special place for Tony, so I’m looking forward to him getting his happy ever after as well.