Thursday, October 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Play With Me by Shelly Piper - Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Play With Me by Shelly Piper.  The tour is hosted by Xpresso Tours.  You can check out the other stops on the tour here.  There is also a giveaway going on, so be sure to check that out below.  Also, Play with Me is free for Kindle for the whole month of October - the link is below.  It's really good so be sure to grab a copy of you don't already have it. Thanks for taking the time to stop by! 

Play With Me (Grover Beach Team #1) 
by Piper Shelly 
Publication date: December 9th 2012
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

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 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.

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My Thoughts:  Play With Me is an absolutely delightful novella and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Liza is 16 years old, she's a bit snarky, and a lot of fun to be around.  Tony is Liza's best friend and has been since they were little.  They're neighbors, have always done everything together, and have been inseparable since they were little.  Liza also thinks she is in love with Tony and has crushed on him forever, something Tony isn't aware of.  Ryan Hunter is the captain of the soccer team and is also a close friend of Tony's.  He's popular, is known for throwing great parties, and he is really hot - I loved Ryan hunter.  When Tony returns home from soccer camp, everything in Liza's carefully planned out world changes when she finds that someone else has captured Tony's attention.  Desperate to keep her man, Liza finds herself on the coed soccer team with her new arch nemesis, and Ryan Hunter is suddenly paying her a lot of attention, which kind of floors Liza, because she didn't even think he knew her name, thus setting the scene for a very interesting and intriguing summer.  

Play With Me is a light read that is fun, entertaining, swoon-worthy, and will leave you with a smile on your face.  I loved the characters, especially Ryan Hunter.  Friendship is tested and relationships change, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching these characters grow and change during the process.  Play With Me is a YA contemporary romance that is well written, fun, it captured my attention, and made me smile.  I thoroughly enjoyed and most definitely recommend it.  
“For the time being—”He emphasized each word. “I’ll be the only one climbing through your window.” 

“Ryan stood over me. “What are you doing?”

“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.” 

“You’re such an ass, you know.” I shoved his shoulder, grinning at him.
The roguish gleam in his eyes captured me. “I’ve been told girls go for that.”

“Don’t worry. I’ll be with you and protect you all evening. No one gets to gnaw on you.” He leaned in and softly bit into my earlobe. “Apart from me, that is.”

The quick-and-dirty:
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 when I was only 4 years old. I. Hated. The. City. Everything about it. So right after graduation I moved back to Upper Austria, where I settled down with a nice husband and an awesome laptop.
I’ve been a storyteller all my life. Already in kindergarten, I came up with the most exotic fantasies and tales. My teacher would call me a liar. I call it the cornerstone of my writing career.
People always told me you can’t make a living with being an author. So when my first novella PLAY WITH ME came out and shot straight to the stars within the first week, I was totally dumbstruck. Took me a while to realize what was happening, LOL.
And the personal stuff:
At the (awesome) age of seventeen, I met the love of my life. But he was a playboy, and I was so not going to be his next trophy. It took him another four years of fighting for me until I finally decided to give that “couple-thing” with him a shot. I’m now married to this man. ;-)

We have an eleven-year-old son, and together we travel a lot…although I sometimes wish the trips were shorter because I can’t wait to get back to my laptop and my many stories. Unless we’re in Disneyland. No stress to go home then…

If you still want to know more about me, my FAQ page is the right address for you.

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Prize (open internationally):
--A boxed set of PLAY WITH ME and RYAN HUNTER. One book, both stories inside.

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  1. I remember reading this when it first came out and really enjoying it!

  2. This looks really sweet. I'm glad you liked it!

  3. This sounds like such a sweet read and even though it's short it sounds like it doesn't lack in entertainment value as well as character development! Glad you liked it, Ellen! :)

    1. It really does. Very well done and a lot of fun.

  4. This one sounds super good. I'll definitely be getting a copy while it's free!

    1. It is totally worth it and doesn't take long to read.

  5. This sounds like the romance I've been looking for. Short, sweet and unexpected. I'll get my copy soon :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. It is definitely that and I hope you enjoy it.

  6. Yup I've read this one and really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading from the male POV.


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