Monday, July 1, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Grover Beach Team Series by Piper Shelly


Thanks to Reading Addiction Blog Tours for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my reviews of Play With Me and Ryan Hunter by Piper Shelly. Happy reading!

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Summary:

Liza is prepared to play soccer to get her man, but she never bargained for the team's captain. With his mischievous smile, he rocks her world... 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.

Title:  Play With Me
Series:  Grover Beach Team
Book #: 1
Author:  Piper Shelly
Approximate Book Length:  89 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

I almost have a love-hate opinion of this book. There were things I didn’t like, but overall I ended up really liking the story. I didn’t like the childish moments that Liza had, but then again I have to remember that she’s only seventeen and most teens still have some pretty childish moments (as do many adults in fact). She’s got this awkward relationship with her best friend, Tony, and between that and her being painfully na├»ve, her story is heart wrenching at times. That being said, it’s also kind of funny sometimes as well as uplifting. Ryan, despite his reputation, is actually a really nice guy and I totally fell for him over Tony whom I wanted to slap a lot of the time. Tony did redeem himself to me though as he mends some fences to make himself a pretty decent guy. The ending was pretty darn sweet and I couldn’t wait to read Ryan’s side of the story.

Bottom Line:

A teen story with a love triangle creating loads of angst, Play With Me will take you on an emotional ride with a girl who finds love in the most unlikely of places. It’s a story of growing up, letting go, and I guess you could even say it’s kind of a coming of age read. Definitely not to be missed!

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Summary:

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 cares about her. Some one-on-one soccer training, a passionate kiss—everything seems 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…

Title:  Ryan Hunter
Series:  Grover Beach Team
Book #: 2
Author:  Piper Shelly
Approximate Book Length:  127 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

Ok, I actually really, really liked this story. Even though it’s pretty much the same plot as the first, because it’s the same events just from a different point of view, it’s still very fresh and even more compelling. I thought I’d like the first one better because it’s from a girl’s point of view and this is from a guy’s, but I felt more connected to Ryan in this book and was up until two in the morning unable to get enough. I was in tears a couple times in this book, which is impressive given that I expected to relate better to Liza than Ryan.

Ryan’s goofy in love with Liza, and while I hate his well-deserved reputation, I do like how he treats Liza and his whole outlook for them as a couple. He’s determined and going all in to get what he wants. I enjoyed seeing Liza through Ryan’s eyes more than her own, despite thinking that Liza might be a little whiny. Ryan’s story is also considerably more in depth as a lot of the drama actually comes from his and Tony’s side and Liza just gets caught in it all. The ending goes further than book one and is still very sweet, even if it might be a little cheesy.

I will say that since this one is from a guy’s point of view and he’s got a different level of experience and is a year older than Liza, it’s got more language and is borderline NA in content (though there’s no sex). My only real complaint, despite how realistic it probably was, is that Ryan often mentioned how he wanted to bed Liza which kind of took away a little bit from the actual emotion behind his attraction.

Bottom Line:

Ryan Hunter surpasses its predecessor in its emotional impact and excitement. It will have you hanging on every word as you laugh and cry with the characters. This is a pretty awesome story about love, friendship, and growing up. It’s a pretty awesome read!

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About the Author
Wow, this is always the hardest part for me to write…don’t know why. You would think talking about my life should be easier.

I was born and raised in Austria. Half my life I spent in Vienna, but I didn’t like the city. I much prefer the beautiful countryside, with its many meadows and the breathtaking Alps. That’s why I moved to Upper Austria right after graduation. There are trees now in front of my window instead of just another ugly gray building, and I love to be woken by the cacophony of birds every morning.

At seventeen, I met the love of my life, but it took another four years until we finally got together. It was the best decision I could have made. I’m now married to this man, and I count myself lucky for someone like him. Even I will admit it can be hard at times to live with me. I’m moody and tend to lapse into my fantasy world at any given minute—well in my defense, I’m a writer. :-)

We have a ten-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 WIP. Yeah, that’s just me. I built my world around my passion, and I like it that way.

So, you see, I’m leading a pretty normal life.

Of course it will all change the day my book follows the act of Harry Potter, and I’ll become richer than the Queen. I swear I’ll never again clean my windows myself then. Yeah, one day, LOL…

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