Friday, September 4, 2015

Book Review: "Play On" by Michelle Smith

Austin Braxton is the all-star pitcher for his high school's baseball team.  He already has the big scholarship to his dream school - he just needs to play out the final season.  And to play at all, he needs to pass chemistry.  It doesn't look good, until he meets the new girl in town - Marisa Marlowe.  She just started working for Austin's mother's florist shop and she happens to be a whiz at chemistry.  She has a few secrets though - like why she is suddenly in this small South Carolina town half way through senior year for starters.  But as Austin and Marisa get to know each other, they find that they may have more in common than they thought.

This book wasn't even on my radar until my friend gave it to me and made me promise to read it sooner than later.  She knows I'm a sucker for YA contemporary romance and she only pushes it on me in very specific cases.  I trust her of course, so I went for it.

This was such a great story!  It went a little deeper and darker than I expected.  However, my reading this just so happened to coincide with my personal Jason Aldean phase, and these two things worked together very nicely.  I liked Austin a lot, even his flaws.  Um, how's that ego treating you there buddy?  I was a little wary of Marisa, but I think I was meant to be.  Beyond her, there is a secondary story involving three of Austin's teammates that I absolutely adored!  Those guys were so funny, and more importantly, they were true loyal friends.

I'm so thankful my friend told me about this book, so now I can tell all of you!  Take a chance on this one.  You'll be glad you did.

Play On
by Michelle Smith
Spencer Hill Press, 2015
247 pages
Source:  Gift


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