Author: Piper Shelly
Series: Stand Alone
Published: Dec. 9. 2012
Source: Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 5 Stars!!
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.
I already knew I loved piper's work after reading her novel, Her Game, His Rules so when I was offered the chance to read her novella I jumped at it.
This was exactly the read I needed. I absolutely loved this book and read it in one sitting. If I am being honest I would say I devoured it. I soaked it up and basked in the tingly goodness only a sweet story like this one can give.
I loved Liza, Ryan and Tony. Such great characters. The friendship between Liza and Tony was amazing and reminded me so much of the guys I use to hang out with in high school (minus the love interest of course).
Ryan was just the perfect guy and friend for Liza and even though I adored Tony I couldn't help but love Ryan. I was rooting for him the whole way through the story and while I won't tell you how it ends I will say that I loved the ending. It was perfect and other than the fact that I just didn't want this story to end, nothing was left undone or unsaid and really, it was the perfect length.
Piper is an amazing author and I will continue to read whatever she writes because I have fallen in love with each of her stories and all of her characters are ones that will stick with me for a very long time and always make me smile when I think about them.
Very well done!