Series: Take a Chance,
Published by Entangled Ever After on 29 Jul 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: Out of Line
Place(s) traveled to: Las Vegas, Nevada
First Line: Garrett Kelly might have been a laid-back middle school math teacher by day, buy at night he was a basketball coach who yelled and cussed and fought for his team.
PLAY ME by Diane Alberts is a book that I thought I would like based on the synopsis and the excerpt I read and and posted here on Ticket to Anywhere earlier this year. Its a friends to lovers story which are often fun and quirky and that was the sort of book I was hoping for. Instead, I got a heroine I couldn’t connect with paired with a hero that I have no idea why he was interested in the heroine. Kiersten spent much of the book with a huge chip on her shoulder and was often bitchy for the sake of being bitchy. Yes, she’d been left at the alter but seriously after “meeting” this character I don’t really blame the guy.
Garrett on the other hand was always sweet and wonderful and wanted to do the right thing when they spend a night together and Kiersten ends up pregnant. (Oy the trope!) But Kiersten makes it impossible for him to do anything. She doesn’t want anyone to know they are together and yet if he introduced her as a roommate she’d fly off the handle and be all upset. No matter what Garrett did, even when it was what Kiersten said she wanted, it was the wrong thing in her eyes. She spent the entire book yelling and being mad at him that I almost didn’t finish it. Fortunately, this was a short book and while it felt longer than it was due to all the drama it was a quick read.
In PLAY ME, the only really worthwhile characters with Garrett and his BFF Mike, who also happened to be Kiersten’s brother. In all honesty I thought that Garrett and Mike had more chemistry than he and Kiersten. The writing style of this one was also just so-so with some bad dialogue and scene transitions. I was not a fan of this story and really can’t recommend it to anyone. And just based on this one book I am unsure on if I want to read anything else by Diane Alberts either although I am interested in learning more of Mike so I may check out his story at some point. But its not something I’m going to be rushing out for.
People who liked this book better than I did:
Blogcritics: “Play Me was a very good read. Alberts is excellent at the whole friends-to-lovers thing as well as being a very skilled writer. I liked the characters, found them interesting and believable, and loved the complications and secondary characters.”
Fictional Candy: “I really fell for this story the whole way through. The writing was terrific and grabbed me right from the start. The storyline was smooth and quick moving. Everything was perfect.”
Take a Chance Series Order
Book 1: Try Me
Book 2: Love Me
Book 3: Play Me
Book 4: Take Me