Review: Played by Jen Frederick

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Ara Martin and college football star Ty Masters have been best friends since the first day of school when Ty literally ran her over. She fell for him immediately, but having lived under the shadow of her famous father, she knows a relationship with irresistible Ty would only end in heartbreak. For four years, she’s kept her feelings hidden. But one drunken encounter weeks before graduation is about to expose Ara’s biggest secret and destroy her most treasured relationship. 

He’s been playing for keeps…

Ty is about to be drafted into the NFL, but his personal life is a mess. He’s got an agent he doesn’t like, a brother who can’t stop offering his opinion, and a beautiful woman he craves but can’t have. He can fire his agent and ignore his brother, but he’s not sure what to do about Ara. Ty’s been able to run down every quarterback he’s faced, but his sexy, stubborn best friend keeps slipping through his fingers.

Luckily, he's not one for giving up, and once he gets his hands on her, he's never letting go.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really needed a book with friends to lover's trope + a sport romance book to work after the last two I read failed. When I heard Jen's new book was about Ty Masters, I needed this book like my next breath. Ever since Knox's twin brother made an appearance in Sacked I knew I needed his book. How could you resist a twin brother?

Played is IMO really different than the first three books in the Gridiron series. Where the others were sweet, sexy and all football, here you have full angst.
I read the book in less than 24 hours because I had to have answers and believe they are lots of them when you start reading.

Ty is a great guy who's solely focused on football and being the best. While his brother is already in the game, he knows he wants to top it. Challenge much?

Ara put him in the best friend box because friends stay longer in each other life. Even if it becomes more and more difficult to hide her real feelings she doesn't want to jeopardize what she has. The fact her father has never committed in his life is probably the reason she can see past it.

Ty & Ara's friendship was solid and I think no girl could ever compete with it. Jen Frederick put the time and effort to describe what they share. This kind of friendship is rare and unique so it was understandable that Ara didn't want to risk more. They are fun together and it shows. The bond they have was the magical part of the book. I loved every minute when they were together.

The side-characters are all great! I'm so curious about Remy & Nicole, the dynamic between these two was quite hilarious and I wouldn't mind knowing more about them.

If you had the cherry on the cake with Knox's presence in some part of the book made me want to re-read Sacked soon.

Picking Played should be a no brainer especially if you've read the other books in the series, so no need to wait any longer.

~ I voluntary read a copy of this book provided by the author ~

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