“I'm not sure if this is because I obviously read Play With Me first and I was already just a tad bit in love with Ryan...but to me, Ryan Hunter was even better. Like I read it 3 times vs PWM's 2 times. Part of it is how much more you get in the story (I just wanted more, more , more after PWM...”see full review » see other reviews »
“ I'm not sure if this is because I obviously read Play With Me first and I was already just a tad bit in love with Ryan...but to me, Ryan Hunter was even better. Like I read it 3 times vs PWM's 2 times. Part of it is how much more you get in the story (I just wanted more, more , more after PWM - in a good way). With Liza's point of view, she doesn't even acknowledge any interactions with Ryan for a while and so there's no need for the author to write about them.. However, Ryan has had his eye on Liza since third grade and he notices everything about her. The story starts 5weeks earlier as they leave for soccer camp and he encounters Liza seeing Tony off. It's adorable how every little thing about her is cataloged in his brain.. How he always tries to play it cool but inside is a mess. I always thought that reading from a guys POV was awkward at best.. I always preferred the girls POV that I could relate to more, but this time I'm going to disagree. Both are great books, but if I have to pick one - I'm going Ryan Hunter all the way. We get soo much more background, so much more feeling when we don't have to deal with Liza struggling with her feelings for Tony and starts of feelings for Ryan.. Now we can just concentrate on Ryan's love for Liza thru it all. I have the same favorite parts in this book at the last, reading them from the other point of view throws a little bit more into it and makes it just as good.. But this time I will add that my absolute favorite part of the second book is the epilogue that takes us just a bit farther past where the first book ended.. Into the land of garden swings ,cuddling and declarations of love. : sigh: ”Momma Chaos wrote this review Sunday, September 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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Ryan Hunter has been in love with Liza Matthews since third grade. He has not been able to like any other girl the way he likes Liza. She does not know how he feels about her and he hates seen her with Matthews all the time. They are like this type couple that they are not together but that everybody know that they are going to end up together. They have even a nickname! They are called M&M.
Ryan cannot stand this relationship. However, Tony is his best friend and he would never hit on a anybody's girlfriend, least her best friend's girl. He is sure that Tony feels something for the girl, but he does not see it. That is why he is been always in the shadows. Never able to approach Matthews and always just watching her drooling over Tony.
But this year is different. They have been in football camp and the boys were all excited to see girls from the school on the camp, too. Everybody knows that summer is the perfect time to get a new girl and better a camp. All his lucky stars get alienated when he sees Tony hit on Cloey, a girl that is the feminine version of him: a player. He had won this label because he had tried so hard to forget Liza that he had to make himself sure. The first one may not be the one, but why not another? But Cloey excuse?
However, this would be her lucky time.
And his suspicions are confirmed when Tony asks him, after the football meeting at the cafeteria, that he wanted Liza to enter the football team. He had acted like a total douchebag, but that is not a reason to ask such a favor. He tells Ryan that he does not want Liza to be hurt. So in order to protect her feelings for being rejected in front of witchy-Cloey, she needs to get into the team. That's find with him, if Matthews is on the team, he can work his way through her heart. However, he needs to know if Tony has any interest to get the girl at the end, Ryan does not want to mess his best friend relationship. So he is relieved to hear from Tony lips that he has no interest in going out with her, ever. He thinks he is in love with Cloey and although Ryan warns Tony about the big mistake he is making and that Cloey is a player and Liza a girl you only find once in a lifetime, Tony stills wants to date, secretly for now, Cloey.
Once he have warned several times Tony, he stubbornly keeps his eyes on the wrong girl while Ryan makes his first move: he's going to be his personal trainer. He has all the opportunities and Liza's attention. All he needs to do is play this game right.
Let's start with Liza's point of view. We really enjoy Liza's personality. She is in love with her best friend and she stills acts cool when the situations she thought was a perfect romantic moment for him to kiss her, turns out to be a joke-time moment. She is strong and determined and always jumps when someone challenges her, mostly Hunter. Although it was obvious that her best friend was dating the only girl she detest the most, she lets us know that she suspects this, but does not want to believe it.
All the scenes with Ryan Hunter are incredible. The first one, at Hunter's party, when she thanks Hunter for inviting her to the party, we thought it would be an awkward moment, but no. Instead, he acts really cool and even he even plays in a seductive way with her. The pool game when he looses all his money and we thought he may kiss her, etc. We could not have enough of Ryan Hunter moments!
Liza is a smart girl when she realizes what Ryan Hunter really represents and starts watching him for the person she is starting to know more about.
About Ryan's point of view, we can only say one word: fantastic. Our hearts were aching every moment he spent away from Liza. It felt like his pain was ours as well. We could not understand how a person could feel such things for another, and the other person don't notice it.
He is a horny teenager that happens to be in intimate situations with the person he is in love with, but still act like a gentleman. He's now, definitely, in our Fictional Boys we are in love with list.
Piper Shelly's writing is unique and it made us feel everything each character was experiencing at each time in the story. With a fluid plot and a magnificent story, we can say that both books captivated us from the beginning and our only regret is arriving to the end and not having more of their story to read. We can assure you Book Addicts, that this story would make you ask for a Ryan Hunter for Christmas or your Birthday and that you would fall in love with it. ”
“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.
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!”
“For the original review and more, please visit http://markedbybooks.blogspot.com/2013/06/play-with-me-ryan-hunter-blog-tour.html
I really debated on whether or not I should write two reviews, one for each of these books. It kind of made sense for a little bit because they really are separate entities, but I eventually decided that because they were essentially the same general story, it would be more helpful if I just compared them together instead of separately.
And in the interest of full disclosure, I want to tell you all that these are both novellas. I mean, they're still pretty long for novellas (around a hundred pages each), but I wouldn't exactly consider them full length novels either. I probably should have been able to figure that out, but apparently I missed that fact before I started reading. Not that I think that there's anything wrong with that; these books were the perfect length for this type of story. It's just that I wasn't expecting it.
In general I felt that both of these books were very light, and I really liked that. Yeah, sometimes you may want to read something a little deeper, but not every book needs to make you question the universe with some sort of philosophical mumbo jumbo. Sometimes you just want those short and sweet novels that make you smile and laugh, and you can just leave it at that.
Normally, I'm not a huge fan of summery, contemporary romance novels, but this one really worked for me. I thought that it was really funny, and it actually stayed true to how normal teenagers think and act without being cheesy or annoying. Sometimes I'm wary of reading anything from your typical "young adult's" perspective because as a young adult myself, I can personally vouch for the fact that we are capable of thinking past our hormones. As hard as it may be to believe, there is a brain in there somewhere.
Gratefully, I actually saw those brains in each (or at least most) of these characters. Yeah, their judgement may have gotten a little clouded at times due to other influences, but that's normal for everybody! And even allowing that, they wouldn't just excuse betrayal or anything along those lines with the excuse, "Oh, but he/she really loves me!" They were actually rational, but believably so.
Still, this is a story where the main characters are pretty young. They don't know everything about the world yet (even though they may like to think that they do), and they're going to make mistakes. I feel like above all else, Piper Shelly's greatest accomplishment here was capturing that. While she did allow her characters to actually seem intelligent, they were still as vulnerable and relatively inexperienced as they should be.
Now for my comparison of the two. If I had to choose, I would say that I liked Ryan Hunter just a little bit more for a few reasons. First of all, this is the longer one (by about thirty pages) and it made me laugh more often. Secondly, it was sooooooo sweet to read about how much Ryan really cared about Liza. I couldn't care less about his so called "player" reputation; he really did love her, and he wasn't afraid to show it. And honestly, I have to admit that his scheming to get her to like him was pretty fantastic.
For the original review and more, please visit http://markedbybooks.blogspot.com/2013/06/play-with-me-ryan-hunter-blog-tour.html”