I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Hooked #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Also in this series: Hooked
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This Game Is Getting All Too Real
He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.
She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can't get over, I'll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.
What I Thought…
- Played is a cute contemporary and an enjoyable read.
- One of the reasons why I wanted to read Played was because I liked Sam from the first book, Hooked. Sam was different and interesting and I liked that he didn’t always back up Riley’s ideas, even if her ideas would have benefited him. Like Fred, Sam lives on the Rez but attends public school. He’s also seriously smart and has big plans for his future. He has a rocky relationship with his parents to start, but I liked how things started to come together at the end.
- Riley was a lot harder to like. She had moments where I felt sorry for her but mostly she irritated me. Sam ends up saving Riley’s life so she feels like she owes him, so she hatches this crazy scheme to break up another couple so Sam can get the girl. Obviously we all know that this is not going to work, but I have no problem with this storyline. However, there were other things that Riley did that drove me crazy. She goes to this party and things get a little out of control and she does some not great things and of course there are pictures (her behavior wasn’t significantly bad, just drinking, kissing, etc). Her behavior here did not seem out of place, but everything that happened afterwards, the repercussions of her actions and he reaction to such were off and seemed out of place for her.
- Riley is Ryan’s brother so again we come across their less than awesome parents. They have more money than sense and put an unreasonable amount of pressure on Riley to be “perfect.”
- I loved watching Riley and Sam figure out their friendship and realize their relationship potential throughout the book. It wasn’t instalove but more of a slow burn.
- I had two issues with Played. The first was that neither Ryan nor Fred seemed to be that pissed that Riley tried breaking them up. It was all “It’s ok, I understand” and I just don’t buy that they were at least a little pissed. She flat out lied to both of them and was caught and… nothing.
- The other issue I had was lack of things relating to Native Americans. Essentially for Played Sam could have just been some poor kid who lived far from school. There really wasn’t much about the Rez other than his grandmother made baskets and his parents worked at the casino. I wish there would have been more.
Overall I rate Played: