Played (Gridiron #4) by Jen Frederick

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Synopsis:

She's been playing it close...

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.

Review:

Played was a cute read. I love friends to lovers story and this was a great one. 

Ara and Ty have been bff since freshman year when they literally ran into each other. Ara may have a crush on Ty, may love him, but nothing will ever come of it. Friendships last forever, but romances don't and she doesn't want to loose him. So she will be his friend forever and only that. 

Ty has like Ara from the first moment he ran into her. But she has placed him firmly in the friend zone so that is where he is trying to stay. Only he keeps imagining more with her and he can't get it out of his mind. Especially now that the rest of his life is in a bit of turmoil. He has never been a particularly good boyfriend, but maybe that is because he has never dated the right girl. And he is not one to give up, so once he decides Ara will be his there is nothing stopping him when he knows she wants it too. 

I really loved Ty in this story. Sure he is a bit dense at times, he is a good guy, but a bad boyfriend. He just kind of coasts through his life outside of football, his one true passion. Football is his life and girlfriends always seem to get tired of coming second. Even so I really liked him. He was so sweet with Ara. Even when things get crazy and he doesn't have much time he always makes time for her. I loved reading his chapters and seeing how he saw her and what was happening between them. I loved him. He knows how to push when need be so they both get what they want. 

Ara was an interesting one for me. I loved her at first, but then she started driving me batty. I know she has seen a lot of not so good examples of relationships, but Ty is so sweet and she is such a coward. She never really goes after what she wants by telling herself she doesn't really want it. She could be annoying at times, but I still enjoyed reading her story. Sure everything gets reasolved a little too quick and easy in the end, but it was a fun read regardless. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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