I’m so happy to be a part of the official blog tour for Michelle Smith’s PLAY ON! I adored this book, but you can read more about that below in my review! Be sure to check out the book on Goodreads and be sure to visit Michelle on social media!
About PLAY ON:
In the small town of Lewis Creek, baseball is everything. Especially for all-star pitcher Austin Braxton, who has a one-way ticket out of town with his scholarship to a top university. All that stands between him and a new start is one final season. But when Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time, and zero playing time means no scholarship.
Enter Marisa Marlowe, the new girl in town who gets a job at his momma’s flower shop. Not only is Marisa some home-schooled super-genius, she’s also a baseball fanatic and more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there’s something about Marisa that makes Austin want more than just baseball and out of Lewis Creek–he wants a future with her. But Marisa has a past that still haunts her, one that she ran all the way to South Carolina to escape.
As Austin starts to peel back the layers of Marisa s pain, it forces him to look beyond the facade of himself and everyone he thought he knew in his town. What he sees instead is that in a small town like Lewis Creek, maybe baseball isn t everything–maybe it is just the thing that ties them all together.”
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Miss Riki’s Review:
This book is definitely a hidden gem. I hope it gets the recognition it so very much deserves, because goodness, was it ever good. This book gave me so many feelings throughout. I was swooning over the romance, I was heartbroken over the heartache, and I was cheering for this little town and all of its inhabitants. Sure, it’s about baseball (which I LOVED), but it’s also about the bigger things, like falling in love and living life to the fullest.
Austin and Marisa are compelling teen characters with so much heart on the page. I loved each of them. I loved Austin for his pure Southern goodness- love for the game, love for his mamma, and love for his friends. Oh, and of course, lots of love for Marisa. I enjoyed Marisa for her quirky sense of humor and the way she never backed down, despite battling some pretty serious emotional demons. Together they overcome, and it’s absolutely beautiful to read.
There is also a secondary love story in this book between two boys on the team that absolutely slayed me. Their love is every bit as beautiful and heartrending as the main one in this book, and I adored them.
This book sort of snuck up on me and made me feel so much, and I highly recommend it.
About Michelle Smith:
Michelle Smith was born and raised in North Carolina, where she developed a healthy appreciation for college football, sweet tea, front porches, and a well-placed “y’all.” She’s a lover of all things happy, laughs way too much, and fully believes that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.
Michelle lives near the Carolina coast with her family.