Sunday, May 25, 2014

Played (Hooked #2) by Liz Fichera

Played (Hooked #2)
by Liz Fichera
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 27th 2014
Rate: Enjoyed it (3.5 stars)


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.

Played is a fun, sweet and lovely story that fully shows what means to be a teenager and to fall in love. I truly enjoyed this book.

This second book in the Hooked series is about Sam and Riley. Sam's heartbroken due to "losing" Fred over Ryan (first book!) and it kind of sucks to feel that way. Until he gets stuck with Riley Berenger, Ryan's younger sister, in the middle of the wilderness. 
Determined to do something in return for the boy who saved her, Riley ends up making some plans to find Sam some happiness, even if that means breaking his brother's relationship in order to Fred to fall in love with Sam. However, things don't turn out the way they thought it would be... Because, as time passes, Sam and Riley's friendship might turn out into something else.

Riley's the perfect definition of a teenager. Some might find her a little obnoxious from time to time, but that's the perfect reflection of what a truly teenager is sometimes. Although it's true that some decisions made by Riley are not the wisest ones, she's screaming for a little attention. She just wants to be seen and to be understood, and sometimes this leads her to be carried away by her emotions and ends up doing something that leaves the reader open-mouthed. Literally.

Sam, on the other way, gives the impression of being a little bit more mature than Riley. You find yourself irresistibly drown to this character. He's one of those good guys that are hard to find: always thinking of everyone and trying to do what he consider's the right thing. How can you not fall for a guy like him: sweet, selflessness and hot?

The story's told from Sam and Riley's point of views and you can perfectly differentiate each personality. Liz Fichera did a great job. The plot has its main and obvious topic: two teenagers, who have nothing in common, fall in love. However, there were some unexpected turns and surprises that I was not expecting that keeps the reader interested in what's going on.

What I liked about this story is that the author shows both sides of being a teenager: the good and the bad side. You not always make the right decisions and this might have consequences. Liz Fichera doesn't leave anything behind and her characters are far from being the perfect teenagers. And I think that one of the reasons that makes this story so enjoyable and credible.

For those readers who like sweet, funny romances that grow throughout the story, this is the perfect young adult read for you. Riley and Sam's relationship is not one of insta-love; it changes and develops into something deeply and profound that makes the reader get hooked into the story. And it has one of those finales that leaves a dummy romantic sensation in you. 

Although Played is part of the Hooked series, it can be read as a standalone. You won't miss anything and you can even meet the main characters from the first book, Hooked, in this story, too.

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I'm an American author living in the American Southwest by way of Chicago.  

Born and raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona, after college, never expecting to live more than one year among cactus and people who’d never seen snow. I was wrong. It certainly didn't hurt that I met my future husband in Phoenix too. 

Most of my stories are set in the American Southwest because I think the desert is a cool place. Living in Phoenix, I'm surrounded by Native American culture and influences, not to mention intriguing Hohokam petroglyphs and centuries-old canals. There are over 20 tribes in Arizona and I'm lucky to be neighbors to the Gila River and the Salt River Indian Communities. 

When I'm not busy writing my next novel, I like to travel, visit museums, support local theater productions, hike, and pretend that I'm training for a triathlon. I post a lot of photos from my desert and mountain hikes on my Facebook and Twitter pages. In no particular order, I've been chased by javalinas, rattlesnakes, coyotes, and even one curious black bear.

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