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I've been a little stingy with giving out five stars this year but this book totally deserves every single one of them.
To show you why I think this book is the bees knees, and since Played is the fourth book in Jen Frederick's Gridiron Series, I've decided to give you my top four reasons why Ty Masters is BETTER than his twin bro, Knox!
Reason Number Four: Ty doesn't mind hanging in the "friend zone".
Ty meets Ara during their freshman year and although he's attracted to her, he is totally content being her bestie throughout most of their college careers.
And my friendship with Ara has never been about that. I've not been cooling my heels in an damn friendzone. I enjoy spending time with her, in part because most of the other aspects of my life are such a sausage fest.
Reason Number Three: Ty doesn't care about the "twin test".
Knox placed so much importance on this silly test but his brother couldn't care less. Once he decided Ara was the one for him he wasn't going to let anything change his mind.
...Knox believes in the power of the test...
...We may be identical on the outside, but we're different in a lot of aspects. That Ara can't tell us apart doesn't matter. She's my closest friend.
Reason Number Two: He takes his role as BFF very seriously.
Ty takes his role as Ara's best friend to heart and makes sure everyone knows it. There's something totally swoon worthy about a rough-n-tough footballer who can play the role of bestie so well.
First, your best friend is Ty Masters, as he has informed me on nearly every occasion that I have ever seen him.
Reason Number One: Ty is willing to put Ara first. **Possibly a little spoilery**
When the impossible choice is put before him, Ty chooses Ara over football. Though both are extremely important to him, he chooses love in the end.
The only thing that will break through for her is committed, direct actin. I have to show her I'm as dedicated to making this thing between us work as I am about football.
So those are the reasons why I choose Ty. I loved reading this story and even if you haven't yet read any of the Gridiron Series books, I think you'll enjoy Played just as much as I did. ;)
I give Played 5 out of 5 Krissy's Stars.
Ty Masters chose to play five years rather than four so he didn't have to compete with his twin brother Knox in the professional draft since they both played the same position. He also chose a different college across the country so they could both live out their individual glory rather than share a collective spotlight. They are extremely competitive with one another but also extremely close. When his brother went into the draft a year early it took some of the pressure off of Ty but also added a bit of pressure to live up to his brother's pristine image. Like most twins, Ty and Knox differ like night and day. The one thing they have in common is their focus on football, the difference is their approach with that focus. Unlike his brother, Ty has enjoyed the dating life in college. While his brother stayed away from women, Ty enjoyed them but never let them come before his game. He's gained the reputation of being a crappy, uncaring boyfriend. He could care less. The only woman that is important in his life is Ara Martin, his best friend. With the upcoming draft his agent is pressuring him about everything from his diet to dating. His agent is concerned about his reputation and how it will affect his draft round.
Ara Martin has been living within her parents shadows after their divorce. Her father is a renowned sculptor who tends to remarry with every masterpiece he creates. Her mother is a driven professional that thinks art is a frivolous and insecure career. She's also a bit cold hearted with her views on family and marriage. Ara is trying to carve out her own place in the art world without her father's influence or her mother's negativity. After being a product of numerous divorces in her childhood, she chose to put Ty Masters in the friend department because she valued their friendship too much.
So this book focuses on the final semester of their senior year in college. Ty and Ara are both struggling in very different ways. The one thing that is easy in their lives is each other. From the social media to Ty's twin brother, a nasty agent, and a rancid ex girlfriend, the pressure has become a hotbed in Ty's life. Ara's determination to prove herself in her own world is hard enough let alone the different types of pressure her parents are separately creating, Ty Masters is the only thing that isn't a boiling point in her life. The problem is deep down Ty is a boiling point, she is hopelessly in love with him but doesn't want to ruin their friendship. Little does she know Ty is realizing that he is in love with her. Ty's approach is like his approach to football, full focus and winning what he wants on his own terms.
Jen Frederick once again scored big with Played. She showed a very different side to the sport that most fans don't see and added a breathtaking romance to the mix. It is a great addition to the series and I think I might love Ty Masters a little more than I loved Knox Masters.
So if you are tired of all the crap going on in real life sports, take yourself to Jen Frederick's Grid Iron sports world, it will not disappoint.