Settle the Score / Hustle Play Kindle Edition
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- File size : 2951 KB
- Publication date : October 15, 2016
- ASIN : B01M0L5SQI
- Print length : 66 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,904,971 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This month, a number of Filipino writers are putting their books up for either a discounted price or for free. I'm usually the last to find out about things like these but somehow I happened upon the promotion right as it was starting - completely by accident. Obviously, this means that I've been wading in #OwnVoices this whole week and if there's something better out there to wade in, I haven't discovered it yet.
SETTLE THE SCORE / HUSTLE PLAY is a duology of two short stories about that couple I mentioned in the first paragraph. Garnet is a basketball player and Charlie is a cheerleader. They're both very good at what they do and they're both kind of in like with each other. The only problem is that Charlie has a girlfriend - and she's cheating on him.
SETTLE THE SCORE is about Garnet trying to make Charlie see the truth about his girlfriend, Nica. She intends to convince him but ends up kissing him - in front of everyone - by mistake, which causes all sorts of drama. In HUSTLE PLAY, they're together, but Garnet thinks they're going too "fast" (apparently kissing and hand-holding are "fast"), so she wants them to just be friends. However, she's ~so~ attracted to him, she can't help but feel ambivalent about her decision, especially when the star male basketball player, a boy named Chris, ends up becoming closer to her at a sports even, and their burgeoning relationship begins to push Charlie away.
I've loved most of these romances but there's a handful I haven't really liked all that much, and sadly, SETTLE THE SCORE / HUSTLE PLAY is one of these. I wanted to like it so badly because I'm all about romances that trump (ew, "that man" has ruined that word for me) the gender role status quo and I wanted to give this book props for having a male cheerleader as a love interest, but the characters were so immature that if I hadn't read in the summary that they were in college, I would have thought that they were in junior high, maybe sophomore year, tops. I love drama, but not when it's manufactured over silly pretenses, and there just wasn't much going on. Too bad.
2 out of 5 stars
Settle the Score had basketball player Garnet Figueroa doing her own kind of intervention for her best friend and cheerdancer Charles Crisostomo, because that’s what best friends do, right? Or something. Hustle Play follows up on this, which dealt with just how Garnet and Charles will deal with this “relationship upgrade.” It shouldn’t be too hard, right, because they know each other well. But…why is it a bit complicated? And what will Garnet do with this cute new guy she’s suddenly partnered with?
I might be totally biased in some way, because I am practically a Sierran, given I also graduated in the university peg that Tara used here. But other than this particular thing, everything about Settle the Score/Hustle Play was a breeze to read. Charles and Garnet’s voices are very distinct, and I knew from the very start that they were meant to be, making it really easy to root for them to be together. Despite the length, the relationships felt solid, not just with the main character and the love interest, but even all the other supporting ones. It says a lot that I even liked Chris Barcelo, but what’s not to like about cute basketball players? Heh.
I probably still can’t understand half of the basketball talk, but even so, that didn’t lessen the enjoyment. And I think this just proves how much I like the friends to lovers trope, and that the best friend will always be my first choice. Until someone pushes me to another direction. Until the best friend does something that gets me back.
So yes, sports + friends to lovers + fun characters = winning book. Don’t miss this one from Tara! Go, Lady Hunters!
Clearly, Frejas is in her element in this sports-themed novella. Such a steal for $1.99. It's my fave read from this author. Go get it now!