Title: Once Upon a Player
Author: Agay Llanera
Release date: August 9th, 2014
Hell. To. The. Yeah. When I read a book I have so high expectations for and actually ends up being so much more? I get super happy and get to this sort of "slump." All the books I've read after this one don't feel like great enough and I just want to go back to Val and her funny moments and reread all of this book.
Also adding my two favorite things in the world: sports and food. 1) Val is a superstar as a volleyball player in her college team. They're on the championships and all the pressure is getting to her. Yet she loves the flashes and the fame and everything that comes with it. 2) The cute guy in this book wants to have his own food business. And there are some scenes that made me salivate *oops*
And let's talk about this cute guy because he stole my heart and he is my new book boyfriend. Say hello to EJ. He appeared first as this really cute and excited guy trying to have a blind date with Val, but didn't go as he wanted it to go. Though they remained as friends after and actually HAVE THE GREATEST SCENES TOGETHER. Every time Val encountered him somewhere I squealed. I knew these kids were going to wreck me. It's such a great ship, I died.
And they have the greatest banter in the world:
"Dark, straight-cut, medium-rise. Boring but serviceable." Her voice glazed with venom. "Just like you."
Deadpan, EJ accepted the jeans and rubbed the fabric between his fingers. "It's stiff and it rubs me the wrong way, but yeah, it looks nice." He dropped his voice a little. "Just like you." He did a mock-bow and headed to the fitting room.
There are also some fab female friendships. They are there to support each other 1000%. And even if there are some downfalls and fights, if you accept you're wrong, those are the greatest friendships in the world. And I believe Val, Dessa and Kat are the true kind of friendship.
And if you were looking for a college NA romance, look no more: Once Upon a Player is what you're looking for!