Play On by Michelle Smith – Review and Release Day Blitz! (+giveaway)


Play On – Michelle Smith
Published April 21st 2015 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
Source: ARC via Spencer Hill (Thank you!)

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 façade 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.

First off I have to give major props to Michelle Smith for writing a fluffy sports romance that also tackled a tougher subject. I have found this love for books that can handle a heavy subject matter doesn’t feel heavy. The pages a filled with a ton of cute scenes between Austin and Marisa but you also get to see both the characters grow as a couple and as individuals. The story is from Austin’s point of view and you get to understand depression through his eyes. He doesn’t understand it but he truly puts an effort into learning more and not closing himself off just because he doesn’t understand.

I am not going to say much about the romance because I think you should just read Play On but oh boy do I love a good slow burn!! I officially think my favorite kind of romance is one where yes the two characters are attracted to each other but they take the time to get to know each other before acting on their attraction. Slow and steady wins in my book.

If I am being honest I think this book could work for many readers. Love a good sports romance? Check. Want a love interest with just the right amount of southern charm? Check. Want a book that tackles the tough subjects without being a heavy book? Check. Want a book that will actually leave you swooning when you are done? Check. All of the elements come together nicely to create a great story that is neither too light or too heavy. Everyone loves a good balance right? I highly suggest checking this one out and I cannot wait to read more fro Michelle!

Spencer Hill Press is offering a giveaway for paperback copy of PLAY ON as a part of the blog tour AND they are giving away another copy plus some other cool prizes as a part of the release day blitz! Make sure you enter both and check out all the stops on the PLAY ON tour.

Michelle Smith Author PhotoAuthor Bio:

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.


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