Synopsis from Goodreads
She’s been playing it close…
Ara Martin and college football star Ty Masters have been best friends since the first day of school when Ty literally ran her over. She fell for him immediately, but having lived under the shadow of her famous father, she knows a relationship with irresistible Ty would only end in heartbreak. For four years, she’s kept her feelings hidden. But one drunken encounter weeks before graduation is about to expose Ara’s biggest secret and destroy her most treasured relationship.
He’s been playing for keeps…
Ty is about to be drafted into the NFL, but his personal life is a mess. He’s got an agent he doesn’t like, a brother who can’t stop offering his opinion, and a beautiful woman he craves but can’t have. He can fire his agent and ignore his brother, but he’s not sure what to do about Ara. Ty’s been able to run down every quarterback he’s faced, but his sexy, stubborn best friend keeps slipping through his fingers.
Luckily, he’s not one for giving up, and once he gets his hands on her, he’s never letting go.
Yay, Ty’s story and it’s every bit as delicious as I had hoped for.
Ara and Ty have been friends for most of their time in college, since the moment Ara and Ty collided there has been a simmering attraction between them, that they have both buried deeply in order to forge a lasting friendship.
Despite Ty’s (undeserved) player reputation he is a really good guy, although his main focus is on progressing his football career and everything else comes in second place. Being a twin, (Knox – Sacked) has resulted in constant comparison to his brother, ensuring Ty pushed himself to the limit in order to prove himself to everyone that he is equally as good and worthy as his brother.
Ara has significant emotional barriers where relationships are concerned due to the implosion of her parents marriage as a result of her fathers singular focus on his art. It is the singular reason she has never pursued her feelings for Ty, although they have deepened along with the growth of their friendship.
Ty and Knox are so similar them are very few people who can tell them apart, even their own mother sometimes can’t tell them apart. Knox believes the true test of a relationship is whether they can survive the ‘twin test’. Which is the way he ensured Ellie was the one for him in Sacked. Ara has always been able to tell the difference between Ty and Knox, however, she keeps this knowledge to herself in order to protect her heart.
It is obvious Ara and Ty belong together if only they were willing to take the risk. Overcoming the barriers between them without risking their friendship is a battle worth undertaking, while still trying to navigate the pitfalls of finishing college and entering a new phase in their lives.
Vengeful exes, social media, slur campaigns, douche-tastic agents, public relations, family and friends alongside a whole host of emotions are all woven through the plot of Played. Although the heart of the story is Ara and Ty, and they certainly stole my heart. I hope we get to see more of them in the future.