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.
On the surface Play On appears like another 'good girl tutors the failing sports star' story, but it really isn't this at all. I wasn't expecting all of the issues that arose but they helped bring more depth to the story and gave their struggles more realism.
I liked the moments with Austin and the baseball team, and appreciated how Marisa understood his ambition and fully supported it. Without getting too cliched; Marisa's journey really struck something in me and I desperately wanted her to be able to tackle her problems. I wanted them to be able to move on together and find their HEA.
The ending made me smile, although I would have liked it to have been a little longer (I'm greedy like that). I loved the coming of age aspect in the story and appreciated the hopeful message throughout the book.