A wonderful and enjoyable novella…
**** “Played by Love” by Rochelle Ayala
Jordan Sloup is the soccer goalie at Berkeley. He is great at what he does and has a chance of potentially going pro.
Ella Kennedy is into technology and gaming and loves anime parties.
Jordan has had his eye on Ella for awhile, yet he knows that she will not date someone who is an athlete and/or in a fraternity. Jordan is both. So he puts a plan into motion to meet and date Ella by hiding the fact that he is an athlete and lives in a fraternity. He also poses as a technology know it all to win her over.
Ella figures things out pretty quickly when she hacks into his cell phone and keeps waiting for Jordan to fess up. It isn’t until they are away at a convention where there is a cosplay party taking place along with a soccer tournament, that things come to a head between them…
Rachelle Ayala has written a wonderful and very interesting novella. She combines several story lines and brings them all together seamlessly and easily. She brings her characters to life on all levels, allowing the reader to see their strengths and weaknesses and their true feelings in multiple situations. She creates realistic characters and realistic story lines for all of them.
The story of Jordan and Ella is based on a college campus. She gets the environment, the feel of the university, the setting, and the actions of the characters exactly right for the location and age appropriateness of this novella.
The author truly has a gift of bringing to life her characters and the story setting to create an enjoyable, moving, realistic, and poignant read.