I was so excited to read A Risky Play, in the Suncastle College series. Marissa Gramoll has a way of writing romances that are gritty and honest, while still being steamy and swoony.
A Risky Play is Zac and Trish’s story, and while this can be read as a standalone, readers who read Gramoll’s A Game Like Ours will find that stories weave together and connect to really grow the world she has created.
I really appreciated how the romance and relationship in this book were not a cure all for the two main character’s emotional issues and mental health problems. When Zac has a panic attack, Trish stays with him and holds him. But doesn’t try to “fix” him.
And the chemistry between Trish and Zac is hot. Like, phew! My only disappointment is that the first half of the book was very hot and heavy, and the second half was just heavy – emotionally heavy. While I loved both halves, I wish there had been more integration of the heat and the heavy.
I did find that while I understood Trish when she was trying to push Zac away, I would find myself yelling at Zac at some of the dumb things he did. (Not text his sister, push Trish too hard, etc.) Also, and I know it’s just my personal preference, but Zac frequently asked for help from his “Holy Father,” which is fine. It became more and more frequent in the second half of the book and was a little off putting for me as a non-religious person reading this one.
This was my third book by this author, and definitely will not be my last. I look forward to reading whatever she releases next!
I received this book as a digital ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.