November 22, 2017

Four reasons why Ty Masters is BETTER than Knox Masters ~ Played (Gridiron #4) by Jen Frederick *REVIEW*

Played: A Novel (Gridiron Series Book 4) by [Frederick, Jen]

Played: A Novel

(Gridiron Series Book 4)

by Jen Frederick

Release Date: October 6, 2017

KBN Rating:



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.


Y’all. I loved this book. Like, really loved it.

I’ve been a little stingy with giving out five stars this year but this book totally deserves every single one of them.

To show you why I think this book is the bees knees, and since Played is the fourth book in Jen Frederick’s Gridiron Series, I’ve decided to give you my top four reasons why Ty Masters is BETTER than his twin bro, Knox!

Reason Number Four: Ty doesn’t mind hanging in the “friend zone“.

Ty meets Ara during their freshman year and although he’s attracted to her, he is totally content being her bestie throughout most of their college careers.

And my friendship with Ara has never been about that. I’ve not been cooling my heels in an damn friendzone. I enjoy spending time with her, in part because most of the other aspects of my life are such a sausage fest.

Reason Number Three: Ty doesn’t care about the “twin test”.

Knox placed so much importance on this silly test but his brother couldn’t care less. Once he decided Ara was the one for him he wasn’t going to let anything change his mind.

…Knox believes in the power of the test…
…We may be identical on the outside, but we’re different in a lot of aspects. That Ara can’t tell us apart doesn’t matter. She’s my closest friend.

Reason Number Two: He takes his role as BFF very seriously.

Ty takes his role as Ara’s best friend to heart and makes sure everyone knows it. There’s something totally swoon worthy about a rough-n-tough footballer who can play the role of bestie so well.

First, your best friend is Ty Masters, as he has informed me on nearly every occasion that I have ever seen him.

Reason Number One: Ty is willing to put Ara first. **Possibly a little spoilery**

When the impossible choice is put before him, Ty chooses Ara over football. Though both are extremely important to him, he chooses love in the end.

The only thing that will break through for her is committed, direct actin. I have to show her I’m as dedicated to making this thing between us work as I am about football. 

So those are the reasons why I choose Ty. I loved reading this story and even if you haven’t yet read any of the Gridiron Series books, I think you’ll enjoy Played just as much as I did. 😉

I give Played 5 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars.


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Jen Frederick is the USA Today bestselling author of Unspoken, part of the Woodlands series, and Sacked, part of the Gridiron series. She is also the author of the Charlotte Chronicles and has had several books on the Kindle Top 100 list. She lives in the Midwest with a husband who keeps track of life’s details while she’s writing, a daughter who understands when Mom disappears into her office for hours at a time, and a rambunctious dog who does neither. Email her at




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