Sunday, September 21, 2014

Once Upon A Player by Agay Llanera--Book Review + GIVEAWAY

Title: Once Upon a Player
Author: Agay Llanera
Gorgeous college senior Val Fabian is a player in every sense of the word. She's the star spiker of her university's volleyball team, and she never runs out of dates. But it seems that this year, she has finally been bitten by the commitment bug. She sets her sights on an unexpected target--the unassuming yet ultra-cute Jake Clementia. Val is used to getting what she wants, and is sure she'll snag him before graduation. But in the process of winning his heart, she is sideswiped by a surprise move that sends her tumbling from her pedestal.

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I'm not a big fan of sports, or anything of that sort, but boy, this book made me smile and made my heart leap. If being "kilig" was a sport, I'd have won, because of this book.

Reasons Why I adored ONCE UPON A PLAYER:

1. A Strong Lead. Valerie is not your usual sweet chick. She has some sass. She's smart, driven, and passionate. And more than that, she's strong. And that's great because you do not usually see heroines like that in novels these days. I like how she knows what she wants, stubborn as she may be, but she's amazing--and you'll love her for it.

2. The Darling Love Interest. What's also great about this book is that the love interest, Jake, in this one, is also not your typical guy. Read it and see what I mean, and if you don't fall for him after reading the book, tell me. ;)

3. The Story. Wow, Ms. Llanera really knows what she's doing. Combining sports, romance, and the drama that comes with being a student, her words will speak through to you. This really isn't your usual run-of-the-mill love story, and that's what makes it so special and unique.

Conflict? Of course there is. Lots, actually. But what's great is that they show you a special side of Valerie. They show you how fierce she is; how different. And that at the end of the day, women are worth loving--no matter who they are, or how they think.

ONCE UPON A PLAYER will play on your heartstrings--and you'll appreciate it because of that and more.


Agay Llanera is a freelance writer for television and a published writer of children’s books. She is a member of KUTING, a private, non-stock, non-profit organization, which aims to be the Philippines’ foremost writers’ organization for children.

> Her first romance novella, Vintage Love is available on e-bookstores (Amazon, Kobo, Buqo, Smashwords).


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