Making a Play (Field Party Series #5)

Making a Play (Field Party Series #5)

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The fifth book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Field Party series—a southern soap opera with football, cute boys, and pick-up trucks—from USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Ryker Lee is finally enjoying his senior year—he has great friends, hangs out with hot girls, and is on track to get a football scholarship that will set him up for college. Despite this, a small part of him wonders if there’s more to life than parties and meaningless hookups—and if football even means as much to him as it does to his fellow teammates. And when he meets the new girl at school, his world totally changes…

Aurora McClay is new to Lawton. She’s grateful that her twin brother, Hunter, is star of the football team and can help her adjust to her new school, but she’s not grateful at how overprotective he is over every person she meets. Just because she is deaf does not mean people have to treat her differently. When she meets Ryker Lee, the two of them spark an instant and intense chemistry, one that proves to be controversial not only because of Ryker’s reputation as a player, but also because of Aurora and Hunter’s father’s bigoted views about who Aurora can and can’t date.

Aurora and Ryker know in their hearts that they are meant for each other. But can their relationship endure the turmoil of rumors and prejudice?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781508286332
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Series: Field Party Series , #5
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and the Existence series. A devoted book lover, Glines lives with her family in Alabama.

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Making a Play


    The view from the back of the pickup truck was pretty damn sweet. Like every Friday night, the bonfire was blazing, music was pumping, and the people I’d grown up with in this town were all here. Most importantly, my cousin, Nash, was here. Smiling, with his arm around Tallulah, who I credited for helping him find himself after his injury. He’d coached tonight at the game. He couldn’t play, but he had been there on the sidelines, yelling at us, cursing like a fucking sailor. Made me grin, thinking about it. The win had made it perfect.

    Losing a defense coordinator after only a few games could have been bad, but Dace hadn’t been liked by anyone. His ass belonged in jail. Nash taking over his place on the field had been the best thing Coach Rich could have done for us. It made the team complete with Nash out there again.

    “Ryker,” a female voice called from below. I turned my gaze to the ground and saw Nova Cox grinning up at me. She’d been flirting for a few weeks now, and I’d been letting her work for it. She was smoking hot. A transfer last year from someplace in Tennessee. I couldn’t remember where. She’d told me, but I hadn’t paid much attention. This year, so far, had been pretty wrapped up with getting Nash out of the damn, dark hole he’d crawled in after he was told he’d never play football again.

    Shifting my gaze once more just to be sure he was good, I caught him kissing Tallulah with her arms around his neck. He was fine. More than fine. He’d battle his demons for a while still. I’d never seen someone die, but he’d seen death up close. I’d still need to keep an eye on him, but for now he looked pretty damn happy. I could ease off some of my protecting him and let Tallulah change his world.

    It was time I enjoyed my senior year. So far it’d been shit. Nothing like I had imagined. I loved playing football, and I knew it was going to be what paid for my college. But it wasn’t my life. Not like it had been for Nash.

    I wanted something more. I just wasn’t sure what that was yet. But I wanted a life that meant something. Made me feel like I had made a difference.

    “Come down from your throne and party with the rest of us,” Nova cooed up at me, batting her long eyelashes that I would bet about fifty bucks weren’t real. Her creamy-mocha skin looked really damn attractive in the moonlight. With a shrug, I walked to the tailgate and jumped down right in front of her. She giggled, and it wasn’t annoying. That was a plus.

    “That beer?” I asked, reaching for her red plastic cup.

    She scrunched her nose up. “Ewww, no. It’s a margarita. Blakely brought two gallons of some mixed up.”

    I let go of the cup. That shit sounded nasty. “I need a beer,” I told her, and turned back to the keg on the truck bed to get me some.

    “Rumor is you don’t want Blakely here, but Nash made you let her come for Hunter’s sake,” Nova said.

    Girls and their gossip. I didn’t like Blakely. She’d hurt Nash when he was down. But it was the second best thing that happened to him, getting rid of her, Tallulah being the best. I shrugged and took a drink. “Don’t care if she’s here or not.”

    That was the truth. As long as I wasn’t subjected to talking to her, I was good. I’d never thought much of her when Nash was with her either.

    Nova moved in closer to me and made sure to press her breast against my arm. She liked her chest size and made sure to push those things up so everyone else could see them and admire them too. I wasn’t complaining. She was welcome to press them on me if she wanted.

    “You seem more relaxed tonight. Not so uptight and tense. I like this side of you. I haven’t seen it since last spring.”

    I lifted my left shoulder slightly, one for an acknowledgment of her words, and the other to get a rub on those boobs she was pressing on me. They seemed real. She wasn’t stuffing the things when she jacked them up. I hadn’t been sure how much of her was fake. She had the lashes, and I knew that hair was too damn perfect to be all hers. It looked good on her, though.

    “I’ve been preoccupied with Nash. But it seems his luck has turned.”

    Her hand slid across my chest as she turned toward me. “He seems happy.” Her voice had dropped to a sexy purr, and it was nice. She rolled her assets over my chest as she moved to stand in front of me. I spread my legs slightly in my stance so she would easily fit up against my body. Attraction with her was not an issue, and I knew she could feel it against her stomach. No way she could miss it. A small grin spread over her full lips, and I decided it was time to taste them. See if this was going to be as fun as it was promising.

    Leaning down, I took a slight nibble on her lower lip and pulled its juicy plumpness into my mouth to suck it before going in for a full taste test. The sweet margarita was mixed with the mint from her gum, and it worked. It was girly and sexy.

    I rested my hands on her hips and pulled her closer to me. She wiggled against my arousal and thoughts of taking this back into the woods and away from the whole damn field party’s viewing pleasure sounded like a wise idea.

    “Ohmygod, just get a damn backseat somewhere. No one wants to see that.” Blakely’s familiar, annoying voice was like ice over my head, but I only broke the kiss. I kept Nova up against me.

    “This field is mine. Might want to remember that.” The threat in my tone was cold. I wanted it to be.

    Blakely tossed her long blond hair over her shoulder and rolled her eyes. “I’m with Hunter.” She said it as if it made her safe. Dating the quarterback was the only reason she was here. At least she knew it. But Hunter was a junior. He wasn’t originally from here, and we played well together on the field, but he was not one of my boys. This wouldn’t save her ass if she pissed me off.

    “Don’t give a fuck,” I replied. “If he wants to leave with you, he can, but he won’t stop me from sending your ass off.”

    She opened her mouth to say something more, but Nova interrupted her. “Looks like he’s already gone. Running.” Nova sounded pleased. “Guess he was waiting until you walked off to make his escape.”

    I turned to see Hunter in a full-out sprint, headed toward the clearing where everyone parked. Nova wasn’t exaggerating. The dude was moving. I doubted he was running from Blakely. I was more than positive he’d been looking forward to getting laid tonight. Blakely was well known for being easy.

    “What the fuck?” Blakely’s tone, however, did make me smile. Whatever his reasons for running, she wasn’t happy about it.

    “Damn, bitch, what did you do to him?” Nova drawled, enjoying this a little too much. Girls could be vicious. In a fight, though, I knew Nova would take Blakely out fast. She may not be from around here, but I could tell by the way she carried herself that she was not a female you wanted to tie up with. She’d lived a much different life from me. Her parents weren’t around much. From what she said, I knew her grandmother had raised her. Once she’d mentioned her dad being in jail. I didn’t ask her any questions, because I wasn’t sure I wanted to hear the answers. My home life was a fairy tale compared to hers.

    Blakely glared at Nova, and I watched as Nova straightened, then turned from me to Blakely. Nova cocked her head to the side, and the threatening gleam in her eyes made me a little nervous. “You want some?” she asked with no emotion. Then she crooked her finger at Blakely in a come and get it way.

    Holy fuck.

    The fear in Blakely’s eyes quickly replaced the anger. She backed up a step and shook her head. “No. Jesus, what’s your issue?” Her tone was a bit shaky as she tried to keep her cool. I felt a little sorry for her, and that was surprising even to me. Blakely spun and stalked off, walking faster with each step down the same path Hunter had just taken.

    From the looks of how fast he’d been moving, I didn’t think he’d be there when she arrived, unless he had been getting something from his car.

    Nova’s shoulders relaxed, and she turned back to me with a seductive grin as if nothing had happened. Her eyes were like caramel, and before this moment, I’d thought they held a kindness and warmth. Now I saw the fight there. I wondered where that came from.

    “I’m not against finding a backseat. Your truck doesn’t have a big enough one, though,” she said, then took her fingertip and ran it down my chest until she reminded me exactly what I had been feeling before our interruption.

    This was going to be easier than I’d expected. Nova had been tossing it around willingly, from what I’d heard, but it had all been college guys. I was the first guy her age that she seemed interested in. I figured college guys had probably taught her a lot.

    “Where’d Hunter run off to?” Nash called out in my direction as if I had been the one to send him running.

    I shrugged. “Been preoccupied. Don’t give a fuck where the QB went. But my guess is getting the hell away from his date.”

    Nash rolled his eyes at me, but I could see he was trying not to laugh. I smirked at his attempt, and that got a grin out of him.

    “If the two of you are done with your humor, we can go find a spot . . . alone now,” Nova said, placing a hand on my left cheek and turning my face back in her direction. She was brave. No self-confidence issues with this one. That was for damn sure.

    “Okay, yeah, I got a place,” I told her, and shot one more glance at Nash. He was watching us with amusement, and I saluted him before taking Nova and walking away.

    Nova was fun. There were times I saw the way Nash looked at Tallulah or she looked at him, and I wanted that. Or I thought I did for a moment. Then I remembered that I was living the life right now. I didn’t have time for that kind of shit. I didn’t need to use my truck. There was an empty barn waiting on us.

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    Making a Play 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
    Anonymous 4 months ago
    The story was too rushed and unbelieveable. Also the end completely ruined it for me. **slight possible spoiler like statement**There was no need for her to change herself like she did, I found it insulting.
    Anonymous 5 months ago
    Abbi, you're my favorite. Always have been, but what is going on with you lately! The ending... Really?
    Anonymous 1 days ago
    Wanted more! Enjoyed the series
    Anonymous 21 days ago
    I absolutely love the field party series, in fact I read all 5 books in 4 days. Making a Play is hands down my second favorite book (West and Maggie hold a special place in my heart) and I adore the dynamic that Ryker and Aurora have. Abbi Glines is such a talented writer that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end. I can't wait to pick up my next book by her, and I hope there are more field party books to come.
    2kasmom 23 days ago
    This book is #5, in The Field Party series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and have a better understanding of the series, I recommend reading this series in order. Ryker can have any woman he wants. He knows it, they know it. With the new school year brings Aurora, a teammates sister. He is drawn to her and they connect quickly. Aurora is deaf. This is her first chance to go to a "regular" school. She wants to be part of the normal her football hero twin gets to have. Only her brother is overprotective and her father is overcontrolling. Surprises are in store for many of the characters in this story, I love that we revisit our favorites, This series is fast becoming a favorite of mine! Looks become the new banter in this installment, and the sexy is so amazingly hot! The main characters do not know what hit them as they try to navigate high school and first love.
    2kasmom 23 days ago
    This book is #5, in The Field Party series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and have a better understanding of the series, I recommend reading this series in order. Ryker can have any woman he wants. He knows it, they know it. With the new school year brings Aurora, a teammates sister. He is drawn to her and they connect quickly. Aurora is deaf. This is her first chance to go to a "regular" school. She wants to be part of the normal her football hero twin gets to have. Only her brother is overprotective and her father is overcontrolling. Surprises are in store for many of the characters in this story, I love that we revisit our favorites, This series is fast becoming a favorite of mine! Looks become the new banter in this installment, and the sexy is so amazingly hot! The main characters do not know what hit them as they try to navigate high school and first love.
    Anonymous 24 days ago
    Jackiebkworm 4 months ago
    I really liked Ryker’s character and how he changes and grows. He sees the person he use to be and doesn’t like it once he meets Aurora, Hunter’s twin sister. Aurora is different from any other girl he’s met, she’s deaf. But she’s strong and doesn’t back down. She stands up for what she wants. I really liked her. She became more confident once she met Ryker. But once she’s faced with losing something she grows stronger and knows she can do anything if she can survive that. Aurora is innocent but she’s willing to fight for what she wants and will figure a way to do so. I couldn’t believe Aurora’s father, how he’s so controlling and he’s a racist who doesn’t see past a persons skin color. I wish there had been more at the end and it hadn’t been wrapped up so quickly. I highly recommend this book.
    RLyn 5 months ago
    Making a Play is the 5th book in Abbi Glines' Field Party Series and follows, Ryker, the very popular football star whose reputation as a player and a jerk and Aurora, Hunter's twin sister that many didn't know existed until she moved to Lawton to live with Hunter and their father. Like the first four books in this series, I absolutely loved this one. Each of the books in the Field Party series address extremely serious topics, such as death, illnesses, cheating, sexual assault, teen pregnancy, drugs, etc., that are hard to talk about but affect everyone in some way. Making a Play was no different. This book was special because it brought us Aurora who was such an amazing heroin whose life had always been filled with challenges. Unlike her twin, Hunter, who was popular and healthy, Aurora was deaf. Being the new student in Lawton, a school that didn't have the services to really assist Aurora, she found herself having to adjust to new things and even new forms of communicating. Ryker and Aurora were immediately drawn to one another, but of course theirs was a relationship that a lot of people frowned upon, especially Aurora and Hunter's father, who was a racist and did not support an interracial relationship. I really liked Ryker in this book. We saw such a different side of him. Making a Play touched on the fact that we live in a society in which people who look different, or people who are different, are treated unjustly and. unfairly. Instead of embracing everyone and their different abilities or their different physical appearances, some people become some closed minded that they will use their power of authority to try and control certain things, such as Aurora's dad sending her away because he disapproved of her relationship with Ryker, because of the color of his skin. Both Ryker and Aurora faced a lot of adversity and obstacles, but regardless of those challenges these two found a way to communicate, be with each other and love each other. I say it again, the Field Party Series is filled with extremely relatable characters facing real issues and finding a way to work through those issues finding their own voice. Abbi is just amazing at creating characters that impact you in one way or another; in creating characters who face issues that affect our society today.
    Anonymous 5 months ago
    This book had an amazing concept, but I feel like so much more could have been done with the storyline. I feel like the ending was butchered and rushed for everything that led up to it.
    Kayla Davis 5 months ago
    "She reminded me of an angel . . . and I was closer to the devil. I could be her biggest mistake." Making a Play had a beautiful cover, and even more beautiful story inside. I loved every last minute of this book! Once I started reading it I just could not stop. I swear The Field Party series only gets better and better with each installment. Making A Play was the perfect combination of determination, Football, and high school romance. I love how Abbi Glines doesn't back down from difficult subject matter. She embraces it head on, while handling it artfully. This book owned a piece of my heart with its scenes and mentions of North Carolina. It's always nice to see your home state used in the books you read. Ryker and Aurora are definitely one of my new favorite Abbi characters. These two could not have been more adorable together. They had me swooning so many times. While hitting me right in the feels. I love this book keeps you connected to its characters secondary and main. I loved getting to catch up with past field party characters. I cant wair too see whose atiry is next. Although I really hope it's Hunters story well be getting next! *wink wink* "She tasted like honey and smelled like coconut. I couldn’t get enough of it. No one should taste and smell this good. It was unfair." Aurora is one of those heroines you just immediately love. I could easily see myself being her friend in real life. She was a perfect mix of sweet, timid, and sassy! She knew what she wanted and would not settle for less. She was head strong and determined. I loved her unwillingness to back down for things that mattered. I admired her character on so many levels!! She truly is one of the strongest heroines I have read. "I loved the color of his skin. It reminded me of a warm, deep, ebony. It was beautiful." Ryker Lee is the perfect book boyfriend, and MINE! Seriously, I call dibs! He was nothing like I expected his character to be. He truly has come a long way from the boy we first met. Who knew the playboy was such a hopeless romantic at heart. He was like this big teddy bear you wanted to snuggle up to! Ryker had me swooning so many times throughout this book. He was charming, sweet and the perfect gentlemen. “Find you a man who will build you a porch bigger than you need and smile while he’s doing it. That’s the keeper.” *5 STARS* Well earned for this love at first sight, sports romance. If you have not started the Field Party books you are truly missing out. Because I can NOT recommend reading this book enough. It's going straight into my best reads of 2019!
    luv4booksreviews 5 months ago
    Abbi Glines makes me want to go back to high school and do it all over again. That's saying a lot, because I absolutely hated high school. These boys are so swoon worthy! Why were none of them in my high school?! Aurora and Ryker have a love story filled with almost equal parts drama and happiness. As happy as they make each other you'd think people would be happy for them. However there sure are a lot of people trying to stand in their way of that newfound happiness. I just kept thinking why can't people just let them be?! Aurora has a horribly controlling father, but she has a backbone! She stands up for herself and is one strong girl. I couldn't help but feel proud of her for not wanting to go along with her father's backwards ways. Ryker keeps trying to prove himself, trying to change her Dad's mind. Only time will tell if they can survive the drama and be happy together. I was enjoying their love story so much. Enjoying how they were becoming better people for each other. Then Abbi sent my heart into a nosedive in the last half hour of the book. I'm pretty sure I didn't take a breath for that entire time!!! This is why I love Abbi's book, just when I think I know where the story is going she throws me for a loop. This book was a perfect addition to the series. I only wish they came out faster because I want the next one right now.
    Anonymous 4 months ago
    Abbi Glines you have touched my heart with this book. Thank you for giving me a place to go. Your books always have been my go to. this one will be a go to, to reread! It touches something that we pretend that doesn't happen anymore but it does and it shouldn't ! Thanks for sharing your stories with the world
    Anonymous 5 months ago
    What an amazing book! Of course I don’t think there is a book that Abbi has written that isn’t. This is the fifth book in the series. This one is about Ryker and Aurora. Ryker being a player, not only on the football field but with girls, never thought that one look could change him. A green eyed beauty that made him not want to be the person he is, but someone so much better. Realizing how much of a jerk he really was was an eye opener. Aurora is new to Lawton. She is the twin sister of the Star QB, Hunter. But she is unique. She is deaf. And we see’s Ryker her world changed so much. He gave her the confidence to be herself and never once made her feel different due to her not being able to hear. Things that she didn’t do around other people, she felt comfortable enough doing with Ryker; such as , speaking out loud. The chemistry between them was instant. How eat each of them made the other such a better person. Aurora was warned about his past, but she didn’t care. This made Ryker do everything he could to not make any mistakes when it came to her. He even started to learn to sign. However, this was not the only hurdle they faced. Aurora couldn’t believe her father was against her dating a black boy. He was so against this, he sent her away. Ryker was a mess and Aurora was heart broken. But these two did find there way back to each other and her dad seemed to see what an amazing boy Ryker is and calmed down. This is another must read by Abbi. I loved it!!!