Settle The Score/Hustle Play by Tara Frejas : A Review

Settle The Score/Hustle Play by Tara Frejas : A Review




College senior Garnet Figueroa lives and breathes basketball. A reliable asset to her varsity team,
she is equipped with the skills and smarts to get the De La Sierra Lady Hunters closer to this
year’s championship title. But Garnet soon finds out that her good friend (and long-time crush),
cheerdancer Charles Crisostomo, is being cheated on by his girl, and she lets her emotions get the
best of her.

Will she be able to come up with a game plan to save herself from heartbreak before the buzzer
signals Game Over?


Running on pure adrenaline and working with game strategies is something a basketball player
like Garnet Figueroa is trained for. On the court, she is unbeatable. Off the court… that’s a
completely different story.

Because falling in love is trickier than a ball game, and Garnet finds herself fumbling over her
feelings for Charles Crisostomo. The fact that her attention gets divided between him and rival
school hard-court hottie Chris Barcelo doesn’t help.

Or does it?

. . .

The author generously gave a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a fun two-part story. It’s an adorable story about friends to lovers, confusing feelings and the adrenalin pumping game that is basketball.

Garnet Figueroa and Charles Crisostomo have been friends for a long time and at some point, feelings for each other began to change. Only problem was Charles has a two-timing girlfriend so Garnet couldn’t do anything but watch as her friend stay in a very unhealthy relationship. But could she really stay quiet about the betrayal? Apparently not. So she kissed him. And that was the start of a chain of events that could spell disaster for Garnet. Or would it?

I appreciate that the story showed the difficulties of the situation of jumping from friends to lovers. Garnet is torn between the choice of saving her friend and not looking like the bad girl who wants to get the guy for herself. Even if she really wants to get the guy for herself. Her actions are understandable and reasonable. Who wants to watch your loved one be hurt carelessly? But she’s cautious too because she could be the one getting hurt in exchange. It was a dilemma for sure. But of course Charles ended up surprising her with a revelation of sorts and suddenly it’s a whole new ballgame.

On the second part of the story was the continuation of the revelation. Some really great parallels from life and basketball were thrown in the mix that influenced Garnet’s decisions about their relationship. I like this part because of the mature wisdom of Chris Barcelo (another hottie ^^) and we get to see Charles’s inner thoughts and emotions. If only it went on a little longer. I would have loved more introspection from Charles. He’s cute when he gets jealous.

All in all, I love the tone of the story. Given that this is a love story with sports, I kind of expected it to linger on the sports side more and I was afraid it would drag the story. But everything was seamlessly woven into Garnet’s and Charles’s relationship. I didn’t find anything being too much. Though I wouldn’t mind more of Charles in his skintight spandex. More cheerleading action. Hehe.

So there. If you want a quick but sweet read that would make the basketball fanatic in you cheer for one couple, you have to get this. This is one story I’d definitely cheer for.







TARA FREJAS is a cloud-walker who needs caffeine to fuel her travels. When she’s not in work mode, she keeps herself busy by weaving her daydreams into stories.

While not exactly a huge basketball fanatic, she does love and support the national team,

Gilas Pilipinas (Hi, Gabe Norwood! Hee~) and has a tendency to get rather emotional
watching their games.

In a parallel universe where she doesn’t have asthma, Tara played for her high school and
college basketball teams as a shooting guard. She wore jersey number 21, and ended her
college career with triple-double averages. In short, beast mode ang ate niyo. Pak.

Her other print-on-demand titles include Paper Planes Back Home, The “Forget You” Brew,
and Scandalized.

Get in touch with the author:
Twitter: @tarafrejas
Instagram: @tarafrejas

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