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Peek Inside Playing Her Secret Crush

Alex needs a girlfriend. It’s the only way he’ll get over these feelings for his best friend, Katie. Who better to help him find a new crush than the girl he can’t stop thinking about? What can possibly go wrong?

Playing Her Secret Crush

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All her life, Katie has been chosen last for everything: the last picked on the playground, the last picked by her absent father, and definitely the last picked by boys—even her secret crush, Alex, friend-zoned her. This senior year, Katie is determined to come first.

But then Alex asks her to help him find a date?!

Alex has been living life in the fast lane, but he's ready to slow down—with a girlfriend. The last person on earth he’d consider? The girl his brother developed serious feelings for before he died: Katie. The only way Alex is going to get over Katie is by falling for someone new. And who better to help him find his new crush than the girl he can’t stop thinking about?

What can possibly go wrong?


“A very sweet, cute, unique YA. I loved this one so much.” --Becky Wise, Amazon Reviewer

“Bottom line: if you are a fan of best friends romances and you like gaming, Playing her Secret Crush is going to be a nice and easy win for you. A quick, cute read that you can finish in one sitting.” --Michelle, Book Briefs

“A cute, friends-to-lovers YA romance.” --Becky Moe, Amazon Reviewer

“A Great, Quick, Swoon-Worthy Reader for Fans of Computer Games and the Friends to More Trope.” -- Elizabeth Grimsley, Amazon Reviewer

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640635876
Release Date: Jul 2, 2018
Page Count: 270
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, friends to lovers

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By Candyce July 06, 2018

Playing Her Secret Crush was a fast and fun read. As a fan of contemporary books, this is a must read. Katie feels like she always chosen last. Her father left, at school she is last and even her secret crush doesn't seem to notice her. Her senior year is going to be different. Katie is a brand n... ...more

By Shakera July 06, 2018

Sometimes, there are words that are better left unsaid… This was totally not one of those times! Katie and Alex have had a crush on each other for quite some time. For good reasons, they never said anything. Now that senior year is here, it’s time to turn over a new leaf. Katie wants to be more o... ...more

By Keanna (KeyReadThat) August 02, 2018

Two gamer best friends who feel in a love with a game called Caroon where Alex wants to make his brother proud. But at what costs? Going through girls like a revolving door or taking so many risks that he may go too far ans maybe even the girl who's been by hos side since his brother died? I love... ...more

By Bette June 29, 2018

Loved this story. It's a sweet YA friends to more story and Alex and Katie are amazing characters. While the gaming aspect of this story weren't to my personal taste (I'm old) I can see how that would appeal to some. It seems well done and researched. Both Alex and Katie are attracted to each oth... ...more

By Sasha Says July 07, 2018

3.75 stars
This was a super-cute and fluffy YA romance, perfect for a quick summer read. Although not mentioned in the blurb, Alex and Katie are very into an online game and much of the book is centered around the game and their teammates, which was really fun to read about. ...more

By Lenore September 14, 2018

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4.5 stars — Okay, I had NO IDEA that this was going to feature nerdiness and gaming!! While I’m not a gamer of ANY TYPE whatsoever, I really loved having another nerdy little book t...

By books are love December 02, 2018

more like 3.5 starts

REceived in exchange for a honest review.

The story overall was a feel good one that teaches us about friendships, loyalty and family.

You can tell that Alex likes Katie but he is trying to honor his brother who died. Only what Alex perceived... ...more

By Arys July 03, 2018

Playing Her Secret Crush by Casey Griffin is a friends to relationship story. Katie has a thing for her serial dater friend Alex and Alex has feeling for her too, but not only is she his friend, she is the girl his brother liked before he he died. They like each other, but are off limits. When Al... ...more

By Michelle July 30, 2018

super cute. i love a good gaming romance. Full review to come ...more

By Romancing the October 28, 2018

Reviewed by Angie
Book provided by Entangled Crush
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

It’s been awhile since I’ve read YA, but Playing Her Secret Crush made me wonder why I had stopped in the first place.

Although, truth be told, the title is a bit misleading; but... ...more

By throneofreaders June 30, 2018

Rating: 3.8 stars

Disclaimer: This e-arc was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The story tackles about gaming, LGBT, teenagers realizing their feelings for each, coping up with loss, acceptance, and friendship. Predictable, yet it was a fun read for me.

By Carrie June 30, 2018

Playing Her Secret Crush by Casey Griffin is a cute contemporary romance in which best friends have hidden feelings for one another. The one thing it seems the book blurb has left out is the setting being based around professional gaming.

Now that it’s their senior year Katie thinks sh... ...more

By Shirley July 10, 2018

Original review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Crush and Netgalley!

Playing Her Secret Crush
is about Katie and Alex. They are both in love with each other but they both think that the other isn’t in love with them....

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3.54 avg rating
Casey Griffin

About the author

Casey Griffin

Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion, and she is currently busy writing every moment she can.

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