Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Review - - Play for Me

Play for Me
by Libby Hubscher
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: June 20, 2023
Reviewed by Santa

When her new job takes her to a New England boarding school, she’s surprised to find her roommates are all men – including a very handsome one who plays by his own rules. 

Sophie Doyle has her dream job as the head athletic trainer for her favorite baseball team (go Red Sox!), a handsome boyfriend, and easy access to the finest cannoli in Boston. When she loses all three and the World Series to boot, she’s forced to apply for the open trainer position at an arts-focused boarding school in New Hampshire. The only available room is a glorified closet in an apartment with three guys: Jonas Voss, the aloof and attractive orchestra teacher, and his two rambunctious roommates.

Sophie knows that training a bunch of privileged high school kids whose idea of a play is 
A Chorus Line instead of a walk-off homer is going to be a big change from the pro athletes she’s used to. She wasn’t expecting that these students would have big-time talent and even bigger-time problems. Sophie has troubles of her own—Jonas is a full-fledged grump who clearly doesn’t want her near him or the precious piano he never plays.

With sunny optimism, Sophie sets out to win over Jonas and help the kids she’s growing attached to. But when her relationship with Jonas moves to the major leagues and plans change at the end of the season, they have to choose whether they are playing for keeps.

Santa Says:

Play for Me by Libby Hubscher is a homerun book for me! I enthusiastically give it five stars! 

Sophia Doyler had it all! A dream job as head trainer for the Red Sox, a dreamy, highly successful boyfriend and an endless supply of cannolis from her favorite bakery. But when she makes the call to keep a key player off the field and the Sox lose the series everything goes up in smoke. She is fired from her job, her boyfriend kicks her to the curb and, worst of all, her cannoli connection closes its doors to her. Ever the optimist, Sophia has no choice but to regroup. 

Thankfully her movie star friend pulls a few strings and gets her a job as head coach and teacher at her alma mater in New Hampshire. A school known more for their plays on the stage not on the field. She shares a cozy quad with three other male teachers. She hits it off with two of them but Jonas, the school’s orchestra teacher, and her get off on the wrong foot especially after she discovers his star violinist has a natural pitching arm. Can she convince Jonas to trust her instinct about the teen and that she will work closely with him to hone his pitching skills without jeopardizing his musical aspirations? 

They never seem to find the right footing but their close proximity and Sophia’s dogged determination to spread her own brand of sunshine works to turn Jonas’ frequent frowns upside down. This is a slow burn rom com with some tender moments. Both Jonas and Sophia grow as people and watching them fall in love is as satisfying as the decadent cream filling and crispy crunch of a cannoli.


  1. This sounds like a cute story, and I thank you for the review.

  2. Thank you for the review and recommendation. This sounds like an easy, enjoyable read.