Book Review: Out of Play by Angela Ruth Strong (Starry Nights collection)

Posted May 28, 2024 by meezcarrie in Angela Ruth Strong, Book Review, Christian, contemporary, romance / 2 Comments

Out of Play book review

Starry Nights by Angela Ruth Strong, Carrie Padgett, Tabitha Bouldin, and Bell RenshawOUT OF PLAY by Angela Ruth Strong
Part of Starry Nights Collection
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Two Dogs Publishing, LLC
RELEASE DATE: June 6, 2024

Eight summer novels across 2 volumes.
From Christian fiction’s hottest contemporary romance authors.

Out of Play – Angela Ruth Strong

When single mom Bex Lemaire is asked to step down as her eight-year-old daughter’s soccer coach for getting too competitive, she’s hoping the new coach will let her assist. Former child star Skylar Hayes agrees to take over the team as research for his comeback role. At first, he mistakes Bex for a raving fan but eventually realizes she’s only crazy about soccer, which gives her the skills needed to train him. She’s all work, while he likes to play, but together, they just might win.


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Ohhhhhh y’all. Prepare to laugh out loud, fall in love with a whole tiny soccer team, be reminded of Jesus’ love for you, and swoon over a deliciously fun romance when you read Out of Play by Angela Ruth Strong!

Ok, it’s no secret that I’m always here for the romance and KissingBooks and all the swoons. But I would be absolutely remiss if I didn’t spend a good chunk of time in this review talking about the Ladybugs soccer team who quite honestly steal the show in all their adorable quirkiness. Strong has captured to a hilarious T the group dynamics of a bunch of eight-year-old girls playing soccer. Anyone who has ever sat in camp chairs along a makeshift soccer field on a Saturday morning, cheering for a young ‘athlete’ with a gaggle of parents and grandparents and aunties and uncles and siblings will appreciate the humor so endearingly captured here. Each girl on the Ladybugs has such a unique personality and style that I laughed out loud basically in every practice & game scene. And reading Skylar and Bex’s internal observations had me easily picturing every pirouette, Broadway show tune, pose for photos, brilliant play, and warm-up dance, even as I kept laughing. I maintain that it is impossible for you to read about these cute Ladybugs and NOT fall in love with each and every one.

Speaking of Skylar and Bex, I adored their back-and-forth from their opposite coaching styles to their banter and every fun interaction in between. And as their eventually-easy friendship begins to grow into something far more affectionate and life-altering, I could hardly breathe in some scenes from their off-the-charts chemistry and in anticipation of that much-awaited first kiss. Both of these characters have great reasons for being wary of a romantic relationship, though, and Strong addresses these obstacles with such authenticity and tenderness. Through their tentatively-honest conversations and in their respective acts of sacrifice on the other’s behalf, both hero and heroine – and readers, too – are pointed to Jesus’ unfailing love for them and His longing to ease their burdens.

Bottom Line: I have been reading some phenomenal books lately, and Out of Play by Angela Ruth Strong is yet another to add to my ‘best of 2024’ list. All of the story elements came together to fill my reader heart like opening a bag of assorted Starburst and discovering they’re all the strawberry flavor (my best possible scenario). I loved the humor, the faith, the characters, and of course the romance (swoonyswoon) but my favorite part was the greater Love story being spoken over each reader, too. I plan to keep reading the Starry Nights collection and the Bright Lights one as I have time, but Out of Play definitely gave me a great preview of what’s in store.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. In the interest of full disclosure, the company for which I freelance as a blog/review tour coordinator was hired to promote the A Summer to Remember collection with a blog/review tour at a later date. This did not affect my review for Out of Play. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / in a class by itself

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion

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Angela Ruth Strong

Angela Ruth Strong works as a flight attendant, survived breast cancer, and uses her own crazy life experiences as inspiration for the stories she writes. Her books have earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been nominated for a Christy, won the Cascade Award, and become Amazon bestsellers. She and her husband also got to play extras when her novel Finding Love in Big Sky was adapted for film. To help aspiring authors, Angela started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho. Connect with Angela at

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