Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review & Excerpt Tour: Play On (Play On #1) by: Samantha Young


Release Date: September 12, 2017
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Source: I received a copy of this book as part of the blog tour and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Nora O’Brien chased a dream from Indiana to Scotland, so sure it was the right thing to do. Three
years later she was left in her adopted country with nothing to her name but guilt and regret.

Until Aidan Lennox entered her life.

Older, worldlier, a music producer and composer, the sexy Scot should never have made sense for Nora. But somehow in each other they found the light they were looking for, the laughter and the passion—the strength to play on despite their past losses.

But when life dealt Aidan another unlucky hand, instead of reaching for her he disappeared. The agonizing loss of him inspired something within Nora. It fired her spirit— the anger and hurt pushing her forward to take control and reach for her dreams.

Finally pursuing a career on stage while she put herself through college, everything is how Nora wants it. She’s avoiding heartbreak and concentrating on her goals.
Sounds easy but it’s not. Because Aidan is back. And for some reason he hates Nora.

He’s determined to be at war with her.

And she has absolutely no idea why."

My Thoughts:

Samantha Young really knows how to put your heart through the wringer, and Play On did just that. This book is a rollercoaster of emotions and as a reader you ride the highs and lows with the characters.

Our main character is Nora and we get to see Nora at three very distinct parts of her life. We watch her as a kid get swept up and move to Scotland, then we watch her living her life there and then we see her deal with true tragedy and guilt. My heart broke for her and all she endured.

Of course I loved Aidan. Samantha Young knows how to write a wonderfully sexy and charming and good guy. He hasn’t had it easy either and I hurt for him. Their combined pasts made these two work despite all of their differences on the surface. I really loved how determined Aidan was and that he never gave up. These two had great chemistry and I really loved them together and rooted for them.

I also loved the secondary characters in this one. Roddy was an absolute riot. And Seonaid was such a great friend to Nora and I truly loved that. We all know I am a big fan of positive and supportive female friendships. And Sylvie is also wonderful.

Like I said this book is a rollercoaster and there is a lot of tragedy and at times it really made my heart hurt but it also made me smile and I loved the romance between Aidan and Nora. The characters have a lot of ups and downs but watching them work through it all was so rewarding.

My only hang up with Play On is that it did take me a bit to get fully invested and took a while for the story to really get going. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the time jumps, but that’s a me thing and just a style I don’t always love. It did work for the story here but sometimes there were just things I wanted to see but didn’t get to.

All in all, Play On was another good read from Samantha Young. She knows how to write a good romance that will both break and mend your heart.
Samantha Young is the New York Times,  USA Today  and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows.  Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us was published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017. Play On is an adult contemporary romance and the first in a brand new series set in Scotland. Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for HeroOn Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


2 comments:

  1. Hmm, this one definitely has me interested! I'm usually not a fan of second chance romances but I'm curious about what happened between Nora and Aidan.

    Thanks for the review!!

    Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader!

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  2. If I ever get back in a romance reading mood I'll have to catch up on a few Samantha Young books. This does sound good, and I'm happy you enjoyed it. Great review, lobster!

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