Play On by Samantha Young ~ Amy’s Review

 

WHY I READ IT

In my opinion Samantha Young is one of the most talented writers out there and I never miss an opportunity to read any of her work.

WHAT I RATED IT

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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.

 

AMY’S REVIEW

Have you ever been touched so deeply by a character that their pain is your pain? Their joy is your joy? That you want to reach through the pages of the book and grab them by the shoulders so you can give them a little shake when they’re being stupid or a hug when they’re sad? If you’ve never experienced this before, you will when you read Nora O’Brien’s story. It will grab a hold of you and not let go-not even for a second.

Nora is an old soul who’s trapped. She trapped in a small town, in a dead end job, in her own mind. Her struggles to find out who she is, what she wants, and what she deserves out of life is a brilliant journey that everyone should take.  Aiden is an endearing mixture of smug asshole and fierce protector.  One second you’re swooning and the next you want to slap him in the face.  The ups and downs he faces throughout this book are monumental and make you deeply consider what you would do in his shoes.

These two people have endured more than most of us can even imagine and somehow keep going. They keep giving, trying, and loving. This book is a thought provoking, emotional, beautiful journey, and I give it 5 heart-felt stars.

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