Review + Excerpt: Play on by Samantha Young

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Review + Excerpt: Play on by Samantha YoungPlay On by Samantha Young
on September 12th, 2017
Pages: 426
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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.

 Review: Play On by Samantha Young

Release Date: September 12, 2017


My Thoughts on Play On….

This story reminds me while I love reading. Samantha Young brings us an amazing heartfelt story of struggle, strength and the courage to fight on when everything is stacked against you.  I loved Nora’s story and felt for her and was rooting for her the entire time!  I first fell in love with Samantha Young’s writing way back with On Dublin Street and this just reminded me while I love her so much.  This book took me longer than most to read but I just never wanted it to end! I savored the story and took my time reading. Play On is a must read book and a favorite of mine for 2017!

Nora knows what’s its like to work hard. At the young age of 18 when she should be off starting her first year of college but she is forced to work in a job to help support her family until a handsome young Scottish lad comes to town.  He is about to turn her world upside down! Jim’s father just passed away and to honor him, he takes a trip to the states to honor one of his dreams. They stay longer in Nora’s town and when their time is up, Nora thinks their summer romance will be over.  Until Jim gives her a proposal she couldn’t refuse, to marry him and move to Scotland.  She feels that if her life stays on its current path she will have not dreams, no aspirations so she takes a leap of faith.

Years go by and fate has a twisted sense of humor as Nora fills just as lost as she was in the states. Thinking this was the move she needed to jump start her life she finds herself in a marriage she wonders if this was the right move.  When life takes a turn for the worse, Nora finds herself in volunteering at a local hospital in the children’s floor.  Reading book and acting them out is a way of escaping reality for her.  A little girl there captures her heart and in turn will also lead her in a new direction.

Play On will capture your heart and not let go.  I loved seeing Nora’s journey through life and felt I was right there with her. Nora’s life is not an easy one, you will probably shed a tear or two but in the end it the struggles were the worth the reward.  Fate has a way of knowing just want you need and sending you on a journey that at times may break you but you may find yourself stronger in the end.  Thank you Ms Young for bring us an amazing story! HUGE 5 star read for me!

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Silence fell over the car and I could tell he was lost in his thoughts about it. Wanting to leave him to muse, I watched traffic. And then I realized we were driving out of the city center. “So … where are we eating?”

“There’s a pub right on the promenade at Portobello Beach. It’s a nice day. I thought we should enjoy it while it’s here.”

That was something people said a lot around here. Scottish summers were mercurial beasts, with more rain than anything else, so when the sun came out, we appreciated and made the most of it.

“Sounds good.”

With Jim, I’d been comfortable with him from the start. Silence fell between us and I’d never felt the need to fill it. Similarly with Aidan, the silence between us didn’t bother me. But the atmosphere between us wasn’t comfortable. I was too aware of his every movement, watching him out of the corner of my eye as he drove us east to Portobello.

“Sylvie cares about you,” Aidan said suddenly.

Warmth filled me at the thought. “I care about her. I won’t hurt her, Aidan.”

He glanced at me, his expression sincere. “I know that now, Nora.”

Relief moved through me. “Thank you.”

“I just want her to be okay.”

“It would be expected if she wasn’t,” I told him. “She lost her mom. You can protect her from everything, but you can’t protect her from that loss, and thinking that you can is only going to make you feel like you’ve failed somehow. And you’re not failing.”

He was quiet so long, I thought maybe my presumption had pissed him off. But he said, “How did you get so wise?”

When it comes to loss, I know what I’m talking about. I didn’t say it out loud. “Born that way, I guess.”

Not too long later, Aidan parked on a street facing the water. The sun glinted off the waves in the distance and I could see the promenade was busy with people eating lunch, walking their dogs, or just hanging out. The salty sea air immediately put me and everyone else in a good mood. It was a little past one o’clock so people were on lunch breaks, but with how busy the beach was, you’d think it was a weekend day.

“Do you think we’ll get a table?” I said. He insisted on opening my door and taking my hand to help me down.

Warm, calloused skin slid over mine and I drew in a breath at the sparks of electricity that danced up my arm. My eyes flew to his. Our eyes locked.

Did he feel it too?

As if I’d asked the question aloud, he squeezed my hand and closed the door once I was out of the car. To my shock, he kept holding my hand, leading me down the street toward the promenade.

“I called ahead,” he said. “I know a guy who works at the pub.”

I hurried to match his long strides, my heart banging hard against my chest as I stared up at him. Feeling my gaze, he looked down and gave me a quizzical smile.

“What is it, Pixie?”

I decided to be honest. “You’re holding my hand.”

His smile transformed into that sexy one that cut me off at the knees every single time. “So I am.”

He didn’t let go.

I bit my lip to stop the girlish giggle that wanted to escape. “Is there a reason for that?”

“So you don’t fly off to Neverland, of course.” He winked.

I laughed. “Cute. Very cute.”

Aidan stopped to push open the door to the pub, his beautiful eyes filled with laughter.

I let him lead me inside. There was an area, a few steps up from the bar on our right, with tables at bay windows overlooking the water. The place was packed, no tables free at all.

“Uh …” A young woman with bright blue eyes and short, white-blond hair glanced at the seating and then back at us. “It’s about a thirty-minute wait right now.”

“Where’s Giggsy?” Aidan asked.

“Right here, mate.” We turned to watch a guy walking down a passageway by the bar. When he reached us, his eyes flicked to Aidan’s hand in mine and he shook his head laughing. “They get younger every time.”

“Fuck off, Giggsy.”

“Nice. And here I’ve been enduring bleeding ears from these buggers,” he thumbed behind him to the bar staff, “to reserve you a table last minute on the promenade.” Without saying another word, he strolled away and Aidan followed. He led us up the platform to a set of French doors that opened out onto the promenade and to my delight, to one of only four tables set out there, looking over the water.

A sweet breeze blew up off North Sea offering a light relief from the rare hot September sun. Gulls cried out as they flew high in the sky above us.

“There you go.” Giggsy gestured to our table and Aidan held out a chair for me. “What a gentleman.” His friend clapped him on the shoulder. Aidan rolled his eyes and Giggsy mock frowned at me. “Please tell me you’re legal.”

While I was mortified by the idea that I looked that young next to him, Aidan sighed heavily. “Have you got a death wish?”

About Samantha Young

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. Villain is a companion novella to the New York Times bestselling romance HERO.

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 Hero. On 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.

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