Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review for Playing for Love at Deep Haven (Enchanted Places #1) by Katy Regnery

Playing for Love at Deep Haven (Enchanted Places, #1)
Playing for Love at Deep Haven (Enchanted Places #1)
Violet Smith and Zach Aubrey have history…
…the kind of history he regrets and she wishes she could forget.

She was the girl. The only girl. Ever.

Nine years have passed since heavy-metal songwriter, Zach, slept with, then walked away from, his best friend, Violet. But that doesn’t change the fact that he’s never gotten over her.

He shattered her heart.

Despite the years that have passed, chick-lit novelist, Violet, vividly recalls the pain of Zach's rejection, and hates that she's never been able to completely let go of the brooding boy who turned his back on her.

When the rocker and the writer find themselves thrown back together in a strange twist of fate, their chemistry is just as scorching as ever, but old wounds don’t just disappear. Even if Zach can explain why he walked away from Violet, can she find the courage to trust him again? Together they will discover if a love that broke them both is worth a second chance at forever.

Playing songs, playing for keeps…
…Playing for Love at Deep Haven

Review by Guest Blogger Angela:
We've all read those books where two people meet, fall in love, break up badly, meet years later, and get their Happily Ever After. Usually, the two have changed a little, but they aren't much different from who they were at the beginning, and their reunion is completed without much angst or trouble.  Playing For Love at Deep Haven doesn't quite fit that mold, and it's a good thing!  

Zach Aubrey and Violet Smith have a history.  They met and became fast friends before their sophomore year on their first day of pre-orientation at Yale for returning internship students.  Zach is a musical prodigy who has spent most of his life being pushed by his parents to do better, at the cost of his childhood.  Violet is the total opposite. She is gifted with words and has a free spirit. She puts herself out there for everyone and is always an open book.  She sees through Zach's musical talent and sees the person inside that no one else has ever seen.  Zach loves how Violet looks at him. And he feels connected to her in ways that he has never felt with anyone ever before. He understands her creativity and encourages her when others wouldn't think twice about her passion for writing.  Their friendship is strong and their feelings develop into something more that when finally acted upon, totally destroys everything.

Nine years later, Zach and Violet find themselves thrown together when they are both staying at a house their friends have let them use.  Neither one knew the other would be there, and when they arrive at the same time, old feelings and hurt resurfaces threatening to tear Violet apart.  

Violet can't forget the heartbreak she suffered when their relationship was destroyed, nor can she come to terms with her present relationship trauma.  Zach sees this as the one chance he has to get Violet back, and regrets the way his relationship with Violet ended.  As they learn who the other person has become, can they move forward into a new future, or will they always be apart?  Will Zach be able to deal with the information she's keeping from him?

This book wasn't typical, in that I couldn't predict if they would ever reconcile the past with the present.  I was pulled into the emotions that both characters felt, and was on the edge of my seat until the very end.  I loved how honest Zach was about everything. Not every guy can be that honest.  He laid out his feelings to Violet and dealt with them. Violet's emotional turmoil about current and past relationships were totally relateable  for me.  I would recommend this book gladly.  If you want a good story with strong characters, this is your book.  Not to mention the new and improved tatted and muscular Zachariah Aubrey is hot!  

This book is part of a series, and I look forward to reading the next one.  Will Z and Vile be able to overlook the past and move on, even if it is without each other?  I'll never tell, so go find out for yourself! ;) ~A
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About the Author:
KATY REGNERY, award-winning romance novelist, has always loved telling a good story and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all romance writing from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own.

As it turned out, one love story turned into a series of five Heart of Montana romances, following the love lives of the Yellowstone-based Lindstrom siblings, their friends and family. Katy is also the author of the Enchanted Places series, launching in January 2014 with Playing for Love at Deep Haven, which will be followed by an additional seven books throughout 2014-2016. In addition to contemporary romance, Katy also writes paranormal romance under the pseudonym K.P. Kelley. It’s You, the story of star-crossed lovers, takes place in northern New England and the forests north of Quebec.

Speaking of forests, Katy lives in the relative-wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut where her writing room looks out at the woods and her husband, two young children and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all are the messy and unexpected ones.

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