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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.
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“In here, we were in our weird little bubble; I felt protected by that bubble. If we steeped outside, all the differences between us would only be amplified. In here we were just two people who cared for Sylvie and I could get past my insecurities around him.”
“I feared having my heart broken again. And somehow, instinctually, I just knew that giving Aidan even a little of me and having him reject it it would hurt more than any other man’s rejection.”
“Sometimes the most beautiful things in life are the messiest.”
All her life, Nora O’Brien has been chasing her dreams and desperately trying to make them come true. No matter what life threw at her or how it changed her plans, deep down inside, she always held on to the hope. It took meeting a mysterious stranger and being presented an opportunity of a lifetime, for Nora to open her eyes and take a leap. And while Nora may have moved on and escaped her home life, life in Scotland was nothing like she expected. That is in until Aidan enters her life. Complete and total opposites, Nora and Aidan couldn’t be more wrong for each other. But it was their differences and the undeniable pull that brought them closer together. The chemistry and connection consuming the two of them beyond belief, somehow giving them exactly what they needed. That is until fate deals another nasty hand, leaving them both shattered beyond repair. Only time will tell if Nora and Aidan will be able to dig themselves from beneath the rubble. A love like theirs is too strong just die……..
Play On is the first book in an exciting new series from author Samantha Young. From the moment we meet Nora, we can’t help but be captivated and intrigued by this young woman. Life has dealt her many tough hands, leaving her lost and conflicted about her place in life. At times I found myself very protective of Nora. I wanted to hug her and tell her that everything would work out. Yes, she was frustrating at times, but I got her. I understood why she was at such a standstill in her life. She had to grow up too fast and had so much growing up to do. I think Aidan appeared in her life at just the right time. He made her open her eyes and see what she was missing; see what could have been. Their journey was not an easy one. These two were so unbelievably different, but oh, so right for each other. Aidan was smart, sophisticated and wise beyond his years. He was devoted to Nora and wanted the best things for her. He too frustrated me at times. Yes, there were some moments where I just wanted to shake some sense into him. But that just made me love his character even more. The imperfections and human moments.
Play On is incredibly well written and is so much more than just a second chance romance. Play On is a story of loss and forgiveness. It is a story about being stuck and utterly lost. It is a story of making mistakes and dealing with the cards life hands you. It is a story of discovery and finding oneself and learning to like the person you are despite all your imperfections. This is a story of finding peace with the life you have and when being presented that second chance, you grab on to it with everything that you are. This is a story of never giving up and believing in the power of love.
I think this new series is off to an amazing start. Play On was such an incredible and heartwarming read, I know I didn’t see it coming. Nora and Aidan’s story will consume you and take your emotions on one extraordinary journey.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
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