The New York Times Bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series and Hero returns to Scotland in this passionate and evocative romance about love, loss, and surviving both.
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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About the Author
Samantha Young is a Scottish book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She is the New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road.
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I love this author and she never fails to deliver a heartfelt story with all the emotion, angst, love & sex!
Samantha Young’s “On Dublin Street” series ranks near the top of my all-time favorite romantic reads. In each one we get a great stand-alone romance featuring believable, intriguing sub-characters and a main couple you love spending time with and root for their HEA. To say ”Play On”, book 1 of Ms. Young’s similar new series, took me by surprise would be an understatement. Regarding romances, I certainly got more than I bargained for. You see, I had not planned on witnessing firsthand Nora, the 18 year old heroine, falling for someone other than Aidan, the hero, who I can’t help but feel rivaled him in the good guy category. What can I say about Jim, the sub-character love interest, other than he loved Nora to the moon and back. He was a forever kind of guy and Nora was pretty much it for him the moment he first saw her. For better or worse, richer or poorer, until death do them part were marital vows this handsome, young adult, Scottish brogue speaking, blue collar working man took verra seriously. Sure, we are lead to believe he loved her to the point he feared losing her, which ultimately caused relationship issues. Even when things became rocky between them, he was determined to love her enough for the both of them. Even at his worst, he seemed like an angel compared to Aiden’s angry antics. The nail in their coffin though was when one of them decided things needed to change. Fate stepped in and did just that in a very drastic way, folks. Aidan was wealthy, successful, rubbed elbows with the rich/famous, and loved his 10 year old niece more than anything. After the death of his sister, he stepped in and took over as her guardian. Nora seems to bond instantly with these two but when one of them has a knucklehead moment a misunderstanding coupled with a predictable betrayal does a number on their budding romance. Broken hearted, Nora strives to become the strong, self-reliant woman she’s always wanted to be. Aidan’s unexpected reappearance 1.5 years later presents another whole drama in itself. The new Nora ends up facing off with an unrecognizable bitter, angry, very hurtful Aidan. If you haven’t guessed it yet, this story unfolds like a play divided into three separate acts. You definitely feel like you get Nora’s entire life story here. Aidan’s good guy image takes a big hit with his hateful, childish behavior that morphs into a remorseful, groveling hero. If you are up for lots of relationship angst, up close and personal/graphic smexy Jimmy moments, and a sweet, turned hateful, turned sweet again hero, you might want to consider this in-depth romantic tale. Though some of the character conduct did not always set well with me, Ms. Young’s writing style keeps me fully engaging and reading until the very end. Title: Play On, Series: Play On (Book 1), Author: Samantha Young, Pages: 426, release date: 9/12/17, stand-alone but part of a series, 12 year older hero, young adult heroine, implied he was not celibate during separation, lots of angst, hand-wringing heroine who feels guilty, didn’t fight to keep his girl, both walked away too easily, scottish brogue, was married before. (I received a free advanced reader copy provided via the author in exchange for a fair review. No type of compensation was given to this reviewer. There is no relationship/affiliation between the reviewer and the author/publisher.)
“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.