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Length: 291 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Rory Samantha Green has lived in both London and Los Angeles. She likes to think she has a split personality – British and American. Rory is a recovered band crushaholic, trained psychotherapist and creator of Write To Be You, Reflective Writing Workshops. Her book, "Charlie's Checklist" was selected by Oprah Winfrey's children's bookclub. 'Playing Along' is Rory's first novel for grown-ups and almost grown-ups! You can read her blog at www.writetobeyou.com or visit her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RorySamanthaGreen

Product Details

  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Write To Be You Press (December 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AVLL8YU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rory Samantha Green grew up in London but now lives in Los Angeles. She is a recovered band crushaholic and a trained psychotherapist. Rory's children's book 'Charlie's Checklist' was featured on Oprah Winfrey's first children's book club, at which point she spent a decade doing everything but writing!

'Playing Along' is Rory's first novel for grown-ups and almost grown-ups. Inspired by all her band crushes over the years, she asked herself - what would the story be if the lead singer fell just as hard? Writing the novel answered the question!

Rory is the founder of Write To Be You, reflective writing workshops and blog. She is passionate about encouraging people to embrace the creative process before becoming too fixated on the product. You can visit her at www.writetobeyou.com or at www.facebook.com/RorySamanthaGreen

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Format: Paperback
A HUGE thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

As the summary suggests, this is the story of two people on two continents who eventually find each other. This is not a spoiler, the reader knows it going in. I am a big fan of stories where I am invested in the characters, in their backgrounds and their journeys. I felt connected to both Lexi and George and wanted them both to find what they'd been searching for. Both have interesting personal histories and while I think I connected better with George's, I enjoyed the "former prom queen who peaked in high school." It made me think snarky thoughts about the girls I didn't like back in the day and wonder what they're up to. I learned a bit about song writing and being green in between - bonus! The reader cheers for George and Lexi, wants them to find each other. I loved that they had a story, a history of near misses and obstacles, and thought to myself that one day, after they got married and lived their lives together, they'd have something fun to tell their grand kids about how they met.

I have a couple very minor critiques, which did not detract from the story but I thought were worth mentioning. At times the pacing felt slightly off and some of the second quarter dragged for me. The information we learn there is essential though, so I'm not sure what could have been edited differently. More noticeably though, for me, was the dialogue of the Americans. Lexi and her friends say things in ways Americans don't speak, but Brits do. I wonder if Green got confused going between the two dialects, or forgot which culture she was writing. Either way, I picked up on it, but someone else might not.

In the end, this was a book I stayed up way too late to finish.
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First of all, I'm a guy. A man's man. A man among men. I occasionally lose my footing when I slip on the excess testosterone that drips out of my steel-toed work boots.

So in a twist of the old Irish Spring commercial where the hot babe in the shower says "Manly yes, but I like it too," I have to admit that this book is "girly yes, but I like it, too."

I'm new to the writing business, and have published 2 1/2 funny books. When a new author friend mentioned this book on her Facebook page, I was intrigued enough to give it a try. Boy am I glad I did!

I hope that by now it's firmly established that my manly manhood is above reproach. But that said, I fell head over heels (work boot heels) for this love story. I re-lived parts of the old awkward teenage me in George, and I saw many of the people I knew in other well developed characters.

This is a delightful read -- umm, I mean, it's a great book for chicks. If you are a guy and are secure in your sexuality (as I obviously am), then you, too, will LOVE this book.
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I am a sucker for romantic comedies. Any story with a sense of humor and a couple who may or may not know that they are meant to be together is right up my alley, which is probably why I loved Playing Along by Rory Samantha Green.

George is the lead singer of the popular British band Thesis. Even though he's made it big and his name is adored by women around the world, his sweet and sensitive demeanor makes it hard for him to form lasting relationships with anyone. Lexi is a born and raised Californian. She's always had a plan of how she wanted her life to go - marry her high school sweetheart, have a few babies, get a dog, and hold a meaningful part-time job that leaves her enough time to care for her kids - but her life has no intention of following that plan. A twist of fate brings the two together in what is probably one of the cutest love stories I've ever read.

Reading this book felt like sitting and gossiping with an old friend. Lexi and George's lives are so realistic and so ordinary (even though one lives in LA and the other's a rock star) that it didn't take long before I felt like I knew them. The story alternates between their perspectives, so you get an inside look at what they are thinking and feeling.

The characters are genuine and adorable and hilarious. George is a dreamboat: a sweet, sensitive British musician. I'm pretty sure that's a combination that is impossible to resist. Lexi is really fun and totally relatable. She's got an attitude that can go from sweet to sarcastic with the flip of a switch.

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Rory Samantha Green is a master of the slow build, slow burn. You are hopeful that these two characters will finally get together but you won't be skimming the pages and rushing to finish because the pages in between are so richly developed with quirky characters, dysfunctional family, heartfelt moments and laugh out loud scenes. This book is smart, witty, romantic, fun, and the original lyrics are wonderful! Where can I buy the album? George is a sexy and sweet rock star and Lexi a hopeful romantic, strong and won't settle. Must read!
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This book was a freebie and a very nice surprise. It's a sweet love story with a touch of suspense about the ending. I was getting a little frustrated about getting to a happy ending (I do NOT read for unhappy endings, no matter the genre), but thankfully it arrived just in time. All in all, a good suspenseful build-up to the happy ending I was hoping for. Good character development and very likeable characters as well. I liked that the main characters had to do some growing up along the way. This was the kind of love story we wish happened in real life but know is unlikely. This book is one of the reasons I try the freebies - you discover writers you never knew about and find little gems like this book.
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