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After We Break Paperback – September 25, 2015
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As I said before, this story was an emotional rollercoaster. There were moments of sadness, bliss, anger, frustration, joy, betrayal, regret...you name it, it was in there. Katy Regnery is a very talented storyteller whose books drawing you in and keep you up late into the night just to find out what happens next. I definitely recommend reading this book.
I loved how Katy made the characters switch emotional roles. Making Zach the one needing to be let free and Violet showing him the way and nine years later with Zach returning the favor to her by showing her how to find her true self again and having the courage to love. It made the story that much sweeter.
I finished this book last night and it has been on my mind all day. If you are looking for a book with heart and heat, look no further, this is the one. Enjoy!
“No. It’s the other way around,” he whispered back. “You amaze me. Everything that’s good in me is because of you.”
“It was all there the day I found you, Z,” she said, reaching up between them to touch her spot under his eye. “I saw it from the start.”
There are certain books that you read for pleasure. Books which fill you with warm satisfaction, and then when you finish, they eventually fade from your memory, paving the way for the next “pleasing” romance. PLAYING FOR LOVE AT DEEP HAVEN is not such a book. It is the kind of love story that grabs ahold of you from the very first page, relentlessly sucking you into its beautiful, heartbreaking depths, and sticks with you. For a long, long time. I knew after reading my first book from Katy Regnery, THE VIXEN AND THE VET, that she was an author who possessed that extra “something special” that you don’t normally get in your “run of the mill” romance. And, in all honesty, I was so enraptured with that first installment of her A Modern Fairytale series, the premise and characters so near and dear to my heart, I didn’t imagine that Regnery could spin quite the same magic on me again. But I was wrong. Zach and his “Violet-like-the-flower” captivated me, heart, body and soul, from the moment they first locked eyes on each other again after a nine year estrangement. The emotions ran so deep in this book, and they struck such a visceral chord in me, that even now, days later, I still haven’t been able to completely let them go.
I’ve always been a sucker for second chance at love stories, and PLAYING FOR LOVE IN DEEP HAVEN is no exception. Talented musical prodigy Zach Aubrey found a kindred spirit in pretty Bohemian poet Violet Smith when they were promising young students at Yale, and they forged a soul-deep connection. Over time, their respect and admiration for one another blossomed into tender-hearted romance. But Zach, a byproduct of a seriously dysfunctional family, was scared spitless at the notion of love because he’d never experienced it in his own life before. So when Violet bravely professed her feelings after one unforgettable night together, he foolishly pushed her away…right into the arms of another man. Over the past decade, he’s been filled with bitter recriminations over allowing his beloved Vi to slip through his fingers, and even as his musical career skyrocketed, a piece of his tattered soul has always been missing. But when Fate and happenstance brings them face to face again, for two torturous weeks at a picturesque coastal Maine cottage, they finally get ONE more shot at a do-over.
Passion still burns bright between Z&V as they share cozy quarters and take another stab at writing beautiful songs together, but it’s clear they have changed. And perhaps not for the better. Zach, a classically trained musician, is now a heavily-tattooed “badass” rocker, while the once free-spirited “Vile” has reinvented herself as an uppity suburban chick lit author. They just aren’t the same naive college kids they once were, and find themselves having to reconcile who they were before to who they are now in the real adult world. Can they ever truly fuse their hearts and lives back together after so many sad, lonely years apart?
I loved so much about this book it’s hard to articulate it into words. But I will try! And fair warning--if it sounds like I’m gushing, it’s because I am. This book is THAT GOOD.
I loved the constant push-pull…. the emotional highs and lows. The painful, heartwarming, oftentimes bittersweet journey of self-discovery. All the witty repartee. The passion bubbling beneath the surface. Each soul-searing kiss. Every longing look and slowly cascading tear that flows between them. I freaking loved it all! There are so many different emotional layers to this story, and I truly appreciate how Regnery delves into the recesses of the characters’ psyches, exposing their deepest hopes and secret fears, and crafts each scene with exquisite care and tenderness. This is a book to be slowly savored, not rushed through, so you can marvel at each eloquent word, experience each gorgeous nuance. Regnery has a lovely, lyrical quality to her writing and it’s like a balm to your soul. And let me tell you…this book ALSO has sizzle! The love scenes are so intimate and sweetly sensual, the pillow talk so achingly real and gently revealing, that my own heart throbbed with palpable emotion.
Now…let me count the ways I love Zach. He has a quiet confidence, an electric magnetism that is tantalizing. Yet he doesn’t fit the conventional GQ hero mold because he exudes a cool rocker vibe (with tattoos and body piercings to boot!) In my opinion, he is the perfect “book boyfriend with a badass edge” -- an alluring blend of hot-blooded alpha male and swoon worthy sensitivity. As for Violet, I just adore everything about her. Her soft heart and gentle nature. Her sheer resilience and sass. Her beautiful, poetic soul. And even when her lingering doubts prevent her from running headfirst back into Zach’s big, strong arms, we know he is the other half of her soul. In the end, we rejoice in the fact that their love is “familiar like a forgotten song from long ago that takes you back to a moment the second you hear it.” But this time the melody is richer, more hauntingly beautiful, striking a chord in readers’ hearts forever
If I did have to point one small technical “flaw” in PLAYING FOR LOVE AT DEEP HAVEN, it’s that perhaps the pacing of the first third of the book was a tad lethargic because we were in the characters’ heads a lot as the author gave us a play by play of their romantic history and current mindset. But it didn’t bother me enough to give it any less than a resplendent 5 stars. Because, in the end, this book moved me. Deeply and profoundly. Oftentimes to tears. Ultimately, PLAYING FOR LOVE AT DEEP HAVEN reminded me, yet again, why Katy Regnery is a true revelation!
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