- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 54 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Katharine Regnery
- Audible.com Release Date: September 25, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015OT1I0M
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Playing for Love at Deep Haven Audiobook – Unabridged
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Very well edited, for adults for sexual content and language. Highly recommended for someone looking for a rockstar read that isn't as much rockstar as it is romance.
After We Break is a romantic story about Violet and Zach. Violet was a free-spirited girl who loves poetry and made Zach felt alive. Zach was an awkward, quiet guy who brought out the best in her. His music inspired her to write beautiful poetry and her poems inspired Zach to be the best in his music. But in one warm perfect day, something happened and everything changed. They lost each other for 9 years since that day, until fate brought them together again at Deep Haven.
I loved Z. I loved the little boy who hadn’t known love. I loved the awkward teenager who was told he was loved but didn’t know what to do about it. Most especially I loved the man who will do everything to love and be loved again in return. And while Violet found it too difficult to say the words he long to hear, it seemed to be easy for Zach to show his feelings for her (I wanted to smack her head a couple of times by the way!).
I didn’t know how to express my feelings about this book in the exact way it made me feel. I searched the right word for the word “kilig” (it’s a Filipino word used to describe a feeling of romantic excitement). I googled but there is no english word that equally give the same weight or meaning. So I’m going to use this word for the first time in years being a book reviewer. For those non-Filipino readers who are not familiar with the word, I even copy here the meaning of “kilig” taken from the article I read that also corresponds to what Oxford Dictionary says:
Kilig, when used as an adjective, refers to what a person feels when exhilarated by an exciting or romantic experience; thrilled, elated, gratified. When used as a noun, kilig means exhilaration or elation caused by an exciting or romantic experience; an instance of this, a thrill.
This book. This book made me kilig, but not the kind that made me shout or giggle loudly. It was the kind that tugs at your heart, something that you can feel up to the bones and make you happy while at the same time you feel a dull ache in your heart. The kilig kind that makes you secretly smile because you know and feel something that only you can understand.
I was surprised to see that this book has gotten reviews that is less than what it truly deserve. After We Break is a beautiful story and the words flow smoothly and effortlessly. This book is definitely one of Katy’s bests.
This is a story of heartbreak, mistakes, regrets, and how love can make it right again. Most of all it’s a story of unexpected friendship that turned into something more and real but somehow needs to be tested by years of separation and longing. I watched how these two people love each other but somehow find it so desperately hard to be together. I listened to the song “Morning Has Broken” over and over again while reading this book, replaying the scenes in my head. Until now, I still feel the ache in my chest whenever I hear the song. The story still tugs at my heartstrings. I loved Vile and Z and their love story. It can make you believe in second chances and in the reality that sometimes you just can’t un-love a person. Sometimes there is no such thing as “I will love you until I don’t anymore,” because sometimes you just can’t really stop.
"She was the girl. The only girl. Ever. Nothing good could come from a life spent without her— he’d learned that the hard way. He’d do anything not to lose her again."
They find that neither of them are exactly as they remember and have changed a lot through the years. Zach has transformed from a lanky, awkward, antisocial classically trained musician to cocky, ripped, tattooed heavy metal rocker. And Violet, the open, carefree hippie poet is now a reserved, suburban chick lit author, somewhat floundering in life.
“I don’t care how different we are. I’ll do anything to make this work because nothing else matters to me as much as you. Everything else in my life is expendable except for you."
They not only find that their love hasn't faded, but Zach helps Violet rediscover herself in the process.
It's a sweet, beautiful, thorough story, complete with flashbacks from the time they met, fell in love, to the lovely epilogue at the end. I love that we get to see them interacting as teens in college, we get to know them a bit as they were then, not just as they are now. The progression of their relationship and their issues seemed very realistic. The characters are human, flawed and very relatable. The sex scenes were hot, sweet and passionate.
I've also read The Vixen and the Vet by Katy Regnery and it's one of my favorites!
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