Book Just Playing (2nd Edition)
Publication Date: April 2016
Length: 281 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Between two passions, which one do you choose?
Michael has never really had any friends, so when Jamie starts spending time with him, he’s suspicious at first. Sure, they share a passion for music, but Jamie’s golden good looks seem destined for something bigger, better. Not that Michael is noticing Jamie’s beauty or anything…
Jamie is the first to realize that something is happening. Spellbound by Michael’s talent and fey-like softness, he’s powerless to resist. The thrill of playing together slowly turns into something else – something that, in 1975, has only been legal for eight years.
They have to stop it. The pleasure of touches as blissful as they’re terrifying can only end in disaster. When things finally start moving for Jamie’s band, it seems like the perfect way out, but the choice he faces is brutal: what’s more important – Michael, or the music?
Angsty and poetic, this slow burn romance charts every push and pull of a young love that isn’t exactly forbidden – just not allowed.
Author’s note: contains a cliffhanger.
I’m going to start out by saying this was a very emotional story. Heartbreaking at times. It’s packed with tension and intense moments.
Jamie is the new kid, and a very cool kid at that. Michael is not the new kid, he is however bullied and quite lonely. For reasons you understand as you read the story, Jamie is drawn to Michael. Trust me, you get it. Michael is a tender, sweet, kind hearted, remarkable person and it’s no wonder Jamie keeps coming back to him.
And there lies the issue. Jamie keeps going back to him. See, Michael and Jamie are friends but with benefits of sorts. Where Michael is confident in their “situation” Jamie has SO many hang ups. Which leads to him constantly breaking Michael’s heart. Like A LOT. I wasn’t so thrilled with Michael’s acceptance of that. Though he does get kind of tough toward the end it just shows in a way how Michael is so in need for love he will take whatever Jamie gives him.
Friend wise they have an outstanding connection, and when they are intimate it’s perfection. But it’s 1975 and times were different back then so I tried to relate a lot to that.
The writing was stunning. Great flow, and almost poetic at times.
As the author states it does end on a bit of a cliffy so you’ll want to read the next book in this series to see how much more heartache these guys will have to deal with.
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