Friday, April 3, 2020

New Release Review: Playing House by Suzanne Clay #Review #Giveaway






Title: Playing House
Series: Rough Play #2
Author: Suzanne Clay
Publisher: NineStar Press
Publication Date: March 23, 2020
Length: 273 pages 

Reviewed by Truus


Synopsis

After six months deeply in love with each other, childhood best friends Logan and Christian are excited for their first summer away from home. With one year of college under their belts, they’re ready to grow up and see what the rest of their lives will be like together by strengthening their relationship over the next few months. But fate has never followed their neat plans.

Christian receives an opportunity to pursue one of his greatest unfulfilled passions: acting. It’s a chance to explore a talent his parents crushed before he could dream of spending his life studying it—but is he up to the challenge? Is it worth taking the risk, knowing his family won’t support him?

Logan struggles with his attachment to Christian and his fears of being left behind. If Christian’s career on the stage takes off, will he abandon Logan and replace him with far better lovers? And how can Logan be so hypocritical when another man has caught his eye? Or has that man perhaps captured Christian’s attention as well?

Their relationship will be tested far beyond their imagination—but love always has room to grow, even in the face of fear.



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Review

Logan and Christian are into each other, deeply, first as friends and now as lovers and boyfriends.
Both going to college in Fulton, a hundred miles from home, and that’s the point, together and away. Now being lovers is a huge difference, here they can express their feelings, it’s safe. Being queer and POC, is safe here and even more at some special places. At home there is family, demanding, religious family, and church who wouldn’t accept them.
So away from home it is the best shot to be together and happy.

Christian has a dream, to be an actor. When the chance is there, he grabs it with two hands. Logan is happy for him, in the back of his mind he’s scared, afraid to be left behind. Christian is the center of his world.
Christian is aware of this and thinks Logan has to expand his personal life. With Logan already developing feelings for their trans roommate Noah, Christian encourages him.

I enjoyed watching these boys, but not always. The story dragged a bit. Communication wasn’t their best side, their inner turmoil without speaking wasn’t my thing. I’m sorry to say I didn’t like those parts; they worked my nerves.
The time, chosen in this story, where Logan got feelings for Noah was a bit predictable. I did love the way Logan and Noah got closer. I loved Noah’s open and direct personality.

A story full of struggle, to feel grounded in this world, to feel comfortable in a relationship. Their personalities are plausible, flawed characteristics to love. I didn't feel a connection with Logan and Christian all the time and didn’t always understand their motivations. With Noah, on the other hand, I felt the connection instantly. The threesome was well done, it was sexy, sweet, emotional and honest.
The communication and reflections throughout this story were a bit repetitive. In my opinion, this story would have had the same results with half of it.
Overall a story I enjoyed but also had mixed feelings about.






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