Published December 2014
Genres: New Adult
Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
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I lived in paradise, and I loved Spencer Pierce.
At fourteen, my life was perfect. The beach was my playground, and the boy who stole my heart lived just around the corner. But perfect never lasts. In one horrifying moment, I lost it all. My family was destroyed, and the boy I believed in turned his back on me. Paradise became a nightmare.
That was five years ago. Everything changed when we moved from our home by the sea. I’ve changed, and I don’t like who I’ve become. I miss the smiling, carefree beach girl who disappeared that terrible night. I want to find her again. I want to face the people we ran from so long ago. Most of all, I have to face Spencer. So I can prove that when he broke my heart, he didn’t break me.
But when I see him again, Spencer Pierce is no longer the boy from my memories. He’s now a man who could devastate me if I let him. He watches me when he thinks I’m not looking. There’s regret written on his face when he’s near. Each time I see him, my heart aches for what might have been, and I think his does too. How can I convince myself I’m over him when I suspect he never got over me?
Five years ago and further to her father’s tragic death, Sarah Walsh and her mother and sister left their quiet Massachusetts seaside town. She also had to leave behind her friend and secret crush Spencer Pierce, a boy who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders and whom she always felt the need to comfort – but that same boy broke her heart the day she needed him the most.
Now, Sarah is back in town, ready to shed light on what she witnessed the night of her father’s death. And although she is still heartbroken over Spencer, she is determined to go through with her plan and to not be intimidated by seeing him again after all those years.
First and foremost, I absolutely loved Play of Light’s storyline, because it was extremely refreshing and intriguing. Debra Doxer’s writing was perfect in conveying powerful emotions and it sucked me in from the very start.
This is a standalone new-adult book written in Sarah’s 1st person POV. You will easily fall in love with her and with Spencer, but you will also enjoy reading about the lovely side-characters. There is very little to no steam in this book, as it relies more on the emotional side, and on the weight of both Sarah and Spencer’s secret burden.
Throughout the book, you will learn about their painful and heartwrenching past, and how the two of them are now free to right things both between the two of them and with regards to Sarah’s family tragedy. This tragedy – a cold-hearted murder with many consequences – represents the main intrigue of the book.
The only thing I missed in this story – and this is also the reason why I didn’t give this book a full 5 stars – was that the romantic plot was a bit overshadowed by the story’s intrigue. Of course, there is a reason behind this, but I found that the romantic development wasn’t given enough time: in a matter of two weeks, all was said and done. It came a little to easily in my opinion, even if there was obviously history between Sarah and Spencer.
Still, I very much enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more books from this very talented author.
|All the feels|