Available: Now Amazon
Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
Violet Smith and Zach Aubrey have history…the kind of history he regrets and she wishes she could forget.
She was the girl. The only girl. Ever.
Nine years have passed since heavy-metal songwriter, Zach, slept with, then walked away from, his best friend, Violet. But that doesn’t change the fact that he’s never gotten over her.
He shattered her heart.
Despite the years that have passed, chick-lit novelist, Violet, vividly recalls the pain of Zach’s rejection, and hates that she’s never been able to completely let go of the brooding boy who turned his back on her.
When the rocker and the writer find themselves thrown back together in a strange twist of fate, their chemistry is just as scorching as ever, but old wounds don’t just disappear. Even if Zach can explain why he walked away from Violet, can she find the courage to trust him again? Together they will discover if a love that broke them both is worth a second chance at forever.
Playing songs, playing for keeps…Playing for Love at Deep Haven
Once again Katy Regnery somehow turns what I think is just an ok book into something I don’t want to put down by the time I reach the end. If she were in a relay race for authors, she’d be the closer and her team would win, hands down. For the majority of this book the focus is solely on Zach and Violet. It is a journey into the murky depths of their relationship – a relationship that began nine years ago at Yale.
Violet and Zach were a classic friends to lovers story in college. They became instant friends, but soon moved past friendship, through attraction and into love. Unfortunately, at nineteen and completely inexperienced in both physical and emotional love, Zach was unable to handle the depths of his feelings. When Violet confessed her love for him, he panicked and left the room, left her, and eventually left Yale.
Violet was beyond crushed when Zach rejected her. She wore her heart on her sleeve and couldn’t contain her feelings for him, especially after their relationship turned physical. Her heart shattered, she moved on as best as she could, eventually finding comfort in the arms of another man. Shep Smalley wasn’t her heart’s desire, but he was bright and light, made her feel safe and secure and cared for, and she began to make room for him in her life, if not in her heart.
Fast forward nine years when, by a strange twist of fate, Violet and Zach both plan to get away from life for a while and end up at the same house in Maine. Sounds pretty unrealistic but this part of the storyline actually works really well. They both have changed a lot since that fateful night that Zach walked out on her. Violet had settled into Shep’s elite suburban world where classy dinner parties and tennis at the country club were the norm. She is crisp and cultured and not the full of life Violet he knew before. Her life with Shep and his accidental death had changed her. No longer an awkward, skinny teenager, Zach now writes songs for and performs with heavy metal bands. Violet can’t believe that this tall, muscled guy covered in tattoos and piercings is the same Zach she used to share her poems, and her body, with. He is edgy and intense and it’s hard for her to see past his appearance to notice the same heart still beats inside him.
After years of nothing more than short flings and one night stands, Zach knows no woman had ever come close to claiming the part of him that still belonged to Violet. If he could go back in time and change their past, change the night he walked away from her, he’d do it in a heartbeat. Seeing Violet again only makes it crystal clear how meaningless his life has been without her in it. His single-minded determination to prove his steadfastness to Violet was so romantic. He was honest and funny and sexy and just flawed enough to seem real.
Violet is scared shitless. She can’t even fathom that fate has placed her and Zach in the same house at the same time. The differences in their lives now are brutally obvious, and even though their sizzling attraction is still there and the love they felt for one another before is rekindled, Violet finds it hard to believe they could ever work through those differences. Eventually she starts seeing past his rocker persona, but she is still afraid to trust him again. I was a little put off by Violet. I understood her fears, but the way she ran hot and cold with Zach got really annoying. One minute she was kissing him like she’d die if she didn’t, and the next she was stomping off to her bedroom threatening to go stay somewhere else.
This book was so full of angst and emotion. One minute I was mad at Zach, the next I was mad at Violet, and then I’d get mad at the author for putting them through all of this. I thought the way their love story evolved a second time was done so well. I loved the chapter(s) where they sent texts back and forth, and I loved, loved, loved the ending. Katie Regnery knows how to put her characters through the wringer before giving them their happy ever after. By the time I finished this book, I had rolled my eyes a hundred times, I had laughed and I had cried. In the end, my heart melted.
I give Playing for Love at Deep Haven by Kate Regnery 4.25 stars!
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Katy Regnery, winner of the 2013 NECRWA First Kiss and 2013 Maine RWA. Everything But the Kitchen Sink contests, has always loved telling a good story and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all romance writing from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own.
As it turned out, one love story turned into a series of five Heart of Montana romances, following the love lives of the Yellowstone-based Lindstrom siblings. In addition to small-town contemporary romance, Katy is presently writing a paranormal romance that takes place in northern New England and the forests north of Quebec.
Speaking of forests, Katy lives in the relative-wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut where her writing room looks out at the woods and her husband, two young children and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all are the messy and unexpected ones