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ARC Book Review: ‘Play it Again’ by Aidan Wayne

Title: Play it Again

Author: Aidan Wayne

Length: 288 pages

Publisher: Carina Press


Aidan Wayne is the author of many books, but this is the first I’ve read of his. It’s a M/M contemporary and you know I love those. But how will I like this one?

When Seattle-based blind YouTuber Dovid Rosenstein finds Sam Doyle’s Let’s Play channel, playitagainsam, he’s instantly captivated by the Irish gamer. Everything about Sam is adorable, from his accent to his personality, and Dovid can’t get enough of his content. Dovid’s glowing shout-out on Don’t Look Now, his own successful channel, sends Sam’s subscriber numbers skyrocketing overnight. He has more comments than he can read. And while the sudden surge in popularity is anxiety inducing, Sam decides it’s only right to dedicate his next episode to Dovid… which soon leads to a heart-pounding exchange of DMs. They may never meet in person, but Dovid’s never felt this close to anyone before. What they have feels worth exploring- no matter the distance. But is it possible to already be in love with someone who’s half a world away.

I always like to include a quote from the book. Something that moved me, inspired me, made me think, question. Unfortunately this book didn’t have any

This book is a very modern, contemporary love story but I don’t think it makes it a great one. It wasn’t the worst romance I’ve ever read, but it wasn’t the best either. It was a lot of both Dovid and Sam telling each other ‘I love you’ but as a reader, I never really felt it.

Now, this might just be me, but if it’s a good love story I get a feeling inside when I read it. I get excited, I can’t wait to see where the journey takes them. It means I’m totally engrossed, immersed in the couple and I didn’t get that when reading this book. It was a tad contrived. That’s why I know it wasn’t one of my favourites.

Apart from the romance, this book had no plot. Nothing happened, there was no big twist, not even a little one. It was obvious the two main characters were going to become a couple, so it all felt a bit predictable. When there’s no plot, for me it needs to be an excellent romance to keep me interested, and sadly this wasn’t that.

To be honest, I even found both characters a tiny bit annoying. They didn’t seem real, they were both very artificial. Dovid was way over the top, and Sam had no personality. It was all a bit lacklustre. It just need more.

I know this review has been a bit harsh so far, but there were things I did enjoy about the book. I liked the modern aspect. The meeting online and how it all evolved around YouTube, I found that really interesting. Who knew you could make so much money from YouTube?

I liked the representation included. Dovid is blind and I found the way he approached life to be very moving. There were a lot of blind jokes made, but when it was taken seriously it was dealt with well. It showed how it affected his personality and his daily life.

This book was a quick, frothy read. Perfect for a beach read, maybe? Is it going to be one I remember? No. Would I recommend it? Probably…

This book was given to me via Netgalley and Carina Press in return for an honest, unbiased review. It comes out April 22nd and you can preorder now.

Until the next review


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