Series: Enchanted Places #1
on January 10, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance
She was the girl.
The only girl.
The only girl I ever wanted.
The only girl I ever loved.
The only girl I could ever love.
And I killed it.
I destroyed it.
I threw her love away.
For nine years, I've kept the memory of her locked in the deepest corner of my heart...all the while hating myself for what I did to her.
Now, without warning, she's walked back into my life.
I'm covered in tats.
She's covered in Polo.
I write heavy metal songs.
She writes chick-lit.
My eyes are angry.
Her eyes are sad.
I still long for her with every fiber of my being.
But I have no idea if she feels the same.
I guess it's time to find out.
Playing for Love at Deep Haven was a beautiful second-chance story. The majority of this book is told in the span of two weeks but the heart and emotion that was poured into it was incredible. It’s one of those books that just attaches to your heart within the first few pages and then throughout the book it buries itself just a little bit deeper until you are finding yourself sneak reading when you should be working.
Nine years ago, Zach leaves a devastated Violet after she professes her love to him. In those nine years, both change their outwardly appearances but hold onto each other within their heart. With a twist of fate, they are brought together and their love is still just as strong. Both Violet and Zach became two different people. Violet was no longer that chubby, curly-haired girl he pined for. Zach was not the guy she remembered from college; he was now full of piercings, tattoos, and loved heavy metal. With the doom and gloom of having to finish a book she was contracted to write, Zach finds a way for her to buy out her contract while they spend time together.
Within these two weeks they fall in love all over again while finding themselves along the way. It is not smooth sailing at first…there are some serious bumps in the road that they have to get through to find their happy ever after.
“She was the girl. The only girl. Ever. Nothing could come from a life spent without her-he’d learned that the heard way.”
There was so much I loved about this book. I think what I loved most was the feelings that it evoked. You could feel the hurt that both of these individuals endured during that awful day that changed the course of their lives. You felt the love these two shared especially when they finally succumbed to their feelings in a physical way. You felt the disappointment of how stubborn both were in making the decisions that they did back in college. More or less, you felt everything these two encountered in those two weeks.
“Violet-like-the-flower, it was always you for me.”
Secondly, I loved how Ms. Regnery weaved music and poetry into this storyline. There is a certain scene that gave me goosebumps with the music selection and how absolutely perfect they were.
“You amaze me. Everything that’s good in me is because of you.”
I should’ve known I was going to fall in love with this story, I have loved all of Katy’s books that I’ve read.. This one was passionate, beautiful, poetic and pure yumminess. This is the sort of book that makes you believe in second chances and fall in love with the characters and a beautiful storyline.