Book Review: Playing at Love by Lara Ward Cosio.

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Release Date: 29th October 2015.
Publisher: Rogue Publications.
Twitter: @laracosio

Musicians, heartthrobs, rock stars, yes please! :) I have to say that I feel as though I went on a rollercoaster with this book. It sucks you in and grabs you at your very core, so much so that when I put it down I would go about my day thinking about the characters as though I needed to get back to them, to see if they were OK and what they were up to.
This book takes you on Connor and Gavin's journey as they try to rekindle their friendship and record their band 'Rouge's' fifth studio album. There are a lot of obstacles in the way and feelings that have to be laid to rest, as it wasn't too long ago that the rock star lifestyle got to Gavin's head and he turned to cocaine and was far from the man he used to be, resulting in him pushing his wife, Sophie, away. His wife also being a great friend to Connor, and the women Connor also happened to be in love with too, lead to them making some emotional decisions of their own and sleeping together. Having all made mistakes, they want to fix it and make it right. Gavin wants to get his wife back, who he hasn't spoken to in months. Connor wants to forget her and move on with his life with his fianc√© Colette and his best friend back by his side. It's not going to be easy though. Sophie is working and feels more independent that ever before, she misses her husband but she's scared of going back. He left her when she was vulnerable and didn't make contact with her for 6 months, she believed he had left her with no thought to return. She had loved him with every piece of her since she was a teenager, so what was she supposed to do now? Was he clean, can she trust him? In turn, can Gavin really forget the images of his wife sleeping with his best friend? He wants to, but it's not so easy when he sees them talking together. Meanwhile, in an attempt to move past it all Connor is back with his young, on again off again model girlfriend, he has promised marriage to her, though he's not exactly sure why. He loves her but they have never shared a deep connection, she is lovely and great in bed but so very different to him. She loves drama and attention and is always playing games with him. To make matters of Connor's heart even more complicated, one of his closest friends moves back home after 10 years and he finds himself drawn to her like old times. He's relaxed when Felicity's around, he finds it easy to flirt, be himself and be honest with her about everything. I adored the characters in Playing at Love. I felt that were very real and true. It's not your typical romance story, I believe its a little more raw, showing that love isn't always straight forward, love isn't always fair, love doesn't always mean that you are meant to be with that person. It can come in many forms, friendships, admirers, lovers, partners, soul mates and it can be wonderful yet also painful. I was pulling my hair out at points with Connor and got very mad at him, I understood the situations he found himself in and really didn't want to fault him, but couldn't help getting upset with his behavior at times. He's sexy, flirty and will definitely keep you turning the pages and in the end I feel his heart was always in the right place. The women in this book are also pretty awesome, beautiful, confident, fierce and bold, they were definitely inspiring each in their own way.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It was a captivating read with incredibly strong characters and depth. It will tug at your heart strings, make you swoon and teach you what true friendships and love is all about. I look forward to reading more from Lara Ward Cosio and thank her very much for getting in touch with us and sharing her story, I thoroughly enjoyed it! :)

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