Playing for Love at Deep Haven Blog Tour + Giveaway

Posted January 14, 2014 by Kathy in 5 stars, Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway / 6 Comments

Playing for Love at Deep Haven Blog Tour + Giveaway

Playing for Love at Deep Haven Blog Tour + GiveawayPlaying for Love at Deep Haven Series: Enchanted Places #1
by Katy Regnery
Published by Self Published on January 9, 2014
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 278
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five-stars

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

My Review

Playing for Love at Deep Haven is the first book in Katy Regnery’s new series Enchanted Places.  Not only is this a new series but this is also Katy’s first adult romance series that includes steamier love scenes.  Katy has increased the sexual chemistry between the characters but at the same time still focuses on their emotions. Zach and Violet were college friends.  They were best friends.  They truly understood each other and accepted each other.  But when their friendship moves from flirting to sex Violet is left with a broken heart.  Flash forward 9 years and fate brings them back together.  Is this a second chance for love? Can Violet forgive and trust Zach?

I loved this story! This story has heartache, laughter, romance and face blushing scenes that makes you want to grin! Time has passed and Violet and Zach have changed (physically and emotionally).  So when fate brings these two back together at first there was no recognition – my heart was pounding!!  Katy set up the scene so brilliantly that I was holding my breath!! The banter between Zach and Violet before they realized who each other was had me at the edge of my seat (and had me screaming it’s him, it’s her to my Nook). I couldn’t stop reading until the moment was revealed and then I kept wanting to read more.

I really liked that this story alternates between the point of view of Zach and Violet.  This was a nice way to make a connection with both characters. You get to know the thoughts and feelings for both characters, so the story wasn’t one sided. With the flashbacks to their college days and the breakup it was nice to read from both point of views.  It is clear they both could have handled things better (and that Zach wasn’t the big jerk I thought he was going to be). And as their grown-up versions reconnect  I couldn’t help myself from wishing they would have a happy ever after ending. But they do have some unresolved issues to overcome, so this was a realistic story and not a quick “let’s kiss and make up” story. Zach is a songwriter and Violet a poet, so there are scenes that were so romantic that made me just sigh (and wish my husband would express himself in that way!!).

I loved Playing for Love at Deep Haven ! This is the third book I have read from Katy and I get more impressed with her writing with each book I read. Katy does a great job of writing the sex scenes and had just the right amount of them. The steamy scenes are not a distraction to the real story :  Zach and Violet are given a second chance for love and have to learn to not make the same mistakes from their past. All romance fans should definitely read this!

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

About Katy Regnery

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

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, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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6 responses to “Playing for Love at Deep Haven Blog Tour + Giveaway

  1. Kathy! What a gorgeous review!! I am so glad that you enjoyed Zach and Violet’s story! I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to write the “naughty bits” after writing so many sweet, closed-door books, so your vote of confidence made me smile!! 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to read and thoughtfully review my book! 🙂

    • Kathy

      You’re welcome Katy!! Those steamy scenes were perfect – just the right amount of “naughty bits” and still making it clear that Zach and Violet truly loved each other! Congratulations!!