Playing At Love: A Rogue Series Novel
by Lara Ward Cosio
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: October 28, 2015
Publisher: Lara Ward Cosio
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 412 pages
Available from: Amazon
Playing At Love is a glam, globetrotting exploration of the complications of friend and love relationships that will leave you rooting for the rogue(ish) heroes.
Conor Quinn and Gavin McManus are mired deep in the wreckage of a betrayal that has damaged their friendship, ended Gavin’s marriage, and threatens to break up their band.
Conor’s shaken by the mess he’s made and no longer trusts his heart. Book smart but love dumb, he decides acting with more calculation in matters of the heart is the key to moving forward. He starts by wooing back his ex, Colette, and quickly ends up engaged—and in over his head.
When Conor’s old schoolmate, Felicity, unexpectedly returns to his world, he gravitates with increasing frequency toward their renewed friendship. Harmless flirting soon turns into real temptation and suddenly Conor’s questioning whether his impetuous reunion with Colette means he’s missed his chance with the right woman.
Felicity is still stinging from a brutal divorce and wary of her old friend’s rock star ways. She wants stability, not the boy who ran off to join the rock circus and never had a proper job or responsibilities. But that doesn’t mean she’s immune to his charms.
At the same time, wounded, passionate singer Gavin has a song-writing epiphany that convinces him he can't stay stuck in the past. And he knows what matters most is his wife, since he refuses to believe their love story is over.
As Conor’s wedding rapidly approaches and Gavin attempts to reunite with his wife, both men must also find a way to keep their band together as they strive and stumble toward something resembling redemption—with each other and with the women they’re meant to be with.
Playing At Love: A Rogue Series Novel by Lara Ward Cosio
The life of a rockstar, glamor, glitz, celebrity, and the world at your fingertips, at least while the spotlight shines. Behind the band Rogue, when the lights go down and the last cheer has faded is the human turmoil that is played out in a million ways around the world. Come backstage and enter the reality of the lives of the band Rogue in Lara Ward Cosio’s Playing at Love where flawed and damaged people stumble through the intricacies of love, betrayal and raw human emotions.
Conor and Gavin have been best friends since childhood, but one brutally selfish act of betrayal on Conor’s part will bring their relationship crashing to the ground in brittle shards of grief, drug abuse and divorce, while the band’s very existence hangs in the balance.
Hoping to mend fences and prove he is a changed man, Conor returns to his relationship with an immature and self-centered drama queen, whose beauty is her biggest asset. While Gavin follows his ex-wife to the ends of the earth to beg her to return, that her transgression is part of the past and he may have been equally to blame. Will this be the beginning of the healing for the band, as well as Gavin and Conor? Or has Conor just made another huge mistake in settling for Colette in another poorly thought-out act of immaturity on his part?
When an old friend returns, once again, Conor finds his heart wandering and no longer trusts in his own feelings. Is he doomed to be the eternal Peter Pan who never seems to grow up and find a mature relationship?
Lara Ward Cosio has penned a rockstar romance far from the typical over-the-top frenzy of life on the road, free sex and wild times. Playing at Love is a raw look at human frailty, a failure to mature and the cost of one moment of selfish gratification and betrayal. Follow these characters, the hell they have become part of and witness the new paths that are forged, some for the sake of the band and some for the sake of the heart. Well written, intense and so very true to life, warts and all, these characters will intrigue you, repel you and have you rooting for an encore from this talented author.
I received this copy from Lara Ward Cosio in exchange for my honest review.