Title: Play Of Light
Author: Debra Doxer
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: December 8, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Romance
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I lived in paradise, and I loved Spencer Pierce.
At fourteen, my life was perfect. The beach was my playground, and the boy who stole my heart lived just around the corner. But perfect never lasts. In one horrifying moment, I lost it all. My family was destroyed, and the boy I believed in turned his back on me. Paradise became a nightmare.
That was five years ago. Everything changed when we moved from our home by the sea. I’ve changed, and I don’t like who I’ve become. I miss the smiling, carefree beach girl who disappeared that terrible night. I want to find her again. I want to face the people we ran from so long ago. Most of all, I have to face Spencer. So I can prove that when he broke my heart, he didn’t break me.
But when I see him again, Spencer Pierce is no longer the boy from my memories. He’s now a man who could devastate me if I let him. He watches me when he thinks I’m not looking. There’s regret written on his face when he’s near. Each time I see him, my heart aches for what might have been, and I think his does too. How can I convince myself I’m over him when I suspect he never got over me?
~ This is a standalone story. ~
“I fell in love with Spencer Pierce the day he saved me from the pirates.”
Truth be told, I first fell in love with this book because of cover. Vain, I know but something about it and the synopsis had me instantly drawn to it. Play Of Light was a fantastic novel
about love, loss, and finding closure. From the exquisite writing, to the characters, and unique storyline, I was drawn into this book.
“Something changed the day we met. The shift was small but pivotal. Somehow I knew things would never be the same.”
Spencer and Sarah first meet when Sarah was 12 and Spencer was 14. Spencer was a bit quiet and mysterious but after he saves her on the beach, the two develop a friendship. Sarah was drawn to Spencer from the very beginning. From her art, to his music, to her family nickname for her, Sara Smile, the two share a lot of themselves. As their friendship grows, Spencer opens up to her about his secrets.
Spencer was new in town and had moved in with his uncle after his parents had died. His uncle was a bit of a local criminal and had a big influence in their town. Sarah’s dad, a police officer, was one of the few people that would stand up to Spencer’s uncle.
Spencer suffered at the hands of his uncle and Sarah was the only one who knew. When her and her father try to help him, tragedy strikes Sarah’s family, it tears her world apart. The boy she had grown to love pushes her away, and her family has to flee for safety.
Five years later, Sarah is back in her hometown and she wants closure before she heads off to her new college. Running into Spencer for the first time in five years stirs up old feelings and long unanswered questions of what happened five years ago.
“Did you love me once? […] I used to think maybe you did.”
When the two reconnect, it’s awkward at first but they are drawn to each other again. Sarah desperately wants closure but as she starts to learn the truth of what happened five years ago, it also brings her much closer to Spencer. This time around they have the chance to become something more.
There a bit of mystery and slow building angst to this love story. I loved how we got a glimpse to both the before and after. It helped build the characters personas. It’s rare that I enjoy all the characters in a book but I loved Spencer and Sarah. They were flawed, simple but strong, and had such a strong chemistry. At times I wanted to just reach out and hug them both. They had both gone through so much but still managed to be loving people.
I enjoyed this story very much. Debra Doxer is a strong writer and with every page turned she drew me in more and more. It grips you unexpectedly and captures your attention.
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