Saturday, January 31, 2015

Review: Play of Light by Debra Doxer

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. ~

Book & Author details:

Play of Light by Debra Doxer
Publication date: December 8th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


This is a story that will make you smile, make you hope, but will also make you shed a few tears.  You feel the first crush and the first heartbreak.  There is love and lust and a close friendship. A second chance at a romance that should have been.

Spencer and Sarah share many moments.  Their special place is the beach.  A certain place the two of them meet to talk. Spencer would also watch Sarah on her roof and worry each time she was there.

Sarah has a quiet strength about.  She has to after the events in her life. She is ripped from her home when she was a teenager due to certain circumstances.  She, as well as her sister and mom, try to forget the past.  Sarah however, has something that keeps pulling her back.  She is not at peace and is searching for that back in her old hometown.

Before heading off to college, she heads back to her old town to try and find that peace, going against her mother's wishes.  While back in town, Sarah runs into Spencer, her first time crush but also her heartbreak.

As the events of the past begin to unfold, we learn so much about both Sarah and Spencer.  They were there for each other when the other needed it.  They would listen or just be there.  However, there was always something to hold them back.

I enjoyed this book.  There was mystery and chemistry.  Mostly, there was no cliffhanger.  The story came full circle.

4.5 Stars

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”

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