Sunday, April 28, 2019

ARC Review: Playing Around by Suzanne Clay

Playing AroundFrom the Blurb:

Logan and Christian have been best friends since kindergarten. After spending their entire childhoods together, it makes sense they would go to the same college: the first step toward making their futures intertwine forever as blood brothers. 
But being away from home means discovering freedom Logan and Christian have never had before, and their journey of finding who they really want to be—and how they want to fit into each other’s lives—is a messy one. 
When a double date with their girlfriends turns into a new, erotic experience, both Logan and Christian are shaken by it. Suddenly, they can’t continue to see each other in a platonic light. Exploring their curiosity feels dangerous even when their girlfriends aren’t an issue, but ignoring their changing feelings is impossible.



Ky's rating:




Friends to lovers and casual to serious are mixing so nicely in "Playing Around"!

Christian and Logan are in their first year of college. They have been childhood friends and inseparable their whole lives so it goes without question that they're going to the same college and are rooming together. When they made those plans though, neither of them expected to develop feelings for the other.

I guess they are both bisexual since they are genuinelly attracted to women but the pull between them is something they neither can nor want to resist. A double date night with their girlfriends that suddenly took an unexpected turn means that they can no longer go back to the way things were before.

I liked Christian and Logan's friendship, it was deep and strong. They were on the verge of codependency but I think that was more their subconscious telling them they're attracted to each other than anything else. Their growing feelings made for some awkward moments but I'm glad they were able to get past them.

Christian's girlfriend, Charlotte, plays a very important role in the development of the plot and she turns out to be an incredible side character. There was no angst and no jealousy between her and Christian, something that made for a more enjoyable read on my part. I liked Charlotte's character a lot but I didn't like that she was the one who made the decision to end their relationship. I feel that if she hadn't taken that step, Chistian would have kept going the way he was. I didn't like that he didn't outright choose Logan but had someone else make the choice for him.



The timeline was kind of wobbly, so one more round of edits would have been greatly appreciated - there were no typos though so I recognize that. The time that supposedly passed from scene to scene didn't match the dates on the calendar. For example, it was supposed to be three-four months since the beginning of the school year and yet it wasn't even Thanksgiving yet. No matter how hard I tried I couldn't make those dates work.

It turns out that this is just the first book out of at least three that will feature the same characters so there's a lot more of Christian and Logan coming! I don't know when the release date for the next one is but I'll sure keep an eye out for it!




*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. *




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