The Play of His Life (Natosha’s review)

Title: The Play of His Life
Author: Amy Aislin
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, young love, best friends to lovers, sports, second chance
Page Count: 143 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Former best friends turned lovers Christian and Riley haven’t seen or spoken to each other in six years…is there a better time than the holiday season to reconnect with your favorite person?

The last person Christian wants to run into on a visit home to spend time with his mom over the holidays is his former best friend-turned-lover-turned-ex. But there Riley is, in all his tall, chiseled, blondness. The same guy who walked out on him six years ago, breaking his heart in the process. Who knew he’s still in love with the jerk? (Oh yeah, he did. What? Who says denial isn’t healthy?)

Two years ago, Riley was injured out of the NHL, but he’s got his own bakery now and a quiet life selling quiches and cupcakes to his customers. Then Christian unexpectedly walks back into his life, forcing Riley to question his choices. Especially that one choice he made six years ago that walked him out of Christian’s life. Now if only he had the courage to tell a boy how he really feels about him…

Can two men that was once best friends and lovers but lost it all because they could not take the distance between them, find each other again years later? Or will this be the closure that both needed for so long now so they can both move on with their lives?

That is what this book is about. It is about two men who meant so much to one another that not only was hey best friends but they was so much more then that, they was lovers also. The thing is though the distance that was between them was just too much to handle and they grew apart. Though that was the last thing either of them wanted, that is exactly what happened and in the process they broke each other’s hearts because of it and not only did they lose their personal relationship together but they lost their long standing friendship.

Six years after Riley walks away from Christian, Christian walks into a pastry shop and runs into no other then Riley. To say that he is blown away is an understatement, not to mention he knows that he has been set up by his mother since she is the one to send him there in the first place.

This turns out to be an opportunity for both of these men to either man up and admit their feelings for one another or it is the opportunity for them to have a proper goodbye once and for all.

This was a very good read. I was intrigued from the beginning. I loved how even though their was hurt and sadness between these two men they was able to put that aside and at the very least rekindle their friendship without playing the blame game on who did what wrong and so on. I also liked how there was humor throughout this whole read. It made the read that much more enjoyable. I look forward to more books by Amy Aislin in the future after reading this one.

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Galley copy of The Play of His Life provided by MLR Press in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.