Play It Again (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Play It Again
Author: Aidan Wayne
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 22, 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 288
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


The videos are fun.

But it’s the host who has him coming back for more…

When Seattle-based blind YouTuber Dovid Rosenstein finds Sam Doyle’s Let’s Play channel, playitagainsam, he’s instantly captivated by the Irish gamer. Everything about Sam is adorable, from his accent to his personality, and Dovid can’t get enough of his content.

Dovid’s glowing shout-out on Don’t Look Now, his own successful channel, sends Sam’s subscriber numbers skyrocketing overnight. He has more comments than he can read. And while the sudden surge in popularity is anxiety inducing, Sam decides it’s only right to dedicate his next episode to Dovid…which soon leads to a heart-pounding exchange of DMs.

They may have never met in person, but Dovid’s never felt this close to anyone before. What they have feels worth exploring—no matter the distance. But is it possible to already be in love with someone who’s half a world away?

The premise sounding fun and cute and I am a sucker for an MC with a disability. But I just did not love this story, unfortunately.

Dovid has a Youtube show called Don’t Look Now and is blind. With the help of his twin sister, he travels and reviews food and spaces and pretty much everything. He’s got a huge, loyal fan-base and a pretty good life. When his sister shows him a video of Youtuber Sam playing his video game online, he’s immediately drawn to his voice, then to his overall adorable personality.

The story was so very cute, but it didn’t stop there. It was adorable and love-able and the back and forth texting between the two MC’s was fun and creative. But it went on and on…and on. It took months before anything happened. Months. And while a slow burn is totally worth the wait, this just was missing that element.

One of the characters termed themselves a homoromantic asexual, which was awesome, but there just didn’t feel like the loooooong build up to a relationship led anywhere. When they finally were in the same location, there was no apex. I just was hoping for something more…

I did really enjoy how supportive and uplifting Dovid was with everything dealing with Sam. He would have followed him to the moon and camped there if Sam asked and that was the best part of this story. Very sweet.

At the end there was a very, very sweet HEA that added a lot of bonus points for this reader.

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Galley copy of Play It Again provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday

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