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Playing Charlie Cool by Laurie Boris

Playing Charlie Cool

by Laurie Boris

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There is a beautiful sweetness in the writing of Laurie Boris. Her characters are imbued with a deep down goodness that’s endearing to read. They don’t always do the best things or the easiest things but deep inside what we see of them there’s true pain and true joy and a human emotion where they leap from the page. The author warned me that “Playing Charlie Cool” is the third book in an ongoing series but felt that it would work well as a stand-alone and I must agree that she is correct. “Playing Charlie Cool” is a complete and well-worked story that introduced this reader to wonderfully sweet characters that I’d like to follow for a long time to come.

Charlie was written in such a way that he felt like someone I’ve known and liked forever. He tries to be slightly cynical and keep the edge but deep down he wants what we all want. Charlie is deeply in love with Josh but what if he’s the rebound? No one stays with the rebound, right? Charlie is a fighter and he’s going to do what he has to do to earn the best possible outcome but if the result is to be the secret that’s kept while his boyfriend pursues politics is that simply too much to contemplate?

As much as the story is about Josh’s coming out experience and finding love with Charlie, “Playing Charlie Cool” is a perfectly charming romance novel. Normally the way they got together would be a turn-off for this reader and that children are involved is not an easy thing to reconcile. Josh is torn between ambition and love. Does anyone really give up everything they’ve ever wanted for someone they love?

“Playing Charlie Cool” is a wonderful read. ( )
  TammyDewhirst | Nov 14, 2014 |
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