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Book Review: Play Me, I’m Yours by Madison Parker

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So often it is the simplest stories that are the most powerful. Sweet and sexy in equal measure, Play Me, I’m Yours follows the journey of high school senior Lucas Tate as he seeks love and acceptance through his passion for music.

Madison Parker’s warm style, together with her blend of wit and poignancy, drew me in from the very first page. This is one of those books that takes the reader through the whole spectrum of emotions from laughter to tears, but which ultimately leaves you with a smile on your face and the belief that everyone deserves a happy ending.

High school can be a harsh environment for anyone who doesn’t adhere to the norm. For Lucas, with his delicate prettiness and sensitive nature, it’s a place of torment, of constant name-calling and cruel jokes.

At home, it seems his dad and brother are embarrassed by him, while his mom is constantly urging him to blend in. Music is Lucas’s refuge. Seated before the piano, he can lose himself in the familiarity of the keys beneath his fingers and shut out the world, if only for a while. All he really wants is to be liked. Yet, the possibility of him finding a friend, let alone someone who will fall in love with him, feels a million miles away…that is, until he meets Trish.

Vivacious and theatrical, Trish is struck both by Lucas’s musical talent and by his shyness. She immediately takes him under her wing, where upon she embarks on the misguided attempt to set him up with Donovan, her openly gay best friend. At the same time, Lucas’s mom is anxious for him to get to know gorgeous lady’s man Alex, a desire that yields unexpected results.

Lucas, however, has eyes only for Zach, the boy with the swimmer’s body and a gift for writing romantic poetry that melts Lucas’s insides. But Zach isn’t gay, and even if he were, he would surely be far beyond Lucas’s reach.

Still more than the achingly tender romance, the thing that brought this novel to life for me was the characters. From impulsive Trish and devil-may-care Alex, to acid-tongued Donovan and Zach with his humor and infinite patience…I became deeply involved with every one of them, so that when I closed the book, it was like saying goodbye to a group of friends.

And I mustn’t forget Lucas himself. Extremely emotional, he isn’t perhaps your typical hero, but his gentleness and loyalty will almost certainly win you over.

If you’re after a young adult romance to warm your heart and set your pulse racing, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this novel. I loved it!

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About Jamie Deacon

I’m an aspiring author of gay romances for young adults, writing novels where boys battle the odds to find love, acceptance, and their place in the world. My passion for the genre of m/m YA fiction inspired me to create the Boys on the Brink blog, where I share book reviews, author interviews, giveaways, and more… As well as being an avid reader and writer, I love going for long walks with our crazy Staffordshire bull terrier, supporting Liverpool Football Club, attending shows (especially musicals) at the theatre, and curling up on the sofa on winter’s nights with a mug of hot chocolate and some reality TV.