Saturday, November 24, 2012
Play it again Charlie by R. Cooper - review
After an accident left him broken in body and spirit, Charlie Howard retired from the police force to teach at a community college. Life has taught him that he’s unlikely to get what he wants, so he’s stopped asking. Instead, he hides from the world in the apartment complex he manages. After all, no one can leave him if he doesn’t let anyone in.
Will, a sexy, classic-film-loving twink, moves into the apartment across from him and—to Charlie’s surprise—makes it clear that he’d like nothing more than to hole up with Charlie and get kinky. Will has no problem expressing what he wants in bed or out of it, but he’s never dated anyone long-term, and Charlie isn’t sure Will’s ready for anything serious.
Charlie is a serious kind of guy. He wants Will and everything a relationship could mean, even if he doesn’t have any experience in that scene—even if that makes him vulnerable. As they grow closer, Charlie realizes that it’s time to start asking for what he wants, and if he wants to be happy, he’ll have to risk everything and ask Will to stay
I want to give this more stars because this is an AWESOME story! I truly loved getting to know Charlie and Will - I loved Will! I mean seriously! Who wouldn't! And Charlie~ Everyone loves the strong silent type!
The only peeve I have against this book was the way it was written.. I know I'm probably looking at this wrong, but to me, it was a little hard to read.
See Charlie is a big strong guy who doesn't have much to say. He was in a car accident and broke his hip. After many surgeries and intense therapy, he is bound to live his life with a limp and in constant pain.
For most people that would be a good excuse to give up, to be angry at the world, but not Charlie. See Charlie has a family that he needs to take care of. His sisters drive him mad with how close they are. Always trying to fix him up, trying to get Charlie to be happy, but no one realizes that just maybe Charlie IS happy.
But back to my peeve - Charlie is so... silent through-out the book, it's REALLY hard to read through their scenes together.
Will is a flamboyant guy - he's easy on the eyes, easy to get along with, and loves to love everyone.
So what is he doing wanting a guy like Charlie??
We find out that Will has a thing for strong men. Men that can tell Will what to do.. You know the saying for those BDSM type books - Will is a sub, but in a way, he's not, because he really knows how to get Charlie to bend to his will.. He Tops from the Bottom..
Before you think too much. the BDSM isn't much. Will wants to be spanked and tied down, and told what to do, and Charlie finds that he likes the way it makes Will happy, so he's happy to do it :)
Keep getting away from that Peeve part :) There were times when it was really hard to read the story. A lot of their conversations were "Will..." and then about 3 paragraphs of something else, then maybe "Charlie ..." and another 3 paragraphs before Will finishes his sentence. And that's another thing. I get that no one seems to understand Will - he loves to quote the old Classic movies - and no I have no idea what he's quoting, or even that he IS quoting half the time. But I also get that Charlie doesn't understand him either. So we're all in the same boat trying to figure out Will?
But even with all the paragraphs in between their conversations, I really did love this story. The sex was Freakin' HOT! especially their first kiss! WHOA!
Getting to know these guys was pretty good too. You don't learn a whole lot about Charlie until towards the end. Which makes things frustrating because you really love these two together, but Charlie still can't believe a good thing is his instead of something that's going to be taken away from him..
I recommend this to people who love a good M/M book that has the time to sit down and read it all the way through. it's hard to read when it gets interrupted (which is another of my peeves :)