Book Review: Play of Light by Debra Doxer

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Book Review: Play of Light by Debra Doxer

Book Review: Play of Light by Debra DoxerPlay of Light by Debra Doxer
on December 8th 2014
Genres: Family & Relationships, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 254
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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My ThoughtsThe beginning

This started out so good. I was sucked right into the story and very curious about the characters. The intro was great and really helped me to get a sense of what the plot was going to be centered on.

“I fell in love with Spencer Pierce the day he saved me from the Pirates.”

The entire first scene really showed why she started liking Spencer but it takes the rest of the book to really delve into her feelings.

Then the author switched to past tense and confused me for a bit. I don’t love when plot lines jump around BUT in this case I think it worked wonderfully.

The plot and pace

First of all the plot could not be linear. Which I did not understand to begin with. The beginning is all about introducing the characters but there is so much more to this story than meets the eye. To keep things fresh and moving the plot needed to be mixed up. I still don’t love traveling back and forth mentally, but it did do wonders to keep the pace of the story. After finishing I can look back and see that although I enjoyed reading about the characters, the middle portions of Sarah’s life are fine and all but nothing to write home about.

By mixing things up Debra Doxer was able to spread out the normal parts of Sarah’s life with the much more intriguing and scarier parts.

“Dude, you’ve got to hit the gym if you want your ass to be text-worthy.”

The romance

At first I was not sure how this was going to play out. Sarah’s crush on Spencer. I really hoped it wasn’t going to be girl loves boy, boy loves skank, girl is crushed because skank is mean to her and boy is oblivious. Thankfully it was not like that AT ALL.

They each have gone their separate ways and had to deal with the drama of their youth. It was hard and they had to grow up but neither really moved on. It takes the entire book to find out if they are really going to be good for each other or if the drama was going to be too much for either of them to move past.

And what a great play list! I loved this!

  • Living on a Prayer
  • Hungry Like the Wolf
  • Sara Smile
  • Volcanoes

The drama

Whoa! For a romance, this has some serious thriller plot lines. I think it was about 60% when I started really worrying about where the plot was going. It does go places other than just Sarah’s little crush on Spencer and we find out so much about the town. SO MUCH!

Even with the thriller elements the story was fantastic. The thriller portion did not take away from the main relationship but actually added to it.

“You can’t keep second-guessing the past. You’ll never be able to move on. Believe me, I know a little something about that.”

In the end

I’m really happy with how Debra Doxer ended this. It was clean but still left some questions. This says it’s a stand alone so I’m now curious if there are other books surrounding this town or these people.


Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

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The Author

About Debra Doxer

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”

Connect with Debra. She loves hearing from readers.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Play of Light by Debra Doxer”

    • Christina

      Thank you! Yes, it was. I was really curious how things were going to turn out. Unlike many thrillers where I get turned off by the entire “thrill” of it, I really enjoyed this!