Title: Play It Again, Charlie
Author: R. Cooper
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: April 20th 2012
Genre: M/M, Lite BDSM/Kink Contemporary, Romance
Length: 370 pages
Buy: Dreamspinner | Amazon | ARe | B&N
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.
Play It Again, Charlie is a great story of two men, from different worlds, finding their way together. Charlie is a retired cop with a bad hip, a demanding family, and a fear to speak up about what he wants. Will is a late twenties twink who loves old movies, does hair, and never settles anywhere long.
The relationship starts off all wrong for these two men. Charlie can’t believe that Will could actually want him, so he doesn’t take his advances seriously. Once he finally does . . . his insecurities about holding such a beautiful creature as Will nearly destroy their budding romance.
Play It Again, Charlie is slow in places but you can’t help but love the gruff ex-cop and the flaming twink as they traverse the jungle of romance, kink, and communication.
I love how the power character doesn’t know all. The HEA was well . . . perfect for these two, lol. I loved the story and both men and wholeheartedly recommend it for any that love a good M/M romance – especially with a little control kink ).
R. Cooper has been making up stories since she was a wee R. Cooper. She has a weakness for strong-minded characters doing unspeakably hot things to each other and thinks dirty martinis are for the weak (or perhaps just thinks olive juice is gross). If she listed all of her turn-ons, it would take up this whole bio, but they include smart people, tailored suits with serious ties, shoulder holsters, funny people, sacrifices made for love, power struggles, the walking wounded, bravery, and good old-fashioned shameless sluts.
She also likes ice cream. Strawberry.