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GUEST READER REVIEW: “Playing Hard To Forget” by Piper Doone


Boys in our Books welcomes DIDI with a Guest Reader Review

Ethan Robertson never asked to be the latest in a long line of werewolf hunters, but the war between his family and the werewolf Kinnairds has raged on for a millennium, and he is expected to fight like all the Robertsons before him. But then he meets Liam Kinnaird, a gorgeous, mysterious werewolf Ethan falls hard for. Despite the danger, they carry on a torrid affair until a terrible explosion destroys everything, including Liam and Ethan’s memories of their time together.

Twenty years later, Ethan is embroiled in battle once again and catches a glimpse of Liam. It triggers intense, erotic dreams that Ethan thinks might not be dreams at all. But he’s never been anything but enemies with Kinnairds. He’s certainly never been in love with one. Or has he?


There are many werewolves/shifters stories involving war among different packs, against vampires or, such as this one, human hunters. The story began rather promisingly, if somewhat drone, with the background set at the prologue. With such an elaborate beginning, I was rather hopeful for a good story. I mean, a thousand year feud, right? This was gonna be an awesome dynamic book!

Alas, that was not what happened.

The story was told in third person from Ethan’s POV. The first one third of the book consisted of sex scenes; self masturbation, mutual masturbation, giving head on the road while the other was driving (that had to be hazardous on so many levels!), the cherry popping of anal penetration, you name it. While I understand these were young men with high libidos, having most pages dedicated to their fornication in details was just too much. And these two characters were supposed to be enemies!! However, with one look, Ethan, the reluctant young human hunter, got so enamored and obsessed with the gorgeous werewolf. He didn’t even realize he was gay until this lust at first sight and started to jerk off while fantasizing about young Liam. Throughout these heated liaisons, I wasn’t even sure Ethan knew who Liam was and what his was place among his pack.

I hoped the tide would change the second half, 23-years later after their separation and the explosion that made them lose their memory of each other. That hope was soon dashed. The similar thing happened despite the fact that they were older who should’ve known better, hated each other (enemies, you know), one was married with two kids, and they got confused by the pull of attraction. At this point I really disliked the MC, Ethan. Jerking off to some guy’s fantasy while your wife slept beside you? Get a guy off somewhere then have some rough sex with your wife to release your frustration? You, Mr. Robertson, were a cheating jerk!

Weak plot, bad story line, hated the characters, and not even the culmination of the story where confusions cleared up, trouble solved and mutual a pack (pun intended) reached, could make me like this book. At least there were females on both sides, human and wolves, who didn’t act too badly. Too bad this happened near the end.



PlayingHardtoForgetLGTitle: Playing Hard to Forget

Author: Piper Doone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 200
Release Date: December 26, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner Press, ARe, Amazon

About Ami

My name is Ami and I'm an Indonesian girl in my mid 30's, living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. I used to do a lot of journal writing in a different website but over the years, I started to lose interest. I am, instead, pretty active in reading and writing opinion in Goodreads. Then I start thinking that maybe I can have a blog in which I write mostly about books or joy of reading or anything related to reading activity, really. So this is what this blog is for ... although, I may be inspired to write off-books topic as well :)

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