Play It Again was written by Aidan Wayne. The blurb on Netgalley piqued my interest, so I sent out a request. This is a m/m romance novel, but it’s slightly different than most of the other books in the genre.
Dovid Rosenstein is an American YouTube sensation. He and his twin sister Rachel produce Don’t Look Now, and they’ve amassed a substantial following; Dovid is blind, so he his reviews usually offer a unique perspective on accessibility.
Sam is an average guy living in Ireland. He has a very small YouTube following for his videogame playthroughs. When Dovid mentions Sam’s show on Don’t Look Now, Sam’s follower count immediately sees a dramatic increase.
Sam thanks Dovid for the shoutout, and this leads to a series of messages and phone calls between the two young men. There’s clearly a connection, but they live halfway around the world from each other. That doesn’t stop them from developing a very strong friendship with some adorable hints of flirtation.
While the increase in popularity is terrifying at first, Sam quickly gains the confidence to handle his newfound internet fame. Of course, it helps that he has the support of his new friend Dovid.
As I mentioned, Dovid and Sam live in separate countries, so they are apart for most of the book. This places an emphasis on the development of their emotional relationship, but even when they do meet up, Sam is asexual, and Dovid respects his boundaries. There’s not very much contact beyond hugging and cuddling, which works well for these two.
I would recommend Play It Again. In terms of genre, I would place it between older Young Adult and New Adult. Dovid and Sam are absolutely adorable together, and it was so sweet to see their relationship shift from strangers to friendship to something more. This is my first experience reading one of Wayne’s books, but I’ll definitely seek out more from them in the future.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.