29 January 2014

The Waiting Game by J.L. Fynn - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Twenty-five-year-old Tommy Costello has been going out on the road with his best friend Jim Reilly since they were kids. They’ve pulled cons together, picked up dates together, and have always had each other’s backs. They’re as close as brothers, and Tommy’s sure their bond will never be broken.

That is, until Maggie Downey shows up. She’s an enigma: smart, bold, and charming. From the moment they meet, sparks fly. But there’s a huge problem. She’s arranged to be married to Jim.

Tommy tries to keep his feelings for Maggie in check, but it’s not easy, especially when he’s also hiding a dark secret for Jim—both from Maggie and the rest of their Irish-American Gypsy clan. A secret that not only affects his friend, but that could mean a life of misery for Maggie as well. Tommy does his best to protect both his friendship and his own heart, but it’s soon clear that falling in love with his best friend’s girl is the least dangerous thing happening in the Village that year.

The Waiting Game is a prequel to The Long Game, and the second book in J.L. Fynn’s American Gypsy series.

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Tommy Costello and Jim Reilly had been best friends since they were kids – they spent a lot of time together doing cons, picked up dates, keeping each other’s secret  and always have each other’s back – they were more than just friends, they were brothers.

Then came Maggie Downey – she was different from the rest of the Travelers. She’s smart, bold and charming. The first moment they met, she captured Tommy’s heart. But, she was engaged to be married to his best friend, so he tries to fight his emotions. It was never easy: Tommy wants to protect Jimmy but it means Maggie might have a miserable life if he won’t tell her. He was torn between the devil and the deep blue sea. Although, falling in love with his best friend’s wife may be the LEAST dangerous thing that is happening to their village.

Tommy and Jim are both loyal to a fault. Although I admire how Tommy try to resist Maggie and thought about his friendship with Jim, their attraction and their love was much stronger.  I am not really happy of how they worked things out. Jim’s decisions and Tommy’s agreeing to it – but looking closely, both didn’t really have much of a choice. The consequences were far too greater if they decide differently. ..

It’s beautiful, it’s different. The anticipation builds up continuously until your curiosity will almost have you tempted to take a peek on the last pages. The questions like: what will happen? Will Tommy and Maggie be together? What happens with the clan? What will happen to Jim?  

The ending – it was far more beautiful than I ever imagine. It wasn’t the USUAL that I would expect from the novels that I have been reading. It was unexpected, wasn’t really a happy one, but an ending that inspires hope.

Good thing I have read The Waiting Game first since it’s a prequel, needless to say, I can’t wait to read the next in this series, and look forward for more Tommy and Maggie along the way. 

J.L. Fynn is the public face of the writing collaboration between Katherine Ernst and Chelle Bruhn. Katherine and Chelle disagree on most everything (music, food, need for punctuality), except for what's really important, which is why they've been best friends for seventeen years and writing together for three.

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