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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rinse and Repeat by Amberly Smith

Rinse and Repeat by Amberly Smith
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (200 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

After reliving the same day sixty-two times, Repeater Peat Harris is about to give up on his latest case: saving Jake Schwinn. In the past, Peat has solved some seriously twisted crimes, caught the bad guys, and kept an emotional distance. But this time, his heart’s involved, a definite must-never-do on Repeats, and he can’t just walk away—even if that means putting himself into the bullet’s path.

A year ago, Jake’s best friend was gunned down, and Jake has been playing bait to catch the killer. But now a wicked-looking hottie named Peat is warning Jake that he’s about to die—again—unless they can catch the shooter. Yeah, right. Then Jake starts to remember the previous Repeats and how he and Peat hooked up….

Peat is stuck repeating the same day over and over, but his goal is to save the boy he’s fallen in love with and there’s no groundhog in sight. Peat is a repeater and he’s been sent to save Jake’s life. However two months of repeating the same day has left Peat in love with Jake and black and blue from learning to skateboard but no closer to figuring out how to save Jake. As each day passes Peat falls more in love with Jake but also realizes he has to find a way to save Jake, somehow.

Rinse and Repeat plays on the popular and well known theme of repeating a day over and over again until a specific goal is achieved. In this case Peat must fix something so destiny can continue and it’s not always saving the cute guy. Peat is determined to save Jake though and the story is action packed as Peat struggles to find the right clues. The writing keeps the story fresh and interesting each day and there is very little repetition, even considering the premise and point of the story. Instead the characters and events sweep you along quickly and never let your attention wander.

Part of this is due to the great characterization. Peat and Jake are three dimensional characters with a lot of depth. They have great chemistry and sparks fly between them. The story is very clever in building a relationship that essentially resets each day for Jake while Peat retains all his feelings and emotions. Yet there is no doubt that Jake falls for Peat as well over the course of the story. The final culprit is the more obvious one but the reasons for everything are unexpected.

One downside for some readers is that the plot is not the most original or cohesive with more details left out and ignored than actually explained. There are several gaps in the narration and leaps in logic but this still remains a very fun and satisfying romance. The main couple is adorable and you can’t help rooting for them to make it. The writing is instantly engaging and very entertaining. This is perfect for a light and enjoyable afternoon read. I easily recommend it.

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