The Waiting Game (American Gypsy #2)
by J.L. Fynn
Published January 8th 2014
Rate: Average+ (3,5 gorjuss dolls)
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 back. 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 his best friend. Jim is gay, and that reality will not only make him an outcast among the Travelers, but 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 wife is the least dangerous thing happening in the Village.
The Waiting Game is a different New Adult story from what I'm used to read. I have to confess that the gypsy factor draw my attention and made me want to read the whole series.
Once again, we are thrown in J. L. Fynn's american gypsy world in which we have hot and tricksters boys, a unique bond of family and those most mind-blowing love stories that has all the odds against the couples.
The Waiting Game is what I like to call: "how all started". This story is about Maggie Downey, an irish girl, whose grandfather promised her hand to Jim Reilly, and Tommy Costello, a pure american gypsy who can't stop his feelings for Jim's future wife. But this is also Jim's story, because he's hiding a big secret that makes him want to be on the road instead of home, with his wife.
I really liked how Tommy is loyal to his friendship with Jim, even when he doesn't even want to get marry or want Maggie and he does. A lot. You cannot help, but feel bad for Tommy, for not being able to have what he desires and left aside, socially speaking, because he has no family.
You can almost touch the desire and love Maggie and Tommy feel for one another and you want more than anything for these two to have they deserved happy ending.
The story is told by Tommy's point of view and it was refreshing, since I usually read all female points of view. The plot was well-built and easy to follow and it has the perfect amount of romance, drama and tragedy throughout the story.
In my opinion, The Waiting Game should have been the first book in this series to surprise the reader with the shocking and heart-breaking finale of Tommy and Maggie's story.
Honestly, I didn't feel the "wow" moment this book is capable of make us, readers, feel, when I finished it. It's because I knew how it was going to end and my heart was breaking in two from the very first moment I realized who this story belonged.
I'm not saying that you're not going to like it or that it's a bad story. On the contrary, this story is an amazing gypsy love story that would make you want to read until you have devoured each single page. Although the lack of surprise factor, this is the perfect story to tell Tommy and Maggie's doomed love story and I was happy to read about these two, 'cause I found this couple unbelievable sweet and the forbidden love they have is what makes this story tragically romantic and captivates the reader until the very end.
I'm giving this book 3 and a half gorjuss dolls (four gorjuss dolls) and highly recommend it this story. It's one of those love stories that you have to read and if you are like me, try to read this story first. You would not have problems to follow up the story and won't feel lost at all.
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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