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4.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  22 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Sparks fly when an ex-rock and roll junkie and a stuffy accountant rendezvous at a local resort, but neither are prepared for the emotional entanglements, family complications, and threat from the past that unexpectedly resurfaces. Set in the 1980s, this story brings two opposing forces together in a clash of romance and danger, while its musical undertones highlight the t ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published November 14th 2011 by Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC (first published April 16th 2009)
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Krisi Keley
Feb 20, 2012 Krisi Keley rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars.

In this sensitive romance by author Tracy Krauss, conservative accountant, Russ Graham, finds himself unexpectedly attracted to a vibrant young woman he meets at a resort where her jazz musician father and his band have a gig. Deanie Burton, a former rock singer who is in school studying for what she hopes will be a more stable career, is likewise surprised by her immediate attraction to Russ, and the two share an intimate evening. But a past relationship that still haunts Russ leads
Teric Darken
Feb 09, 2012 Teric Darken rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Play It Again, Author Tracy Krauss' jazz-infused prequel to And the Beat Goes On. Each chapter jumped out at me as a musical movement: the pages coming to life with their true-to-form dialogue, vivid imagery, and complicated situations. Whether inside a smokey bar, enjoying each soul-filled note that saxophonist Jack and his jazz band belt out, feeling the strain between Deanie and Russ along their uphill climb via their non-traditional relationship, or simply yearni ...more
This is one best comtemporary novels I've read all year. I started reading this book yesterday and read until I had to go to bed last night, then finished it this morning. For me, this is the kind of novel that is very hard to put down. I read into the wee hours. I didn't want to sleep and just wanted to read this book. The tension kept building and building. While some elements of the story are common to romance novels, the author did such a great job putting the elements together and making it ...more
Dec 17, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: pop-fiction
Krauss’s Play It Again is the awaited prequel to And the Beat Goes On. Built around the nightclub music scene of the 1980s, the story recounts how Russ and Deanie meet and get involved with each other.

This story is hard to classify. It’s gritty and real and doesn’t fit into traditional inspirational category due to adult language and theme. Although I was somewhat surprised by those elements, Krauss tells an elegant love story of characters flawed as much as anyone in contemporary times, finding
Janet Sketchley
Sep 08, 2014 Janet Sketchley rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
In the 1980’s, a one-night stand between a conservative accountant and a free-spirited younger woman may have been love at first sight, but neither can admit the possibility. Nor can they stop thinking about one another.

Russ Graham is punctual, successful, and always trying to measure up. Deanie Burton is impulsive, direct and never on time. They’ve both got a lot of baggage from disastrous past relationships.

Neither is a Christian, although Russ learned enough of “the rules” as a child to think
TWJ Magazine
Oct 30, 2012 TWJ Magazine rated it it was amazing

The tension in Play it Again kept building and building until I thought there would be an explosion around the bend. While a number of elements in the story are common to romance novels, the author did such a great job putting them together and making the plot compelling. The setting, characters, and dialog brought me back to the 1980s, and parts of the story felt like they could have come from my life. The dialog was convincing and realistic. I knew some guys who were just like the bunch of ban
Lynn Dove
Jun 05, 2012 Lynn Dove rated it really liked it
Edgy Christian Fiction with a Musical Twist

Tracy Krauss, a fellow Canadian author, writes another captivating story set in the bar and music scene of the 80’s. Russ Graham meets Deanie Burton at a resort where her father is performing with his jazz band. Instantly attracted to one another, the two share an intimate evening together but Russ is still suffering the consequences of poor choices and a failed marriage and for the most part unable to emotionally commit to a new relationship.

Edgy and r
Feb 20, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing
I've gotta tell you, Play It Again is definitely a story worth reading. Yeah, it takes you through some rough scenes, but life isn't always sweet and easy. And the path we choose to follow isn't either.

Ms. Krauss did a great job of making the characters real - so real that I thoroughly disliked Russ through much of the story. Deanie on the other hand is definitely someone I could be friends with. She's so real, so willing to take on the world and accept her own faults and just deal with things
Barbara Derksen
Nov 08, 2012 Barbara Derksen rated it it was amazing
Straight-laced accountant, Russ Graham, meets effervescent, college student, Deanie Burton, the daughter of a jazz musician, while on a business trip at Hecla Island Resort near Winnipeg, Manitoba. A confirmed bachelor raising his 11 year old son, Russ is overwhelmed with the emotions that this girl-woman, as he calls her, resurrects in him. The ensuing story relates the battle within, as well as the conflict that seems to surrounds both their lives, together and separately.

Tracy Krauss has writ
Tom Blubaugh
Oct 15, 2012 Tom Blubaugh rated it it was amazing
Tracy has done a masterful job of weaving this story into my mind. I became very attached to the characters. Not just the protagonist, but all of them. It is an edgy story, but not out of line for the characters. Some of them reminded me of me when I was in my twenties. I wanted to punch Russ in the nose more than once and have a man-to-man talk with him. I fell in love with Deanie. She became my daughter. I wanted to protect her. Dorothy reminded me of my own mother. I understood the frustratio ...more
Nona King
Apr 22, 2012 Nona King rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read. the characters are believable and endearing (i love mark!). there is just enough conflict and miscommunication to keep you turning the pages. my one wish was for more tenderness between the two, but the ride to get there was awesome.
Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
Dec 06, 2011 Andi Newberry ~Tubbs rated it it was amazing
This is the third book that I have read of Tracy's and it is the best of the three! I couldn't put this down. The characters were real and I love that! This is going to be one of my tops for the year! This is a definite must read!
Tracy Krauss
Dec 08, 2011 Tracy Krauss rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
PLAY IT AGAIN is the much anticipate prequel to AND THE BEAT GOES ON. Set in the 1980s music scene, this romantic suspense finds two unlikely people inexplicably attracted to one another, despite their obvious differences. After a one night stand at a resort, they go their separate ways, but despite their best efforts they continue to be drawn together. Deanie is a free spirit - an ex rock and roll junkie, the daughter of a traveling jazz musician and still involved with her 'music friends'. Rus ...more
Susan B
Apr 22, 2013 Susan B rated it it was ok
I'd like to have given this book at least a 3-star rating, but due to the volume of spelling and grammar errors, I couldn't. They distracted from what otherwise was an engaging story with well-developed main characters. I did find Russ's son, Mark, to be somewhat one-dimensional and a little unbelievable for an 11-year-old, but I suppose there are some extremely obedient and well-behaved boys out there, and he is a minor character, after all.

'Play it Again' was published by a vanity press. While
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Tracy Krauss is a high school teacher by profession, and a prolific author, artist, playwright and director by choice. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has gone on to teach Art, Drama and English – all the things she is passionate about. After raising four children, she and her husband now reside in beautiful Tumbler Ridge, BC where she continues to pursue ...more
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