The Moth and the Flame (When Rivals Play) Paperback – May 15, 2019
An Amazon Book with Buzz: "Sweet Sorrow" by David Nicholls
"With fully fleshed-out characters, terrific dialogue, bountiful humor, and genuinely affecting scenes, this is really the full package of a rewarding, romantic read."—Booklist Learn more
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"I was lost inside a black void, and she was the flame lighting the way."
Wren and Lou were perfection. The possessiveness they had for each other was so intense and powerful. You could feel their emotions for each other consuming the pages of the story. Their connection was one that doesn't happen often and is so deep you'd have to sever their souls to release them from it. I fell in love with them as individuals but even more so as the couple they became. The sexual tension between them was constant, like a fire all it takes is one spark from that flame to rage into an inferno. And when it finally does it's worth the wait. Good Lord it was HOT!! I'm still all tingly.
"Lou was my onus. My light. The very last tether to my soul."
Wren is Alpha to the tenth degree. He's brooding, jealous, possessive, demanding but also caring and selfless, so in other words he's Perfection ***Sigh****. He's this broken soul trying to do the right thing but usually in the wrong way and it tugs at your heartstrings. He wants to be worthy of Lou but ultimately feels like he isn't. So he pushes her away but always comes back because he loves her too much to truly leave. You can feel his desperation and anguish as the story progresses and he's trying so hard to do what he thinks is right but Lou is slowly breaking down his barriers and with it his self-control.
"There was nothing angelic about Wren Harlan. He was too powerful. Too fierce. Too potent."
Lou is a great character she's one of my favorite heroines. Some people probably won't like her because she is at times immature and she is most definitely selfish. But that's why I like her she is only 15 when we meet her. She should be this way she's a teenager it made her so much more authentic and real. She doesn't let Wren get away with literally anything. He pushes and she pushes right back. She's strong but also so very vulnerable and she too is broken. She keeps her self guarded against as many things as she can so she won't get hurt again, the only one she truly lets in is Wren. I enjoyed her shenanigans they made me smile and brought fun to the story. I think her character is the one that matures the most, you watch her become this fierce, loyal women a true force who will do anything for those she loves without fear.
"I was the moth and she was the flame burning only for me."
Bebe has created this incredible world that once you start you don't want to leave. This story ties in with The Peer and The Puppet. I loved the connection's she created and the depth with which she has written them. I loved everything about this story and can't wait for the next in the series. Bebe is a master at her craft, this story will seep into your veins and stay there long after you've finished. The character's will burrow themselves into your marrow and lay claim to your heart and soul.
Read. This. Story!!!
After finishing The Peer & The Puppet (like right after finishing it) I will admit to a bit of...hesitation over who the MC’s of The Moth & The Flame were going to be (at least according to what I put in my review of TPATP ~ so I can’t deny it) but I was also excited to get my hands on it because of the setup that was already in play and I am now kicking my own booty for even being slightly disappointed over Wren and Lou being the MC’s because I LOVED every second of their story...Ok. Maybe not loved, because there were those frustrating, I really want to ring your neck, moments, but overall, I was hooked and had a very difficult time putting the book down!
Lou. This girl. I adored her. I did. She is fearless and has no problem going after what she wants. Now, there are times where the method she uses aren’t always the best, but she lays it all out there and doesn’t apologize for it. Wren. This man, and he is a man regardless of how many years he’s lived on this earth, is kind of everything. His exterior may show him as cold and indifferent, but underneath is a man who has a good soul and a heart that will do anything for those he calls his own.
As for their besties to lovers journey. The push/pull was real in this one, but even with all the frustration these two put me through, it was definitely an enjoyable one. I loved how Wren did his best to not cross the lines he’d drawn in the sand as much as Lou’s antics at getting those lines erased. What made all of the crazy that is their relationship work for me was that underneath it all ~ and there is a lot underneath it all ~ was that they were friends, good ones, who truly cared about each other. Now, things do come to a head...a few times...and I’ll be honest and say I was more #TeamWren than #TeamLou, but, in the end, I love how things worked out for them.
TMATF was a great read, and just like with TPATP you do have to blur lines and accept the world that they all live in, but with that said, I do enjoy being dropped into this world and getting lost in it for a few hours. As for issues/triggers ~ I thought they were all handled well, especially the age thing. Then there are the twists and turns that happened in this one, I gotta say, I didn’t see those coming, but they definitely made sense and made the connection between the two books that much stronger for me. And of course, there are the supporting cast of characters, It was fun hanging out with Four, Ever, Vaughn, Tyra and Jamie and seeing what crazy they were getting themselves into, and though Vaughn and Tyra are the ones whose relationship I’m really interested in, I can’t say that I’m not excited to see all the chaos Jamie and Barbie will bring in the next book!
~ Copy provided by Social Butterfly PR & voluntarily reviewed ~
Top international reviews
In the Moth and the Flame I loved the introduction of Miles and Leo and their friendship with Lou. Their interactions made me understand the harsh reality of the characters plight of feeling like orphans/abandoned and being homeless. On the dangerous streets they formed a tight bond of friendship whom they could lean on for their wellbeing, despite putting on a front that everything was ok and acting tough to stay alive.
When it comes to writing strong heroines and bad boy heroes B.B Reid’s writing style delivers. She knows how to bring out the feistiness in her female characters and that raw masculine energy in her male characters, drawing you in to their strengths, wit, sexiness and damaged layers. The Moth and the Flame perfectly describes Lou and Wren’s relationship. They know how to push each other’s buttons. Whilst Lou is tough and keeps others away to protect herself from hurt she’s still vulnerable, thoughtful towards others in her own way that always comes across as cold. Wren is her protector, he teases her and would do anything for her but jeopardise their friendship, despite knowing what he truly feels for her. Lou draws him to her and they cannot function without the other. The plot is driven with the characters individual struggles, their attraction, twists and brings the characters of the Peer and the Puppet together in continuation for the next couples book. I can’t wait to catch up with Evermore and read Jamie and Barbette’s story The Punk and the Plaything!
It was a while a go I read this but I know something held me back from rating this five stars, and I think part of that had to do with needing to know what happened to Miles and Leo. I was happy to see that editing had improved in this book.
Omg Lou and Wren (sigh)
Lou is an orphan and in the system ,she lives with a loving family but constantly runs away... when she’s 15 she runs again but this time she runs straight into wren ... he’s exiled .
“Say please,wren. Rescue me, Wren. I need you, Wren”
This is where their story really begins... they become best friends .
Even with this attraction between them,Wrens not willing to lose Lou to act upon it,so friends they stay...
“I’m the moth to your flame , Lou . I’d rather be burned a thousand times than be free of you.”
... until they don’t .
“Because Of you ,I stopped thinking of us as friends and started seeing you as mine.”
I loved learning more about Lou and wren and how they came to be, loved having tpatp gang back ... ever,four , Vaughn jamie and bee ... oh I missed jamie and he cracked me up as always ...
Can’t wait for more Jamie ♥️
All the stars bebe 🌟
5 Angst filled stars ✨
Take a bow lady
This world B.B Reid has created will keep you on the edge. It's complicated angst at its finest. Some characters you'll love and some you'll want to slap senseless.
I really liked Lou she's a little spitfire with a big attitude to match. I laughed my ass off at her at times.
I absolutely loved Wren. I'd say more than Ever but not as much as Jamie, he has been my favourite since I met him in book 1 and I can't wait for his story.
The slow burning sexual tension between Lou and Wren will leave you breathless. If you like friends to lovers stories then these two are perfect for you.
I loved reading the peer and the puppet, but damn Bebe. You've just made Wren and Lou my new favourite couple ❤️
I couldn't stop reading, I stayed up late, got up early and spent a little over a day reading it, would of been less to read but pfft family and house 😂
I loved it from start to finish, you never disappoint me, and each book just gets better and better, is it any wonder I stalk you on all social media's 🤣
All I can say is, stop reading this damn review and read the bloody book already! You will love it, no joke, it is simply amazing. I cannot get enough of Bebe, you are the author I've been waiting all my life for ❤️ you just get it hehe 😍
I would have liked if certain scenes werent skipped over SPOILER e.g. when wren got beaten up i would have wanted to see what happened and what he felt rather than just mentioning it in passing. and a few other scenes where the author sometimes just mentioned important incidents and not written about it END
Overall I liked it and cant wait for the next one.. this love story had that amazing build up, and you could see the MC's connection! Would def read again!
I absolutely loved loved loved this!!! Wren and Lou had such a beautiful journey.. and I absolutely adored Jamie, who knew he could paint nails so well 😂😂 cannot wait for the next one the punk and the plaything 😍 and if you haven't read the first novel in the when rivals play series, read it now!! You won't regret it.
Super hot Wren, older then his years, forced to grow up way to quickly.
Super sassy Lou, God I love that girl. She made me laugh with her quick mouth, and her refusal to back down.
I think they'd both met they're match but Lou is definitely the boss.
Well done BB xxxxx
This is a top read for 2019 for me and honestly cannot wait for Jamie and barbies story next 5 amazing stars
The moth and the flame is the 2nd book in the series and it's definitely as good as the first one 🤩
It's about two teenagers that were dealt a hard life but found comfort in each other... and some gang stuff 😁
So much love and so much angst😍
But not only the story got me all hot and bothered - the characters were so hot 🔥
Wren comes off as hard and kinda strict to his best friend. But BB has a real talent writing her male heroes with just enough hard shell and a lot more soft, sweet, emotional inside 🥺❤️
Lou was also kinda closed off... But I really felt her pain and understood her so much.
And I just gotta say that I love her and Fours friendship - got me even more excited about Evermore 💯
I gotta say, that I really fell in love with Wren and Lou!
This book was my most anticipated read for 2019, BB Reid did not disappoint.
If you like coming to age, friends to lovers, characters with pasts, angst, twists and turns, plot twists after plot twist, secrets and lies being revealed then this book is for you.
We first meet Wren in the peer and the puppet. Wren’s story continues from that storyline. Wren sort of reminded me of Ever. I certainly didn’t see wren as the guy who is pictured on the cover. Wren and Ever are so similar which made me fall in love with wren so fast.
With this being said, if you haven’t read the peer and the puppet and you were thinking of starting the moth and the flame, then I would recommend you start with the first book as that book sets the storyline for this series.
Wren and Lou meet under such unconventional circumstances and their first meeting couldn’t have gone any better in my eyes. When these two meet they begin a friendship and soon become inseparable. The chemistry, the connection they have started to build as friends is crazy. I wish I had that.
I love how bb takes us on the journey of learning how they meet, what has occurred in their life to shape them into the people they are today.
When these two finally get together it’s explosive, it will make you gasp for air. The sexual chemistry is dialed up to 180. The build up is there and as the pages and chapters go by, you see the dramatically change and your just waiting for it to happen.
I guarantee you will fall for wren and Lou and will love their story just as much as I did.
Of course we see Ever, Four, Vaughn, Tyra, Jamie, Barbie and many more characters. I missed these characters so much and was glad to see them in this book. With that being said if I don’t get Jamie’s book next, I am going to lock myself in my room and cry clutching a bottle of vodka to drown my sorrows in.