Playing with Fire: A Bad Boy College Romance Kindle Edition
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- "One of my favorite books I've ever read" - Sophie Blue, author.
- "A flawless story of redemption and salvation, Playing With Fire will consume you entirely." - Amali Rose, USA Today Bestselling Author.
- "A perfect frenemies-to-lovers story of two lonely and scarred souls who needed each other to find they were never broken. Written in L.J.'s signature pen with vivid imagery, witty dialogue, impeccable comedic timing, and fused with emotions, Playing with Fire is now at the top of my list of Shen favorites." - USA Today bestselling author Kate Stewart
- "This story is an experience. I can say that it is painful, captivating, life-altering, original, magnificent, breathtaking, but none of these words can do justice." - Vanessa, When Vane Reads.
- "Get ready to hop on for the most passionate and emotional ride of your life!" - Ratula, Bookgasms Blog.
- "Shen writes a heartbreaking, yet empowering tale of two people overcoming darkness to find light and life within each other and themselves. Her words create a beautiful woven love story, grown from the purity of real friendship, and cultivated by the understanding of grief and pain. Finding the strength and beauty within the scars' real trauma leaves behind. Grace and West stole my heart and will forever keep a piece locked within the pages of their story." - International Bestselling Author Ker Dukey.
- "Shen is a master at writing heroines you want as a best friend and heroes you want to slap (as much as you want to cuddle). Playing with Fire a is heartbreaking, intensely emotional and beautifully inspiring story of love, hope and redemption. Absolutely unputdownable! (apart from when my kindle hit me in the head because I was trying to sleep-read to get to the happily ever after, which I definitely deserved after all that heartbreak, and frankly so did Grace and West)." - Helena Hunting, NYT bestselling author.
- "A must read, five star read!" - Keri Loves Books.
- "This is the one book you cannot put down." - Yamina, Women Who Stare At Books.
- "Magnificent! Heartfelt! Breathtakingly emotional!" - She Reads Pang.
- "Unlike anything I've ever read from Shen before. It was a fiery, passionate and emotional whirlwind of a story that owned me from beginning to finish." - Lana, DG Romance.
- "Speechless. One of my top three books for the year." - Alexa, blogger.
- "West will own your heart." - Marta Bor, Blogger.
- "One of my top reads for 2020!" - Weronika, Little Steamy Reads.
- "Speechless. Playing with fire wasn't just unputdownable, but it's also my favorite read of 2020." - Jan Cassi, Blogger.
- "This book gutted me, and I literally couldn't put it down, even if it burnt and hurt so much." - Isa LaCroqueuseDeLivres, Blogger.
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- Publication Date : September 15, 2020
- File Size : 2203 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 369 pages
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B08HMN2YQS
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #62 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I wanted to be burned and gahhhhh Mrs. Shen, Grace and West.... SWEET BABY JESUS THEY GAVE ME WHAT I'VE WANTED !!!! My heart swells, my eyes are puffy but Goddddd !!!!! THIS book, with THIS story inside.... IS a Pure Perfection and most wanted fire You could only survive.
West will own Your heart. Grace sweet Grace... She will make You feel strong and proud. They will rock Your world with the most captivating force.... And Mrs. LJ Shen??? This woman is the Queen of Angst, without any doubts.
Every word. Every chapter was like the adventure which will burn Your soul and heart... just to made You rise like the Phoenix from the ashes. West and Grace are simply everything and I loved them from the beginning. Author didn't wrote about "some couple" - She created the most beautiful friends to lovers book I've EVER read . It was honestly, even sometimes RAW story about falling in love with Your best friend. It wasn't fairy tale with pink unicorns around.... It was lesson how to teach each other, how to live with each other.... How to remind ourselves that we can love, and that we can be loved too.
Send help with some wine.... Dear Bookhangover, welcome back
I know readers hear this over and over, and not all books live up to the hype. Trust me when I say, Playing With Fire delivers everything it promises and more.
Grace Shaw is the heroine I've been waiting for...she's not classically beautiful, her confidence has taken hit after hit, and now she's just trying to stay invisible in a world where she used to shine. Man, I love this girl. Her loyalty and strength, combined with her sass and sheer grit make her one of my favorite LJ characters, ever! Her history isn't pretty, but she's rising from the ashes of her life like the phoenix that she longs to be.
West St Claire and his friends are the campus elite. Everyone wants to be seen with them, and be seen by them...everyone except Grace. When West takes a job at That Taco Truck where Grace works, she can't figure out his game. Is it a dare, a joke, or something else...? The more she gets to know the heart of West, the heart that beats inside the angry bad boy, the more she wants him to see her, scars and all. West is a multi-layered character, a bit of a bully in the signature style of Ms Shen, but he has a depth that is unlike anyone else she's written to date. He's funny and flirty, with a brooding edginess that will satisfy every alpha male, angst-filled craving you have.
This isn't an elite billionaire romance. As Ms Shen has said, these characters are in a different tax bracket than many recent books. And I loved that.
This a must read, 5 star story of rebirth and redemption, friendship and fiery passion. I can't believe it's finished. I will miss these characters in a way I haven't done in so long.
It's obvious that the beta reviewers/early readers are all lying because not everything this author writes are five star masterpieces. I fell for that in ITUE, and was disgusted that people thought a chocolate bar shoved in a place where no chocolate should be shoved was sexy? And don't even get me started about making the rapist out to be a hero. Then in Angry God we had blood play. Need I say more? In The Hunter he was just so disgusting in every way, that I genuinely felt bad for the women out there who was swooning over that douchebag. But this? IT'S THE SAME FREAKING STORY SHE ALWAYS WRITES. The only difference is that West here isn't a millionaire. That's it. That's the difference. But he's still the same womanizing, degrading, sexist, disgusting pig Shen seems to think all women want. And I am utterly convinced that she doesn't know what friends-to-lovers is, because this was not it.
Ok, so our heroine, Grace isn't a virgin -- small victory!! -- but she was in an accident that left her scarred physically and her relationship left her scarred emotionally. The kicker? She's been celibate ever since. *infinite eye roll.* And I'm going to rant again, because holy crap am I sick of the fact that women are somehow obligated to stay celibate just because they went through a trauma. Can you imagine a book where the hero didn't turn promiscuous after a traumatic experience? It definitely wouldn't be a LJ Shen one, I can tell you that. Anyways, Grace doesn't have a social life due to not wanting to be be part of the small town gossip, so all she has is her dying grandma and the food truck she works at. And ya know, West in all his womanizing glory.
And then we have the "hero" himself. Good gravy in a potato bin, can we for once, FOR ONCE, have a hero that is actually likable/redeemable? West is using his own trauma to drown himself in all available women, and instead of being remorseful/sorrowful/changed over what happened, he just turned himself into Hunter 2.0. With maybe a little bit more class, but that's being very generous. So anyways, he insults Grace (Or Texas as he likes to call her because, you guessed it, they live in Texas.) Over and over again, and even sleeps with another girl while he's thinking of her. Seriously I'm swooning so hard right now. AND, to make matters worse, West sleeps with another woman before sleeping with the heroine, and in both cases be doesn't wear a condom, and THEN proceeded not to wear one with Grace. Look, I'm all for sexy condom-less fun (as long as it's all consensual) but c'mon, there was NO discussion of his philandering, even though Grace knew all about it (and it was thrown in her face a few times) and no talk of safe sex to avoid any STD/STI that he must definitely has. Just ew. There's really nothing else to add about the hero: he's just another guy who sleeps with every available woman while decreasing them who is so 'damaged' and is using that as an excuse to be the worst human being ever.
As for the plot? Was there one? Because even though I skimmed this book, I did not find one. Grace and West were just stuck together for a short period of time, they insulted one another, and had sex. That's it.
And even though there wasn't any weird objects shoved up a woman, these two did masturbate in front of one another IN THE FOOD TRUCK. I mean, Grace did wipe everything down afterwards, so yay? *eye roll*
And the reason why this dude is so emotionally scarred? He let his SIX YEAR OLD SISTER DIE. Yep, you read that right. He was supposed to be babysitting her, and doing the things a good brother should, but instead throws a rager and is only hopes is thay maybe his girlfriend will be down for a threesome. So he leaves his little sister who CANNOT care for herself in a house full of random drunk strangers where anything could have happened to her, but the next morning when she asks him to wake up and help her with food, she ends up burning down the house, and dies. This is indisputably West's fault, and the fact that this is somehow romanticized/forgived is abhorrent. And there were NO consequences to this. I get it was an accident, but the accident was caused by child endangerment, and I just can't. The author herself has a child around this age, and she wrote this? No.
There was nothing amazing, nothing magnificent or something that knocked my socks off -- it was just trash.
I'm just so tired of the same recycled hero, the same heroine, minor tweaks to the plot with every new book, and then having her betas suck up to her like it's some masterpiece.
And the only reason why I rated it two stars was because I sort of liked Grace. But she wasn't enough to make this book bearable, let alone make me love it.
So If you're into men who sleeps with OW without a condom while thinking of his supposed love, degrades women and has no redeeming qualities to speak of, this is for you. But I guess that can all be forgiven because he can give Grace an O? Hard pass.
Top reviews from other countries
West was so misunderstood, thought to be bad but he always had good intentions. He lost his parents when they lost Aubrey and themselves but they made it, they reunited. Nothing would every change what happened but they learned to live with it.
Gracie Gracie Gracie....such a strong, selfless, beautiful person. She had it tough from the start, her mom, the fire, her sassy grannies.
West and Grace completed each other.
The best part of the book was the last 10% for me. Grace’s character arc was the saving grace of this book. I found West to be a bit of a blah character. There are so many other written characters exactly like him and I wanted something more the whole time.
An excellent read.