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The Moth and the Flame

(When Rivals Play #2)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  339 ratings  ·  126 reviews

Here lies Louchana Valentine. She was a homeless, orphaned virgin.

I never cared what my gravestone would say until I landed in deep with a powerful gangster. Lucky for me, my best friend happens to be ruthless too. I should feel guilty that he’s forced to turn on the man who’s been a father to him. Except I’ve always known that Wren’s soul wasn’t as black as he cl
Published May 20th 2019 (first published May 15th 2019)
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Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle

5 Snowy CROWNS

GAHHH!! I’m telling you guys!! BB Reid killed the best friends to lovers game! I’m so enamored with all things Lou and Wren! They made me laugh, the broke my heart, but their story revealed more secrets in the When Rivals Play series, leaving me already begging for more.

Wren has my whole heart. Who knew you could fall in love with the teen gangster? BB. That is who. Even when he is doing awful, criminal acts, his heart is so large. He struggles to
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Every day, the film we kept over our friendship became thinner, and I became hungrier. Lou was taunting me, pushing me, and the only part I hated was that it was working.


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5 I Am Not Led Stars

I love when an author gives me everything I never thought I wanted in a book and completely blows me away. And that’s exactly what Bebe Reid has done. The second installment of When Rivals Play is phenomenal! The young adult drama and angst is everything.

You definitely want to read this! I am Totally and completely in love with WREN!!

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This book right here was one of my most highly anticipated reads. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. And it didn't disappoint once it landed on my kindle. I can't believe how quickly I devoured this, a slow burn that got it's hooks into me straight away. I couldn't put it down.

These two had an unconventional first meeting which was the base to their unusual comradeship, a coming of age romance, she was fifteen and he was seventeen, an unusual friendship that should not have worked being wh
Little Steamy Reads
"I’m the moth to your flame, Lou.
I’d rather be burned a thousand times than be free of you."

Ding, ding! Dear readers, we have a book boyfriend material here! Wren oficially owns my heart. Bebe Reid wrote such an intense and captivating story that I’m still hungover days later! I loved this friends to lovers plot so much and both Wren and Lou are amazing characters. Their friendship was full of ups and downs but one thing is certain- they couldn’t live without each other in their lives. And aside
Bookgasms Book Blog
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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GAH!! B.B. Reid has done it again!! The Moth And The Flame (TMATF) was absolutely amazing and was full of delicious angst, mystery and (slow-burn) sexual tension that could ignite a rocket! And when that chemistry exploded - the fiery passion between Lou and Wren could not be more explosive!! This is one of the best stories of 2019 for sure!!

Gah!! Reid's "When Rivals Play" series is incredible. It is compelling, addictive and filled with so many breadcrumbs and shockers that leave your mouth ope
Keri Loves Books
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
PHENOMENAL!!! This is a Top Read for 2019! I cannot get enough of this series or these characters! If you fell in love with Fore and Ever, you will be completely taken with Wren and Lou.

One fateful snowstorm and their paths crossed. She's an orphan, he's a criminal but together they form an unbreakable bond. No sacrifice is too great. Best friends...for life.

The back and forth, the push and pull between Wren and Lou is enough to drive you mad. But you will LOVE IT! Their relationship is complica
Anna Banana
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I feel like I've been waiting forever for this book and I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was to get an early copy of this book!

There is something about this series that I just love so much. The characters mean so much to me and getting to know Wren and Lou in this book, I love them now just as much as the characters from book one. I will say that I feel like I went into this book expecting one thing and kind of got another and at first I was a little disappointed by that and confused
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Angst is real! Wow. BB Reid wrote an amazing best friends to lovers, slow burn story.

Lou and Wren are both broken people coming from difficult backgrounds and need love. They find loyalty and a deep friendship in each other. The story begins when Lou is 15 and Wren is 17 and spans three years. You can see the growth of Lou throughout the story and her trying to allow love in although she was abandoned and in foster homes. Wren is dealing with his situation in his gang and his loss of family.
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
I’m the moth to your flame, Lou. I’d rather be burned a thousand times than be free of you.”

I feel like I've been waiting forever for this story, and holy plot twist, batman! This was so much different than I had expected!

Firstly, this is NOT meant to be read as a standalone. You need to read The Peer and the Puppet to get a lot of the nuances of this continuing story arc. Ever since the end of Peer and the Puppet, I've been salivating for Lou and Wren's book. And while the timelines
Dri ✰
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
2.5 - 3 STARS


“Something invisible, unbreakable, and incurable had a hold on us, drawing us in like moths to a single flame. Could we one day break free of it, or would it choose to break us instead?”
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where do I even begin? B.B. has gone and blown my freaking mind AGAIN, and really? How am I surprised, I knew going into this book that it was going to push boundaries, it was going to blow my mind, and it was gonna gut punch me and shatter my heart, and it did just that and more... I am not a massive fan for slow burn reads, but when it comes to B.B's books, I make an exception, the reason being that her writing is just phenomenal, it is addictive and it consumes me from the first chapter all t ...more
Aug 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
02/28/19 - Does anyone know about a release date for this book?

02/11/19 - Still no release date...not even a cover reveal. *sad face*

12/27/18 - Any word on the release date??

08/03/18 - When does this come out?
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Lou was playing with fire, and it was only a matter of time before it engulfed us both.”

The Moth and the Flame was a highly anticipated read for me and B.B Reid killed it.

“When it comes to you, Louchana, I can’t be reasoned with. You make me lose control.”

The dynamics between Wren and Lou had me squirming in my seat, shouting at Wren because he was so frustrating but at the same time I understand why he did what he did. He needed Lou, his whole life is Lou and he doesn’t want anything to me
Sela Garza-Kolesar (Skullinda)
I’ve never read a story that has had me so on-edge! Wren and Louchana’s is the best friends-to-lovers romance book I have ever read! This is the second book in the When Rivals Play series and by far the most climactic read of the year!

The build up of this story is INTENSE. I mean walking on eggshells intense! Wren’s despondency on life and the secrets he keeps from Lou make him hesitant of ever wanting more. His desperation to be close to Lou while keeping her at arms length makes them act erra
LianaReads blog
Honestly, could BB Reid be more addictive than this?There are millions of authors out there, all with a gift of creating stories that will remain with you for a long time ,but for me since I discovered her books I said I can't find someone more addictive, her words just drawn you in the story without even realizing and you just can't stop reading till the last page and even then you want more and more.The word created is so real and all the feelings and turns and twists that Lou and wren felt al ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
BB Reid has nailed the slow burning best friends to lovers romance with The Moth and The Flame. Everything about this book was pure perfection. The characters and the story completely consumed me, Lou and Wren are everything! From his grumpy, protective, secretive alpha male personality to her love of pushing the boundaries (and his patience) and giving no f*cks attitude, both Wren and Lou won me over ridiculously fast. Neither of them are perfect but that just made me love them more. The sexual ...more
Erika PBookHavenBookBlog
"I'm the moth to your flame, Lou. I'd rather be burned a thousand times than be free of you."

This series is pure gold, telling you. The tension had me gripping my kindle, paired with the action, the unraveling of old secrets, the push/ had everything to keep me reading well into the night, unable to function until I inhaled the entire thing. Lou and Wren were entertaining as all get out, her snark, his quiet power, their fall, their denial, it had me frustrated as all get out, but oh th
Marta Bo
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Bebe... PLEASE, give me back my stupid heart!!!! THIS book is everything... Wren and Lou are more than life !!!! And I dont't want to comeback from their world right now.

B.B. Reid literally hit me off the ground, The Moth and the Flame is absolutely breathtaking, for sure one of my favorite readings from 2019 ! From the very first paiges, I had feeling, that I'm not reading ONLY another good book, from more amazing author. Mrs Reid shamelessly created another masterpiece ! Her words sucks
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The Moth and The Flame was among my highly anticipated books of the year. Ever since Keiran crushed me in Fear Me, BB Reid has been an “automatic read” for me. Once again, this queen of angst proved how gifted and eloquent she is with TMATF.

“Something invisible, unbreakable, and incurable had a hold on us, drawing us in like moths to a single flame.”

Wren and Lou. This pair had such a prodigious dynamic that had me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. The friends-to-lovers trope coupled wi
***5 Stars***

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 arse for even being slightly disappointed over Wren and Lou being the MC’s because I LOVED every second of their
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW! BB Reid does it again. THE MOTH AND THE FLAME was a beautiful yet heartbreaking, slow burn of a love story. A tale of friends to lovers, but of course, there was always going to be more than meets the eye. The twists and turns left me absolutely breathless and I gave up trying to figure out what I thought was going to happen, because I knew that BB had more in store for her readers.
At about the 50% mark, the story crosses over into the storyline of THE PEER AND THE PUPPET (where we first m
PP's Bookshelf
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-read-2019
The Moth and The Flame by BB Reid has created a storm of powerful, angsty, soul wrecking, gut wrenching and intense emotions in my heart. Lou and Wren kept me wrapped in the story from the first chapter till the last words in epilogue. I didn't dare to breathe, blink or stop reading in fear of the spell of her words breaking. She delivered the perfect best friends to lovers story in all it's devastating, captivating and sensational glory.

I have stopped talking about storyline for a while in my r
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an intense and crazy ride! B.B. Reid created fantastic friends to lovers, slow burn to the core New Adult romance. Welcome back in Blackwood Keep, with fearless heroines and dangerous heroes. Aside from consuming Wren and Lou story, she gives us suspense, secrets and greatly missed heroes from previous and future books.

The Moth and the Flame starts with a bang. Being an Exiled associated is with deadly situations and this is how Wren and Louchana met. And this encounter sealed their “best
Rukaiya M.
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Since reading The Peer & The Puppet, I have been looking forward to this book. When we talk about Bebe's male characters, you know you'll get a dark bad boy. But Wren? He's irrecoverably in love with Lou, his friend, lover, and whatever relation is out there to associate. He's extremely protective and a
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-faves
Eighty seventy years I've waited for this book and B.B. Reid did NOT disappoint!

The Moth and the Flame was exciting, beautiful, haunting. It was everything I wanted and more!

Wren is overbearing, gorgeous and IWANTHIMFORMYSELF! He has his own demons he has to face and that boy is not afraid to confront them head on.

Lou, my loudmouth, crass little psycho. I just love her. I wanted to strangle her and kiss her all at the same time. Her preservation is tangible! She is everything I strong woman is
Vanessa When Vane Reads
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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English /spanish version
OMG! This story is EVERYTHING! The author has outdone herself and left me completely and absolutely captivated and obsessed with this story. I fell in love with the characters, they made me laugh, cry and left me wanting more, I cannot get enough of them. TEEN DRAMA AND ANGUISH IN SPADES that had me flipping the pages practically without blinking, a unique story full of secrets and sexual tension.

Wren, I loved him so much, despite him being a gangster, his love and devoti
Book Maniac Forever

4 "What's Mine Is Mine Forever" Stars
The Moth and the Flame was one of my most anticipated release this year and I really enjoyed it. I loved Wren and Lou from the start with their easy banter and great chemistry. That being said, I felt the first part of this book was so slow that I easily lost focus. The purpose of the first half was mostly to get to know the characters better and they dynamic and could have been shorter in my opinion.

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B.B. Reid grew up the only daughter and middle child in a small town in North Carolina. After graduating with a Bachelors in Finance, she started her career at an investment research firm while continuing to serve in the National Guard. She currently resides in Charlotte with her moody cat and enjoys collecting Chuck Taylors and binge-eating chocolate.


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Other books in the series

When Rivals Play (4 books)
  • The Peer and the Puppet (When Rivals Play, #1)
  • The Punk and the Plaything (When Rivals Play, #3)
  • The Prince and the Pawn (When Rivals Play, #4)
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