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Playing with Fire by L.J. Shen
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They both have scars, the worst were the ones that couldn’t be seen!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙💚💜❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤

The setting: Sheridan University

The Hero(s): West St. Claire – He is the popular playboy on campus. He has gone through more than his fair share of girls and he never sleeps with them more than once. He makes money in underground fighting and never loses a fight. However, West has some issues going on in his life and needs more money than fighting can provide and he applies for a job at That Taco Truck where Grace works.

The heroine: Grace Shaw – Grace was burned in a fire and is known around town and campus by the nickname “Toastie”. She works in a food truck selling fish tacos, and has extremely low self esteem. She was beautiful prior to the fire and now she covers the burned part of her face with a bunch of foundation and wears a baseball cap to hide under.

The Love Story: While working together, West is impressed with Grace’s sarcastic nature and the fact that she stands up to him and lets him know what she thinks. Grace is unlike all of the other girls he has been with and is not impressed with his popularity and looks like most girls. They become good friends first.

I was surprised at this book for a number of reasons. I usually don’t like books where the heroine has such low self esteem and I like a beautiful heroine. It may be shallow of me, but why read about what we live every day? I like to read about heroine’s that are thin and beautiful and Hero’s that are tall and muscular and have large hands. I especially don’t like it when the heroine dwells on her imperfections.

However, I really ended up liking this book. I loved the fact that West was never bothered by Grace’s scars, he didn’t really even notice them at first until others pointed them out. I also liked the fact that West had deep scars on the inside and his were as bad as Grace’s but he was there for her and propped her up. The story was about overcoming your scars and being free in the end!

I also liked the fact that West wasn’t the bully in this story. He didn’t do everything right by any means, but he wasn’t outright mean to Grace because of her scars like his friend Reign was.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Reading Progress

December 1, 2019 – Shelved
December 1, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
September 10, 2020 – Shelved as: alphas
September 10, 2020 – Shelved as: contemporary
September 10, 2020 – Shelved as: erotic-romance
September 10, 2020 – Shelved as: publisher-author-arc
September 10, 2020 – Shelved as: romance
September 11, 2020 – Started Reading
September 11, 2020 – Shelved as: angst
September 11, 2020 – Shelved as: new-adult
September 11, 2020 –
page 0
"Just starting now. I’m so exited!

DFA4-E662-D8-BB-481-A-AF3-D-62749-C5-E8-A56 "
September 11, 2020 –
page 3
"I was still alive.
My heart was still beating. My phone rang, its cheerful tune taunting me. It rang again and again and fucking again. I tore it from my pocket and checked who it was. A miracle? A heavenly intervention? An unlikely savior who actually gave a fuck? Who could it be?
Scam Likely
Of course.
September 12, 2020 –
21.0% "As far as hillbillies went, Kade Appleton was the poster child. I’d be surprised if he owned one pair of shoes.

September 12, 2020 –
43.0% "“Quick. If you could bring one thing back from the nineties, what would it be—Blockbuster or hot Keanu Reeves?” Karlie tapped my knee.
I dumped the pillow on the floor, my eyes nearly bugging out of their sockets. “Excuse you! Keanu Reeves is still bangin’.”
Karlie threw her head back, laughing. “Ding, ding, ding. That was a test. And you just passed with flying colors.”"
September 12, 2020 –
54.0% "On our third shift working together since the disastrous dinner, Karma had finally reared its spiked dildo and decided to shove it up my ass—lube-less."
September 12, 2020 –
58.0% "I’d never enjoyed kissing so much. Normally, it was just a pit stop on my way to my final destination—Boneville."
September 12, 2020 –
70.0% "Reign: You can’t not-retaliate. You’re going to look weak.
East: @Reign are you high?
Reign: Of course I’m high. We’re off-season. What kind of question is that?"
September 12, 2020 – Finished Reading

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Aisling Zena Wonderful review hun! Glad you enjoyed it. Cannot wait to read it. :D xx

looneylou 🦩 A two for stream?! What happened here, guess I'll have to wait for the book to see.

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Yeah, it wasn’t that steamy, more about the relationship and the people than the sex... But still very worth the read. 😉

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