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Playing with Fire by LJ Shen–Review

Best. Book. Hangover. Ever! I have loved everything LJ writes, because this girl CAN WRITE! With that said, everything I have read before (All Saints High, Sinners and Saints, The Kiss Thief, etc.), feel small and inconsequential compared to Playing with Fire! Sure, they all received five stars, but if that is the case, PWF should receive a million stars.

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I love West, but for the usual reasons. He is grumpy, sour, bitter, an a-hole, underground fighter, who can ‘drop panties wherever he walks’ hot. A popular bad boy, who is reckless, fearless, has a death wish and is broken. Needless to say, he is a fantastic male Hero with baggage to boot.

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The star, though, of this whole book is Grace. I am madly and deeply in love with her. She is your unconventional, flawed modern heroine. She is strong, feisty, insecure, loaded with self-esteem issues (yes, she can be strong and still lack confidence), loyal, lovable, and the source of local fodder. She is a fighter with the true heart of a phoenix. Grace is inspirational and a character to look up to.

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Leigh has completely outdone herself. Playing with Fire is raw, emotional, gritty, gripping, and above all, a love story for the ages. A love story that is raw, slowly simmering from friendship to more. If you want angst, this is for you. If you want, drama, this is for you. Above all, if you want an emotionally driven, no holds barred, self-loving book, this is definitely for you. Playing with Fire is consuming, so consuming, that I did not even realize I was crying through most of it.

“The worst day of your life gave me the best version of you.”

I do not think I could ever write how incredible this book is and still do it justice. Simply put, it is magnificent. I was unprepared for the trek that I was taken on, but lord knows, that I will willingly go through it all over again. If you only read ONE book this year, Playing with Fire is that book. Without a shadow of doubt, this book is most definitely in my best of 2020 books.

Savage Kingdom by C.Lymari–Review

There are times in your reading life where certain books just hit you between the solar plexus and knock the wind out of you. Savage Kingdom is just one of those books for me. It came out of nowhere just like those bulls in the Running of the Bulls. Before I even had a chance to commit to memory what I was reading I was chapters in and did not want to stop.

SK was haunting, ethereal, and take your breath away stunning. Considering the topic of the book, one might suggest that stunning is a questionable choice of words, but I will challenge you to read this dark, almost taboo, romance and see how you feel afterwards. What makes Savage Kingdom ‘stunning’?  It is how easily the wicked, the tempting, sorrowless not only stand and fight for themselves, but also others. The plot line, story line, and flow were melded so well, they just wrapped you up in all three in sheer perfection. The emotions are all forthright with an undercurrent of “the only one to truly have my back is me.”  This phenomenal storytelling is all due to the sheer mind of Claudia and her ability to encompass multiple personalities, situations, scenarios, and emotions.

We could defy time, but we could never defy death.

Gideon is the hero of this story, while Daphne is the heroine. Some may say, ‘are they heroes/heroines’? The answer is in fact, YES!! Are they your cotton candy, fluffy clouds, break out into musical about their hero status? Absolutely, not. If you thought so, this is not it.

Daphne is unlike any character I have read about before. She is vicious, mean, tough, almost heartless, yet I want her to find herself and her HEA. I’ve had girl crushes on other leading ladies before and Daphne has co-commandeered this spot. Daphne makes no exceptions, but blatantly admits that she is a monster, yet she is still somewhat lovable in her sad, hostile and unpleasant situation.

“Run petal, run as fast as you can, in the end, I will be there to capture you.”

Gideon was FIRM, HARD, and 🔥 as hell for me leading man. No matter the outcome of this book, Gideon is the bad boy that every good, little girl wants. Much to the chagrin of her parents.

I will HIGHLY RECOMMEND Savage Kingdom and If possible, I would give this kingdom, 10 ‘Savage’ stars. It is excellent and I feel that Claudia has found her niche.  I am eagerly awaiting SK’s follow up book, CC. After that ending, momma needs some answers! 😉😉