Playing with Fire, Lexi Ryan


Playing with Fire, Lexi Ryan
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance,
Back when I first got a kindle I was browsing the free reads, ( I still do, have been pulled into many series by a free first book!) and Lexi’s Unbreak Me was there – it was a book I loved. Since then I’ve gone on to read all three of the Here and Now trilogy, though not the rest of Splintered Hearts. Like this one, some of the books are stand alone novels but all feature characters we’ve met previously in the town of New Hope. They really are a close bunch even after the confusing mixed romances they have….I like too that they are older, in their late twenties, early thirties,not teens, early twenties. Sometimes older leads work better, they’ve had time to build up a background, have more experiences, that make for better, more realistic romances. This time its the wonderful Max as a main lead, who was part of the Hanna, Nate, Max triangle. Poor man seems doomed, it seems as if he’s been through most of the New Hope Ladies and yet not found true love with any of them. He’s got a daughter by the duplicitous Meredith, and though she’s a real B itch he seems to see the good in everyone, and finally she does seem to realise she needs to improve and is trying to be a decent mother to little Rosie who lives with Max.
Phoenix ( Nix) has recently moved to the area and works as a doctor at the local hospital. She’s clearly got a harsh background that’s affected her badly. She’s full of secrets and it seems they are following here. She doesn’t trust anyone, and though she’s really attracted to Max is scared of developing feelings for him given how her last relationship ended. She’s full of fear, full of guilt and scared but has no one to turn to. I really felt for her, even though she’s close friends with the other ladies she can’t tell them what she’s so scared of. Then the dangers start stacking up and its clear she can’t ignore her past any longer.
Once again we’ve a story full of dramas, full of wonderful characters, and that feels so very real. Its the little things, the chats, the drinks out, the bbq’s that make it feel so real. Its clear how Max feels and I really wanted Nix to accept one of his numerous offers of a date….she deserves someone like him, and he deserves love from someone special. They seem to go backward and forward though over many months, and I love a story that has a relaxed timeline, where not everything happens over a few days but where the dramas play out over a proper timespan. It feels more real like that, not forced and hurried.
The story is told in the present but with chapters from Nix’s past from her POV, and of course just when I needed to know more it jumped to present…keeping me on tenterhooks and leaving me desperate to read more. Its a perfect balance for me of story, sex and drama, where everything fits together properly, and once again the end throws in some surprises. Somehow I never seem to get it right, I think I’ve something worked out, and then it turns out I’m way off base! I love that, the unpredictability that keeps me reading, trying to puzzle things out while rooting for the romance to come through.
Stars: Five, another great romance full of action, drama and emotion.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers


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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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