Author: Lexi Ryan
Source: TRSoR Promotions
Summary: Everyone knows a phoenix rises from the ashes. What they don't talk about are the people she drags with her into the fire.
I thought one hot night with Max Hallowell was harmless. I never expected it would force me to face my past or bring back the man who swore he'd never let me go. Now Max wants to help me. Wants to save me. But if I let him, he'll be destroyed. I can already smell the flames.
A woman with a secret past. A man determined to protect her. A dangerous passion that could cost them both everything.
Flirty Review: Three Lip Bites
Playing with Fire started out a little slow, in my opinion. I didn't realize how messed up Nix was in the prior series' we've seen her in. She's emotionally withdrawn, doesn't want a relationship at all, addicted to her work, and completely closed off. But yet, Max is intrigued by her. In real life, I would see any man running for the hills if he was faced with a relationship with her. Max, however, saw something more to her. This part I wasn't exactly sure about what he really saw. Maybe it was something I missed while reading, don't know. Anyhoo, Max just happens to move right next door to Nix further creating a love/hate thing between them. Which was cool. I liked that part.
What really seemed so far-fetched was the reasons Nix was closed off. She was raised in a cult-like commune with it's own religion. She ended up leaving it but the experience haunted her and another reason I won't say because of spoilers and such. This storyline, to me, just came out of left field along with all the build up to the arc, Nix's secrets she kept, the character of Patrick and especially his father Jeremiah. And then we learned what happened to her fiance? I was like HO BOY! Where did this come from? Nix's storyline seemed very contrived. It was hard to believe, and I wanted to really like it.
So Playing with Fire was a good book. I just want' something I was the biggest fan of considering how much I loved all the other books Ryan has had. I felt that this wasn't as developed and planned out as well. The whole cult thing would have been a better story line if we actually had gotten to see more of it, understood more of the threat it posed to Nix and the story as a whole. It just fell flat to me. I will say that I will most certainly be reading more from Ryan. Not every book a author puts out has to be a home run. This one was a solid triple.
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