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Review & New Release: Playing with Fire by L.J. Shen

“Clear off a top spot on your Best of 2020 list. 

Playing with Fire is coming in HOT!”

–Harloe Rae, USA Today bestselling author

Playing With Fire, an all-new intense and all consuming small town standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is available now!

A broken boy on the path to destruction.

A scarred girl without direction.

A love story carved in secrets, inked with pain and sealed with a lie.

Grace Shaw and West St. Claire are arctic opposites.

She is the strange girl from the food truck.

He is the mysterious underground fighter who stormed into her sleepy Texan college town on his motorcycle one day, and has been wreaking havoc since.

She is invisible to the world.

He is the town’s beloved bad boy.

She is a reject.

He is trouble.

When West thrusts himself into Grace’s quiet life, she scrambles to figure out if he is her happily-ever-after or tragic ending.

But the harder she pushes him away, the more he pulls her out of her shell.

Grace doesn’t know much about anything beyond her town’s limits, but she does know this:

She is falling in love with the hottest guy in Sheridan U.

And when you play with fire—you ought to get burned.

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“I’ll walk through fire with you”

Leigh has out done herself with this book, one of her best writing to date she gives us her best with emotionally deep characters who you can’t help but adore.

Grace Shaw has been touched with tragedy. Once a popular outgoing girl, she’s resorted to living only within a shell of herself. Secretly Hoping to become invisible rather than the town castaway she keeps to herself, her grandmother, and the taco truck.

When West St. Claire comes into her life Grace isn’t ready. He’s full of smart remarks, sex, and a bad background. West cares about nothing but his bike Christina and being in the ring every Friday.

Together these two ignite the dimly lit flame burning within one another, barring their souls, scars, and secrets. They become connected by their tragic pasts and feelings that only each other could understand.

But with each breakthrough they make comes a new obstacle, it’s up to them to walk through the fire or turn to ash in it.

Grace and West were everything. This story resonated so much because I could relate on different levels to both of these characters. Personally dealing with similar situations as Grace’s with her grandma and having a Phoenix tattoo myself. I wanted to protect her from the first page, LJ wrote such a beautiful character in an unconventional way to what society deems “beauty”. She was strong and resilient let’s just say perfect!

Playing with Fire is one of those books whose characters stay with you forever, and each time I see my own Phoenix tattoo now, I’ll think of Grace and to rise above what may come.

5/5 stars

About L.J. Shen

L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to twenty different countries. 

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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