Title : Playing With Fire
Series : Mended Hearts Series #1
Author : Lexi Ryan
Release Date : July 7th, 2015
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Dr. Phoenix Reid isn’t who she seems…
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.
Playing with Fire is the first in a new series of standalone novels featuring the New Hope characters Lexi Ryan fans have come to love. While you wait for Nix and Max’s story, explore Love Unbound, the collection of books set in Lexi’s New Hope world.
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *
~ 4 Suspenseful Stars ~
Lexi Ryan is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. Her books are both captivating and sexy. I find her books intriguing and I have no problem sinking myself into the characters she creates and the story lines she gives those characters. Her books are fairly quick reads, but I like that because she doesn’t fill the stories with unwanted information that the reader doesn’t need.
Playing With Fire is a book filled with mystery, suspense, angst, heartbreak, painful pasts, and some extremely sexy times 😉 This book grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go. This is the first book in her newest series called the Mended Hearts. All of the books are stand-alones but have interconnecting characters. This is the second group of characters I have read from her, my first being Sam and Lizzy’s story. I do find that as a reader it might be beneficial to read all the New Hope books to get the full feel of the characters and their dynamics with each other. With that said I never felt lost by not reading the other books, Lexi does a fine job filling in the blanks. Sometimes I feel like I am missing the connection between all the characters, but it doesn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.
In this book we meet Nix and Max. Nix is one of the girlfriends of the other female New Hope characters. Max is the Best friend to some of the male New Hope characters. Nix’s past was a unique one to me, in the sense that I have never read about this subject matter before. I don’t want to say more on that because that will take away the mystery and suspense of the story. Just know that she comes from a very troubled past and her life has been in constant danger for the last 13 years. She has a tough time trusting men, which in turn led to A LOT of angst in this story. There were many times I wanted to smack her and tell her to wake up. Even though her reasons were valid, I didn’t always like the way she played with Max’s emotions. As for Max…..he was a saint. This man had patience in spades. I couldn’t believe he continued to stick around after some of the stuff she pulled on him, but he truly did love her unconditionally!!!!
I continue to like that the other New Hope characters were in this story, because they added some of the comic relief the story needed, but also great support to Nix and Max. It was great to see Lizzy and Sam’s relationship continue to grow and flourish. I look forward to reading about Cade and his mystery woman.
So if you like a book filled with angst, mystery, romance, suspense, and steamy scenes, then don’t miss out on Nix and Max’s story.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.