Playing with Fire by L.J. Shen ~ Review & Teaser (@lj_shen)

If you haven't read anything by L.J. Shen yet, you need to pick up Playing with Fire! It was such a beaautiful read that I didn't want to put down!
Playing with Fire
Title: Playing with Fire
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 15th 2020

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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.

This book both melted and broke my heart as I got to know both Grace and West. They both had demons in their pasts that they were trying to keep buried. Together though, it was cute; Grace let West into her world and he was so sweet to Grace. I just couldn't get enough of these two!

Grace struggled with not only looking after her grandmother, but she was still at school and worked as well. What happened in her past made her an outsider, but she tended to look past others opinions.

West was also hiding things in his past, but I could see that there was more too him than his quiet, tough personality. I liked seeing the changes in him as he spent time with Grace.

This read gave me all the feels as Grace and West's relationship grew. They faced a lot of difficult times and Grace was able to lean on West at times, even though it shamed her to do so.

Once again I enjoyed L.J. Shen's writing style and the way she takes her time to build the world. I'm able to really get to know the characters and I can feel the pain, the love and the loss oozing from the pages! It was a beautiful read that I'll be thinking about for a long time to come!

I really enjoyed the banter between Grace and West, but there were so many sweet moments too!

I’d never had anyone burst into my life, kicking the door down on their way in, and stick around after realizing how truly broken I was.
West was the first person to insist on being my friend, whether I was interested or not. It was unchartered territory for me. My instincts told me to push him away before he did the dumping, but every single cell in my body screamed to let him in.

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“Wanna say hi to Grams?”
“Are you kidding?” He scoffed. “Only reason I hang out with your sorry ass is to get close with Mrs. S.”

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He kissed my forehead, his lips lingering on my skin, then said the most stupid, outrageous, beautiful, awful, touching thing anyone had ever told me.
“I’m grateful that Tuesday went down the way it did.” His voice was scratchy. Thick. “Because the worst day of your life gave me the best version of you.”

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L.J. ShenL.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and 
never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

Other reviews featuring L.J. Shen
In the Unlikely Event
The Kiss Thief
Dirty Headlines
All Saints High
Broken Knight #2
Boston Belles series

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