Mind-blowing. Angst-filled. Drama driven. Riveting. — Chatterbooks Book Blog
Angst! Adrenalin! Sexy-times! The Peer and the Puppet had me salivating for MORE! — Tijan NYT Bestselling author
The Peer & The Puppet by B.B. Reid
When Rivals Play (Book One)
5 Need More CROWNS
We might have been waiting for the first book in the When Rivals Play series from B.B. Reid for some time, but it was worth the wait. Reid delivered filled with some intrigue and mystery and lust filled and I hate you tension that I couldn’t put this down.
Ever is such a jerk, a sexy, delicious, I couldn’t control myself jerk. He is the king of his Prep school and rules over his kingdom. He toys and plays with Four for a good portion of the book, leading her on and pushing her back. He lusts for her but knows he is no good for her at the same time. Like most teens, he struggles with grabbing what he wants right now with what he knows is good for him or the people he cares about. As the story develops, Reid develops a bit of compassion for Ever as we learn about his past and see him soften towards Four. It will be interesting to see how his story will be threaded with the other three books in the series.
Four is a teen girl who struggles with her attraction to a man who is so vile towards her. There are many times that Ever and his friends cross the line when it comes to Four, but like most girls, she comes back to him when he decides to play nice. Heck, readers can’t blame her because most of them would want to go back to him. The man oozes power and virility that draws you in. What I did love most about Four, though, is that she doesn’t change who she is or what she is passionate about. She also has a limit. While Ever does a lot to her, when she has enough, she has no problem coming out swinging and challenging him at every turn.
This story has two plots – a romantic one between Ever and Four that has a ending and suspenseful one that runs over the four books in the series – and B.B. Reid weaves them together seamlessly. The love and hate between Four and Ever and the motivation behind Ever’s actions directly ties to this larger plot. She always begins laying breadcrumbs for readers to see how the overall plot will play out as the series progresses. What readers are guaranteed to get is tension, chemistry, comedic moments, a fierce heroine, and alpha jerk hero, and host of secondary characters that will keep readers captivated from the first page.
B.B. Reid has delivered one my favorite suspense romances of the year. I was consumed by this world, and when I hit the final page, I was already demanding the next book. I am not sure that I will never get enough of the When Rivals Play crew.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Borrow the bike. Win the race. Collect the cash. It should’ve been an easy job. Ran out of town with a broken leg and a lawsuit, my mother’s latest flame swoops in like a knight in gilded armor. Blackwood Keep is a place I don’t belong, and I’m not the only one who knows. To the boy across the hall, my savior’s only son, I’m a stray looking for a bone.
He’s lord of the manor.
King of the academy.
And number one on my shit list.
I have no intentions of becoming a happy family with the social climber and her wild daughter. A bottle of Jameson and a cracked skull gets my problem shipped to reform school, but I didn’t bank on her returning.
Four’s out to get even, and she almost had the perfect plan: expose the privileged kid moonlighting as a gangbanger. She’s smart, but she’ll have to be smarter. Sending her away won’t be good enough this time. I’m going to have to tame the little troublemaker. To the girl across the hall, the one without a name, I’m nothing without my silver spoon.
She’s lady of the trailer park.
Queen of the swamps.
And my new favorite pastime.
The romance can be read as a standalone, however, the series is one story. The plot introduced in The Peer and the Puppet will continue in the following novels. Content suitable for 18+.
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ABOUT THE SERIES
While fighting demons and giving into desires, a crew is caught up in an age-old war between rival gangs. WHEN RIVALS PLAY is a new adult series of standalone which includes an enemies-to-lovers, friends-to-lovers, second chance, and forbidden romance.
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