Here lies Louchana Valentine. She was a homeless, orphaned virgin.
I never cared what my gravestone would say until I landed in deep with a powerful gangster. Lucky for me, my best friend happens to be ruthless too. I should feel guilty that he’s forced to turn on the man who’s been a father to him. Except I’ve always known that Wren’s soul wasn’t as black as he claimed.
He was good.
He was beautiful.
He was mine.
He just didn’t know it yet.
And with Wren keeping me safe, I’ve got time left to rewrite the end of my story. But if he has his way, virgin is already carved in stone.
I’ve never known anyone as alluring as Lou. Or as frustrating. Since the night she saved my life and stole my wallet for her troubles, I couldn’t stay away.
She became my onus.
With nowhere to run, I’m forced to trust someone I never expected. At least with Lou safe in Blackwood Keep--far away from me—I’ll die with my conscience intact. Because she no longer looks at me with friendship in her eyes. Those iridescent blues shine with a different need entirely, and I’ve never been able to deny her.
The Moth and the Flame returns to the world of Blackwood Keep, rival gangs, and deliciously flawed yet completely addicting characters! This second installment in the When Rivals Play series is a continuation of the events that occurred in The Peer and the Puppet. Content suitable for ages 18+
What an amazing story this turned out to be.
Firstly THE MOTH AND THE FLAME, cannot be read as a standalone. I finished the first book and immediately dove into this one, THE PEER AND THE PUPPET, didn't exactly finish on a huge cliffhanger but I certainly had a lot of unanswered questions. I had my doubts, I didn't feel a hge pull to go on but let me tell you this is like betting on the least favourite in a horse race and then it sneaks through the ranks and wins, I would have been kicking myself .
THE MOTH AND THE FLAME, however, began with two completely different characters and I was feeling a little confused until it all came together. These two books are like one big puzzle and little by little the pieces slot into place.
I had my doubts, I didn't feel a huge pull to go onto the next book but let me tell you, this book started off like I was betting on the least favorite in a horse race, watching the race but not completely sure if it's got a shot or not and then it begins to sneak through the ranks and finally wins, I would have been kicking myself if I hadn't followed through to the next book, once the pieces start to slot in, you get it, WINNER!!!.
An epic teenage best friends to lovers story, a slow-burn, two characters who's backstories unravel gradually. BB Reid had me chomping at the bit for answers.
Wren is a gang leader, he becomes not only Lou's best friend showing up at times when she needs him most and Lou is the lost teenage girl, living in care after the death of her parent's. Lou is rebellious, feisty, she pickpockets and has a lot of backbone, you wouldn't think she would need someone to look out for her but Wren injects himself into her life and she becomes addicted to him, she calls and he comes, they become each others obsession and addiction.
I loved the incremental ascension of this book that took you right up to where it all comes together, the connections to the other characters in the previous book, twists, and turns, the friends to lovers romance between Wren and Lou. Wren's push and pull with Lou, his secrets and his feelings of not being good enough for her. I couldn't get enough and when I finally got to the end I still wanted more.
What made this a high ranker for me was the intensity of Wren's character, the epic gradual love story, the bad boy Wren and the softening of his heart for only one person in his life.. Lou, I love this kind of romance.
Now the pieces are finally in place I cannot wait for the next book, the other characters also had me curious to what had gone on in their lives, there are still twists and turns coming and I cannot wait, especially for Jamie, I am hooked.
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