Title: Playing with Fire
Author: L.J. Shen
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
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.
Ever since I read Vicious earlier this year, I’ve been obsessed with everything L.J. Shen. I feel like I just get so emotionally invested in her plots and characters and I just can’t seem to get enough. When I saw she had a standalone coming I knew I had to read it and I think it might be one of my favourites from her so far. West and Grace’s story is heartbreakingly tragic, beautiful, steamy, and just basically a total punch to the gut. This story is perfect if you love:
-hate to love stories with a heavy dose of friends-to-lovers
-tortured bad boys with soft hearts who blame themselves
-scarred outcast girls with big acting dreams and unhealthy 90’s obsessions
-underground fight clubs
-food truck shenanigans
-grandmothers with all the sass
-all the slow burn!
-love interests who find the strength to heal together