on July 7, 2015
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Thriller
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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.
I’ve been waiting for Max’s HEA for what feels like forever. Finally…finally Lexi Ryan delivers and she does it in a big way!
It wasn’t until Something Real (Reckless & Real #2) that Max hooking up with Nix even blipped on my radar. I don’t know why. I just didn’t think of Nix that way. She always came across as aloof and different from “their” big group of friends. I’m not sure I imagined her getting a story at all. That’s not to say I didn’t want or need it. I guess at the time I didn’t realize that I wanted or needed it.
Playing with Fire wasn’t at all what I expected for Max or Nix. That’s not good or bad. It was just a surprising read and once I got into it, as usual for Lexi’s books, I couldn’t put it down. There’s a pretty decent suspense wrapped up in that romance ya got there. Nix has some pretty big heavy baggage she’s carrying around on those doctor shoulders of hers. It’s created this character built on unusual beliefs, trauma, and heartbreak. Nix is hiding from not only her past but herself in a lot of ways. She’s had no choice but to be tough and it was really nice to see Max bring out another side of her.
Max our resident night in shining armor. Boy does he have his work cut out for him in this story. Again, I never would have put Max and Nix together, but that’s why I’m not an author. I say that because they actually worked really well together. Max was always saving the WRONG girl. With Nix he’s finally found a perfect person to help. Only she doesn’t need or want it. I think that’s an aspect that I really appreciated in Lexi Ryan’s storytelling. She made Phoenix brave, smart, and tough regardless of her past issues, no matter her secrets, she’s one tough cookie. Not who you would think needed saving. She could do her own saving darn it. Max was exactly what I’d hoped he would be, protective, sweet, and oh so patient.
AND that my friends is what makes this a terrific story. Take one hero without a cause…or a girlfriend and add in one tough as nails gorgeous albeit in danger, heroine who needs no man to protect her…and you have the bones for a really fun, sweet, sexy, thriller of a couple. Playing with Fire is hot on way too many levels, literally and figuratively. The story is compelling, intriguing, scary and perfectly imperfect for Max and Nix.
We were introduced to Cade in this story and I’m literally bouncing in my seat! I can’t wait to read his story! Bring on Catwoman!!
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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.