Saturday, August 10, 2013

Playing With Fire by Ashley Piscitelli Review!

From Goodreads:

"Madison Stevens has had a shitty life, her mother died at the age four and her father has always blamed her for it. She went through the foster system and is now attending college. Her boyfriend Chris is not willing to share Madison with anyone, not even her friends. 

Her first day at college she meets Carter James, who makes her want everything she never thought she could have. She knows that she should ignore her feelings for Carter, but it's not as easy as it sounds.

As Carter and Madison begin to fall in love, they face many obstacles. Their biggest one is Chris who is not going to let her go easily.

Playing with Fire will be the first book in a three book series. It is about the obstacles that stand in your way on the path to love. It tests the characters strength and commitment to each other on every level from old boyfriend/girlfriends, to insecurities, and throws a little violence and scheming into the mix.

"Chris was like fire. It was pretty to look at but if you got too close you got burnt, and if it wasn’t controlled it would destroy everything in its path. Doing what I was about to do with Carter was dangerous, but what can I say I never had parents to warn me not to play with fire."

**Playing With Fire is for mature audiences only—strong language, and explicit sexual content are apparent.**"

My Thoughts:

Madison is a broken girl.
She has been in and out of foster care since her mother died in a car crash, and her father couldn't stop blaming Madison for it. Now, about to start college, she has been told by her current foster parents that this is it, and she is on her own. The only person she has is her boyfriend, Chris. 

But Chris.. is a fucking bastard. I wanted to punch him in the face from the first second he spoke. He is an abusive jerk, but Madison is too broken to think she deserves any better. He is literally the only person she has, and she is not willing to give that up, even going as far as to the same college as him. Not that Chris would let her give him up, anyway.

"I never had parents to warn me not to play with fire"

On her first day she runs into Carter James, literally. She is dumbfounded when she gets a look at the person she just fell on top of. Carter, is AMAZING.
(take note ladies.. there's a new book boyfriend in town!)

"He had dark brown hair, just long enough to run your fingers through; he had to be about six feet tall and had a body that Hercules himself would be jealous of."

Carter, your supposed typical player (with a heart of GOLD, might I add), is immediately intrigued with Madison. As it turns out, they have their first class together, giving him a chance to get to talk to her more. They form a very fast friendship, meanwhile both wondering what these feelings are that are swimming around in their heads. Carter isn't used to caring, and Madison isn't used to anything but Chris. The more time they spend together, the more worried Madison gets about how (stupid/evil/bastard) Chris will react.

"Chris was really jealous and hated it when I even so much as looked at another guy, so I know what I was doing with Carter wasn't very smart."

So when Chris sees them having lunch together, all hell is about to break loose. However, now that Madison has a guy who is willing to fight FOR her, rather than a guy who abuses her, she is starting to see things differently. Carter is everything that Madison never realized she didn't have. So they come to an agreement, a way to get around Chris, yet still spend time together. Of course, the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings go. 

"Most little girls grow up wanting to be a princess; I grew up just wanting to be loved. Carter gave me that and so much more."

Now.. they just have to find a way to get completely away from Chris.. safely.

This was a great book, with a completely killer ending. Talk about a cliffhanger!! I'm dying for book two! I genuinely enjoyed all the characters in Playing With Fire, and definitely look forward to delving deeper into some of the other side characters in Breaking Through The Wall.
(out next month!)

*Please be warned, there is a fair amount of abuse in Playing With Fire.*

Favorite Quote:

"There went another little pieces of my heart to him. I barely had any of it left; he had been taking it piece by piece ever since we met."


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September 2nd!

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September 15th!




  1. This book sounds great, it kinda reminds me of White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Murrment which I loved! I may wait until the next book comes out to start it though because cliffhangers kill me, especially if they are in an emotional angsty book like this one - so thats for the warning there :)

    Amy @ The Reading Realm

    1. I definitely enjoyed it!! I'll have to read White Trash Beautiful, I haven't yet! I'm back and forth with cliffhangers.. theres some that completely kill me, and others where I want to say to the author "well played, author, well played, because that was the best damn cliff hanger EVER" lol