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The Moth and the Flame

When Rivals Play, Book 2
Series: When Rivals Play, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Romance, Suspense
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They're the best of friends or the worst of friends. Neither one is letting go.

The flame.

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.

The moth.

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.
My light.
My...anyway.

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.

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 and up.

©2019 B. B. Reid (P)2019 B. B. Reid

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I love this series!

I loved this book from the very first page! All the angst, suspense and slow torturous burn!!! Wren & Lou are perfect for each other! It was awesome to connect with Ever & Four, Jaime, Vaughn & Tara can’t wait for more! The narration by Muffy & Teddy was excellent!!!!

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Best in the series

This one was the best in the series. Narration was great obviously with Erin Mallon and Teddy Hamilton doing the narration. Lu and Wren’s story is intense and angsty and left me with a smile.

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When Rivals Play Book 2

I absolutely love this series. B.B. Reid is amazingly talented. The chemistry between Lou and Wren is evident from the beginning. Great slow burn romance. The banter with all of the characters is great. The narrators did an awesome job. If you haven’t read this series yet, you don’t in know what you’re missing!

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10 Stars!

This is a best friend to lovers romance at its very best!! B.B has woven an incredibly intricate, slow burn that left me completely and utterly speechless! Breathtakingly Riveting poignant." And Emotionally consuming, I could not put it down. An absolute masterpiece that will leave you addicted!

Intensely-intoxicating, B.B weaves magic the narrators were amazing they had me feeling every though and emotion the characters were going through!

Just wow BB dose it yet again epic story! 10 stars!

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Enthralling slow-burn romance masterfully narrated

I adore B.B. Reid's writing, but I have to admit that I was a bit reluctant to jump into The Moth and the Flame because I tend to have a hard time with slow burn romance. However, I needn't have worried. The characters and the story were so engaging, the emotions so raw, the tension so palpable that I didn't mind the slow burn at all. In fact, it was needed for this story to unfold. The Moth and the Flame is the second installment in When Rivals Play series and continues the overall story while focusing on the relationship between Wren and Lou who we met in The Peer and the Puppet. Their story is both tragic and beautiful, their paths forever intertwined and their hearts beat for nobody but each other. This is a story of young love beating the odds set in the brutal world of gang wars and impossible choices. There are so many twists and turns, revelations and "oh my god moments" that kept me at the edge of my seat.
The narrators did a masterful job bringing this story to life! the pacing was excellent and they embodied the characters perfectly!

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A must Listen!

I love this series so much! I have previously read the entire series and listened to the first book. This book is even better in audio form. There are so many quirks to Wrens personality that you can only truly pick up on when you hear it. It made me love him more than I did before. I do not understand how BB is able to create this high school world that is so unreal, but I still believe every bit of it and get engrossed every single time. Nobody writes sexual build up like this woman. When they do get there I am just as ready as they are for it to happen. Yes BB you get me every time. Plus you can’t get much better than Muffy Newtown and Teddy Hamilton for the narration. Thank you BB for inviting me into your world, I’m never leaving so be prepared.

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Best Friends!

Muffy and Teddy hit this narrative spot on!
Lou and Wren draw out so much banter with their quip responses and frustration, these two captured and delivered the emotion that well!
This story in itself is beautifully written! Teddy did such a wonderful job executing Wren, I even loved hearing his version of Louchana! He has a very distinct and unique approach to his characters personality that I can easily pick up on his voice while listening to an audiobook.

I hope to come by these narrators again!

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wow amazing

5 stars. perfection. I loved this so much. wish I could listen to it for a first time. The narrators were so good for this book. I cannot wait to listen to her next book

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Addictive

Muffy Newtown and Teddy Hamilton are perfect for these characters.

I have a love hate for this book. I absolutely love the characters: Wren and Luciana are fantastic. I love that the plot takes us back to Blackwood Keep and we have time with Ever, Four, Jamie, etc. The Moth and the Flame ties up some loose ends from When Rivals Play, #1.

I also found the dance that Wren and Luciana do for over half the book was infuriating. I get it - this at its heart is a romance and the couple is not suppose to fall right into bed. Fine. I'm good with that. But this story took it too the limits and beyond.

That said, I will absolutely be continuing with this series. So addictive!

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Lu and Wrens story

The 2nd book of the series does not start from the end of book 1. We only see Four and Ever in last chapters of this book. This book is Lu and Wrens story. The girl that pick pocketed Four in book 1 is Luciana and Wren we knew in book 1 as another member of the exiled gang. A lot of questions from book 1 gets answered in this book and it was really clever how the timelines and characters lives intertwine. I didn’t like this book as much as the first because it was a little slow for me. I liked Lu and Wren as a couple but they are no Four and Ever. This book like book 1 doesn’t end in a cliffhanger but it’s clear that Four and Evers story is far from over. Also Barbie and Jamisons rocky story still needs to be told. You should listen to book 1 before starting this book. This series so far doesn’t come close to the steam we had in the Fear Me series though. It’s hard to top Fear Me as that series is by far one of the best bullies to lovers series out there in my opinion. Hopefully the 3rd book in this series will release soon on audible.

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  • Clare Doran
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Smiled from start to finish

When I read The Peer And The Puppet, I became obsessed with the side characters. You didn't get much of Wren and Lou in TPATP, but the crumbs you did get were enough to make me desperate to read this. When I discovered who was doing the audio, I was even more determined that this was how I would consume this story. Both Muffy Newtown and Teddy Hamilton are some of my favourite audiobook narrators and they really brought The Moth And The Flame to life. This was a sweet best friends to lovers romance that has an edge that I've almost come to crave from B.B. Reid. It was high intensity and there was angst, not just from Wren and Lou, but sprinkled from the other characters since this books timeline runs concurrently with TPATP. I lived for the crumbs of stories to come, but I'm a glutton like that. I desperately want to hold out for the audio of The Punk And The Plaything, but I don't think I have it in me to wait that long since Barbie and Jamie's story is one I've been obsessed with since I picked this series up.