Monday, July 15, 2013

Book Blitz: Playing With Fire by Ashley Piscitelli

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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."

Becky S. says:

Sometimes I am looking for a good book that I can read that I like to call “Eye Candy”. Something I can read and not have to dwell over and just fall in love with the characters.  Playing With Firewould be one of those books for me.  This is the first in a three part series.

We meet Madison.  To say that she has had a hell of a life would be an understatement.  She lost her mother to a drunk driver at the age of three and was put in foster care at the age of 7.  She had never known the real value of love and has missed out on a lot of experiences that typical kids have.  She decides to go to Duke University with her boyfriend Chris.

Chris is your typical rich boy jerk.  Daddy is a judge and Chris can do no wrong.  He treats Madison as a possession rather than a girlfriend and will not take NO for an answer.  He wants to rule her life, tell her what to do, and who she can or can’t hang out with.  When she does not do what he likes or looks in the wrong directions- watch out.
Carter is the boy that every girl loves.  He is drop dead gorgeous and treats a girl the way that she deserves to be treated.  He runs into Madison (literally) and is instantly drawn to her.  Problem is, she has a boyfriend.

The basic message the author is trying to relay is “How do get on the path to true love when there are so many obstacles in the way”.  I loved how Carter treated Madison (or Maddy to him) and made her feel whole.  He shows her that there is so much to life and that she is truly someone that deserves to be loved. Although, at times I had to wonder if it was a little too much.  As my husband will tell you, that type of guy does not truly exist in real life. Carter really is a romantic at heart whether it is cooking for Maddy, celebrating her birthday with her (which she had not done since her mom died), or giving her a Valentines Day to remember.

While reading you never know when Chris is going to pop back up and reek havoc on Carter and Maddy.  Just when you think that things are going great- BANG- in comes trouble.

The supporting characters are also great in this book.  You will fall in love with Carter’s family and friends as well as Madison’s roommate Nicole.

If you are weary of cliff hangers, you may want to wait for book 2 in September.  This book ends in a cliffy that will have you going crazy.  

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I love reading romance books! I feel like being able to lose yourself in a book in one of the more exciting aspects. The books I love to read and write will be ones that make you feel for the characters. You should have an opinion on every character in a book. Whether you love them, hate them, or think they are up to something. 

I live in Philadelphia Pennsylvania with my husband, two kids, and two dogs. On top of starting a writing career I am a full time student, and a full time mom. I love spending time with my kids, although I have to hide the computer from them when I am writing! I love being active and being able to do any activity outdoors. 

I have always thought as an author the most important critic is your reader, so I would love to hear from you. If you read the book and loved it or hated it, tell me. As long as it is in a constructive way I will always answer and interact with you. I want fans to feel free to tell me what they want for the characters in the story and what they want to see happen.

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