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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."
**Playing With Fire is for mature audiences only—strong language, and explicit sexual content are apparent.**
This is the first book I have read from Ashley and I found myself interested from the start and ended up reading it in one sitting because it is a fairly quick read.
Madison has had a hard life from the time she was four years old. Her mom was killed and her dad blamed her. She was bounced around from foster home to foster home until she finally is able to break free to attend college.
Carter is pretty much the typical college guy who doesn’t do relationships. His mother had passed away and he is being raised by his father.
From the time Madison and Carter pretty much run into each other on the first day of college at Duke University, the sparks flew. Carter couldn’t keep his eyes off of her. From their first chat, he knew he had to find out more.
“I couldn’t get enough of her.” – Carter
Madison is in a relationship with Chris, who does nothing but make me mad throughout this book. He really thinks he is doing her a “favor” by dating her and will stop at nothing to keep her and I mean nothing. He is a real jerk and I was sure hoping he would get what he deserved.
Against Chris’ wishes, Madison decides she wants to be friends with Carter and she does face the consequences by Chris. But the more they are around each other, they find out they want more than a friendship and I find myself pulling for them the whole way.
“I need you with me, by my side, and in my life because you’re my other half.” -
When Chris becomes a major problem for them, Carter knows he must do everything possible to keep her safe. But, will that be enough? You have to read it to find out!!
I was pleasantly surprised to see this wasn’t the typical boy meets girl relationships. I really like the little twists that I wasn’t expecting and I loved that they really fought for what they wanted. I would give this book 4 stars and am definitely looking forward to more!!