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Playing with Fire by [Ryan, Lexi]
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A new standalone romantic suspense from a NYT Bestseller. Intended for mature readers.

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.

A woman with a secret past. A man determined to protect her. A dangerous passion that could cost them both everything.

**Playing With Fire is a spin-off of the Here and Now Trilogy, but it can be read on its own.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2466 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1940832985
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0108Y8N06
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Phoenix always rises - 5+++ stars 8 July 2015
By JO's Book Addictions - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Lexi has done it again. This is the first book of a new series, but with some of the characters that we already know. We caught a little glimpse of Nix and Max together in Sam and Lexi's book, so I was really excited to see where this went. Even though we 'knew' Nix from previous books, there was a lot about her that we didn't know. Everyone has their own hang-ups and pasts that they want to forget, but sometimes it seems like we are doomed to re-live those times we would rather forget ever happened.

After everything that happened with Hanna, Max is finally ready to move on with his life and 'date' again. One night of passion with the hot Doc was enough for him to realize that he wanted more with her, but unfortunately, Nix is running scared. She avoids relationships because she has been badly hurt in the past, which she never talks about with anyone in New Hope.

Does Max just have a savior complex or do his feelings for Nix go deeper? Can Nix let go of her past and move on with one of the good guys? There are a lot of twists and turns in this book that kept me on the edge of my seat for the majority of the book, but that's what makes Lexi's writing so AMAZING. She draws you in and doesn't let go of you until you read that last page. I would definitely recommend this new series to anyone that has ever read any of her New Hope books. You will NOT be disappointed!

**I was lucky enough to win a Complimentary Copy of the book, provided by the Author for an honest review AND I bought it!**
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I have read and enjoyed the New Hope series up until this book 26 November 2015
By Midwest Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have read and enjoyed the New Hope series up until this book. And this one was going along pretty well until the end. Then it lost me. I finished, but not happily.

Also, to have lovable Max end up with such a head case as Nix was rather a disappointment. He deserves better. She was a lot more likable until this book.

Somewhat of a Spoiler Alert!
One aspect of the ending is so stupid and preposterous, it's just awful. The author makes a huge mistake and then just wouldn't let it be. I don't want to be gross and explain the situation, but let's just say the extent to which she wants the reader to suspend reality where a dead body is concerned is SO STUPID, it's an insult to your intelligence. Complete strangers recognized a person after the body had been buried for 6 years? I don't think so. That just completely ruined the book for me. The author can do a lot better than this.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Max on a Stallion -- hell ya!!!!! 7 July 2015
By N Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My heart broke for Max when Hanna picked Nate, the whole time I was reading the Here and Now series I went back and forth between team Max and team Nate. I can rest easy now, knowing that Hannah made the right choice because her and Max really didn’t belong together. I absolutely love Max and Nix together!

I have loved the character of Dr. Phoenix Reid from the minute she was introduced to us in the prior New Hope books. Her character, while quiet, always made me chuckle with her spunk and funny one-liners throughout the other books. I won’t lie, the skeletons in her closet are down right f**king scary! Her past freaked me out through the entire book, but her struggle and the way she handled it was fabulously written by Ms. Ryan! Although there were plenty of times in this story where I kinda wanted to jump in and shake some sense into her – I mean c’mon beautiful, swoon worthy Max Hallowell is knocking on your door and you turn him away?!

“I’m not looking to rescue anyone, he says softly. But if you’re the one who needs saving, I’m happy to invest in a stallion and learn how to ride.”

Max Hallowell is the prince we watch in fairytales as little girls and the Knight in Shining Armor we pray for as we get older. His character has certainly matured since we first met him and if possible I think he got a little sweeter! I saw him in a whole new light in this book though I have to say he became much more sexier and damn, who knew he had the ability to talk so dirty…. can we say melt your panties HOTT?! ☺

“I’ve fantasized about this since the first time, he whispers, his voice husky against my ear. I’ve thought about how you’d look under the spray, imagined these f**king perfect legs wrapped around me as I f**ked you.”

Not only do we get the great love story of Max and Nix in this book, but we are reunited with all of our favorite New Hope characters that I personally cannot ever get enough of! We also meet a couple new characters, one in particular I can’t wait to learn more about. Bring on Holding Her Close! Thanks again for an awesome read, Lexi Ryan, you never disappoint me!
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a one time read.. 11 June 2016
By Tbascoebuzz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I purchased this story on the heels of reading Hanna's story...Here and Now (3 Book Series), so I was still riding my "high" and hadn't come down from the clouds yet. And I wanted to see Max Hallowell find his HEA. How can anyone not love Max? I mean, he's kind and considerate without being a wimp. He's buffed and muscular and a real sweetheart that needs to be needed. He's lonely, raising his toddler daughter, whom he adores.

And I equally liked Dr. Phoenix (Nix) Reid. She's sweet and kind with so much mystery about her. She's unassuming and has a low regard of herself. She's not glamorous or flamboyant or flashy. She's a little bit naive' and insecure around men. She's serious and very private.

This isn't an original story. It's been told many times. Two people trying to overcome their damage to find their HEA. There's suspense and mystery and entertaining comic relief with all the friends throughout this series. My biggest gripe is not knowing most of the characters' ages..(Max, Will, Sam, Nate, Krystal, Maggie, Cally, Meredith). I didn't like how often Nix waffles between her dilemma. She doesn't want anyone to know of her past history for fear of losing or alienating her friends...or worse, having them pity her. But it quickly got old. I didn't like how quickly Nix's sister (Amy) adapts to a new life outside a cult...one she was raised from infancy. She didn't need to go to therapy or anything to help her adjust. She's talking about getting a job (which she's never held) and finding an apartment. Gave me whiplash how quickly she turns around, especially with how dogmatic she preached her religion. And then, after walking into her home and finding a decomposed corpse splayed out on her kitchen counter...after walking into this gruesome, gory scene and going into shock..(almost catatonic shock), it wasn't believable how Nix moves back into her place. I mean, gaaaah! A murdered, decomposing body in your kitchen...one who was your ex-fiance'...and you carry on? No way jose'!!

This is an ok story and I'm glad I read it...but it's not something I'd read again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding, Suspenseful, Sexy romance 23 July 2015
By kgagnon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is an absolutely spellbinding, suspenseful, sexy romance that kept me in it's grasp from start to finish. I loved how expertly Ms. Ryan drew us in with a unique tale that was sexy, sweet, funny, mysterious and at some points horrifying. Each facet of this story was cleverly unfolded to keep you guessing and turning the pages to discover what was either in store or what had happened in the past. This first book in the Mended Hearts series is a spin-off stand-alone from the New Hope series about Max Hallowell and Dr. Phoenix Reid, who we met previously. Max is a wonderful single dad who is kind, sweet, very protective and very alpha. Nix is a beautiful, smart, and caring Doctor who is fairly new to town and is very quiet about her past. She has found a very good life with good friends and a budding relationship with Max and will fight like hell to protect it. She is afraid to open up and reveal where she came from for fear that those she has come to care about will turn their backs and leave her. Max has had a pattern of unrequited love. He knows the chemistry between he and Nix is off the charts and that she wants him but is holding back and he is determined to figure out why.

"You're the most amazing woman I've ever met. You're beautiful." He kisses my nose, "Strong." The side of my mouth. "Resilient." The other side. "And I'm not going anywhere."

There are so many sweet moments between Nix and Max and their chemistry is explosive, so you know they are meant for each other. But someone is stalking her and she knows that she must protect herself and the lives of those she cares about so she keeps pulling back.

"Are you always riding to the rescue of the nearest damsel in distress, Maximillan Hallowell?"
"I'm not looking to rescue anyone," he says softly. "But if you're the one who needs saving, I'm happy to invest in a stallion and learn how to ride."

The banter that Ms Ryan writes is still fun and clever. We get to revisit with all of the good friends from previous books as well as meet Cade, a sexy police officer, new to town. I love the interactions between everyone making this story feel very genuine and honest. I also found the topic of this story so intriguing. The mystery of it lends to much of the suspense and the pace is fast and exhilarating. I was always trying to predict what is going to happen next and the twists and turns kept me guessing, which I love. I am a huge fan of Lexi Ryan's books and I love this new series. I can't wait to read Cade's book next!

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