THE PUNK AND THE PLAYTHING by B.B. Reid: New Release & Review

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The Punk and The Plaything, the third romantic standalone in the When Rivals Play series by B.B. Reid, is LIVE!

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Never trust a nice ass and a smile. That girl is definitely poison.
When I first came to Blackwood Keep, I was just looking for a thrill.
Instead, I found a beautiful fraud—a tomboy my wildest dreams couldn’t conjure.
Bee didn’t just run with boys; she ran the boys. It was only a matter of time before I gave chase.
It took one summer for me to win her over and two to lose her forever.
My summer love turned ice queen. Without heart or thought, she ruined me.
Four years and an ocean between us, I still can’t forget that she chose my cousin…so I won’t.

Are the When Rivals Play books standalone?
Each novel depicts a different and completely unique romance. However, the stories and their plots are connected. It’s recommended that you read them in order for the full reading experience. 

It is strongly advised that you read The Peer and the Puppet and The Moth and the Flame before reading The Punk and the Plaything. Content suitable for ages 18+.

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Just when I’d think this series couldn’t get any better, this author completely slayed me with Jamie and Barbette’s story!  The Punk and The Plaything is a book that put me through a roller coaster of emotions where I was sitting in suspense one moment and then fanning myself in the next.  I found myself tearing up during the moments of heartbreak followed by laughing at some of their banter and antics in the next. 

These two characters have such history between them and I loved how their story unfolded.  When Jamie and Barbette (Bee, Barbie) met as young teens, their connection was intense and the all consuming love that developed between them was sure to extend past the usual puppy love one typically associates with first loves. The flashbacks interspersed throughout the book gave me a deeper understanding of not only their relationship, but how and why each character was the way he / she was.

I honestly wasn’t sure that I would like Barbette as I felt lukewarm towards her in the previous books, but this girl won me over.  She hasn’t had it easy and after discovering what all was going on behind the scenes, my heart hurt for her. Jamie is the ultimate book boyfriend.  He portrays himself as confident and a bit naughty, but his complex feelings towards Barbette reveal his vulnerability. It was enjoyable to witness the camaraderie between all of the friends as well as the intense and fiery interactions between Jamie and Barbette.  

This enemies to lovers novel not only met all of my expectations, it surpassed them.  If you are a fan of this author’s other works, then you will love The Punk and The Plaything!

I read an early complimentary version of this book.

 B.B. Reid is a bestselling author of new adult romance. She grew up the only daughter and middle child in a small town in North Carolina. After graduating with a Bachelors in Finance, she started her career at an investment research firm while continuing to serve in the National Guard. She currently resides in Charlotte with her moody cat and enjoys collecting Chuck Taylors and binge-eating chocolate. Please visit her website for more information:
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