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    Review & Excerpt | Flirting With Fire by Piper Rayne

    About Flirting With Fire

    Everyone knows that if you play with fire you’ll end up getting burned…

    What happens when you attend a first responder’s bachelor auction with your best friends? Well, if your name is Madison Kelly like me, your friends end up bidding on a date for you with your high school crush.

    That’s right. Even back when I was ‘Fatty Maddie’ to all my classmates, I had eyes for the quarterback of our football team. Not like I was the only one.

    Mauro Bianco may fight fires for a living, but he still sets my heart ablaze. One look at the rugged, muscular man he’s turned into and I want to slide down his pole.

    One date. That’s all I’m committed to. A few hours and I can tuck him back into that tattered old shoebox in my closet.

    As always, the universe has other plans. I never would’ve predicted that in a matter of days he’d turn from my dream guy into my enemy.

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    Review

    Flirting With Fire was a first time read for this author duo and it will not be my last! It’s always such a gem to find amazing author duos that you absolutely love. There was just so much to love, but the characters definitely took the cake. I can’t say that the horrible high school experience and having it constantly on your mind 10ish years later, not really my favorite in a storyline, but I still enjoyed this one quite a bit.

    With Mauro Bianco being the apple of Maddie’s eye since she was a teenager, her being the nerdy wallflower and Mauro the complete opposite, there was no way that something would happen between them. In Maddie’s mind at least. It’s not until she attends a bonfire with her friends that she gets a night she wasn’t expecting at all. For only the next day to have that amazing night completely ruined. Fast forward ten years later, Maddie and her friends all bid during the date auction, of course, picking the Bianco brothers and guess who Maddie’s friends bid on for her date? The one and only, Mauro Bianco.

    Their story had a lot of everything that I enjoy in a romance. I loved their inner dialogue especially when they were talking about each other. You definitely still see that teenage love that Maddie had for Mauro, and she wants nothing more than to get the date over with. Mauro, I’ll admit was a bit of a jerk with his thoughts towards her and just getting all of his assumptions wrongs. Maddie had reservations and still clammed up around him, but once you mess with her once, she’ll be more than happy to spit fire at you. And that’s when Mauro starts to take notice, loving the fire behind the rather reserved Maddie.

    What’s a girl without her girl tribe and they were Lauren and Vanessa. Even when Maddie still deals with insecurities, they’re always there to back her up and just support her, like good friends should.  And the banter between those three are extremely entertaining, it’s evident who will be next in this series, so I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about them. And the Bianco brothers, I loved how close they are with each other and their banter as well is just absolutely hilarious!

    With the major project that they surprisingly teamed up on, it actually gave them the chance to really learn more about each other. And day after day, they quickly realized how right they are for each other. The chemistry is there and has been since the very beginning, but Maddie still has her reservations about Mauro. And to complicate it more there’s something that keeps popping up that just annoyed the ever-living crap out of me. By the end, I was completely in love with the way everything was tied up.

    Such a sweet and enjoyable read! And I can’t wait to learn more about the Bianco brothers and the dates that still need to happen with them and Maddie’s two best friends! Bravo, Piper and Rayne, you have gained a new fan!

    four-half-stars

    Excerpt

    My brothers widen their stances, share a look of amusement and cock their eyebrows at me.

    “Hate to break it to you, but Maddie didn’t bid on you. Lauren did.” Luca laughs while Cristian chuckles.

    “I’m going out with a Madison and she didn’t go to our high school. Which reminds me.” I pull out my phone.

    “Maddie is Madison, you idiot,” Luca says. “Her and Lauren were my year.”

    “I went to high school with Madison?” I try to let her face come back to me, and though I can picture her bright blue eyes and long chestnut hair, nothing about her is familiar from high school.

    “Yes, but she definitely wasn’t hanging out at the bonfires and football pep rallies.” Luca grabs his helmet off his bike. The only responsible thing I’ve seen him do in the last few years.

    “Well, shit and she doesn’t even want to go out with me? Her friend bid on me?”

    Luca straddles his bike with a grin. I look over to Cristian, but he’s putting his shirt back on and starts fiddling with his earbuds. They obviously think this conversation is over.

    “Yeah, but we’re all in the same boat.” Cristian’s thumb moves over his phone screen. “Maddie’s awesome and I think you’ll have a good time with her.”

    “She seemed pretty quiet and way too accommodating,” I say.

    Luca kicks his stand up, letting the bike rock a little under him.

    Cristian’s hands freeze on the screen of his phone. “And that’s bad?” he asks.

    “I want a woman who knows what she wants. Has her own damn opinions. Doesn’t just agree with everything I say.”

    Cristian peeks over his shoulder, a look of amusement that matches Luca’s. “You want a girl to come up and grab your nuts?”

    “I want a girl who knows what her favorite food is, has an opinion about where she wants to go for dinner, likes whatever sports team she likes and doesn’t default to my favorites.” I stuff my hands into my pockets, digging out my keys for my truck.

    “Well then, Maddie might not be the one. Like I said, she’s nice.” Cristian slaps me on the shoulder. “Treat her good though, okay?” He inserts one earbud.

    “What do you think I’m going to do, leave her in Garfield Park?”

    He puts his other earbud in. “That’s not even funny man. I have a friend in that district and the shit that goes down there…” He shakes his head.

    Cristian loses the entire point of my statement—the fact I’m not a jackass. I’m not Luca.

    “It’s one date,” I say. “And who knows, maybe she’s nice but still has a wild streak.”

    Christian again glances over to Luca who’s smiling like he’s fucking Mickey Mouse.

    “Well, good luck on your date,” he says.

    Cristian jogs away and Luca’s bike starts up.

    I head to my truck.

    The conversation is over, but I’m curious now.

    Where’s my damn yearbook?

     

    Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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    About Piper Rayne

    Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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