REVIEW: The Moth and the Flame by B.B. Reid

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“I’d rather be burned a thousand times than be free of you.”

Back of the book blurb:


Here lies Louchana Valentine. She was a homeless, orphaned virgin.

I never cared what my gravestone would say until I landed in deep with a powerful gangster. Lucky for me, my best friend happens to be ruthless too. I should feel guilty that he’s forced to turn on the man who’s been a father to him. Except I’ve always known that Wren’s soul wasn’t as black as he claimed.

He was good.
He was beautiful.
He was mine.
He just didn’t know it yet.

And with Wren keeping me safe, I’ve got time left to rewrite the end of my story. But if he has his way, virgin is already carved in stone.


I’ve never known anyone as alluring as Lou. Or as frustrating. Since the night she saved my life and stole my wallet for her troubles, I couldn’t stay away.

She became my onus.
My light.

With nowhere to run, I’m forced to trust someone I never expected. At least with Lou safe in Blackwood Keep—far away from me—I’ll die with my conscience intact. Because she no longer looks at me with friendship in her eyes. Those iridescent blues shine with a different need entirely, and I’ve never been able to deny her.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: May 15, 2019
Pages: 394

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My rating:

            I’ve been so excited to return to Blackwood Keep ever since I fell in love with Four and Ever in The Peer and the Puppet! B.B. Reid’s writing is dark, provocative, and so completely enthralling. If you’re in it for the long haul, The Moth and the Flame is an exceptional friends-to-lovers slow burn romance that will have you weak in the knees from page one.

“I never thought I could hate and love someone equally, but with Wren Harlan, anything was possible.”

            Wren and Lou have been best friends since they almost got killed together. Ever since then, they’ve been drawn to each other in some inexplicable way. They both infuriate each other, yet they’re both intoxicated by each other as well. I love their dynamic so much because they both push each other and challenge one another, yet there’s a beautiful tenderness beneath it all that creates some of the most beautiful friction that I have ever witnessed. They both love each other, through and through.

“I’m fucking weak for you, Lou.”

            I think we can all admit we want a bad ass to the whole world who is a complete softie when it comes to us. That’s exactly who Wren Harlan is. He’s damaged and angry at the world and yet when it comes to Lou, he’d take a bullet for her. Don’t even get me started on his filthy mouth. Oh my… I’d give anything to let Wren Harlan whisper in my ear during the night. Like… seriously. Please.

“Even in a city with over eight million people, he always managed to find me.”

            The Moth and the Flame is one of the slowest burns that I’ve ever read. Normally, I like a Slow Burn Lite! Like, I love the chase, but I also need it to be over quickly to get to the good part. However, The Moth and the Flame kept me deliciously addicted throughout the entire novel. The tension was insane, but hurt so good! It’s like when you eat spicy things and continue to eat them even though your mouth is on fire just because of the sweet relief you get when you start eating again. (Plus, it tastes amazing.) My point here is that the slow burn was incredibly wicked but absolutely worth the wait.

“Men take what they think is theirs all the time. Why shouldn’t I do the same?”

            I absolutely love B.B. Reid’s heroines! They’re strong and independent and unpredictable. Lou is one of the bravest heroines that I have had the pleasure of crossing paths with. I could live in her head all day long and never get bored.

            The Moth and the Flame is an incredible second installment in the When Rivals Play series that will hook you fast and hard.

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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