Book Review The Moth and The Flame by BB Reid

May 242019

The Moth and the Flame by B.B. Reid

Release Date: May 20, 2019

The Moth and the Flame

The Moth and the Flame, the second romantic standalone in the When Rivals Play series by B.B. Reid.


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.

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

Title: The Moth and The Flame (When Rivals Play #2)
Author: BB Reid
Publication Date: May 20th, 2019
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (394 pages)
Rating: 9/10

I have read The Peer and the Puppet, book 1 of the series When Rivals Play, so long ago, but it has always stayed in my mind. I often thought about Four and how she was brought into Ever’s life.

When I first saw that The Moth and The Flame is being released soon, I was thrilled. I wanted more of the story and knew BB Reid would not disappoint.

Since it’s been quite a while between the first and second book, I had to re-read it again so I can understand the whole story better.

Furthermore, things get a lot more interesting in the second book since lost dark secrets seem to escape and they are quite game changing. Won’t give spoilers so keep reading.

We know from Ever’s story with Exiled that they are an ugly side we don’t want to mess with. Now we will get into the gang’s territory with Wren, who has more secrets hidden than Ever had. Out of guilt he will befriend Louchana, but soon they will fall deeper than predicted.

Broken kids with broken homes, one ridden with guilt and another scared to let anyone close, they form a friendship for over 3 years until things from bad to worst. Nonetheless, his whole purpose is to keep her safe, even if it’s from him.

The book has a slow pace because when they meet Lou is fifteen and Wren is seventeen. There is this legal stuff not letting them become sexually close, but that changes over the years, though not until she becomes legal on consent.

It felt a bit real that the world they live in is more suitable for more older characters, so for me personally, the story would me more formfitting if they wore both in their twenties, but the plot is designed to build character over youth.

Overall, the story is great, I have no real theories how it will continue in their vengeance. I am also guessing that book 3 will take a while to be released.

Keep you posted.

Books in When Rivals Play series are standalone:
Book 1: The Peer and the Puppet
Book 2: The Moth and the Flame
Book 3: The Punk and the Plaything
Book 4: The Prince and the Pawn


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