Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Playing With Fire by Ashley Piscitelli Blog Tour & Giveaway

Madison Stevens has had a shitty life, her mother died at the age four and her father has always blamed her for it. She went through the foster system and is now attending college. Her boyfriend Chris is not willing to share Madison with anyone, not even her friends.

Her first day at college she meets Carter James, who makes her want everything she never thought she could have. She knows that she should ignore her feelings for Carter, but it's not as easy as it sounds.

As Carter and Madison begin to fall in love, they face many obstacles. Their biggest one is Chris who is not going to let her go easily.

Playing with Fire will be the first book in a three book series. It is about the obstacles that stand in your way on the path to love. It tests the characters strength and commitment to each other on every level from old boyfriend/girlfriends, to insecurities, and throws a little violence and scheming into the mix.

"Chris was like fire. It was pretty to look at but if you got too close you got burnt, and if it wasn’t controlled it would destroy everything in its path. Doing what I was about to do with Carter was dangerous, but what can I say I never had parents to warn me not to play with fire."


I thought this book was fantastic.  I didn't realize it was part of a series until I got to the end and was like...wait what?!  You can't leave me here!!!  LOL  I enjoyed the characters and felt many emotions dealing with each of them.  

Madison had a sad existence until she met Carter.  She was frequently abused in her foster homes be it physical, verbal, or both.  I am not a fan of abuse of any kind, not that I know of anyone who advocates for it, but I can see as a child how one could build walls that you won't take down for anyone.  

When Madison meets Carter she earns a series of firsts.  The very first being a nickname.  Maddy. Her roommate then calls her Mads.  She is quite fond of both.  I can't say that I blame her.  It's good to know people like you enough to give you a nickname.  

There's some heavy emotional scenes in this story.  Carter is the blessing Maddy needs.  Chris has other plans however.  He will stop at NOTHING to make sure Madison stays "his."  His to abuse, his to rape, his to use to suit his purpose.  

The questions are, will Carter be able to keep Maddy away from Chris?  What lengths will Chris go to to get Madison back?  Will Madison go willingly?

Check out Playing With Fire.  I know you're going to love it!

4 Stars for this debut release

I looked around. I was completely lost and I was already running late for my first class. I took my schedule out of my purse to look at the building name again and, the next thing I knew, I was on the ground laying on top of some guy.
Wait! What? What the hell just happened?! I looked up at the brick wall that I had landed on and forgot how to breathe for a minute. Staring back at me were the bluest eyes I had ever seen, not to mention that he was gorgeous. He was just looking at me, giving me a sexy smile. He was wearing a USC shirt, which I found funny because that’s not the school we were at. He had this brown hair that was just long enough to give it that sexy “I just rolled out of bed” look. He was smiling at me and that’s when I saw the dimples. I personally think that it is unfair that one guy is this good looking.
“Hey, nice running into you”, the Greek god says.
Damn, his voice was just as sexy as the rest of him. I had never met someone that made my insides clench from just a look and a short sentence. That’s when I realized I was still laying on top of him, and I hadn’t even said a word. Oh my god, he is going to think I am some crazy person!

Author bio-  I live in Philadelphia Pennsylvania with my husband, two kids, and two dogs. On top of starting a writing career I am a full time student, and a full time mom. I love spending time with my kids, although I have to hide the computer from them when I am writing! I love being active and being able to do any activity outdoors.

I love reading romance books! I feel like being able to lose yourself in a book in one of the more exciting aspects. The books I love to read and write will be ones that make you feel for the characters. You should have an opinion on every character in a book. Whether you love them, hate them, or think they are up to something. 

I have always thought as an author the most important critic is your reader, so I would love to hear from you. If you read the book and loved it or hated it, tell me. As long as it is in a constructive way I will always answer and interact with you. I want fans to feel free to tell me what they want for the characters in the story and what they want to see happen.

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