Monday, July 22, 2013

Tour Stop: Playing with Fire by Ashley Piscitelli

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.

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"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."


“Listen, I get what your saying, but I know something isn’t right and I’m not gonna give up on her. I know you guys don’t get it, but she is the one. I have never felt this for any girl I met. She has been ignoring me for almost two months, but I still find myself looking for her everywhere. I find excuses in class to talk to her. You know me and I’m not one to chase girls, but even that one day of being around her changed that. She's different and I feel different whenever I’m around her, even when she's ignoring me.”

Jason laughed at me. “Carter, you just met this girl! You don’t even know her that well; maybe you just need to get laid and get her out of your system.”

That is what I would have done before, but it wasn’t going to work this time. I had tried to forget Maddy. I went home with girls, but I just wasn’t interested.

I didn’t know how to explain it to them, but in the couple hours I spent with Maddy, she got to me. I had never met a girl like her, and I didn’t want to let her go. I had a feeling that she wanted me, too, but something was holding her back.


Outstanding debut novel for this newbie author. A solid 4 Stars for this lady. I love the story line and the chemistry between Madison and Carter. There is just something and I can't put my finger on it that kept me from giving it a 5 star review. I think that I felt some things were rushed a little bit and I would've liked a little more back story on Chris and Madison's relationship, like how come his family didn't question any of it and the way he acted? Maybe there will be a little more backstory in the upcoming books, and if not well I can pretty much imagine it. Oh, and this story takes place in North Carolina which is where we are from, at Duke University which is a total of 2 hours away so it was easy to picture the scenery just like I was there.

The story starts with a little back story on Madison, some of the details about her mother's death and what Madison went through. No person should have to go through what she went through but sadly this is reality for so many children. Madison never had a chance from that point on, bouncing around the foster system never really making friends and hearing everyone tell you how worthless you are. College is a fresh start for her, she gets to meet new people and find out who she is, if Chris would just let her do it. I loathe Chris, he is such an arrogant ass and doesn't deserve Madison.

She meets Carter on the first day of class and from then on they can't seem to stay away from each other. They both struggle with their feelings and have some MAJOR ups and downs, I felt like I was on a rollercoaster of ups and downs and twists and turns. I love Carter, he is perfect in every way and is just what Madison needs to help her realize she is worthy of love and happiness. Just when I was starting to relax and let my guard down something happens that left me like "Nooooo!!!!" Why would you leave such a cliffhanger!!! I can't take it... I HAVE to know what's going to happen next!! The second book in the Guarded Heart Series, Breaking Through the Wall is expected to release in September 2013 and I can hardly wait!!!

From the Damage – O-Town
Got Dynamite – Demi Lovato
Ever Ever After – Carrie Underwood
Just A Reason – Pink
I’d Lie – Taylor Swift
You Don’t Know Her Like I Do – Brantley Gilbert
Never Been Hurt – Demi Lovato
Face Down – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Girlfriend – Nsync
I Wish – Hot Chelle Rae
I’ll Never Break Your Heart – Backstreet Boys
Fix a Heart - Demi Lovato
Have you Ever? – Brandy
Love Just Is – Hilary Duff
Wanted – Hunter Hayes
About the Author
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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