Casey's Reviews,  New Adult

Book Review: The Peer and The Puppet by B.B. Reid


Title:  The Peer and The Puppet (When Rivals Play #1)

Author:  B.B. Reid

Genre:  New Adult Romance

Release Date:  July 23, 2018




Borrow the bike. Win the race. Collect the cash. It should’ve been an easy job. Ran out of town with a broken leg and a lawsuit, my mother’s latest flame swoops in like a knight in gilded armor. Blackwood Keep is a place I don’t belong, and I’m not the only one who knows. To the boy across the hall, my savior’s only son, I’m a stray looking for a bone.

He’s lord of the manor.
King of the academy.
And number one on my shit list.


I have no intentions of becoming a happy family with the social climber and her wild daughter. A bottle of Jameson and a cracked skull gets my problem shipped to reform school, but I didn’t bank on her returning.

Four’s out to get even, and she almost had the perfect plan: expose the privileged kid moonlighting as a gangbanger. She’s smart, but she’ll have to be smarter. Sending her away won’t be good enough this time. I’m going to have to tame the little troublemaker. To the girl across the hall, the one without a name, I’m nothing without my silver spoon.

She’s lady of the trailer park.
Queen of the swamps.
And my new favorite pastime.

The Peer and the Puppet is a standalone romance, however, the series is one story. The plot introduced in Four and Ever’s story will continue in the following novels. No cliffhangers.


Casey’s Review

Rating: 4 Stars



Holy Angst Overload!

There was so much tension, so much hot and cold, push-pull and back and forth with Four and Ever that I’m still suffering from whiplash. I think I may need to sue B.B. Reid for injury.


I wouldn’t actually sue… I’d probably be laughed at in court, lol.

There was a lot of fuckery and secrets going on in the world with these teenagers and Four and Ever were a hot mess. Don’t get me wrong, I loved both of their characters. Four is one of those girls that has balls of steel and doesn’t back down from a fight and Ever was a block of ice that wouldn’t crack. After getting through a good chunk of this book, I was wondering if they were ever going to get together. Their journey was filled with pitfalls and so much conflict, that at times, I thought that it was a bit too much and that they shouldn’t even be chasing each other’s tail around… but ever so slowly, Four chiseled her way through Ever’s icy exterior and sunk her claws in his heart and I loved getting to finally see what was beneath all of Ever’s aloof and arrogant roughness.

There was still a lot left in the book that was left unresolved, so to find the answers the series must be continued. But if you love angsty enemies to lovers romances, then you will salivate over this book. I can’t wait for the next one in the series, The Moth and The Flame, to get some answers to the unresolved issues, though I’m quite surprised on who the main characters will be in that book. All in all, this was a great start to a new series by the Queen of Alpha Assholes & Angst, B.B. Reid.

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