RELEASE BLITZ AND REVIEW: The Prince and the Pawn by B.B. Reid

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A coming-of-age tale of loss, love, and redemption.

The Prince and the Pawn, the epic finale of When Rivals Play from bestselling author B.B. Reid is LIVE!


They were wrong for each other from the start.

The jock and the nerd, what a cliché they made.

He was the town prince, and she was a nobody.

Tyra Bradley was invisible.

That is until she told him he needed some manners, and so began their game of cat and mouse.

She ran, he chased.

It was perfect.

Except Vaughn Rees has a deep, dark secret. Promised to the NFL, but fated for something sinister, Vaughn knows she’s forbidden fruit. To want more is to tempt death. He’s already in too deep.

When a betrayal unravels their fragile ties, the good girl runs as fast as she can. What Tyra doesn’t know? They’re a siren’s song. She can run, but they’ll always be bound.

They’re two souls torn apart and mended by fate. And now…Vaughn isn’t the only one with a secret.

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My Review

I knew that B.B. Reid was going to end her amazing When Rivals Play series  epically, taking both her characters and her readers on one hell of a final journey, and I can wholeheartedly say that Reid wrung every single heartbreaking and heartwarming emotion out of me, making me question my sanity as I dove deeper into the tumultuous and dark world she crafted and witnessed Vaughn Rees and Tyra Bradley walk a delicate line toward each other, knowing that life is a cruel bitch, at times, and that other’s intentions can far outweigh the desire that two people have, even if it’s not necessarily what they want or even need.

Readers who have read the series from the beginning aren’t strangers to the complicated dynamics of Vaughn and Tyra’s relationship, and even though we are privy to a bit of insight when it comes to this couple, it’s not until they get their own story and tell things from their perspectives that all of the questions that we’ve been collecting every time these two wind up in a scene get answers, and while their responses shed significant light on who Vaughn and Tyra are, sometimes, that information is not what readers want to hear, which further complicates things in unprecedented ways.

But the couples and the love they have for each other in this series can’t be ever be described as warm and fuzzy, in any way shape or form. All characters have experienced the cruelty of the world and have endured extremely difficult situations, which means that there is a grittiness to each of the couples and that rings true in The Prince and the Pawn more so, I think, than with any of the other couples. And that means that Vaughn and Tyra will not come out of this unscathed, but, hopefully, they will come out of it together, but Reid sure makes them work for it.

B.B. Reid has the uncanny ability to create flawed heroes and heroines – ones who work tirelessly to convey an external perception that holds up to their biggest critics and their most dangerous enemies, but what it also does is force a divide between them that can be extremely difficult to overcome, especially when Vaughn and Tyra seem hellbent on going about things in all the wrong ways.

The prince is not so much princely as he is someone who conveys control and wields power. There were several times throughout the story that I wanted to junk punch Vaughn, but then Reid would have him do or say something that would bring him back in my good graces, but that never lasted too long, and then I was back to wanting to smack him something fierce.

Tyra’s role as the pawn is an interesting one, because as the story moves forward, she shows herself to be quite the adversary for all that was up against her, and while there were times that I didn’t understand her choices or her actions, I held steadfast to the thought that she was doing everything she could not to be categorized as someone to be used and, for the most part, she stands firm and exuded strength even in the most difficult of scenes.

I hate that this series has come to an end. I’ve enjoyed every single moment of it, even when I wanted to send ranty messages to the author. And I LOVE how Reid brought all the couples together in the final book and allowed each reader to say their own version of goodbye to these heroes and heroines who have been in our hearts and our heads for quite some time.

4.5 Poison Apples


About B.B. Reid

B.B. Reid is a bestselling author of new adult romance. She grew up the only daughter and middle child in a small town in North Carolina. After graduating with a Bachelors in Finance, she started her career at an investment research firm while continuing to serve in the National Guard. She currently resides in Charlotte with her moody cat and enjoys collecting Chuck Taylors and binge-eating chocolate.

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