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Because of You (Playing with Fire #2)… Review and Giveaway

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Brady Marshall has made a career of playing it safe. When he decides to do something rash and becomes a Navy SEAL, he thinks he's finally escaped the rigid structure of the high society life his parents forced down his throat. All he does is trade in one set of rules for another. He follows military protocol to a T, but it still results in the death of an entire team of Navy SEALS and puts his best friends directly in harm's way. He’s struggled to stay afloat and not drown in grief, guilt, and booze, but he's losing that battle quickly. When his baby sister flees her abusive husband and shows up on his doorstep with his young niece in tow, he has no choice but to clean up his act. He will stop at nothing to protect them and never let them down again, even if it means taking a job that goes against everything he believes in. If protecting a pop star princess who thinks she's better than everyone means he can keep a roof over their head, what other choice does he have?

Layla Carlysle has lived a life of luxury. She's been a star since the young age of fifteen, and every record she releases shoots straight to the top of the charts. She has people surrounding her every single day telling her how amazing she is, how beautiful she is, and how lucky she is, but she’s never felt more alone in her entire life. She wants nothing more than to break free and do what she really wants to do: write her own music, sing her own songs, and find a way to finally be happy with her life. The only thing standing in her way is her mother, Eve Carlysle. Eve has controlled every single aspect of her daughter’s life and will stop at nothing to achieve fame and fortune, even if that means using her daughter to get there. When an overly-amorous fan’s letters become increasingly more sinister, Brady will have to suck up his opinion of how the other half lives to take the job seriously. The pair will need to learn to trust each other and put aside their differences before the letters become a reality and someone’s life is in jeopardy.

Brady has been to hell and back, and he refuses to let anyone else get close to him again. Layla has never lived her life for herself, and the emptiness is threatening to break her for good.

Sometimes our lives are already planned for us, but because of you, all of that could change in an instant.

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My Review
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I don’t know what I was expecting with this book.  I assumed it would pick up where A Beautiful Lie left off… well it does… Just not in the way I expected.
This book has it ALL.  Love.  Mystery.  Violence.  Drama.  There aren’t enough words to describe this.  I rarely like a follow-up in a serious that goes off with a supporting character from the previous book as much as I liked this.  I am having a really tough time figuring out what I want to tell you in this review.
We saw Brady in the first book.  Now we really get to know him.  Feel the pain and guilt he carries around from the mission in A Beautiful Lie.  We get to watch the battle he fights within himself.  He can’t let another person down.  He can’t lose another person.  But sometimes events around him are out of his control—he just won’t accept that! 
Layla is not the typical diva you want her to be.  She is loving and caring.  She carries around a lot of low self-esteem and baggage.  Most people would walk away from her once they met her evil mother.  She should walk away… From her mother that is!  She is faced with the realization that she might in fact have a real stalker.
As this story unfolds, some things almost become apparent.  Pieces of the puzzle slowly fall into place.  Some will catch on early.  Some won’t catch on until later.  In the meantime, you will be wrapped up in the mystery of it all.  Not knowing who to trust.  Not knowing who to like and dislike.  All the while, rooting for Brady and Layla to wake up and see what is forming between them instead of allowing themselves to destroy it all.
I couldn’t put this book down.  There was some much going on that I had to find out everything.  So many questions develop in the story, you just cannot put it down!
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  2. I just got into reading her books. I just got done with Watch Over me and just started the Chocolate series

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  3. I haven't read any of Tara's books yet. I have Watch over me on my kindle. I just haven't had a chance to start it. I have heard wonderful things about her books and I am sure that I will love them!! I would love to win this prize. :)

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  4. The Chocolate Lovers Series is the funniest series ever!

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  5. The chocolate series is the best!!!!!

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  6. The chocolate series is the best!!!!!

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  7. I just bought the chocolate series and am looking forward to reading it. I've heard so many good things about it.

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  8. Her Chocolate Lovers series! Goodness, those three were a hoot!

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  9. The Chocolate Lovers Series for sure!!!

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  10. I cannot wait for the third book of the Playing with Fire series about Austin and Gwen. I love the Chocolate Lovers Series and just got my copy of Love and Lists at Midnight this morning, can't wait to read it. Thanks for the great give away!

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  11. I haven't had the chance to read any of Tara Sivec's books yet, but I'm looking forward to them.

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