Playing With Fire is an outstanding multicultural thriller from bestselling author, Kiki Swinson. This is a prequel to her Notorious duology, which I haven’t read…yet.
Yoshi Lomax is a college student at a prestigious southern university. She’s in over her head in more ways than one. Can she regain control of her life before she’s completely off the rails?
Kiki Swinson is a gifted author of multicultural fiction, and she shows her ability in this prequel. She grabs the reader’s attention and easily keeps it throughout. In fact, I was halfway through this one before I raised my head. I couldn’t seem to put it down. And didn’t; not until I finished it. Yoshi is an interesting character. She’s biracial, which may or may not be part of her issues. She seems to be younger than her years and somewhat naïve, but I like her anyway. Some of the writing, narrative and dialogue, seems a little stilted, but I still couldn’t put it down, and it didn’t slow down the story or my reading. Overall, this is a great read, though I did deduct a star for the sometimes, in my humble opinion, stiffness. I rate Playing With Fire 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who enjoys good fiction with a mysterious twist.
My thanks to Kensington Books, Dafina, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: November 30, 2021