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The Puppet

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.

The Peer

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 an interconnected stand-alone. The plot introduced will continue in the following novels.

©2018 B.B. Reid (P)2019 B.B. Reid

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Four-Ever ♥️

I’ve read this book over and over again over the last year... but first time listening to it.... oh my days ... I’m definitely going to be listening to the rest of bebe’s books...

Listening made things sound new 🤷‍♀️
I imagined the places and characters in a different way than I did whilst reading...it helped me imagine scenes in my head better.


This will definitely be listened to again
I love four and ever ♥️

Going to buy more , you’ve got me hooked on audio

5 stars ⭐️ lady

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Loved it

This is the first audio book I have listened to. I loved this book and loved the audio version as well. This is a must audio book to listen to! Loved it 💖

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All the feels! 5 astounding stars ⭐️

My first book from B.B Reid- and OMG I’m so completely captivated and blown away at the same time!
Joe and Savannah make the perfect duo for Ever and Four. This story pulled at my heart strings in every way, with equally strong lead characters and secondary characters.
Highly recommend this book and this audiobook to anyone curious or contemplating this story.

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  • DZM
  • 13-11-19

Female pushover just too much

I tried but I could not make it further than 3 1/2 hours. She is such a poorly written character. Supposedly strong yet she can’t ignore how dreamy the a-hole male is. Savannah’s Boston accent is too painful to listen too.

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  • Glittery Bookworm
  • 27-07-19

Hate the story but great narration

Hated the story
Good writing
Great narration

To me the narrators made it possible to finish this story. I’ve enjoyed other books by Reid but this story was not for me because I personally don’t enjoy cheating of any kind. And I especially hate a woman okay with being a mans dirty little secret side piece and too weak to put her foot down.

Grammatically the writing was good, but the words often felt empty. Maybe my resentment about the cheating kept me from emotionally opening up to the characters. I’m not completely sure, but I’d like to think I can be above that when rating an authors hard work.

I could not connect with the female character. I felt she was written to be a strong young woman but then would do and behave corny, childish and weakened by sex. I think the author made a mistake having her take the male lead back so easily time and time again. To me that’s a contradiction to a strong person’s character.

If you don’t have issue with cheating in your stories and like a controlling male then you’ll enjoy this one. Otherwise I’d suggest you save your money and time and choose a different story.

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  • J. Stells
  • 02-06-19

Entertaining listening

I had already read the print version of The Peer and the Puppet but I had to give the audiobook a listen. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator's did a great job. My only issue was when Savannah would speak as Four. In the beginning she started off doing a Southern accent like Four, but then it stopped. I was thrown off by that. I really did love her voice though. I really loved Joe's voice when he would read with Jamie's accent. Overall I was extremely entertained.

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  • Tara Turner
  • 29-05-19

So good!!!

This is a fantastic audiobook! I had previously read The Peer and the Puppet but when B.B. announced it would become an audiobook I knew I had to listen to it. And it did not disappoint!! Joe Arden and Savannah Peachwood did a masterful job bringing these characters to life.

This is the story of Four and Ever (swoon ❤️❤️❤️), a girl from the wrong side of the tracks thrust into a world she was in no way prepared for.

The push and pull, the secrets and the lies, and the secondary characters (waves to Jamie) all enhance this world B.B. Reid has created and the audio has just enhanced the experience.


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  • Taylorpriziola
  • 20-05-19

Eye rolling.....

Eye rolling.....
I’m a little confused on what people considered is a bad ass H because Four was nothing but a doormat always pining after Ever! When will authors get a clue that most women will not let another man treat them like Ever did Four or act this pathetic!! My God!! Do women really act this stupid around hot guys and just spread there legs?? why oh why can’t I find a BOOK where the H actually is a bad ass!! Maybe just maybe one day I’ll find a book where the H actually means it when she tells the hero to go f*** himself instead of her saying it but then opening her legs within a second!

This book was so ridiculous that I can’t even count how many times I rolled my eyes at how pathetic Four was!! I’m surprised I even finish the book.. For the love of God, Woman grow a back bone! If anyone said the things to me that Ever said to Four, there would be no chance in hell I wouldn't say shit back to make them feel the same way!! And why do authors always make the hero seem to have this sexual power over women? Last time I checked, I thought women could make a men beg more....
Ever being consider a Alpha was a joke. I love Alpha men but Ever was more like a straight up asshole, but I guess if your as pathetic and weak as Four was and there isn’t any consequences on what you say and do then I guess I would continue being an asshole to that person too!
Oh and let’s not forget to mention how Ever had no problem giving up on getting his mother back for Four, but wouldn’t give up Barbie because of a stupid unrealistic promise he gave Barbie when they were younger and how Four was OK with this... Could the story get any more ridiculous! So basically Barbie is more important than his mother.. and if Barbie didn’t tell Four about the promise than What??

I read Fear Me series by this Author, and the heroine in those books was just as weak and pathetic. That being said, I can tell you this, I’m done reading anymore of this Authors books. I just can’t stand weak Heroines!

Not sure how this book got the rating it did!! More eye rolling..

The Audiobook Narrating were just ok.
I’ve listen to Joe Arden and Savannah Peachwood in other books and have enjoyed listening to them, but for some reason I just didn’t get the same effect I got when they narrated this book. Maybe because the book was poorly written and it showed in the narrating.

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  • Latoya Toney (readingbythebayou)
  • 30-01-20

So good

BB knows how to deliver a good enemies to lovers book. Four is forced to move in with Ever and his dad when their parents start dating. Ever views them as social climbers and doesn't give either of them a chance. Ever is also living a double life as a member of a dangerous gang in hopes that he'll find out where his mother disappeared to. I really enjoyed this book and the supporting characters were a bonus. The push/pull between Four and Ever made the story very entertaining. This is going to be a great series!

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  • JLPG
  • 03-12-19

FourEvermore

Overall, I did enjoy The Peer and the Puppet. I listened to this on Audible, and I recommend it in this format because the narration is well done.

I had a few problems with the plot though. I was really hoping those would be resolved before the end of the book. When I originally looked up When Rivals Play, #2, I noticed it focuses on two outside characters (who we do meet briefly in The Peer and the Puppet). At that point, I wasn't convinced I wanted to know about those characters. I then noticed the Evermore novella. The blurb suggests you read that one after both 1 and 2 (The Moth and the Flame). So, I am going to check out book 2 with the hope some of those items will be resolved or at least make more sense as I head toward the novella. I'm not certain if that closes the series or if we can expect another book.

That said, I really got invested in the characters, though I have to say at times I wanted to shake Four for being whiny. She does put up with a lot from Ever so I suppose she has a right to be that way. I'd also like to see more on Jamie.

I suppose this is a rather long winded review. Bottom line is yes I enjoyed TPP, and I'm hopeful the next books will offer more.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 29-10-21

Great Read

The Peer and the Puppet (When Rivals Play, #1) was a great read by B.B. Reid. Four, The Puppet, moves into Ever, The Peer's, home when his father swoops in and saves her and her mom. Ever refuses to be a happy family with Four and her social climbing mom. Four is sent to a reform school and Ever never thought she would return home. Four returns and wants to get even, she will expose Ever who's moonlighting as a gangbannger. I enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to read more by the author.

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  • Kat
  • 26-05-21

Huge Fan

I love B. B. Reid. I’ve read another series from her and loved it too. Strong male AND female characters. This story rocks!!!!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-05-21

Definitely diggin' this series

Bullies, scandal, alphas, and money. I love it. I enjoyed how this author slowly shines the light on the darkness exposing all the feels so balance can be restored.

Ms. Reid is definitely a sure thing.