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Review – Start A Fire by Julia Wolf

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Start A Fire 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: March 18, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Dark/Obsession/New Adult Romance

Author: Julia Wolf

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



A twisted, new adult, love story that was page turning until the very end.

Perspective and Perception at any moment in time can mean one thing to one person and everything to another. Start A Fire revolves around Grace, a girl grieving the loss of her father, and Bash, a boy obsessed with Grace. As the story progresses both Grace and Bash have moments where their original moments of perception change as they gain perspective on each other.

While Grace originally lived in Savage River, she was a very different person before she moved away. Now she’s back and after living the past two years watching her father wither away she doesn’t have the same perspective on life that she did when everything was fake and life was rose colored.

While Grace has a different perspective on life, no longer interested in running with the popular crowd or cheerleading, she just wants to graduate and hopefully begin a life in art. She never once expected to catch the attention of the scary, psycho from her math class named Bash, who not only had her in his sights, but was everywhere she turned. As much as she wants to put him in a box of just a high school bully, Bash has layers that reveal he’s so much more.

We get this very intense, bad boy image of Bash when we first meet him, but as the story unfolds, there is a lot more to the twisted boy than originally meets the eye. Start A Fire took several unexpected twists, but they all were on the path that helped changed the characters perspective of one another. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story more than I ever expected.

Bash is intense, a bit bullyish, but more on the obsessive side. With him there is this underlying – what is his motivation? – that I kept trying to pin down, but never could. The story is only told from Grace’s POV so we never get that internal dialogue from Bash, which makes the story exciting. In turn, I had that obsessive need to know why he was so into her and made Start A Fire a complete page turner.

Gabe, Bash’s friend, I’m really hoping gets his own book. I love his secondary character. He’s outrageous, outlandish, and completely messed up. Any girl that can tame him is a total gem and I’m so on board for that.


I have my senior year planned: keep my head down, don’t make any waves, and get the diploma. I’ve done the popularity thing at Savage River High, but after two years away, I have no interest in reclaiming my crown.

The last time I put myself in the spotlight, I was left in shambles.

Unfortunately, my carefully laid plans go to hell when I grab the attention of dark, forbidding, and brutally hot Sebastian Vega. He looks at me like he wants to kill my puppy or eat me alive. Quite possibly both.

Sebastian is everywhere I go, and he’s decided I’m the twisted game he wants to play, whether I’m a willing participant or not.

The question is…what will I have to lose in order to win?

Authors Note: This is a DARK high school bully romance with mature themes and dubious situations that some readers may find offensive. If you’re looking for a nice guy, prince of a hero, this story isn’t for you.

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