• Start a Fire

  • The Savage Crew, Book 1
  • By: J. Wolf
  • Narrated by: Allie Piper, Gideon Frost
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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? 

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

©2021 Julia Wolf (P)2022 Julia Wolf

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Dark Bully Romance

Sebastian (Bash) and Grace have undeniable chemistry. Bash is dark, controlling and a bit scary. Grace stands up for herself at every turn. Love how strong Grace is! Grace has been through a lot recently and doesn't need any more grief. Slowly throughout this book with Grace's pushback she chips away at Bash and we see why he is the way he is and how endearing it truly can be. I love peeling back the layers of Bash and watching Grace fall for him. Loved the narrators as well!

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great book, great listen

I previously read this book, and loved it! listening to it, I fell in love with it again! I knew what was going to happen, but I still didn't want to stop listening.

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Darkly Intensity, Raw Emotion & Sultry Heat

This book was absolutely amazing and from me that is very high praise because "Bully Romances" are hit and miss with me (and all too often a miss!). Bash and Grace had me in their fierce grip right from the start. A very painful history, a tense present and her overall spunkiness, made Grace relatable and wickedly easy to feel for. Bash or Sebastian is super intense, gruff and rough around the edges. I warn you now, HE IS going to push your boundaries on occasion (This is after all dark read), but for me personally he never crossed any lines that he couldn't come back from (and I've got some lines that are set in stone and if they are crossed, I'm done!). These complex characters ended up being as endearing as they were flawed. To compliment them we have a beautifully written storyline, that is as strong as they are. A potent blend of raw emotions, drama, tension, angst, turmoil, twists and desire flows effortless across every page and does its utmost best to lure you in and inspires a desperate need to linger. Add to this a incredible cast of secondary characters that you will need to see get their own books and you end up with an all the feels romance that takes your emotions on one epic ride! The performances given by the dual narrators was excellent. I found their voices pleasing and easy to listen to and I felt they fit the characters really well.

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The Obsession We Seek

Brilliant. The stalker that isn't. The one we want to be wanted by. Lovely performance of a book I couldn't put down. I can't wait to listen to the whole series!!!

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Start a Fire

This is my first J. Wolf story and I loved it!!! There is one scene that I wasn’t too happy about but other then that, it was great! I will definitely be reading more!

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Proceed with caution

I cannot stress how much I appreciate when an author warns the reader of triggering content. I knew going in there was an issue of consent, and normally I am that reader that wouldn't even dabble in questionable consent, and I would not finish a book if it got to be too uncomfortable for me. I liked the twist at the end, but even still, this is definitely a book to proceed with caution on if you struggle with non consensual encounters. It's a topic that's never fully dropped throughout the book, and the heroine frequently minds that the hero can, could and has already taken what he wanted regardless of consent. Yet, for some insane reason, not quite as insane as the heroine, I couldn't stop listening the narration is perfect. There is good reason why it's primarily 1 POV, and it really makes sense in the end. If you can get past the trigger, it's a good read.

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Fantastic story

I knew before I started this audio book that it was going to love it and as expected Julia Wolfe did not disappoint. I keep thinking that her writing and story-telling cannot possibly get any better but it does each and every time.

This is a story about Grace Patel and Sebastian Vega, they are 18 year old high school seniors who are both had tragedies in their past. Grace’s tragedies had her leaving her high school and moving to another country with her parents. Two years later another tragedy has Grace and her mother coming back to the US and Grace having to go back to her High School. Grace has changed and is hoping to get thru her senior year but her past has other plans. This book is from Graces POV.

Sebastian Vega is a hot, angry brooding young man who seems to be anywhere Grace happens to be. We do not get Sebatians POV during this story and usually I am not a fan of single POV.s but with this story I am so glad it was written this way, it helped to keep the mystery of Sebastian going.


Sebastiabn and Grace have an instant attraction which Grace tries to avoid, but she is drawn to him much to her annoyance.

Their attraction It isn't straightforward and not without its hiccups but it is a journey as a reader you NEED in your life! Start A Fire is an absolutely fantastic audio book.

This book deals with two scenes of dubious consent (one in the past and one in the present) and may be a trigger for some, just know that Julia Wolfe dealt with the issue in a sensitive manor.

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Very entertaining.

I read this book when it first released & was super excited to see it come out on audio. The narrators did a wonderful job bringing this story to life.

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Great story

This was so good I couldn’t stop listening. I only wish that the male narrator would read more than just the epilogue.

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OH BASH....The things you say....

If I thought reading this book was good, listening to it was even better! GAH ....all of those DARK, EDGY, AND BEAUTIFUL vibes are brilliantly showcased and I loved every single moment of it!

There are tons of school bully books and school romance books out there, but it takes a great author to come up with a way to make theirs stand out... That being said, Start A Fire is one of the best ones out there and you need to get your hands on it NOW! It's dark, it's intense, and sweetly romantic in a twisted and deliciously warped way!

When Grace Patel returns to Savage River High for her senior year, she wants nothing more than to fly under the radar, graduate, and pursue her art in college. What she dosen't expect is to have caught the eye of Savage River’s resident bad boy Sebastian (Bash) Vega, a guy who gives scary and intense a whole new meaning...

Grace's future plans don't include King bully Vega's mind games or his obsessive behavior. Bash's intense hatred and dubious intentions leave Grace confused as she struggles against her undeniable attraction for him.....

Sebastian Vega is the ultimate antihero. Tough, unyielding, dark, and sometimes scary...he's an intimidating and intriguing presence. You can't help but want to peel away at his layers to discover what lies beneath his carefully constructed persona.

Grace Patel is my favorite kind of heroine. She's tough, strong, yet vulnerable. She has a maturity beyond her years and knows what she wants. Sebastian pushes her at every turn and despite the confusing feelings he creates within her, she stands up for herself and doesn't take any of his crap.

Honestly, once you start listening to this book, you'll find it hard to stop. The overwhelming feelings of teenage attraction and emotions just pour off the page. It pushes boundaries and will definitely give you mixed feelings over sensitive subject matters ultimately resulting in one incredible story that is one hell of a ride...

Equally dark, edgy, and beautiful this story is completely unforgettable and an absolute MUST READ! I can't wait to see more from the Savage River Crew because I'm definitely here for ALL OF IT!!

The narrative of this audio hit me with all the tingling vibes I experienced while I was listening! There was nothing better than hearing my sweet psycho Bash!

This is one audio that I'll be listening to over and over again!

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  • S. Heaney
  • 06-17-22

Great story and narration. Definitely recommend!

Start A Fire sees Julia Wolf, writing as J. Wolf, go to the dark side, and I'm totally here for it!

Whilst I love Julia's rockstar romances, her venture into high school bully romance is certainly a success. And the narration from Allie Piper, with Gideon Frost, really brings this fantastic story and characters to life.

Allie Piper is fantastic as Grace Patel, an ex-cheerleader and all-round popular girl, returning to her former school after a couple years abroad. But life is much different for Grace this time around. Gone is her nice home and relative wealth, with the death of her father changing her forever.

The new Grace gets to know people that she never really gave time to before, and finds her new best friend Bex, as well as Helen aka Hells Bells.

She also meets Sebastian 'Bash' Vega, wonderfully, albeit briefly, performed by Gideon Frost, who has issues with Grace as soon as he meets her. Bash attempts to intimidate the new girl, alongside his best friend Gabe.

The great thing about Grace, however, is that she doesn't sit meekly by or let Bash get away with his behaviour.

Julia does introduce some non-con involving Bash and Grace, which some might not be comfortable with, but she handles it well (and honestly, I love a bad boy!). Grace's experience with the star football player during her first stint at the school is much worse than anything we see from Bash, in my opinion.

Bash is also more than the sum of his parts. His character has depth and Julia has made sure that whilst he may be a little bit psycho, he's perfect for Grace.

The supporting characters in Start A Fire are great, especially Gabe, and I'm hoping we'll eventually have each of the books from the series on audible. The audio has brought this story to life more than ever.

I'm definitely invested in this 'savage' crew!

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