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The first meeting of Belle and Tanner. Could not stop laughing!
Her Belle is feisty. Her Tanner is goofy. Her Rome is smoldering. Her Lexis is exotic. These are all very different characters and she articulated that beautifully with her voicing. I was very pleased!
This reminded me so much of the Paranormalcy series! I loved that series too! Looking forward to book 2!
I thought this book was very light, fun and interesting. I am a huge Gena Showalter fan, and this book is very different than the Lords of the Underworld series. It was a great surprise, and I'm pleased to see that Gena has a different side to her writing. The story is written in first person from Belle's perspective, and I was not sure if I would like that, but the narrator is excellent. The conversations between the characters are great - its very well written. You will really enjoy this book. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
This is my first Gena Showalter book, and if this is indicative of the quality and depth of her stories, then I'll pass. The story seemed fun- I mean, what's not to like about a girl gaining power over the elements through her mocha latte? But, the story development quickly fell by the wayside as soon as our heroine met the romantic interest. The rest of the story revolved around getting in bed with him. I mean, who cares about having out-of-control powers or bad guys trying to kidnap you so that they can experiment on you when there's a good looking man around? Our heroine Belle Jamison sure doesn't.
I love quick-witted, sarcastic, strong heroines along the lines of any Molly Harper leading lady. But Gena Showalter pushed too much. Belle's sharp wit and remarks often came across as forced and cheesy at times. She was also self-absorbed, not matter how much she tried to convince us otherwise, and has absolutely no people skills. Instead of being sassy and fun, she just came across as annoying and shallow. I wasn't impressed with her and by the end of the story, I didn't really care about her and the struggles she was going through. Jessica Almasy's narration also didn't help things. Her pacing was a little too slow for my liking, and I think that her voice is better suited for teen stories. I had a hard time imagining Belle as an adult.
Overall, this book was just okay. I wouldn't say that it was a waste of a credit, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless you absolutely love Gena Showalter.
This book would've been so much better if any kind of actual romance, or relationship of any kind, had a chance to develop between them. Since the book is told from Belle's point of view, you spend the majority of the book listening to her inner dialogue. And the majority of that dialogue is devoted to her daydreams of having sex with Rome and how attractive he was. I can't recall any instances where she admired or even noted his personality unless she was complaining about him. And I really can't understand what Rome sees in Belle. She is either doubting and mistrusting him, or inadvertently trying to kill him.
So, if you're into 100% physical attraction romances, this is the book for you. But if you're looking for any kind of deeper connection, skip it.
I love this book. It's sequel "Twice as Hot" is great too. I listened to both I really got into this author so I mistakenly bought the 4 books for 2 credits package on "Lords of the Underworld" by the same author. Be forewarned: These are nothing like what "Playing with Fire."