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Playing with Fire | [Gena Showalter]

Playing with Fire

Twenty-four-year-old barista Belle Jamison dreams of a better job and a decent love life - until a crazy scientist spikes her mocha latte! Suddenly, Belle can wield the four elements - earth, wind, fire and water - with only a thought. Coffee too hot? No problem. Hair in need of a blow-dry? Done. Gorgeous government agent Rome Masters has been sent to neutralize Belle. There's just one problem: the sparks Belle and Rome generate are even hotter than the ones flying from her eyes!
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Publisher's Summary

Twenty-four-year-old barista Belle Jamison dreams of a better job and a decent love life - until a crazy scientist spikes her mocha latte! Suddenly, Belle can wield the four elements - earth, wind, fire, and water - with only a thought. Coffee too hot? No problem. Hair in need of a blow-dry? Done.

Gorgeous government agent Rome Masters has been sent to neutralize Belle. But he's not the only one after her. Together they must outrun the rogue agents on their trail and find a way to control her powers. There's just one problem: the sparks Belle and Rome generate are even hotter than the ones flying from her eyes. And with her future on the line, now is the worst possible time to fall in love!

©2009 Gena Showalter; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The versatile Showalter takes the nail-biting elements of her exciting paranormals and blends them with the wit and humor of her contemporary romances to make a delicious offering spiced with the best ingredients of both." (Booklist)

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    Amazon Customer midland, tx, US 10-17-14
    Amazon Customer midland, tx, US 10-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Go for the Kindle version instead"
    What did you like best about Playing with Fire? What did you like least?

    I read Playing with fire as an ebook first and loved it. the character was witty, sarcastic, and tough but i couldn't finish the audio book. it was still the same story but the inflections of the narrator seemed to change the main character into something altogether annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    Really read the ebook instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcela Kendell San Antonio, TX, United States 01-24-13
    Marcela Kendell San Antonio, TX, United States 01-24-13
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    "Cheap writing"
    What would have made Playing with Fire better?

    The writer shouldnt have tried so hard to be trendy...accidentally drinking a "latte" with that gave the main character magic abilities? C'mon...lame.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    nothing corny like this


    How could the performance have been better?

    the narator shouldnt have sounded like an airhead valley girl.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    the cliche sparked disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I couldnt get past chapter 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie 01-21-13
    Marjorie 01-21-13 Member Since 2014

    Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!

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    "Oh heck yeah!!!"
    If you could sum up Playing with Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Give me more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Playing with Fire?

    The first meeting of Belle and Tanner. Could not stop laughing!


    What does Jessica Almasy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    This reminded me so much of the Paranormalcy series! I loved that series too! Looking forward to book 2!

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    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 09-23-12
    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This Book is so Fun!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Brookfield, OH, United States 07-22-12
    Rachael Brookfield, OH, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The Heroine Falls Short"
    Would you try another book from Gena Showalter and/or Jessica Almasy?

    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.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    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.


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    Emily Cotton Valley, LA, United States 10-06-10
    Emily Cotton Valley, LA, United States 10-06-10
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    "Read this not underworld series"

    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."

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