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.
"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)
I picked up this book because someone on goodreads compared it to Jeaniene Frost's vampire series featuring Cat & Bones. As a big fan of that series , I am highly offended by this comparison after picking up this book. I have no idea how that person could compare the two. While this book had a lot of promise , it's ruined by a TSTL MC . All this book was about a girl with out of control powers lusting after a guy who was sent to "neutralize "her. Then she continues lusting after him and putting him as her top priority despite the constant threat of her being captured, tortured, made into a lab rat and possibly killed. She has known Rome for a few days and throws a jealous tantrum (like she has ownership of him after a couple of days?! -_- )while meeting his exwife and mother of his child who is sheltering them! Then they continue their blatant disrespect of the psychic ex-wife in her home by getting it on in her apartment . This book is smut with some extra teenage hormones because that's how the 24 year old acts like - a teenager. There is nothing extraordinary. If you like smut with no real relationship build up and exhibitionist tendencies then you might like this book. If you are like me and prefer strong-willed , kick-ass heroines who have more going on in their heads than humping a guy in front of his ex-wife , who is the same guy that was about to trade her over to his boss a few days ago when they met, then this book isn't for you. The narration was fine but even good narrators can't save horrible writing.
I loved the narration. She captures the comedic hysteria of the protagonist perfectly. I bought the next book immediately for the great storyline and performance.
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.
Really read the ebook instead.
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.
nothing corny like this
the narator shouldnt have sounded like an airhead valley girl.
the cliche sparked disappointment
I couldnt get past chapter 3.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
Give me more.
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."
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