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Playing with Fire Audiobook

Playing with Fire

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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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    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!

    1 of 1 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Iqueno 09-16-10
    Iqueno 09-16-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "How old is the author?"

    My sister recommeded this author. So I tried one when it went on a 4.95 sale. She writes like a child and throws in some "adult" scenes for some unknown reason. What is she 14 or 15 years old? I read a wide variety of genres, but this book fails no matter what genre you try to fit it into. There is MUCH better out there if you are looking for Young Adult, Romance, Mystery, Adventure, or whatever.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    01-05-10
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    "Boring..."

    I am into my 4th CD and still am waiting for something to happen. The two main characters are very swallow and the conversation is so 'not real'. Very disappointed. Save your cash or credits and pass on this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    christopher 04-23-16
    christopher 04-23-16
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    "i loved this"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i woulld recommend this book if you like syfy and action.the books make you think that it is possble if you dont watch what you drink. a whole world of shit could and would happen


    What other book might you compare Playing with Fire to and why?

    jennifer estep elemental assasin sieres and jane yellow rock


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samar 08-05-15
    Samar 08-05-15
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    "Replace the heroine with a bobble head and you will get the same effect"

    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.

    0 of 1 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 Member Since 2015
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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 1 people found this review helpful

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