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Playing with Fire: A Magical Romantic Comedy

With a Body Count
By: RJ Blain
Narrated by: Courtney Holly
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)
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Warning: This novel contains excessive humor, action, excitement, adventure, magic, romance, and bodies. Proceed with caution.

What do you get when you mix gorgons, an incubus, and the Calamity Queen? Trouble, and lots of it.

Working as the only human barista at a coffee shop catering to the magical is a tough gig on a good day. Bailey Gardener has few options. She can either keep spiking drinks with pixie dust to keep the locals happy or spend the rest of her life cleaning up the world’s nastiest magical substances.

Unfortunately for her, Faery Fortunes is located in the heart of Manhattan Island, not far from where Police Chief Samuel Quinn works. If she’d been smart, she never would have agreed to help the man find his wife.

Bailey found her, all right - in the absolutely worst way possible. 

One divorce and several years later, Bailey is once again entangled in Chief Quinn’s personal affairs, and he has good reason to hate her. Without her, he wouldn’t be Manhattan’s Most Wanted Bachelor, something he loathes. Without her, he’d still be married. 

If only she’d said no when he asked her help, she might have had a chance with him. While her magic worked well, it came with a price: misfortune. Hers.

When Quinn’s former brother-in-law comes to her for help, he leaves her with a cell phone and 75,000 reasons to put her magic to the test. However, when she discovers Quinn’s ex-wife is angling for revenge, Bailey’s tossed in the deep end along with her sexiest enemy.

©2017 RJ Blain (P)2019 RJ Blain

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Very funny!

Playing with Fire is one of my favorite stories and I'm glad to see it on Audible! In this world, magic common and plain vanilla human is uncommon. Bailey is a barista at a pixie dust coffee house and has a side job working for the CDC as HazMat cleanup since she has an immunity to pixie dust, gorgon bile and other magical substances. During the worst 18 hr shift ever, her boss ditches work for a ride with Bailey’s secret crush and doesn’t return, her coworkers don’t show up, the coffee shop does record business, Bailey quits and goes home. Then, a gorgon dust cell phone bomb, blows up in her face. This is just the beginning…

The world building is great! Pixie dust is a legal recreational drug (in low doses and lower grades) allows for a high without a low. Angels have no heads. Magical neutralizer is bright pink and shiny. Gorgon bile can petrify so they wear sunglasses and cover their snakes when in public.

The first thing I thought when I turned on the audio book was “Why in the world does Bailey have a thick New York accent when she grew up in New Jersey?” That was jarring to me, but I only knew that because I had read the book before listening to the audio book.

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Terrible narrator

I loved this book when I read it but this narrator was terrible. Not just the accent but very little inflection and way too fast.