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Playing with Fire (Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, Book 1) by Gena Showalter

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Series: Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, Book 1
Rating: 4 Stars
Formats: Mass Market Paperback 


Playing with Fire (Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, Book 1)
Belle is a Feisty, Funny Heroine 

Playing with Fire is classic Showalter, who always manages to deliver an enjoyable read with plucky heroines, sexy heros and a lot of laughs. Belle Jamison drives the paranormal plot of this light urban fantasy. She's a mess - can't hold a job, hates the one she's barely holding on to, and after a bizarre encounter during a break at the coffee shop she works at, she's suddenly commanding the four elements - fire, water, earth, and air. Her life will never be the same again.

Enter the wickedly sexy Rome Masters, a man with his own secrets and definitely his own agenda. He offers to help Belle in exchange for her help with a problem of his - keeping his daughter off the radar of the same groups out to get Belle.

The plot is interesting and Playing with Fire would be a great book to start a series, because Belle is definitely an appealing heroine with a heck of a heart, and the secondary characters and agency that Rome works for hold a lot of potential for future development. I know that there's a sequel, Twice as Hot, and I can't wait to read it. I hope Showalter keeps going with this one. There were some issues I had with Playing with Fire - I thought the development of the romance was a little odd and forced at the beginning, but it evened out about half way through. I thought that Belle's reaction to some of the darker results of her power were oddly lacking in emotional repercussions. Still, Playing with Fire is a fun romp and I enjoyed it.

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Here is a rundown of what the star ratings mean to me! It's not a perfect system, so you may see me add in a .5 star here and there if my impression of the book falls somewhere between these:

5 Stars - Loved it
4 Stars - Liked it
3 Stars - It's okay
2 Stars - Didn't like it
1 Star - Hated it

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