Title: Playing with Fire
Author: Tamara Morgan
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 7th, 2012
Fiona Nelson has always been one hot ticket—even before she took the conversion serum that gave her superhuman abilities. Fiona’s powers come at a price: lack of human contact, or she won’t be the only thing burning. When she loses control of her emotions, her fire powers run rampant…and she’s hurt enough people already.
But when the man behind her conversion returns to blackmail her into helping him gain power, the only person she can turn to is Ian Jones, the man who broke her teenage heart. The man determined to expose the criminal known as Fireball, whose explosive escapades are just a little too close to Fiona’s M.O.
Ian is convinced Fiona’s dangerous, convinced she’s Fireball, and convinced he’ll damn himself if he doesn’t resist a heat that’s always drawn him to Fiona like a moth to a flame—but Ian has his own secrets.
And he’ll learn far too soon what happens when you play with fire.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: Playing with Fire is a novella inside of the Holding Out for a Hero Anthology from Entangled Publishing. I was looking for something different and when I saw this novella I was excited to dive into this world.
While I do love my alpha male heroes, I have to admit that Ian was a breath of fresh air. He was a total geek and it was adorable. He would rather spend his days in his lab and had a Clark Kent feel to him, which was so cute. Fiona was an interesting character as well. She has not been dealt an easy hand and self-esteem issues kept her in bad relationships and also led to bad decisions. This book was a journey for her to get her confidence back as much as it was her trying to clear her name as “Fireball” the criminal that has been terrorizing the town she lives in and putting lives in danger.
As for the action, there were some, but I found myself able to walk away from this novella at several points because I was just not drawn into it. I liked the development of the characters and I enjoyed learning more about the mythology behind the Converted, but I was just not absorbed in the story. The premise of the story is great and it had a lot of potential, but it just fell flat. When I finished reading Playing with Fire, I was glad that I read it and will look into more books from Tamara, but it was not wowed by it.
Overall, Playing with Fire was an okay read, but it did not blow me away. It read more like a contemporary novella rather than paranormal, which is fine, I am just more a paranormal romance girl at heart. There are definitely some action sequences that appear in this book, but it was not enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. If Tamara did write another novella in this world I would read it, but I would not be dying to get it the day it released. I would recommend reading some other reviews, or maybe a chapter or two before committing to this novella yourself.
FTC: I received this novella for review from the publisher in return for an honest review.