Playing with Fire (Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, Bk 1)
Playing with Fire - Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, Bk 1 Author:Gena Showalter Earth, Wind & Fire aren't just a band anymore . . . — Used to be my greatest achievement was holding a job more than three days. Now suddenly I can shoot fireballs, chill your drink, or blow-dry your hair at fifty paces with a blink of my eye! — It all started when this crazy scientist dropped something in my Grande Mocha Latte. Of ... more »course I got wicked sick. Next morning I'm waking up with this total hottie bending over me. He tells me 1) his name's Rome Masters, 2) he's a government agent and 3) I can control the four elements with a thought.
He seems even less pleased by my (apparently irreversible) transformation than I am . . . Because now he'll have to kill me.« less
My Thoughts: I really loved Playing With Fire. We meet Belle who has had so many jobs she is basically used to getting fired even though she hates it. One day, out of the blue, someone rushes into the coffee place she works and all hell lets loose. A few days later she wakes up to a hot guy standing over her bed. His name is Rome. Come on, doesn't that name say it all? The guy is hot, gorgeous, dreamy! He was so darn sexy I spent most of the book melting. He is so witty and he definitely knows how to make a girl blush. Belle wakes up with superpowers such as fire from her eyes, fire from her fingers, she can create ice, etc. We also meet all the side characters who are out to get Belle and kidnap her to use her for their advantage. Don't get me wrong, there are also good guys, her sidekicks! This book was so action filled and so good. I wanted Belle and Rome to be together. There is so much more to her and him and the chemistry between them is hot! I just hope the second book is just as good! I love Gena's writing. I've read a few of her others and she has a great writing style. I suggest picking up this book now before the end of the month when the sequel comes out.
Overall: AMAZING! So much fun! The characters are hot and smoldering!
Cover: Really like this cover, the colors are pretty, and its very appealing.
Crack me up! I love Belle's spirit and humor! At times, it is really unbelievable (even for a paranormal) to the point of being ridiculous (think "Paranormal Stephanie Plum") but I think that is what makes it even more fun! It is SUCH a change from her Lords of the Otherworld and Atlantis series but still totally fun!
Having read the Anita Blake series, werecat series(Prey, Stray, Rogue, etc), and Mercy Thompson, I LOVE strong, funny lead females. This won't disappoint if you enjoy those. I also LOVE JD Robb, and while this is TOTALLY different, I think you will enjoy the humor in this book if you like those.
I could not put this down, choosing take out over cooking, reading over cleaning... finished it in 5 hours... haven't have this much fun in awhile! :)
What a surprise this book turned out to be. I gave it a chance because i really like Gena Showalter's "Lords of the Underworld" series. It took a while to get into this book, but once it hooked me it was a fun read. The developing romance between Rome and Belle is funny and charming and i couldn't wait till they finally hooked up. They picked up a couple of interesting characters along the way and the team came together to kill the bad guys. It's a different kind of paranormal book than i usually read, but i really enjoyed it. This seems to be the beginning to a new series since Belle and Rome now work together for PSI. I can't wait to read the next one....
Good book...but not one of Showalters best. I liked the struggle that the heroine had with getting a grip on her powers...actually liked the whole concept of her having powers. But some of the plot seemed a little forced and there were a lot of loose ends left in the plot by the end. I'm not sure if she plans to wrap those up in the next book, but Showalter usually wraps up al the ends in each book, so I was a little surprised. I liked it enough to read the next one, but I wouldn't hold this up as her best work. There are some hilarious parts though...the inner voice of the heroine is very witty and I did laugh out loud in some spots.
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Helpful Score: 1
HATED this book. I was introduced to Showalter's work through an anthology and thought her short story was all right. Then saw this, read the back page and thought 'wow...kickass female + alpha-male = cool.' Actually started reading it and couldn't get through the first chapter.
Her writing's all over the place; new characters kept on being introduced then ignored. There was literally no character development and the main heroine was the stereotypical complaining rebel. She complained about her job, her life, her problems, etc. I couldn't feel sorry or relate to her. The alpha-male wasn't that much of a male and the action scenes were corny. The romance scenes weren't steamy and, all in all, I can not find one good thing to recommend this book.