Playing with Fire Author:Gena Showalter 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... more » 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...« less
This is one of the most interesting and funny superhero genre books I have ever read. The characters are spunky and sizzling...This book could definatly become a series and I hope Gena Showalter writes more about these characters.
An OK book. Some cheesy comic book elements to it (secret formula, evil bad guys with many henchmen), and the characters needed more depth, but also some interesting ideas as well. The main character - Belle Jamison, has trouble keeping a job even though she needs to work to keep her father alive, because deep down she's bored and sabotauges them all. The power over the 4 elements is thrust upon Belle suddenly, and soon finds herself anything but bored in the company of Rome Masters whose agenda she can't figure out. I thought this was not a bad book, but could be more. It feels like the plot was alright but wasn't as well thought out as it could have been. Some amusing moments, but also some moments where the glib comments were annoying. Overall - light reading.
I've been wanting to read the Alien Huntress series by Gena Showalter forever. I picked this book up instead to get a flavor for her writing style without getting involved in another ongoing series. This was a cute book. If you like the Aisling Grey Guardian series or other similar funny paranormal romance books you would probably get a kick out of this one.
This book is about Belle. Belle is a girl who has a hard time getting and keeping jobs. She needs the money to help pay for care for her ailing dad. Then one day on break some guy in a mad scientist get-up runs out of an abandoned building into the coffee shop Belle is currently working at. Later she finds out he slipped something in her mocha latte. Suddenly Belle is like a Wonder Woman of the four elements and she can do things only super heroes can do. Fortunately this helps her meet up with another super hottie who has cool powers of his own. Unfortunately the bad guys want Belle for their own nefarious purposes.
This was a cute light read. There is a lot of imagining about sex and groping and a lot of talking about sex. So if that bothers you I would look the other way; I would say the sex talk is about the same level as the Aisling Grey books...maybe a bit lighter. There was a lot of action and suspense too and that really kept the book moving. The male lead Rome is sensitive, animalistic, and sexy. This book has a little of that alpha male thing going on but not that much.
Belle's powers were really cool; very X-men. I only wish that we had seen more of them. As with all of these paranormal romances I wish they had spent more time kicking butt and less time groping each other. But, what can you do? I knew what I was getting into.
All in all this book was fast-paced, a quick and light read, lots of fun, and just right for lifting your mood. I zoomed right through it. The story line wasn't the most original; and the characters somewhat stereotypical. This is another one of those books that if you know what you are getting into you'll have fun. If you abhor romance though, I would choose something different...maybe the Jaz Parks series would be more your style.
I am kind of glad this is a one book thing. It would be interesting to see Belle in a few more missions but I think the characters would get old in a few books.
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! :)
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.