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Playing with Fire (Tales of an Extraordinary Girl) [Paperback]

Gena Showalter
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21 Jan 2011
"New York Times" bestselling author Gena Showalter brings fans a dark and dangerous heroine with a twist! 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 neutralise 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...

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (21 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778304574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778304579
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gena Showalter has always believed in love. An avid romance reader, she decided to try her hand at a story of her own and is now the author of sexy paranormal romances. Fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon and Karen Marie Moning will find a new favourite in Showalter. Her wildly sensual page-turners have a mix of humour, danger and wickedly hot sex, a combination sure to enthrall.

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"One of the premier authors of paranormal romance." - --New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter has written over 17 novels and anthologies, including breathtaking paranormal and contemporary romances, cutting-edge young adult novels, and stunning urban fantasy.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Life's not Quite Exciting Enough... 31 Dec 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Along come mad scientists, secret sub-government agencies and...control over the four elements? In a non-stop thrill of a laughter-inducing ride, one simple gal just trying to make a buck finds out there's more to life than coffee and the next lame job. Only problem is, will her new talents consume her, or will she master the potentially volatile forces?

Belle Jamison needs a new job to support not only her needs, but those of her elderly father too. She's trying extra hard not to screw up the job she has currently as well as the interview she's got later the same day. Only problem is she's a bit of a smart alec and she's hanging by a thread because of it. When a man bursts into the coffee shop where she works, begging for help, it's Belle who catches his eye. Hours later, after being detained by some pretty convincing agents, Belle's not feeling so hot. All she had was a mocha latte, so why the sudden flu-like symptoms? In a haze, she stumbles through her interview and barely makes it home where she collapses. The next morning doesn't bring any relief and to make matters worse, there's a hot man at her side--only his hotness is not the issue--his wanting to kill her is. With new powers come all new problems and Belle has to find a way to get back to simple `ole her. Only, she might be starting to like the new her...

Belle's story is in first person, so anyone not fond of those need be aware of this. Belle is perhaps one of my most favorite female leads I've ever encountered in a romance. She's determined, loyal to the good side and she knows what she wants and goes after it. Plus, she's got some faults and she's not afraid to admit it. It's the combination of her pluses and minuses that make her so unique.
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Belle Jamison could be described as somewhat flaky with a seriously smart mouth (reinforced by the number of times she's been "let go" by her employers), yet despite this she continues with her crummy jobs to pay for round the clock care her beloved father needs. Taking a brief break at her job as a waitress (with her superbly made Grande Mocha Latte), she never notices when a rambling man in a lab coat; insisting someone intends to kill him, adds his own perfected formula to her coffee.

Ill for over one week, Belle finds herself not only waking to find a major hottie threatening to neutralise her, she learns she has the ability to wield all aspects of the four elements; difficult to deny when your hands and eyes start spewing fire. Initially unable to trust this handsome stranger, Belle learns that agent Rome Masters has orders to deliver her to his boss for testing, possible recruitment to battle villainous psychics or life long imprisonment. With another agency out to capture Belle for their own use (and some far nastier tests) Belle not only finds herself trusting Rome, but also falling in love; somewhat dampened when she meets Rome's psychic, impossibly stunning ex-wife and their very special daughter.

Wise-cracking Belle just wants her ordinary old life back and initially finds it difficult to control her new powers. On the run with Rome and trying to evade capture by both secret psychic agencies, Belle soon learns emotions are the key to controlling her power over the elements; fear (the kind dodging bullets creates) is cold, sadness is rain and passion is most definitely fire, well proven when Rome sets her on flames quite literally.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gena Showalter does it again 1 Nov 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A fast-paced, enthralling book! Another hit from an author who is quickly becoming one of my favourites!

Belle is an ordianry girl until she accidentally ingests a formula giving her power over the four elements, wind, earth, water & fire. The formula makes her seriously ill, & when she wakes up she is being "protected" by a secretive man, called Rome, who calmly talks about neutralising her. What follows is a race against time as Belle is wanted by both the good guys and the bad guys for testing in a lab, since she is the first one to successfully gain power from the formula. The deepening romance between Rome & Belle is truly touching & the love scenes are HOT!! This book is definitely worth the read!

One tip, though! I downloaded it as an eBook from WHSmith - cheaper & quicker!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Surprising WOW!! 29 Nov 2006
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This is the first of Gena Showalter's books that I have read and I was extremely surprised and WOWed by it!! It was fantastic. There was humour, action and, of course, love. It was great. There were some twists I didn't see coming which made it even better. I will definitely be buying some more books by Ms Showalter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gotta love a girl with a bit of spark 8 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What's not to love about this book?! Great characters, great stories and enough sexual tension to start a fire!
I adore Belle, she's feisty, smart, fierce and if Rome is anything to go by, a woman with impeccable taste. He may only be a fictional character but Rome is a bowl of yumminess too. I loved the previous book so the thought of these amazing lovers struggling to keep their relationship going in a crazy world had me holding my breathe.
Action, romance, betrayal...what more could a reader ask for from a book?
Loved it! Read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!!
Absolutely Fabulous!!!! But why isn't the sequel available on kindle??? Depressing :( loved the whole thing from start to finish!! I want more!
Published 2 months ago by Dani
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Gena Showalter is a fantastic and this is yet another good book of hers. A story that is something a little different but definitley worth a read.
Published 20 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I loved this book! I've only just found this author but I had high hopes and I've got to say, I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Alysha89
4.0 out of 5 stars Different but Good
As a reader of the Lords of the Underworld series I wasn't sure what I was going to make of this book. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by lusaki
2.0 out of 5 stars blah
I love genas books normally as i am realy into the genre. This book faild to capture my attention and was quickly put down and will not be picked up again. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by lovetoread
3.0 out of 5 stars Middle of the road
I had decided to ignore the somewhat less flattering reviews and decided to give it a go. I did enjoy the humour and Tanner's character, but found the story just so so. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2011 by Mrs H Thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars fantasy
Belle is a normal disorganized but witty young gal in her 20s trying to get through life & hold onto a job when a mad scientist breezes through her latest menial job (a coffee... Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2010 by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Rush out and get this NOW!!!
I am probably a bit biased as I love Gena Showalter's writing anyway, but I have to say I found this an amazing story. Read more
Published on 29 July 2010 by K. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Playing with Fire and then Twice as Hot are fab books, I really enjoyed the two and would love for her to carry on the series. Read more
Published on 13 April 2010 by Pamela
1.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly bad
Having read Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series and been a big fan of them, I wanted to check out what else she'd done, thinking it'd be as good. Read more
Published on 12 April 2010 by Amy Connolly
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