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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Playing with Fire by Kimberly Nee

Playing with Fire by Kimberly Nee
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full length (264 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Bittersweet

The last place Heather Morgan thought she’d find herself was in a house of Eros. There she waited to be sold to the highest bidder as a way to pay off her father’s mountain of debt to the proprietor of the gaming house holding the auction.

Drew McKenzie had no intention of buying a mistress. But something about the delicate beauty with chestnut hair and gold-flecked dark eyes stirs something inside him. He's been hurt before and isn’t willing to risk his heart a second time.

But when Heather's scandalous past is exposed, Drew must choose between his love for Heather, or his family’s honor. Caught between the two, Drew realizes what it means to be playing with fire.

At 1 a.m. the other night, after starting Playing with Fire, I found myself walking towards the bus stop to go home when Drew and Heather popped unexpectedly into my mind.

Their story is not anything new or innovative; it’s the old tale of the supposed whore falling for the rich and reputable man, but that’s all right because Playing with Fire has such a sweet tinge to it and the author, Kimberly Nee, is so good at generating expectancy that I couldn’t help myself from reading on eagerly.

Nonetheless, the dialogue sometimes was a bit too simplistic, almost giving the impression that that it was done simply for the purpose of filling pages. Much the same happens with certain parts in which the author goes on and on about how beautiful Drew’s chest is or how happy Heather is and how perfect everything is.

Finally, another fault I found was that the evil character just wasn't up the task. I got the feeling that he was just thrown into the story to ruin the perfect state in which they got immersed in. A little more background on him and his evil schemes would have been nice.

However, I became extremely fond of the characters: Drew’s strong temper, his good looks, his sweetness, his winks… Heather’s spirit, her frustrations, her romantic nature, all of it makes up for the other flaws in the story. Special mention deserves the author’s descriptions which are all well written.

Playing with Fire has a sweet fairytale quality to it that makes it a worthwhile read any time and will catch you off guard fantasizing about it.