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Title: Playing with Fire
Written by Rebecca Hunter
Series: Blackmore Inc. #2
Published by Harlequin Dare
Publication Date: January 1, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Marianna will do anything to save her father’s company—even hire her ex to help. When old desires catch like wildfire, she won’t let it consume her…but sometimes playing with fire means getting burned.
Following their forbidden teenage romance, Marianna Ruiz never thought she’d see Simon Rodriguez again. So when she does, she feels… Shocked? Angry? Tempted? All of the above? But they can’t get involved again, no matter how much Simon entices her with his rock-solid body…and those penetrating green eyes.
Marianna doesn’t need Simon anymore, or what they shared. She just needs his elite security expertise. A scheming ex and some suspicious dealings at the family business rattle her—and when things escalate, there’s no one else to turn to. When their time together in Sydney leads to some seriously hot hookups, Marianna doesn’t hold back in seducing him into satisfying her other needs.
Although their lust for each other burns hotter every day, Marianna knows she must keep the upper hand. Expose her scheming ex, save her father’s legacy and exact a little revenge along the way. Make Simon want her like she wanted him. Then leave and never look back…
Playing with Fire is the first Rebecca Hunter book I read and it won’t be my last! This book ticked all my boxes – second chance romance – check! A balance between steam and relationship development – check! Let’s just say that I am one happy reader!
As you know, I am such a fan of second chance romance and class disparity romance! The hero, Simon, is a second generation Cuban who worked in his father’s construction business and the heroine, Marianna is the spoiled daughter of a rich Cuban business. The book focusses on Marianna and Simon a decade later and the tables have sort-of turned.
What I really love about Playing with Fire is that there is undeniable chemistry between Simon and Marianna from the moment both appeared on the page. Naturally, this happens because of revenge and basically unrequited love – I absolutely love it!
I am also a fan of flashbacks and I love how it is used in Playing with Fire. This is where we see a glimpse of Simon and Marianna’s relationship when they were teens and it was very heartwarming.
One of the main plots of the book revolves around Marianna’s suspicions about her father’s imports company. This brings her to Australia where she confronts her father’s business partner and her ex-husband in a thrilling showdown.
Playing with Fire was a really quick read for me. In fact, I read the whole book in one sitting, I was hooked and engrossed and I could not put it down.
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