Review: Playing With Fire by Cynthia Eden

Posted September 5, 2014 by Shari in Reviews / 4 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Playing With Fire by Cynthia Eden
Playing With Fire

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Series: Phoenix Rising #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Kensington
Released on August 26, 2014
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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I have mixed emotions about this story. It runs on adrenaline from beginning to end and I just wanted off the ride as some points. The romance is fast and furious with little time to breath in between battles. I think I would have like just a little time where fear wasn’t in the back of my mind.

I have a love/hate relationship with this series. There are some truly bad dudes in this story line that just never really die. Then you have the phoenix characters that never die. In fact can only die when they are returning in the fire at their most vulnerable. Mutated paranormals run amok. It all creates a story steeped in chaos that leaves me exhausted.

Dante is the leading man of this story and he is one of the first phoenix. He believes in he motto kill or be killed. This all makes him a guy I had a hard time warming up to…both figuratively and literally. With each reburn, you never know if he will regain his memories, making him very dangerous. He hunts other phoenix and feels no guilt about taking them out even if they are innocent. Just wasn’t one of those lovable characters I want to bring home to meet the parents if you get my meaning.

Cassie is full of baggage. Her dear old daddy like to experiment on his kids to make them better in his mind. While his son followed in his footsteps (read book #1), Cassie went another way and tried to undo everything her family has done. Think goodie to shoes for a moment. Yep, that is how Cassie came off to me. Willing to get her hands dirty, but trying to save the world while she is at it.

Cassie met Dante when she was a child, as both were test subjects. Through the years, they both came to slowly fall in love, without the other knowing it. Cassie tried to save Dante and he tried to save her. But they get all screwed up along the way and now are fighting to stay alive and ahead of all the bad people on their way to destroy them.

Cassie has a secret even she doesn’t know. That is the big ah-ha. It all boils down to a lot of bad guys after the hero and heroine and they have run for their lives while trying to fall in love and form a stable relationship…right. It just a convoluted hot mess.

I don’t know if this is a trilogy or if more books are planned. It felt like this was the end and in a way I am glad. While I liked the series, it was just to over the top for me. There were other creatures I wanted to explore and it felt like they were just thrown in and left to swim on their own. If you like your romances to be fast furious and on the run, the look no further. This is the series for you.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Sometimes fast and furious works for me, but other times I like a bit of slow-paced romance. The phoenix thing has me intrigued so at some point I’ll pick these up.

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7 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I like fast and furious, but all three books were this way. Dragons, sirens, phoenix, and many more creatures are introduced and I just felt they were glossed over. Like … look a dragon can survive the phoenix fire, but let’s not find anything else out about dragons. I know the series was about phoenix, but I just felt like the bad times would never end and when they do, how could you trust the author that they really were.

Red Iza
7 years ago

The fast-paced thing made me think about Chicagoland vampires, those people never rest lol ! Yet I’m intrigued, so I’ll probably have a look at it some day 🙂

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7 years ago
Reply to  Red Iza

It’s a good series, but I am exhausted from it. I just don’t feel much connection to the characters. It wasn’t bad, just not hitting any notes with me.