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Book Review: Playing with Fire by Devika Fernando

The Blurb

 If you’re playing with fire, prepare to get burned – or to fall in love.
Sparks fly when Felicia and Joshua meet. Discovering her inner fire and unleashing unimaginable powers makes her realize that all her life, she has been hiding her true self. When buildings burn and people are in danger, the tempting game of playing with fire becomes serious. Will their love and desperate struggle for control save her life, or will the fire magic turn itself against its mistress?

My Review

Playing with Fire is, for me, a Harry Potter meets a Mills and Boon romance!

More than just a love story, the tale revolves around the life of Felicia who, in the small town of Fairview, lives away from family and friends with her only acquaintances being Cindy, her roommate and her boss at the library. A fiery past haunts Felicia and, daunted by it, she chooses to live a life of seclusion, making as little human contact as possible.

Until enters Joshua! Felicia has never been in love before, neither has she seen anyone like Joshua. Obviously, she is very strongly attracted to him, the strength, however, unnerving her a little. Caution is thrown to the wind several times when Joshua reciprocates the attraction.

But there is more than meets eye. That is what the story about – what happens when the fire mistress, with the help of the ice master, explores her fire magic! Strange things happen around Felicia leaving her baffled and searching for meaning – like every time there is a fire in Fairview, miraculously, Felicia happens to be around it. With Joshua, she embarks on an exploration of the truth – which is hidden within her.

Several interesting twists and turns kept me hooked and I so could not put the book down until I’d read just one more page. The story is a fine balance of predictable and unpredictable. Towards the end, just about when I thought I had it figured out, the story took a slightly expected twist in an unexpected form! The end of the story has been wonderfully written. The pace is good, the romance sensual. The suspense keeps your head on the edge, the intense passion does that to your heart!

A very well-written story that spans less than 150 pages, I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone! This is Devika’s first book in the 4 Elements of Love and I cannot wait to read the other three.

This book review was done as a part of The Book Club’s blog tour for Playing with Fire by author Devika Fernando.

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