Playing With Fire by Cynthia Eden (Phoenix Fire #3)

Playing With Fire by Cynthia EdenAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Kensington

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

An Old Flame

Cassie Armstrong has plenty to atone for. The daughter of the most immoral researcher ever to pick up a scalpel, she’s determined to use her own brilliance in genetics to repair the damage her family has done to the paranormals. Especially Dante, the first of the phoenixes, the one they call the Immortal. He’s been haunting her dreams since she was a little girl, and she’s been trying to ease his pain for almost as long. If only he remembered any of it. . .

Dante doesn’t know what Cassie’s story is. He almost doesn’t care. The minute he sees her, all he can think is mine. But there’s more to the pretty little doctor than meets the eye. And Dante isn’t the only one to notice. He can’t trust her, but he can’t stay away–and if he wants to learn her secrets, he’s going to have to fight like hell to keep them both alive. .

Once again Cynthia Eden impresses me! Playing with Fire is a fabulous ending to Eden’s red-hot Phoenix Fire trilogy that I’ll probably go back to again and again to relive.

Cassie is the daughter of doctor Frankenstein-ish man bent on creating an army of paranormals willing to do his bidding. Experimenting on his ow children wasn’t above him and Cassie has lived the the remnants of his plans her entire life. With his death Cassie had hoped to try and salvage his notes and help those who had been forced into the program by reversing his experiments. Unfortunately in order to finally achieve success she needs the help of the one man who never remembers her.

Dante knows he has a past, yet he can’t remember a thing about it. The red headed female claims to be a friend, but his only memory of her involves a knife in his chest. Drawn to her by invisible strings he doesn’t understand, Dante agrees to help Cassie, but only to further his own cause. He can’t trust her but she may be the key to unlocking his memories….and his heart.

Loved. Loved. Loved. GAH *fangirling everywhere* LOVED! Eden’s simplistic, clean writing sucks me in every time! I’m always losing track of time when I pick up a book of hers. In the last two books both the mad scientists died so I was unsure where Eden would take book three. We had met Cassie prior and I knew then she’d be an excellent heroine. Her steadfast need to help the paranormals her father forced into experiments was the central theme of the plot. Her guilt over her families mistakes rode her hard and she was determined to get the help from Dante that she needed to reverse the effects from her father. Though she’d been in love with Dante since she was a little girl, he never remembered their connection and each time he died meant they started their shaky relationship over. It cut her deep every single time that she wasn’t special enough to bring the memory of her back to him when he rose from the flames.

The best thing about every single book by Cynthia Eden is her alpha males…Dante is the PERFECT example of this. Dante is almost animalistic in his need for Cassie. Those singular “Mine” thoughts get me every time. The palpable need he feels to possess Cassie and keep her from harm won me over even when he was acting like a giant asshole. He may have gone about his protection in a wrong way but at least his heart was in the right place. His evolution and realizations throughout the course of the book were just what I love to read.

Dante knows from the start that Cassie is different in many ways. He has a hard time trusting her because she vehemently denies that she is anything but a human with poison blood, courtesy of her father.  With the remnants of her fathers army hot on her trail, trying to take her back in to help them against her will, Dante has to keep her safe if he’s going to figure her out. He has no problem having that involve some sweaty one on one time either.

Simply put this book is freaking awesome, packed with tons of action that will leave you gasping for breath from the adrenaline rush! Cynthia Eden is one of those special authors who touch a reader with each book she writes. Eden will make you crave more!

I give Playing With Fire by Cynthia Eden 4.50 stars!


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