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Playing with Fire: A Magical Romantic Comedy

With a Body Count
By: RJ Blain
Narrated by: Courtney Holly
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Warning: This novel contains excessive humor, action, excitement, adventure, magic, romance, and bodies. Proceed with caution.

What do you get when you mix gorgons, an incubus, and the Calamity Queen? Trouble, and lots of it.

Working as the only human barista at a coffee shop catering to the magical is a tough gig on a good day. Bailey Gardener has few options. She can either keep spiking drinks with pixie dust to keep the locals happy or spend the rest of her life cleaning up the world’s nastiest magical substances.

Unfortunately for her, Faery Fortunes is located in the heart of Manhattan Island, not far from where Police Chief Samuel Quinn works. If she’d been smart, she never would have agreed to help the man find his wife.

Bailey found her, all right - in the absolutely worst way possible. 

One divorce and several years later, Bailey is once again entangled in Chief Quinn’s personal affairs, and he has good reason to hate her. Without her, he wouldn’t be Manhattan’s Most Wanted Bachelor, something he loathes. Without her, he’d still be married. 

If only she’d said no when he asked her help, she might have had a chance with him. While her magic worked well, it came with a price: misfortune. Hers.

When Quinn’s former brother-in-law comes to her for help, he leaves her with a cell phone and 75,000 reasons to put her magic to the test. However, when she discovers Quinn’s ex-wife is angling for revenge, Bailey’s tossed in the deep end along with her sexiest enemy.

©2017 RJ Blain (P)2019 RJ Blain

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-19

Fun fun fun

I have enjoyed all the books by this author and this one is just so much fun. The Jersey accent surprised me at first because I have heard a different voice in my head when I first read the book. But after a few minutes, I realized , the narrator was perfect.I thoroughly enjoyed this story when I read the book and I'm finding little things I'd missed with this audible.version. Characters are fun, colorful and very likeable and you'll want to know more about them. Bailey is such a great character and you'll love her.

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  • A. McMullen
  • 16-02-19

Very funny!

Playing with Fire is one of my favorite stories and I'm glad to see it on Audible! In this world, magic common and plain vanilla human is uncommon. Bailey is a barista at a pixie dust coffee house and has a side job working for the CDC as HazMat cleanup since she has an immunity to pixie dust, gorgon bile and other magical substances. During the worst 18 hr shift ever, her boss ditches work for a ride with Bailey’s secret crush and doesn’t return, her coworkers don’t show up, the coffee shop does record business, Bailey quits and goes home. Then, a gorgon dust cell phone bomb, blows up in her face. This is just the beginning…

The world building is great! Pixie dust is a legal recreational drug (in low doses and lower grades) allows for a high without a low. Angels have no heads. Magical neutralizer is bright pink and shiny. Gorgon bile can petrify so they wear sunglasses and cover their snakes when in public.

The first thing I thought when I turned on the audio book was “Why in the world does Bailey have a thick New York accent when she grew up in New Jersey?” That was jarring to me, but I only knew that because I had read the book before listening to the audio book.

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  • Olivia
  • 25-06-19

The voice was just right

I had purchased the book but not the individual one but the starter pack six stories . When I read the story I loved it but when this audio book it is fantastic the reader used an accent that captured Bailys voice perfectly. I hesitated in
purchasing this audio book but luckily still had a credit from Audible club. But all it took was a sample to listen and I knew I had to use it . It also helps that her books have the perfect blend of being sexy but not porno. It is a comedy and romance not only that but also adventures.

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  • Tine Olsen
  • 14-06-19

Fun

A really fun and entertaining book. Loved the chaos and trouble. Really looking forward to the next book.

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  • Melinda B
  • 08-05-19

Amazing Audiobook!!!

I read the book, then decided to listen to the Audio book. Courtney Holly does a fantastic job. It's rare to have a narrator provide such animation to the story. This is one Audio book that I can listen to over and over. Absolutely amazing!

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  • Cynthia A. Frazer
  • 26-04-19

Playing with Fire

Great story, outstanding narration! Highly recommended. This is part of a series of books which share a world but don't overlap much but a direct sequel to this book is soon to be released.

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  • Lori L. Flemming
  • 25-04-19

funny . <br />

if you like paranormal, this has everything you can want and more . With a love story and a mystery. Love the NY reader too , takes me back home .

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  • Jessica
  • 22-04-19

Holy Sh*t I love this book

This book has everything I hope there is another book to this series. I’m start it all over again

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  • Raina
  • 11-04-19

Highly recommended

There wasn't anything about this that I didn't enjoy. The story is fast paced and the characters are engaging. The plot and the world are fantastic. I recommend this often.

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  • Jessica
  • 27-03-19

Pixie dust

This story made me so happy that I must have been doused with pixie dust. I loved it and was very sad when it was over. ❤