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Playing with Fire [Paperback]

Carrie Alexander
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Low stars for a Blaze,only March 16 2002
By Uqob
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I should first start by saying this is the first Carrie Alexander book I've ever read and she is a good writer. At no point did I read a chapter and think, "Well, that was poorly written." What became evident though, was that her style really didn't fit a small novel format. Yes, the sex scenes are graphic and lend themselves to the style of a Blaze but part of what makes Blaze novels different is the combination of character thought and action meld nicely (most of the time), while still being much more erotic than say a standard romance. The characters are interesting but Lara's internal dialogue was plain annoying. I don't mind an indecisive female character but the constant back and forth in her mind as to whether to change the nature of their relationship from casual to more serious, was distracting from the actual flow of the book.e.g. Lara's thoughts on controlling Daniel and showing him she could be in charge while they're engaging in foreplay were these constant interruptions that just made the flow of most scenes uneven. Likewise, a phone sex scene choppy with interruptions of banter,(that wasn't that funny, actually.)Finally, I put it together that the short format just wasn't a fit for Ms. Alexander's writing style. Searching her name I saw she had written other longer novels and my suspicions were confirmed. What I think I'll do is purchase one of her longer novels and see if the length improves the flow from character thought, dialog and action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carrie Alexander heats up the pages of Blaze! Dec 24 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lara Gladstone wants nothing to do with what she thinks is a woman's role in marriage. Watching her mother give up all her dreams and hopes for her famous father, Lara wants only to lose herself in her art, and find someone who can fulfill her wildest fantasies, not fall in love. A glance, a spark, and instant attraction to the man she sees across a crowded restaurant sets Lara into high gear. Here is her hunter; the man she wants to chase her until capture and sensual satisfaction is eminent.
Daniel Savage is flummoxed. He is being teased across a crowded room by a woman he can only describe as a lioness. His competitive spirit ignited, Daniel is up for fun and games and leaves with the exciting, mysterious woman. Startled to realize that he wants much more from her than a one-night stand, Daniel sets out to change Lara's mind about love, in a subtle, yet thorough manner.
PLAYING WITH FIRE is a fun, fantastical, highly sexual read. For every woman that ever dreamed of acting on that secret fantasy of taking the gorgeous man across the room home and devouring him, this is the book for you! Lara and Daniel are a match made in sexual tension heaven, but better still, roles are reversed in that Lara is afraid of commitment and Daniel is not. Watching the by-play, listening to the intense and witty dialogue, feeling the leaves crunching beneath my feet as Daniel chased Lara through the woods near her home, all made for a vivid, exciting, satisfaction-guaranteed read. The subplot involving Lara's best friend Bianca is heartwarming and tender, surprising in its intensity for the characters involved.
I highly recommend PLAYING WITH FIRE as a daring and original fantasy romance read. Consciously, readers know this may not be a realistic storyline, but let yourself go and enjoy the unconventional love story that unfolds from the depths of sexuality. Ms. Alexander's vivid imagination leaves readers reaching for the iced water and personal fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Race Through the Woods Dec 15 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read Carrie Alexander before. She has written for Harlequin Books under the Love & Laughter, Temptation and Duets lines. So I knew she could write them with laughter and steam blended together. I was not disappointed with PLAYING WITH FIRE.
The heroine, Lara Gladstone, is a free spirit. Like many of Ms. Alexander's heroines, they are bold and provocative with a touch of mysteriousness surrounding them.
She does not want to get tied down to one man. Into her life comes Daniel Savage. He is used to getting his own way and wants Lara. It's up to him to unmask the mysterious Lara, and he does. Both are not looking for a permanent relationship, but they both quickly realize that the feelings they have with one another is something that could last a lifetime. But do they want to?
The secondary plot woven into the story revolved around Lara's sister and family. She certainly wanted to make you smack her, as she was self-centered, but at the same time I felt sorry for her. She never got the chance to grow up and mature. The kids were a hoot, even though obnoxious. Part of the problem with the secondary story is that it seemed to go on...and on. I would have preferred a few more scenes with the hero and heroine together. They were a terrific couple. And towards the end, things got blazing hot.
Carrie Alexander has proven to me again something I have known before. She is an intelligent and witty writer. Her contribution to Blaze is welcome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Winner of the WordWeaving Award for Excellence Dec 7 2001
By C. Penn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The game is teasingly seductive -- the beckoning come hither looks, the smoldering passions luring them. The game becomes a fevered seduction, as wild fantasy plays out myriad possibilities, a sensual delight. The game is the savage hunter in pursuit of the woman who longs to be caught in a cataclysmic joining, without defense, winner take all. But the question remains as to what happens when the fantasy isn't enough, and he longs for the woman to surrender not just her body, but also her heart.
Daniel Savage's life had become a cliché with long hours and an administrative assistant that knows him better than he knows himself. He's drawn irresistibly to the woman's teasing seduction, thriving on the thrill of the hunt, and delighting in her potent allure. When they leave the party to retreat to the quasi intimacy of a drink at another restaurant, the heat between them becomes searing. Especially when Daniel wants to know what's she wearing beneath the daring dress that is only a dropped thread away from public indecency. When she leaves him with her golden panties in hand as she departs the restaurant, he's hooked, forever. Now he's got to find the woman who plays the game complete with false identity and sensual allure.
Lara Gladstone fled the brittle city, with a lifestyle of struggling by day and partying by night, to the quiet of the Adirondack Mountains where she recreates the beauty of nature in stained glass. A restaurant opening where her work is displayed lures her from her quiet retreat, and in a borrowed dress as dangerous as sin, Lara catches Daniel's eye. She knew immediately that he was uniquely her match. His distinctive aura lures her, creating a chemistry she wants to play out.
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