Playing With Fire: Phoenix Fire #3 by Cynthia Eden
Cynthia Eden’s Phoenix Fire series wraps today with the third installment in the series, a paranormal romance narrated by Jillian Macie.
Playing with Fire
The third book in this action-packed paranormal story brings us more action, romance and a touch of redemption. Starting with Cassie, daughter of the evil scientist that has been experimenting on and torturing paranormals for years. Cassie knows what is going on, doesn’t agree with it, and wants desperately to make up for it. Perhaps it’s the nightly dream visits she gets from Dante, the first Phoenix captured and imprisoned. While she’s trying to atone for the sins of her father, she’s dancing on the edge of that morass of self-hatred and pity, and that increases with each regeneration of Dante.
Dante is known as the Immortal, and the first taken. His history and past are tragic, and Eden lays out his information without overwhelming the readers or making it the only point of the story as he and Cassie work toward a resolution and his freedom. See, sometimes on reawakening Dante knows her, others he doesn’t – and she is so desperate for his love and affection she’s turning herself inside out like a puppy. Some things she can’t atone for – it wasn’t her doing, and while the paranormals aren’t thrilled with her family’s acts, they don’t blame her – all see what she has done, or tried to do.
What makes this series so special is Eden’s ability to build characters and origin stories that seem plausible, fit the characters, and add to their development: giving us reasons to cheer on the connections and hiss at the bad guys. As a series, the story proceeds in a logical arc: introducing characters and events that evolve as the story continues. Easy to read as standalone titles, the stories work singly, but best as a continual arc.
Narration for this story (and series) is provided by Jillian Macie, and as with the earlier two in the series – while there was no great distractions in her performance, there were also no reasons to rave about it either. Her presentation of Cassie was appropriate and felt natural, even as there were no discernable inflection or tone adjustments to indicate other characters. A bit of overwork in the tense / quiet moments that bordered on distracting, but as with the others in the series, this did settle somewhat as the book progressed. For the entire series I’d say that her performance needs a deal of work and hope that if she continues to narrate that time will be spent on emoting, tone and pitch control to better distinguish and present multiple characters and enhance the title.
Title: Playing With Fire
Author: Cynthia Eden
Series: Phoenix Fire #3
Also in this series: Burn for Me, Once Bitten, Twice Burned
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Narrator: Jillian Macie
Published by: Brava, Tantor Audio
Published on: 20 June, 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 52 minutes
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About the Book:
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. . .
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A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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