Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

by Amy Knupp

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"Romance, heartbreak, a small amount of steamy, and lots of gritty, determined story."—Reviewer

She's secretly burned for him for years.

Derek Severson left his career as a firefighter after tragedy shook him to his soul.

Running his uncle's beachside bar on a south Texas island gives him the chance to heal, find peace, and avoid entanglements. That is, until Macey, his childhood friend, tracks him down.

After two years abroad in a developing country, Macey Locke is ready to dive in to her Peace Corps-inspired foundation. But when she learns Derek is suffering, she can't turn her back. Six weeks on a tropical island to help the guy she's loved for years? No-brainer.

Derek can't help but notice she's not the same girl he used to know.

She's more.

More self-assured, more determined, more irresistible.

But is she enough for him to let go of his newfound fragile peace and give in to the passion sparking between them?

Playing with Fire is a stand-alone novel with a heartwarming and satisfying HEA in the Island Fire series.

Dive into this sexy, engrossing series today!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159076311
Publisher: Lake House Books
Publication date: 02/25/2018
Series: Island Fire , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 5,541
File size: 383 KB

About the Author

Amy Knupp is an author of contemporary romance, a freelance copy editor for Blue Otter Editing, and a freelance technical writer. She loves words and grammar and meaty, engrossing stories with complex characters.
Amy lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two teenage sons, four cats, and two box turtles. She graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in French and journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, breaking up cat fights, watching college hoops, and annoying her family by correcting their grammar.

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Playing with Fire (Harlequin Super Romance #1646) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
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Really enjoyed the book Relatable characters
Anonymous 3 months ago
I truly enjoyed reading this one.. so glad it wasn't full on romance.. I can't wait to read book 2..
Anonymous 7 months ago
Sometime Mother knows best. Dealing with loss and guilt is never easy - you need a true friend to get through it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt the emotions as I read each page. Yes I would love for everyone to take a moment and experience the emotions for themselves.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Playing with fire has good character development. At times, it is overly predictable.
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I read this book and I couldn’t put it down a really good book I recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s a great book highly recommend the story line very creativity plot, I read it in one setting having hard time of putting down the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story line and the relatability if each character's emotional experiences. Helps me believe in happy endings again, & reminds me that true love takes sacrifices of two people. Excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book, couldn't put it down. Great storyline
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good clean human stories. Intend reading moure by this author. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great romantic story with lots of heart. Easy page Turner.
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Loved it!
KB67 More than 1 year ago
5 stars I purchased Playing with Fire by Amy Knupp and this review was given freely. A well written and well balanced complex romance that is also an excellent introduction to the San Amaro Island Texas Firefighters found in the Island Fire series. Macey upon returning from the Peace Corp is enlisted by her Mom and her Mother's best friend/business partner to take a 6 week vacation on San Amaro Island to help Derek, Macey's childhood friend and school girl crush, heal after the death of his girlfriend. Derek, who is physically strong but emotionally lost, has been working 14 hour days seven days a week to revive his Uncle Gus' bar. This story contains realistic characters, a mysterious cook, guidance and humor in the form of Uncle Gus, some brawny alpha firefighters that are also sensitive and helpful, a cute dog, and a woman determined to bring Derek both emotional healing and love.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
If the definition of a talented author is one whose stories grab your attention from page one, and not only hold it, but make you feel deep emotions for the story and the main characters, then we can add to that definition the name of Amy Knupp. This first book of her Island Fire series centers around Macey Locke and Derek Severson. They had been friends since they were 5 years old and would frequently spend their days in the restaurant owned by their mothers. As they got older they went their separate ways. Macey to work in Thailand in the Peace Corps and Derek became a firefighter in Dallas, until tragedy strikes leaving him a shell of himself. He leaves Dallas to go to San Amaro Island to escape life and help his uncle run a shack on the beach. When Macey returns to the US, she’s asked by Derek’s Mom to please check on him. Off she goes with the intention of spending 6 weeks in a tropical island. That’s when the plot thickens. The story was engaging, with very complex characters. But what I appreciated most, was the author’s ability to make us feel the grief Derek was experiencing and Macey’s need to help Derek . A man she has been in love most of her life. All this making it at times a heartbreaking as well as heartwarming story. The secondary characters were just as entertaining and one can see the potential for stories . Kudos to the author for this wonderful story. I was gifted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Macey Locke leaves the Peace Corps after two years and heads to San Amaro Island, Texas, home of her best friend Derek Severson. She loves Derek, but knows he does not return her deepest feelings. However, her mission is to help her BFF move passed the tragic death of his girlfriend Julie in a fire last year. As a firefighter Derek feels guilty that in spite of his occupation he failed to save Julie's life. Worse, he finds his attraction to Macey makes him think he is betraying Julie's memory. However, as he realizes he loves Macey, he also concludes kind-hearted Julie would want him to go on with his life. Now to persuade Macey they can be friends and lovers. This is a terrific contemporary tale with a romantic subplot that enhances the relationship drama between the lead couple. The key to the well-written novel is Derek as the audience will feel his grief and commiserate with him; feelings from others he does not want. His guilt for failing Julie and for falling in love with his BFF make for a strong emotional story line though the premise of a second chance at love with a best buddy is not new. Amy Knupp provides a powerful novel as this Texas Firefighter learns what happens to one's heat when Playing With Fire of the woman who loves him. Harriet Klausner