Playing With Fire

Playing With Fire

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"Eden's unsurpassed creativity shines once again!"--Larissa Ione

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. . .

Praise for Cynthia Eden's novels

"Cynthia's on my must-buy list." --Angie Fox

"A fast-paced, sexy thrill ride you won't want to miss." --Christine Feehan on Eternal Hunter

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541402157
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Series: Phoenix Fire Series , #3
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Cynthia Eden is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas. She is a three-time RITA Award finalist and won a Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in 2009 and 2010. Cynthia lives with her family in Mobile, Alabama. Visit her at cynthiaeden.com.

Jillian Macie loves narrating audiobooks, especially racy stories with strong female protagonists. When not in the recording booth, you can find her running on the trails near her home or chauffeuring her children to all of their various activities.

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Playing With Fire


By CYNTHIA EDEN

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2014 Cindy Roussos
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7582-8410-5


CHAPTER 1

It was hard for Cassandra Armstrong to love a man who didn't remember her.

It was even harder to walk into the seediest paranormal bar that existed on the backstreets of Chicago and discover said man in the arms of some trashy vamp.

Cassie's eyes narrowed as she stared at Dante. He was in the back corner, probably trying to hide in the shadows, except the guy wasn't exactly the type to blend well.

Too big. Too dangerous. Too sexy.

And that vamp had her fangs way too close to his throat for Cassie's peace of mind.

Cassie shoved her way through the crowd, muttering apologies as she bumped into the various paranormal beings—and the humans—who filled Taboo. A few years ago, the paranormals had stopped pretending they didn't exist and gotten wild with their coming out party. Since then, clubs like Taboo had popped up in all the major cities in the U.S. and around the world.

Dante stood against the back wall. The vampire, a woman with long red hair and a way-too-short skirt, had her hands all over him. Blood-red nails, of course. Typical. The redhead was arching up on her toes and putting her mouth close to Dante's neck.

"Okay. You're just going to need to get away from him" Cassie snapped as she closed in on them.

The vampire froze.

Dante tilted his head to the side and glanced curiously over at Cassie. Was there any recognition in his dark gaze?

Of course not. To him, she could have been any stranger off the street.

Don't let it hurt. Don't. Dante couldn't help what he was.

But he could get the hell away from that trashy vamp.

The vampire spun toward Cassie and hissed.

Wait. Hissed, really? Cassie barely controlled an eye roll.

"Get lost" the vamp told her, baring her fangs. "He's mine."

Think again. Cassie's hands were clenched into fists, and it took all of her self-control not to swing out at the chick.

"No, he's not." Said very definitely. She looked past the vampire. "Dante, we need to leave."

He stiffened.

That's right. I know your name. Why oh why can't you know something about me? Anything?

But that was the way it always was for them.

Cassie kept holding Dante's gaze. "Trust me on this. You don't want her sinking those fangs into you."

His blood was special, and rather addictive to vampires. If the redhead got one sip, she wouldn't be backing away from him anytime soon.

Then I'd have to stake her. Oh, what a pity.

"Dante, we can—" Cassie's words ended in a gasp.

The vampire had lunged forward and wrapped her hand around Cassie's throat. With that one hand, the vampire lifted her off her feet. "Maybe I'll just sink my fangs into you, bitch." Then she leaned her head in close to Cassie and whispered, "Because no one gets between me and my meal."

"Y-you ... don't ... want ..." Cassie tried to choke out the words but it was hard to speak, um, what with the vamp actually choking her and all. She was trying to tell the redhead ... You don't want to put your fangs in me. That would be a huge mistake.

But the vamp wasn't giving her the time to talk.

"Let her go." Dante's voice. Cold. Flat. And as deliciously deep as she remembered.

The vampire's eyes narrowed as she stared at Cassie with a mix of disgust and rage. "You're right. We don't need her. We don't—"

"I said ... let her go." The threat in Dante's voice had goose bumps rising on Cassie's arms. "And I meant do it now."

The vamp dropped her.

Cassie landed on her ass.

Figured. She'd never been the graceful type.

The redhead turned toward Dante. "Ready to leave?" she purred to him.

Purring. Hissing. The vamp was so annoying.

"You leave." Dante sent her a look that could have frozen a desert. "I'm not done here."

"But—"

"And I'm not your fucking meal," he added, a touch of heat whipping through his words.

So he had heard that part. Cassie had thought his enhanced hearing would pick it up.

The redhead glared at Dante, then at Cassie. There was a promise of retribution in the vamp's eyes.

Ah, yes, another day, another enemy. Cassie swallowed and rose slowly to her feet.

"I'll see you again," the vampire murmured. The words were directed at Cassie, and they sure sounded like a threat.

Wonderful. As if she needed any more threats in her life.

Then the vampire was gone. Probably off to find another meal.

"Who are you?" His voice was a low rumble of sound, one that sent a few more shivers dancing over her skin. Maybe some people—okay, most people—would find that deep rumble scary.

To her, it was sexy. Because of Dante, she'd always had a thing for men with deep voices.

She squared her shoulders and stared up at him. "Did you burn again?" She'd seen him just a few months before in New Orleans.

He'd saved her life then. Had actually seemed to remember her ...

But there was no recognition on his face now.

She stared up at him. Those high cheekbones, that square jaw. The firm lips that she'd never seen smile, despite all of her attempts to make him happy. His eyes were dark, so dark they appeared almost as black as the thick hair that hung a little too long and grazed the back of his shirt.

Those eyes were watchful, guarded, as they swept over her. "Burn?" Dante repeated carefully.

In the next second, he lunged forward—his move faster than the vamp's had been. His hand—big, strong, hot — wrapped around her arm and pulled her close against his chest. "Now just how the hell would you know about that?"

Cassie wasn't as tall as the redhead. Not even close. She was barely skirting five foot five, so she had to tilt her head back to hold his gaze. Dante was at least six foot three, and the guy was built along some very muscled dimensions.

His hold tightened. "Answer me."

His fingers seemed to heat even more, and she knew his power was coursing through his blood. If she wasn't careful, he might burn her. Just how much control would he have then?

"Please." Cassie kept her voice even with an extreme effort. "I'm not here to hurt you." No, she was there to beg for his help. If he'd remembered her, even a little, that begging would have gone over much better.

Since he seemed to not know her at all ...

His gaze swept over face, then ... narrowed on her mouth. His left hand lifted, and his index finger reached out and lightly touched her lower lip.

Cassie stopped breathing. Her body was far too tuned to his. The man had pretty much ruined her for any other guy.

Not that Dante was a man. He was much, much more.

The Immortal.

That was the name he'd been given during his captivity. A captivity that she had been a part of.

His finger lightly grazed across her bottom lip. Just that touch had her nipples tightening and her whole body aching for him. But it wasn't the time. Definitely not the place. She had a mission to complete.

His head bent toward her, and Cassie wondered if Dante was about to kiss her. She even arched up to meet him halfway.

But he shook his head, and his hand fell back to his side.

So much for the moment.

Cassie cleared her throat. "The burn must be fresh. Your memory usually comes back within a week or so after your rising."

His face seemed to turn to stone.

Usually was the keyword. Dante had been through so much in the last few years that his memory was a very brittle thing. So was his sanity, a situation that made him a walking, talking nightmare for many.

"You must have been attacked," she whispered. Attacked ... and killed. Because death was the only way—

He lifted her up and tossed her over his shoulder.

Cassie yelped, totally not expecting that move. She shoved her hands against his ass—um, a very nice ass — and pushed herself up so she could see around her.

Some of the club's patrons were looking at her, amusement on their faces. They weren't exactly the kind to help a lady in distress. The redheaded vampire was staring her way. Glaring her way, rather.

And Dante was stalking away with her, his grip on her legs unbreakable.

Okay, so that was one way to get his attention.

She heard the sound of shattering wood. Had he just smashed a door? Sounded like he had. Cassie tried to crane around and see where they were going. It looked like they were headed inside some kind of back room. Stacks of boxes and bottles of alcohol lined the shelves.

"Get the hell out of here!" Dante's snarled order.

Three bodies ran past her, fast.

The world spun a bit, and Cassie found herself sprawled on top of a wooden table. Dante held one of her wrists in each of his hands as he stood between her legs.

Oh, wow.

"Who are you?" he demanded.

"My name won't matter to you." She barely breathed the words. "If you rose recently—"

"Your name!"

"C-Cassie Armstrong. Cassandra ..."

His eyelids flickered. "Cassandra." He said her name as if he were tasting it.

Please, remember me. There had been so many times over the years, when she was sure that he did remember her, but then the tortures would start again. Torture and death.

He'd lose the memory of her, and she'd have to try so hard to get close to him again. To make him remember.

An endless cycle that left her hurting inside.

"I've dreamed about you," he whispered. His hold was an unbreakable grip on her wrists.

At his confession, her heartbeat picked up and hope blossomed inside of her. Finally, finally, he'd—

"In my dreams"—a muscle flexed along his jaw —"you kill me, Cassie Armstrong."

Oh, hell. "I told you. I'm not here to hurt you."

"But you have killed me before, haven't you?"

Cassie knew she had to be careful. She wasn't like him. Dante could die, again and again, but he would just come back from each death.

He'd rise from the ashes and be born again.

While she would just—well, die. There would be no coming back for her.

With a thought, he could incinerate her. The heat that warmed her skin could turn into a blazing inferno at any second.

"Last night, I dreamed about you." His words were a low growl as he leaned closer to her.

The noise from the bar drifted into the room. The blaring beat of music. The scents of sex, blood, and booze.

"You stared right at me, then you stabbed me."

His bad memories weren't going to make things any easier.

"So maybe you should tell me why I shouldn't just pay you back for that right now." His breath blew lightly over the sensitive skin of her neck. "And end you."

She shook her head, sending her long hair sliding over her shoulders. "Please ..."

"Oh, I like it when you beg."

Actually, he did. But that was another story.

"So you've had dreams." Cassie started talking, fast, because she had seen him incinerate a man before. She didn't want that same fate. "Well, I'm your key. I know you. Every dark spot in your mind? I can shine the light and show you—"

His mouth was just inches from hers. Inches? More like an inch. "What are you going to show me?"

"Everything," she whispered, promised. "I can tell you the secrets of your life. I can tell you who you are, if you'll just trust me."

His gaze searched hers. Some people thought that his eyes were just dark—mirroring his black soul, but they were wrong. There were flecks of gold hidden in his eyes. You just had to look hard and deep enough to see them.

"Why should I trust a woman who's killed me before?"

"Because I've saved you, too." She'd risked so much to save him. "Believe it or not, you actually owe me."

"I don't believe it."

Her lips trembled.

His gaze dropped once more to her mouth.

"Dante ..."

He kissed her.

She hadn't been expecting the move, and when his lips closed over hers, shock froze her for a moment. Then she realized—Dante.

Her lips parted eagerly for him, and the wall that she'd built to hold back her need for him started to fracture. His tongue pushed into her mouth. Not sampling, but taking, and it was just like she remembered. He kissed her, she wanted. Lust tore through her, and her wrists twisted in his grip because she wanted to touch him.

She wanted—

His head lifted. His eyes blazed down at her, the gold starting to heat. "I remember ... your mouth. Your taste."

She'd never been able to forget his kiss. He'd been the first man that she ever kissed. The first to make her feel like she belonged to someone.

A someone who sometimes seemed to hate her.

"You can trust me" she whispered, desperate to make him believe her.

He gave a hard shake of his head. "No, that's the last thing I can do." He moved away from her, leaping back.

For an instant, she didn't move. His eyes were on her, sweeping from the top of her hair down to her small sandals. He seemed confused. Yeah, well, so was she.

Don't kiss me and jerk away. She didn't have the damn plague.

"I woke up a week ago," he told her quietly, his voice still making her ache. "In an alley that had been scorched. I was naked, and there were ashes all around me."

Her heart beat faster as she straightened on the table.

"What happened to me?" he demanded.

"Dante, I—"

"Is that my name?"

The memory loss seemed more severe than it had been in the past. "Y-yes. That's what you told me to call you." But was it really his name? She wasn't sure. He'd never confessed too much about his life—at least, not his life before he'd come to be a prisoner.

"How did I get in that alley?"

She pushed away from the table. Her knees were trembling so she locked them as she faced him. "I don't know. The last time I saw you, you were down in New Orleans."

A faint furrow appeared between his brows. He appeared to be a man in his prime, maybe close to thirty-four or thirty-five, but the truth was that Dante was much, much older.

There was a reason he'd been called the Immortal at the facility.

"New Orleans?" He yanked a hand through his hair. "What was I doing down there?"

That was an easy answer. "Saving my life."

His hand fell. Suspicion was on his face as he asked, "Are you sure I wasn't trying to kill you?"

Actually, no, she wasn't. But she was still breathing, and if he had truly wanted her dead, she'd be ash.

His enemies had a way of ending up as ash drifting in the wind.

"What happened to me in the alley?"

Okay, if she was going to get his trust, she was obviously going to have to share with him. "I think you died."

He laughed. The sound was bitter and hard, just like the laughter she'd heard from him a dozen times. She'd tried for years to get a real laugh from him. That hadn't happened.

"If I died," he asked, "then how am I breathing now?"

That was the tricky-to-explain part. "Look, Dante—"

Shouts erupted from the other room. High-pitched, desperate screams that were immediately followed by the rat-a-tat of gunfire.

They found me. Cassie's heartbeat froze in her chest then she was the one leaping forward and grabbing Dante's hand. "We have to go. Now!"

She yanked him, hoping he'd follow with her.

He didn't move. Not even an inch. "I don't run from anyone."

Well, yes, that was true. He didn't.

She did. When you weren't a paranormal powerhouse, you learned to flee pretty quickly.

More screams. More blasts from guns. "If they catch me," Cassie said, voice soft, "they won't let me get away."

His gaze held hers.

"If they catch you, they're going to toss you back in a cage, and you won't see daylight again anytime soon." Her heartbeat seemed to thunder as loud as the gunshots. He had to believe her. "They'll keep you in that cage, and they'll torture you again and again."

"How do you know this?"

She licked her dry lips. "Because that's what they did to you before."

His jaw hardened. "Then I think it's time I faced these bastards."

Wait—what? Hadn't she been trying to sell the guy on running?

He pulled from her and rushed toward the broken door, heading right toward the sound of gunshots and screams.

As she watched him run away, her heart iced. She'd followed Dante to Chicago because she'd needed him. She'd hunted for him, searching desperately ... and she'd led his enemies right to his side.

Dante, I'm sorry.

But he wouldn't believe that apology. He never did.


Men wearing black ski masks had rushed inside of Taboo. The drumming music had died away, and only the screams of those still trapped in the club remained.

Most of the patrons had run away. Those wounded on the floor appeared to be mostly vampires. It seemed they were fine with walking amongst the humans these days. There were shifters, too.

Dante hadn't felt even mild surprise when he'd seen a man shift into the form of a fox just the night before. Maybe it was because his memories were gone that he felt no surprise. It seemed that vampires and shifters were a normal part of the world.


(Continues...)

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Playing With Fire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 4 Narration 2 Story 5 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. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Rebecca1RS More than 1 year ago
I love shifters. All of them. Tigers, lions, wolves, wild dogs, bears and of course honey badgers!  All! #parawhore Until Dante I was a Phoenix virgin but he has broken my cherry. And how! Cynthia Eden always delivers whether it’s her paranormal or contemporary books. She’s one of my go to authors when I want an easy hot alpha and never disappoints. ‘Playing with Fire’ is the third book in The Phoenix Fire Series, the previous two I have not read but easily read this as a standalone. It’s a steamy, intense, fast paced read with plenty of twists and turns and one of her best works. Dante is Mr Tall Hot and Brooding, a Phoenix known as The Immortal who rises from the ashes each time he is killed. More often than not he rises without his memories but each and every time he sees Cassie all he can think and feel is MINE even when he has no knowledge of her or himself. “When I breathe in your scent, I ache.” “When I kissed you, your taste had me maddened.” “I look at you, and I think… mine.” Cassie was 8 years old the first time she saw Dante and he’s been haunting her dreams ever since. When he forgets her it breaks her heart each time, she loves him but their history is long and tangled. A brilliant genetics scientist, Cassie is determined to atone for the atrocities her father committed and help all the paranormals affected by his flawed decisions. I loved both Dante and Cassie. Cassie is one of the best heroines Ms Eden has written. She has a strength of character and determination that drew me and I found myself empathising with her through the whole book. She is struggling to cope with the guilt caused by her father’s actions, with the need to right those wrongs and with her love for Dante, their chemistry is combustible but the memories problem and trust issues rear their head time and again so the path is far from smooth. This girl was not afraid to challenge her man when he hit cave man mode “Mine” and “Kill” being his go to words. The “Mine” shouldn’t be panty dropping sexy but oh it so is! The “Kill” Cassie calls him on many times, her belief is everything has a right to life and you should help not kill, but Dante has lived many lifetimes, seen many things and his instinct to protect her means kill first, ask questions later. This led to some interesting confrontations between them and some lessons for an Immortal to learn. As this story progresses the relationship between the main characters and the multitude of secondary characters is so engaging I read it in one sitting and was going to call this a quickie, but it’s 353 pages so fast and furious, only because I was devouring it! My only moan would be the epilogue was far too short, I wanted more! I shall read the first two of this series now because of the calibre of this one. The mix of intrigue, violence, twists and unexpected turns, steamy sexiness and emotion makes for a couple of hours of sheer unadulterated escapism that went too fast……..  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
belllla More than 1 year ago
More than 5 stars. This is, unfortunately, my first book of like it seems amazing series. An amazing paranormal story full of passion mystery, action, suspense, and twists. The story is amazing both Cassie and Dante great characters author beautiful describes their complicated relationship. So many things happen and I loved how unpredictable all was and that I could see what will happen next. I really enjoyed reading it. Recommended for all paranormal lovers. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly.
Eloise_In_Paris More than 1 year ago
I didn’t read the other two books in the series, but it was fine. The book is a stand alone novel, with enough backstory into the other characters to keep you from being lost. The story wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It was the typical overbearing alpha male constantly rescuing the formally capable damsel in distress. The insta love was explained, but it was still two people who had spent a few days together (including their past brief encounters) declaring their love for each other. The world building was good, and I would be interested to see what happens to the characters who haven’t had their HEA yet, but I doubt I would go back an read the other two books in this series. This is the kind of book I would read while while waiting on my fav’s to come out. Entertaining, but not outstanding.
Eloise_In_Paris More than 1 year ago
I didn’t read the other two books in the series, but it was fine. The book is a stand alone novel, with enough backstory into the other characters to keep you from being lost. The story wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It was the typical overbearing alpha male constantly rescuing the formally capable damsel in distress. The insta love was explained, but it was still two people who had spent a few days together (including their past brief encounters) declaring their love for each other. The world building was good, and I would be interested to see what happens to the characters who haven’t had their HEA yet, but I doubt I would go back an read the other two books in this series. This is the kind of book I would read while while waiting on my fav’s to come out. Entertaining, but not outstanding.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars-- PLAYING WITH FIRE is the third and final instalment in Cynthia Eden’s contemporary adult PHOENIX BURN paranormal, romance series focusing on a group of enhanced supernatural and humans. This is scientist Cassie Armstrong, and phoenix Dante’s story line. PLAYING WITH FIRE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. SOME BACKGROUND: Years earlier, an experiment to make the perfect super soldier went horribly wrong when the people in control when above and beyond their designated tasks. The Phoenix Burn series focuses on the continuing experiments and on-going problems of the affected supernaturals and humans. NOTE: Due to the story line content including torture and bloodshed, there may be some triggers for more sensitive readers. Told from several third person points of view including Dante and Cassie PLAYING WITH FIRE follows the second chance (of sorts) relationship between scientist Cassie Armstrong, and phoenix Dante. Years earlier Cassie Armstrong, the daughter of a brilliant but insane scientist saved Dante, on more than once occasion, but with each incarnation Dante remembered little about his past. Fast forward to present day wherein Cassie will continue to track down the man that she loves in order to help others who have been affected by the cruel and unusual experiments. What ensues is the rekindling friendship, and building love between our leading couple, and the potential fall-out as betrayal and heartbreak continue to follow in their wake. PLAYING WITH FIRE is a story of power and revenge; betrayal and pain; destiny and love. Cynthia Eden brings together an odd assortment of supernatural beings including purebreds and hybrids, all of whom must work together to protect themselves from the ultimate evil. Vengeance, deception, dishonesty and lies are around every corner as Cassie tries desperately to help the people she loves but in doing so hurts the man that calls to her heart. The premise is dramatic; the romance is fated; the characters are numerous, intense and energetic. There are a number of characters whose story has yet to be told-I am hoping the author considers picking up where the series left off.
Rainn2978 More than 1 year ago
This is a reprint of the 3rd book in the Phoenix Fire series. So if you have read that book before, nothing is different about this one other than the cover. It's about Cassie Armstrong and the Phoenix Dante. Cassie is trying to atone for the things her father and brother did to paranormals. She wants to fix the things they did and make the lives of the paranormals at least somewhat better. But she also believes she needs Dante's help in order to do this. Even knowing that he doesn't remember her or their shared past. Dante Can't remember anything that happened between them before, but he does know when he see's her that she is his! He knows there is more going on than he knows about but he is determined that she will be his. I will always love this story. All of the books in this series are good but just knowing what Cassie went through as a child and what she did to try help not only Dante but the other's her family was hurting makes you love her even more. It always made me sad that every time Dante would "die" he wouldn't remember her or their past when he came back. And to realize that they both were fighting so much more than they ever thought they were at the end? Makes it a truly great story once they handle it and everything else going on! Another great read by this author!
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Obsession. That's the word that sticks out to me about this book. Dante is obsessed with Cassandra even when he doesn't remember her. He's a Phoenix and when he dies, he loses his memory but never the pull to her. He'll follow her to the ends of the earth. Cassie is trying so hard to right the wrongs of her father. There has to be a cure for what he did to his victims and she will do anything to help them. She thinks Dante is the key but every time he dies, he loses his memory of her. She's been in love with him since she was eight years old and her heart breaks every time he forgets her. I like the twist to this story. Dante has a dark side and he's willing to do anything to keep Cassie. He's cold and you can't tell if his obsession to Cassie is just possession or more. When he dies and rises again, you never know what he's going to be like. I loved it!
Marie1MB More than 1 year ago
AN IMPRESSIVELY POWERFUL, SEXY, ADDICTIVE story by Cynthia Eden! Even though this is the third book in Miss Eden's Phoenix Fire series, this is the first one in it that I have read and HOT DAMN AM I HOOKED! I D-E-V-O-U-R-E-D this book in a little over a day! It was HEART SMASHING GOOD with a hero who had a RED HOT obsession and a AMAZING WOMAN WHO WASN'T AWARE OF HER OWN POWERS. I LOVED Dante! He seemed so cold and had killer instincts that dictated he kill first but with Cassie, things start to shift and change. What started out as a white hot obsession turned into something much more powerful...love. And Cassie...she was extraordinary in my opinion, tough, sweet, caring and willing to do ANYTHING to save paranormals that her father tortured and experimented on...like I said, she is EXTRAORDINARY! There was so much adrenaline pumping action that it was hard to keep still. And plenty of spell-binding lust and fabulous characters that I am now completely obsessed over. I am KICKING myself for not finding this series before now. Playing With Fire is THRILLING...TEMPTING....DARK AND WICKED! I am in stunned AWE! Playing With Fire gets a HIGHLY ADDICTIVE AND CERTAINLY SEXY FIVE SHOOTING STARS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all Cynthia Eden's books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome series!
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agnese-kohnSK More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book of the series Phoenix fire Novel and just finished it..Just like the previous of this series i loved it....Well written,well developed and the characters too specially the main's one:Dante & Cassie but also she brings back the characters from the previous book to follow this story...This is a kick arse book and the all series....You will find fights,romance,twist and turn,plots,possessiveness,intensity,heat,sex scene, and more..To find out you got to read this book and all the series...I can't wait for more because i can't get enough of them just like all her books....Well done author Cynthia Eden..Keep them coming..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it thanks for the ending getting Cassie and Dante together and getting rid of Genius thanks love that book
livzletlivz More than 1 year ago
Just when I think how can Cynthia Eden top her previous paranormal romance, she comes out with a fireball that takes us on fiery ride of unbridled passion, evil as dark as midnight and defiant paranormal who would burn the very ends of earth to protect their mates. Cynthia Eden’s latest release, “Playing With Fire” is the third (maybe the final) in her Phoenix Series and what read it is! Dante the Immortal is pitched against Cassie Armstrong the Siren and we get a deadly combination of fire and control! As the daughter of a father who is the ultimate evil to hold a scalpel, Cassie has a lot to redress. In the name of research, her father experimented and created soldiers of mass destruction with the mix of various paranormal and their DNA, unbalancing the very cycle of life and his daughter was not spared either. Cassie wants to correct the wrong and save the good from being devoured by the evil and she needs Dante to make it happen. Dante is a mass of fire, an Immortal who can rise from the dead again and again. Devoid of any emotion and feelings, memories lost to many deaths he falls to, tears from a heartless Immortal may be the only cure for the virus on a rampage. But Dante shedding tears is not on the agenda and neither is him been drawn by the sweet voice of Cassie.  Fighting the evil dogging their backs, giving into the passion raging between them, Cassie and Dante are on the run leaving a ball of fire in their wake. Dante brings to light the reality of Cassie’s power and Cassie helps Dante remember that he has a heart and sometimes sacrifice is essential to save a normal human being. It is wonderful to revisit the previous powerful paranormal and their quest for finding a cure and peace to live a normal life among the mortals. And the epilogue was icing on the cake! Almost had me in tears…. Playing With Fire breathes down your neck, makes your heart beat faster, gets your adrenaline pumping and chills racing your veins. I don’t think anyone can beat Cynthia Eden in her writing of paranormal romance.
Bube987 More than 1 year ago
Unique,great series! Playing with Fire is third book from Phoenix Fire series and it's Dante and Cassie's story. We met both of the main characters in the previous book - Once Bitten,Twice Burned,also that was introduction to the next story in the series. Dante and Cassie are strong characters,yes different,but in the deep of soul very alike.He is Phoenix shifter and he has a big advantage compared to the other Phoenix shifters.And Cassi,well,I don't want to spoil the story for you,so when you will read this book,you will discover what she is and that advantage of Dante. They will go through a difficult,dangerous fight for what they believe in,and for what they feel for one another. And there love will fight against any and all. Dante and Cassie,truly great couple! I think there are very few paranormal books for Phoenix shapeshifters and Cynthia Eden managed to bring us three incredible paranormal stories! If you want to read something great,something amazing,then this series is the right choice for you :) *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for honest review*
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - ”Learn all my secrets.” … “I offer them to you.” Stars. I am sad that we have reached the end of the Phoenix Fire Series. I have loved reading each and every one of these books, and Cynthia Eden is one of my absolute favorite authors, for books in this genre. I don’t think it is actually possible for her to write a bad book, no matter the subject. ”Maybe there are some things you’d rather not remember. There are sure things I’d prefer to forget.” Dante and Cassie first popped up in the second book in the series, and we were given a little taste of the fact that they had history, and not all of it was good. Although reluctantly for Cassie, they were on opposite sides of the battle lines initially, Scientist – Subject, but allegiances have now changed. Unfortunately, it is sometimes a little difficult trying to make a guy who potentially loses his memory every time he is reborn to remember that fact! ”I don’t know if I should help you or kill you.” You really need to read the first two books in this series to really get the full benefit of this book; a lot has happened throughout the previous books and this really is the climax of the story as a whole, everything is tied up really well, all the questions are answered, and the epilogue is adorable, I would however have liked a little more on Ryder & Sabine in Playing with Fire. I loved Dante, as much as I love Cain and Ryder (books 1 & 2), he is another uber alpha, not afraid to speak his mind, kill his enemies and protect his woman. He is also pretty hot (no pun intended) between the sheets too, which always makes for a stellar read! ”When I breathe in your scent, I ache.” “When I kissed you, your taste had me maddened.” “I look at you, and I think… mine.” I can’t recommend this series or its author highly enough, you are always given the a full HD reading experience when you pick up a Cynthia Eden book, and as always this one is no exception. Remember me.” “I already do. I always will.” ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
SoniaF More than 1 year ago
It was a pleasure to read this book, I enjoyed it so very much; it’s my favorite in the trilogy.  Dante loses his memories every time he dies and, being a phoenix, rises again and again. Cassie is in love with him since she was a child and, as him, an experiment to her father at Genesis. Seeing how he doesn’t remember her, hurts her but she was always determined to help him escape. This is such a romantic tale, with some very hot moments.  It was such a thrill accompanying Dante and Cassie in their escape from their enemy, Jon, who has some big surprise that he kept from everyone and will turn even more difficult Dante’s and Cassie’s life. At the same time, Cassie is determined to find a cure for the primal vampires and her friend Trace, the werewolf whom we know from book 1, Burn For Me. Also seeing Cain and Eve was so good. It’s always a pleasure to see previous characters and now more about them, how they are. This is a very good trilogy, that ends with a fantastic book and I highly recommend it to any paranormal romance fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't even wanna know HOW I got locked out. x.x