Review: Playing with Fire by Lili Valente (Hometown Heat #3)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.

Talk about ending this series on a high note! Lili Valente delivers with a fantastic friends-to-lovers romance in Playing with Fire, which is the third novel in her Hometown Heat small-town romance series. Both twenty-nine-year-old Maddie Whitehouse and thirty-one-year-old Jamison Hansen have been noteworthy supporting characters in the previous books, All Fired Up and Catching Fire, and now that the proverbial spotlight's on them, talk about making it count. These two have been friends for years, but it wasn't until one near kiss between them sparked a whole new dynamic between them. This time, there are lustful thoughts and searing looks. When the two decide to cross the line between friends and lovers, the choice to keep things quiet seems necessary. After all, what if this doesn't last, especially since the baker and the firefighter know all too well what heartbreak feels like. But with the way things are going, this feels more like forever.

Okay, I admit it: this book is my favorite one in the series. It had that great balance of sex and romance, and I quite enjoyed seeing Maddie and Jamison transition from supporting characters to main characters and from friends to lovers and then much more. I liked discovering their back stories, which then allowed me to have a better appreciation of how far they've come in terms of relationships and commitment. I loved getting to know these two, and any misconceptions I had were clarified. Lili Valente's Hometown Heat series has been fun; I'm happy it closes out with a five-starred read like Playing with Fire.

Release Date: 27 August 2021

Date Read: 22 August 2021

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