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Kissing Fire (Edge, #3)

by A. M. Hargrove

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Avery is not your typical "Lady Porn" girl, well at least she doesn't see herself that way. Avery is also pretty goofy actually which a refreshing change in pace. This book goes from Avery's POV to Preston's POV so when you read Preston's POV Avery is not as goofy as she makes herself out to be.
Preston has a lifetime of baggage that is sometimes hard to read. This book is full of Action, Drama, Sex & Romance. I couldn't help but also fall in love with Avery's best friend Melissa - She is something else that's all I'll say :). Lots of hot juicy sex. Fantastic Ending.

Quotes:

"For the first time in my life, I wanted to be a fork."

"I could love you with all my heart and soul."

"I told Preston he was my catnip."
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  iloveladyporn | Dec 6, 2013 |
The story line was good.

At times, the story moved at a good pace; other times, areas seemed to be glossed over.
I think the herione was-at times-too hard on Preston, the Hero. i understand being lied to like that, but I think she had taken it a bit too far.

It was an ok read. I thought it was better than ok-the read for the three stars. ( )
  carrielynn819 | Aug 31, 2013 |
Kissing Fire (An Edge Novel #3) by A.M. Hargrove

Kissing Fire is the 3rd book in the series (An Edge Novel), A.M. Hargrove writing is spectacular, and I have to say her stories are only getting better with each book she writes. She is one of my favorite authors and will read just about anything she writes. The plot is exciting, a bit of suspense, romance, and humour; she makes me laugh out loud. One of the better authors I’ve come across lately. A.M. Hargrove stories are amazing and even though it’s an adult contemporary romance there is originality to her stories which I love.

In Kissing Fire we get to see Preston who was in Shattered Edge briefly, he is a DEA agent; you know the type, tall dark, and handsome, sexy, drool worthy type of man. YUMMY….We learn a lot about Preston in this story, his past, secrets, doubts and what his undercover has cost him. At times it’s a bit heart breaking to read what he has gone through. And then we meet Avery who has had a privileged life but feels trapped and decides to move to Seattle for a new start.

So when Avery and Preston meet up visiting their siblings sparks are ignited. This relationship is bumpy to say the least, you have one person who doesn’t think he is worthy of much because of his past. Then Avery who has very little self esteem and can’t fathom a man like Preston every wanting a woman like her.
The relationship that builds between these two is great, Preston is wonderful, sexy, and sweet and did I mention Yummy and Avery who has that southern charm is witty but lacking some self worth and can’t see herself like other do. Avery knows she has to figure out what she wants/needs……….. can she get past the dangerous life Preston has lived and will she be in danger? But the main question is could she live without Preston.

I really really recommend this series to anyone who is reading my review. This series is fantastic, all the characters are great and I love that you get to see some of the others characters from past books. Wait till you read about Avery’s next door neighbor, I’m hoping she gets her own book soon.

I have rated Kissing Fire 5 star rating and if you want to read this story as a standalone you will not be disappointed as A.M. Hargrove gives the reader enough of the history so you know what is going on. But I really suggest you go purchase Edge of Disaster and Shattered Edge and of course Kissing Fire.
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  TanaT | Aug 7, 2013 |
I received a copy review from the author in exchange for an honest opinion. This review may include spoilers and is based on my personal thoughts

Little overview before I start getting into my thoughts about this read. Avery is a rich girl that was always close to everyone in her family except her mother. She never knew the need for money but she always wanted to make it out on her own. When she receives a new job in Seattle, she leaves without second guessing and very excited to start her new job. Once she’s in Seattle, she decides to visit her brother that she haven’t spoken with in a while. But when she gets there, she meets her brother’s wife’s brother who is staying with them for few nights. Without trying to reveal his identity, he calls himself “Just Miles”. She’s immediately attracted to him and wants nothing more than jump his bones. The next day when she has to face the danger, she needs to leave everyone behind to hide in Preston’s cabin to avoid being seen by the drug cartel that’s chasing him down.

Soooo… That damn cover. I can drool over that cover for hours. And the first quarter of the book really made me happy because pretty cover = amazing-new-favorite-book, right? SO WRONG!!! After that quarter passed and the gorgeous DEA agent Preston met Avery, it all went to hell. Here’s a little overview of my status update that I pulled from Goodreads so you can see the progression of my thoughts:

1% "O.M.G.! The cover is to DIE for!!!! So excited for this book."

10% "Hahahahahahaha omg!!!!! This is the funniest thing that could EVER happen! Poor FBI agent must have been so embarrassed! Lol"

15% " My oh my... Sounds like "Just Miles" might have those dimples on his ass that I want to bite into! -drool-"

23% "I moved my mouth back down Just Miles' abs and his towel had parted. Good heavens, I now felt like Moses did at Red Sea. I started purring to the tune of "Hallelujah"!!"

43% ""Honey, I don't give a damn about your mother's approval" - Ummmmm I'm confused. Wasn't he supposed to be a badass DEA agent? Because right now he sounds more like my gay best friend."

85% "If somebody is not gonna be chased or shot, I'm so giving up on this book. I want action not the sleazy, puppy love :/"

99% "Mehhh... What a waste of time. Review coming up -.-"

That pretty much sums it up. I mean seriously, the badass DEA agent is supposed to be the hot guy here and after sobbing about how “unworthy” he is, it just makes him look like a pussy. And Avery! I’m sorry but she just turned out to be dumb ( very very very self-conscious without a decent reason) in my eyes.

When Preston tells her that they haven’t been in danger for few weeks and he just wanted to be with her, she flips out and moves away for months. She literally drops everything and says that her heart is broken and she does not know how to live with herself. I mean seriously! Just a bad expression of a conflict in a book that could’ve been made so much better.

Would I purchase this? Hell yes, that cover still makes me drool!

Would I ask for a refund? You f*cking know it! ( )
  SpicedLatte | Aug 1, 2013 |
Kissing Fire is a contemporary romance that blends a comedic and serious tone to tell this story. Based on the book’s description, I expected more of a dangerous, action-oriented story involving romance, so I was happily surprised to find this book includes funny, light-heart moments to provide relief from some of the painful, and, at times, heart-wrenching aspects of the storyline.

The initial setting for the story is Charleston, South Carolina, where Avery Middleton realizes her social and romantic life has become stagnant. Longing for a change, she accepts a job in Seattle and moves with the intention of starting over. Although Avery comes from a privileged family, she wants to be independent from her family’s wealth and be successful on her own. Avery is an easily likeable character because of her feisty nature, humorous thoughts, and the unexpected situations she often finds herself in, leading to, sometimes, embarrassing and belling jiggling laughter.

Upon arrival to Seattle, Avery visits her brother who has also moved away from home to start a life with his new wife. Caroline. There, she coincidentally meets Preston Mitchell, Caroline’s brother, who is staying with the couple. Preston is a DEA agent who has recently returned to the country after completing his latest undercover mission.

When Avery and Preston meet, they instantly fall into lust for each other. By providing both Avery’s and Preston’s point-of-view, I was able to really connect with and care about them because I’m given insight into their private thoughts that clearly reveal their insecurities and vulnerabilities.

Working undercover has put Preston into more than his share of unimaginable horrors. Because of his past, Preston sees himself as “Dirty. Disgusting. And certainly not fit for proper society.” He believes that he will never find a good woman capable of loving him because of the physical and psychological scars that have skewed his perspective.

Preston initially hides his profession from Avery to protect his identity, but, when a Mexican Drug Cartel finds his location, he is forced to go on the run, dragging Avery along with him, since she now become a target as well. Although Avery is strongly attracted to the sexy DEA Agent, her low self-esteem and body image issues make her think Preston would never be interested in her. An awkward situation provides the impetus for them to reveal their insecurities and paves the way for romance.

I fell in love with Preston over the course of the story. His willingness to sacrifice his personal happiness for his country is more than admirable, given what he’s endured. I also loved how he is direct and honest with Avery, so that she knows what she’s getting into before they pursue the relationship. As he reveals the gritty, raw details of his past, Avery always responds to him in a way that soothes Preston’s mind and body. They are so good for each other on an emotional level because they consistently boost one another’s self-esteem. I also appreciated that Preston wants more than just a sexual relationship with Avery. He wants her heart before they become intimate. Their time alone together allows their attraction to grow into love. The passion between them is hot, steamy, and intense!

Everything is wonderful until Preston confesses a secret he’s been keeping from Avery, and everything falls apart. Avery is angry, hurt by Preston’s actions, and she doesn’t feel she can trust him anymore. Once Preston explains the motivation behind his actions, I know I could forgive him. However, Avery thinks he’s destroyed her life. I have to admit, I think Avery overreacts by giving up on their relationship so quickly after they have worked so hard to establish a strong foundation.

Nevertheless, Avery leaves Preston. She leaves Seattle to start over yet again. Although the hurt and pain over their breakup lingers, a visit from her friend Melissa, a female sumo wrestler, with her outrageous antics provides a nice diversion to Avery’s somber mood.

A central question from this point in the story is whether Preston and Avery can truly let go of their love for each other. In the midst of all this angst, Preston and Avery again find their lives endangered, and the action and suspense that follow, as these conflicts are resolved, also contribute to making this book a worthwhile read.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Sunmtn | Jun 3, 2013 |
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