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Playing with Fire

(Second Chance #2)

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4.73  ·  Rating details ·  52 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
She swore off ‘True Love’ - He wants ‘Happy Ever After’ - How could this end badly?

If Finley Thomas had big dreams, it was because of her best friend. She left her hometown behind to follow her dreams. When she returns to St Helena years later, determined to protect her shattered heart, she finds out she can’t hide for long. The first person to seek her out is the only on
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Kindle Edition, 151 pages
Published October 3rd 2016 by Kindle Worlds
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Cali Jewel
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweetly sexy, emotionally thrilling, action packed and second chance, best friends to so much more romance that gave me goose bumps it was so heart felt. The chemistry between them is red hot... loved it!

Fire Captain, Jackson Caffrey never expected to see his long lost best friend come back home. Finley Thomas had big dreams of escaping this small town and never looking back.... Life changes and home comings are not always what they seem... loved this heart felt romantic journey.
Sabrina
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well told story of friends to lovers.

Roman is a sexy firefighter and a wonderful Dad. He has been unlucky in love, most likely because none of the women were Finley.

Finley is back in St. Helena, licking her wounds. Seems she caught her husband in bed with another woman.

Fast paced, hot, steamy, sexy, a all around great read. I really enjoy the Kindle World St. Helena stories, it's always fun to revisit everyone.

I'm fairly new to Reina Torres, but, she has fast become a favorite.
IrishdaisylovesRomance
Roman and Finley were best friends growing up but as they got older they both went their separate ways. Now back in St. Helena Roman is a single dad and is Fire Captain, and Finley has come home after a nine year marriage ended in divorce. Finley seems a little lost at first and tries to find her own two feet, but Roman being the caring friend wants to help her in every way he possibly can!! Which leads to some fun interesting scenes LOL
This was an amazing friends to lovers read as Roman tries
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Mel
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Roman is a fireman who is unlucky with who he falls in love with. He's a sweetheart of a character and yet is a strong alpha when he needs to be too. A great balance was given to Roman with the help of dynamic secondary characters.

Finley has returned to St. Helena after a horrible marriage breakdown hoping to lick her wounds. She wants to celebrate being single with hot steamy sex, never counting on her BFF from her youth Roman wanting to step into the role. Finley is a strong character, witty,
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Donna
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What wonderful romance. It's a quick read that's really touching between to young people Finley and Roman.
Finley swore off ‘True Love’

Roman wants ‘Happy Ever After’

How could this end so badly?

Unfortunately if Finley Thomas had big dreams, it was all thanks to her best friend. Finley left her hometown behind to follow her dreams and passion. When she returns to St Rapheal years later, determined to protect her shattered heart, she finds out Finley that you can’t hide for long. The first perso
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Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
This was my first Reina Torres book but won’t be my last. I enjoyed the writing style, fluid and fast paced. I liked reading this second chance romance between Roman and Finley, high school best friends who have been separated for years and who have the chance to reconnect when she returns to St. Helena.

I felt Finley was a bit cold toward Roman at first and I didn’t understand since they had been best friends, but once they started getting closer, the sizzle between them was evident. She was afr
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Meghan
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
**********May Contain Spoilers**********


I have had the distinct pleasure to read Reina Torres’s recent published book from the Second Chance Series “Playing with Fire” to review. Yet again Reina Torres was successful at creating a breathtaking storyline with relatable characters.

We were introduced to Finley Thomas who left St. Helena to go to college to study photography. It was there that she met a man who swept her off her feet proposing marriage and promising to show her the world. Years late
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Michelle
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 5-star-read, arc
Playing with Fire is a sweet heartwarming story about a sexy firefighter a beautiful photographer. Jackson and Finley were best friends growing up and they both loved each other but never told the other. Now that they Finley's back in their hometown after years apart Jackson doesn't want to lose her again. I really loved this story it's not only a sweet second chance at love story but a friends to lovers story as well. The writing is great and the characters are well developed. I am looking forw ...more
Melody Hillier
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fin and Jackson's story is wonderful filled with Hot fire fighters, one Alpha Capt. and one sweet but damaged Photographer who he has loved since high school.. can they find a way to make it work?
this story was well written with a wonderful plot, great characters and fun dialogue that kept you coming back for more and wanting more of this town full of interesting people.
I received an arc of this story that i happily reviewed
Melinda Workman
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with the main characters Jackson and Finley. Jackson is such a good man and has loved Fin for a long long time. He is a great father and a fire fighter. Finley finally finds her way home to St. Raphael and stops running (with the help of the fire department). It is a wonderful story of second chances and hot sexy romance rekindled between them.

Heather
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For me, the only disappointment that came from Marina Adair's St. Helena series was that Roman Brady was left hanging and single after having his heart so casually and carelessly broken in Be Mine Forever. When I heard that Ms. Torres was writing about poor, neglected Roman I was beyond excited because I really wanted Roman to get his happy ending. I'm happy to say that this novella met my hopes and exceeded my expectations. The balance of humor, angst, heat(!), and heart makes this novella yet ...more
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✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR & 1/2-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Cute, sweet small-town feel to the cover. Intrigued by the fireman aspect.
> > Looking Deeper < <
Third-person POV.
Finley's back after nearly a decade gone & Fire Captain Roman Brady is blindsided by her return. The last time he'd seen the best friend that he carried a quiet torch for, she was marrying some guy he knew nothing about. Both have changed during their time apart. Finley's de
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Pam
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
St. Helena's sexy fire captain, Roman Brady is a single father with custody of his son, Matt. Roman has been in love with his childhood best friend Finley for years. Unfortunately, she didn't know it & she married someone else & moved overseas.

Finley has moved home after her husband left her. She needs to figure out what she's going to do now. Stay in St. Helena or move somewhere else? One thing she doesn't want to do is act on the attraction to Roman that is still there & more inten
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Donna
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What wonderful romance. It's a quick read that's really touching between to young people Finley and Roman.

Finley swore off ‘True Love’

Roman wants ‘Happy Ever After’

How could this end so badly?

Unfortunately if Finley Thomas had big dreams, it was all thanks to her best friend. Finley left her hometown behind to follow her dreams and passion. When she returns to St Helena years later, determined to protect her shattered heart, she finds out Finley that you can’t hide for long. The first person
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Mona Livsey
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful Story, I have enjoyed my introduction to Reina Torres's writing.
I enjoyed this HEA, as it was well written and had just the right amount of twists and turns to make it interesting. I loved how Author Reina Torres brings her characters to life and adds just the right amount of humanity to make it worthwhile. This story has it all , love lost - love found, a few times. It has laughter, tears, insecurities and strengths. I really liked how she made it mesh well together. I have onl
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Between My BookEndz
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books-read
What a delightful read! There is nothing like a second-chance story - Finley and Roman were best friends through school, with Roman harboring feelings of romantic love for her and Finley viewing him as her best friend. So of course when Finley decides to get married, she wants her best friend there! Roman can only stand by and witness Finley marrying another man, take off for parts unknown with him and leave Roman in the dust. Roman, too, moves on by marrying and having a son. But fate has other ...more
Pamela
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Roman watch the only women he love leave and then watch
her walk down a isle to aneother man..... He was at another
wedding watching a women who He cared for walk to
another man but he was happy for her. He had married
after she had and been givin A Son he loved dearly but
now the women he has always loved was back but could
she love him and his son............ He hope so
Finley had left her small town for adventure, Russ
had promised her that and for 10 years she had lived
with her mistake of be
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Dawn Yacovetta
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love that all of these authors have come together to bring love to St. Helena. It has been fun to read through the stories and see the characters cross over between authors. As with the other books, I kept recognizing characters from other books, and like the other, I was thrilled to see these characters find their happily-ever-after. Finley and Roman are the quintessential girl-that-got-away love story. Roman has needed someone in his life that will give him an HEA, and as much as Finley want ...more
Princess Thuy
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Omg!!! I am so happy right now. Roman Brady has finally got his HEA. *Big Sigh* After reading Marina Adair's St. Helena Vineyard Series I have been dying for poor Roman to find love. And now that her series has made it into the kindle worlds, Roman finally got his story! Reina Torres has totally given him the best happy ending. Although it wasn't a totally smooth road for him. She made him earn that HEA but the journey was just so wonderful to read. It was sweet, funny, HOT and emotional at time ...more
SOMDReigel
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Playing With Fire by Reina Torres showcases Roman Brady and Finley Thomas in the small town of St. Helena. It’s not a smooth road for this friends to lover’s story. Finley left for college, got married, is now divorced and has returned to her hometown. Roman always loved her, but had also moved on and now has an ex-wife and an adorable little boy. He wants the whole thing-love, wife, a mother for his son. She fights her attraction to Roman; isn’t comfortable with kids, and is done with doing rel ...more
Margaret Neal
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review is from: St. Helena Vineyard Series: Playing with Fire (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Second Chance Book 2) (Kindle Edition)

Playing With Fire is my first book from Reina Torres, it's on of the novellas based around the St Helena's Vineyard series by Marina Adair. I have had so much fun reading these novellas and getting to know and love the residents we gad glimpses of in the Original series.
Playing With Fire bring us Finley and Roman, high school best friends who haven't seen each other s
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Crystal Gray
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reina has done it again. Another amazing story that takes place in St. Helena. I have not read any of the other stories in the St. Helena series or any of the other Kindle Worlds taking place there. I sure want to though! I love Reina's writing style, just enough spice to go with the sweet. I like that you don't have to read any of the other stories to know what is going on, but after reading this and her other one (Finding Home) it makes you want to read more!

This is a single dad trying to get
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Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads Review:

Another novella set in Marina Adair's St. Helena Vineyard series, this story was both extremely fun and seriously sweet! i loved Roman and Finely and enjoyed their banter and fiery passion. The story is absolutely beautiful and touched my heart and put a smile on my face.

I am very impressed with Reina Torres and the way she incorpurated her style writing in St. Helena Vineyard. I can't seem to stop gushing about it, even now. I LOVED these novellas!

Playing With Fir
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Penny Leidecker
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book by Reina Torres. I love reading about single dads and she gives us Roman Brady. Roman has loved Finley Thomas since their school days. When he decides to tell her how he feels, she asks him to give her away. She's marrying Russ Sattler, a civil engineer and going to travel with him. After almost a decade, she returns to St. Helena a single woman. Will Roman and Finley resume their friendship or will they become more? Also, I love Roman's son, Matt. I loved catching up wi ...more
Gwen Pendley
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first story by Reina Torres and it will not be my last!

This novella has it all....love, tenderness, rejection, a great guy and hot fire fighters!

Roman & Finley were best friends growing up.....he was the guy that everybody loved and she felt awkward and out of place due to the rejection she had grown up with from her father. She marries the first guy that promises her a different life (not realizing that Roman is in love with her & wants to be that guy). Fast forward several
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Teri
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
She's back. His best friend he has loved forever. But she's married and off limits. Plus he's stuck in the friend zone. A funny yet serious story about a second chance at first love. Lots has changed in 10 years and we get some of their background along with their friends. Great read with characters you have to like. Roman is not only a nice guy but he's a Fire Captain (be still my heart) and a single Dad, what's not to love.Too bad Finley has stuck him in the friend zone, now all he has to do i ...more
Bette Hansen
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story!! It brings back one of my favorite St. Helena characters, Roman Brady. After he lost the girl in Be Mine Forever, I wanted him to find his own HEA and now with Finley Thomas back in town it looks like he just might. If he can just persuade her to take a chance on love again and take a chance with him. This is a wonderfully written story and it continues the essence of St. Helena perfectly. I absolutely loved it and definitely recommend it to everyone.
Cheryl
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Estranged HS sweethearts have led separate & different lives, only to be reunited in their hometown. Can they overcome the hurts from their past lives to find love together again? Roman does get what he wants this time around.... Fantastic second chance love story with great characters, steamy romance, and lots of love. Great read!
Jill
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So love this

Roman was forced to attend a wedding of the woman he thought he was going to end up with. His best friend Finley comes back to town looking to get laid. The last person she wanted was Roman, she wasn't looking for a forever guy. But St Helena has her ways. This was a great story that I wish could have went on longer.
Patty Montoro
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is really sweet and sexy second chance romance. Roman was wonderful hero. And I loved how Finely could not resist Roman's son Matt. I loved Roman's devotion for Finely. I look forward to reading more books by Reina. I would recommend this book to any romance lover.
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Other books in the series

Second Chance (4 books)
  • Finding Home (St. Helena Vineyard; Second Chance #1)
  • Healing Hearts (St. Helena Vineyard; Second Chance #3)
  • Taking A Chance (St. Helena Vineyard; Second Chance #4)