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by KG MacGregor

Daphne Maddox passed up a plum corporate job in Boston to follow the love of her life to Miami. Three years later, the girl and her dreams long gone, Daphne is eking out a living as a coordinator for a nonprofit home builder. Heaven help the next woman who dangles empty promises. Maribel Tirado León’s “anger issues” have earned her community service on Daphne’s jobsite, and their mutual misery makes them unlikely friends. Daphne can’t help her fascination with the exotic Mari, who moves in the powerful circles of the white-hot Latin side of Miami. Yachts on Biscayne Bay, glitzy clubs in South Beach…Mari’s access to money seems endless. But just when answers might save her wary heart questions are the last thing on Daphne’s mind.
This novel had many lessons to teach. I like Daphne was sort of multi-cultural having Irish/Jewish/Portugese neighbors; working for a non-profit organization like Habitat for Humanity; and being understanding to the plight of others. This book turns the heat up in Miami for Daphne, a hard-working woman just making it by and Mari Tirado a financial stable Cuban-American. The sharing of traditions and the love. Also failed relationships and how each handle them and what happened when the exs returned.
This story is very well written, as one would expect from MacGregor. I'd give it a five, except when I have finished reading it, I am upset. I read for escapism. I want to feel good at the end of a novel. If this doesn't describe you, then you should ignore my review.

I walked away from this story unhappy. I won't do spoilers, but I'll say this, I poetic justice meted out to a few people, some groveling from a few others, and more warm fuzzies in the last page or two. Which isn't to say there was a lack of justice, and that there weren't warm fuzzies. I wanted more of both, that's all, in order to overcome the stress from what became the main conflict of the story.

I know life doesn't come with these things. That's why I know it's an escape from reality to want them.

The above said -- MacGregor writes very well, or I probably wouldn't have the emotional response I am having.
The best thing about this book is a fictional peek into the Latin American culture. It was nice to see things from a different point of view. I admired Maribel's character the most because she is not what she first appears at the beginning of the novel. I really couldn't get into Daphne's character not liking her attitude at the beginning. Granted she did gradually change throughout the book. Overall a good cultural experience. The difference in this book would tempt me to read this author again.
The transformation of the insular Daphne throughout this book meant that KG McGregor could have a lot of fun with her dialogue. Some parts of this were really funny. The inclusion of the elderly couple next door was great. They had some of the funniest things to say. I have read a lot of her books, and this was a bit of a favourite. Miami- I have very little knowledge of but now I have some inkling into the cultural dynamics. Well worth a read.
I especially appreciated this story because of it's location...Miami. I have the same love/hate relationship with that beautiful city and empathized with the leading character very much. Well written as usual from this auther. Go read it.
The author states that she is again trying a different style. I was rather concerned by this but I truly didn't notice she was writing in first person because the book flowed like most of her others. Ms Macgregor has a very readable style of writing. (usually)
I had issues with her book published before this, which didn't sit well with a lot of people. My issues were that the book belaboured things to death but this book I found to be a bit too light with not enough insight into the main characters. I found it very superficial. It is not a book that will stay with me; a bit like a butterfly: interesting and pretty but gone and then forgotten.
Still, it is better than I can do.
I really enjoyed the suspense. The erotica was very nicely written. The relationships were realistic. As always with Mac Gregor 's books lots of humor and insight. I liked very much the use of Spanish, as I am trying to learn it. I have read most of her books because of all these things.
Great cast of characters, well thought out plot lines, and an unpredictable ending. What more can you ask for? I read the whole thing in one day!
Playing With Fuego ebook
KG MacGregor
United States
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Bella Books (November 20, 2012)
288 pages
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