Playing with Fire (Hometown Heat #3) Read Online Lili Valente

Categories Genre: Alpha Male, Romance Tags Authors: Series: Hometown Heat Series by Lili Valente

Total pages in book: 63
Estimated words: 59264 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 296(@200wpm)___ 237(@250wpm)___ 198(@300wpm)

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Playing with Fire (Hometown Heat #3)

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Lili Valente

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Thou shalt not bang your best friend. That commandment would be a lot easier if Maddie wasn’t the sexiest siren ever to wade into a tide pool. Or if I was good at resisting temptation.
I’m the troublemaker, the firefighter who enjoys getting a little too close to the flames. And the trouble is double, since Maddie’s sister is about to marry my brother. That makes a tryst even riskier.
But it’s cool—we’ll keep our bang-a-palooza a secret from our siblings and keep things casual, so no one gets hurt.
The problem? Nothing about this thing with Maddie feels casual.
From the electricity between us to the way my heart flips when she smiles—everything I feel for her is intense.
But can we handle the heat when my past—and hers—suddenly come back to haunt us…
*Playing with Fire was previously published as The Bad Boy Firefighter's Secret Fling by Jessie Evans. It has been rewritten in first person and extensively revised for this new edition*
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Chapter One


“Crap on a cracker.” Those are my first words as I step out of my friend Piper’s van at the Southern Singles Seaside Camping Retreat.

But what I really want to say is—Fuck me.

Or better yet, fuuuuuuuuck me, with lots of extra “u” for how very undesirable and uncool it is to see Jamison Hansen emerging from the pickup truck in front of us.

Jamison Hansen—the last person I want hanging around, rolling his eyes at me while I’m trying to remember how to flirt.

But there he is, looking ridiculously handsome with the late-afternoon sunlight glinting off his sun-streaked brown hair. His muscled shoulders strain the fabric of his olive-green T-shirt, and his corded forearms exude pure manliness. Meanwhile, his sculpted backside practically compels me to drop to my knees and thank God for whoever invented blue jeans.

Argh! This is bad. So very bad.

I’ve been looking forward to this retreat for weeks.

I was so excited when I piled into the van with Piper, Shelley, and Dawn this morning I could barely contain myself. I talked their ears off all the way down to Myrtle Beach, promising to out-hike, out-swim, and out-drink all three of them, so long as they swear to lock me in the van if I let the whiskey get the better of me.

Most of the time I’m a level-headed person but get a little whiskey in me and I can become daring to the point of personal endangerment. But we’ve all been best friends since we met at Girl Scout camp in junior high. They won’t let me do anything life-threateningly stupid.

They actually encouraged me to let my hair down and to start my Month of Maddie—my annual month-long celebration of my May birthday—off with a bang. They know the past year has been an absolute shit show and agreed I’m overdue for a little footloose and fancy free.

Just over a year ago, my six-year marriage ended in disaster when my husband, Serge, left me for another man. I spent a good eight months grieving the loss of a friend and partner who loved me well—if not always with as much passion as I might have hoped for—and have only recently emerged from my despair pit.

I finally feel ready to enjoy being single, to flirt and banter and maybe kiss a sexy stranger on the beach after the bonfire burns low. This singles’ camping trip is going to be the start of a new me, one who isn’t afraid to reach out and touch someone, even if that someone isn’t going to end up being long-term relationship material.

I’m turning thirty in three weeks, for goodness’ sake. I can’t afford to let any more time slip through my fingers. It’s time to start enjoying myself and put my dreams of home and hearth on hold until I meet the right guy.

I was ready to kiss lips and take names.

But now, everything is ruined.

Jamison Hansen—childhood friend, womanizer, drop-dead delicious firefighter, and a man who smells so good he shouldn’t be allowed within fifty feet of the ocean for fear his yummy man-scent might attract sharks—is here.

Three months ago, that would have been bad news. Jamison’s always treated me like a little sister, someone he’s in charge of pestering to my wits’ end while keeping me safe from danger in all forms. In the old days, he would have cramped my style; now, he’s going to ensure I suffer three days of misery while being forced to watch him flirt the panties off of at least one, if not more, of the single women on this trip.

Knowing my luck, it will be one of my friends, and I’ll have to endure a play-by-play description of Jamison’s legendary lovemaking the entire drive back to Georgia.

Because Jamison will be getting action this weekend, there’s no doubt in my mind about that.

The man is the Casanova of Bliss River, Georgia, a professional smolder-wielder who’s bedded half the women in our hometown, leaving a string of broken hearts in his wake. He’s also the man who almost kissed me a few months ago, when an unexpected eruption of mutual attraction nearly led to a friendly hug becoming something more.

Which would have been disastrous.

His brother is marrying my sister. We’re going to be in each other’s lives for the long haul. The last thing we need is an awkward kiss—or something worse—lingering between us. And even if it wasn’t weird kissing an old friend I’ve known since we were infants, Jamison isn’t my type. I’m looking for someone less…smoldery. And with a heck of a lot more interest in long term commitment.

Since our near kiss, I’ve done my best to avoid him, but the fire station is right across the street from my bakery.

I can’t help running into him at least once or twice a week, often enough for his full lips, strong hands, and delicious man-scent to remain in my thoughts and continue to pop up in fantasies so naughty they make me blush just thinking about them.