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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?

©2021 Lili Valente (P)2021 Lili Valente
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Maddie gets her HEA!

Being the middle sibling isn’t always easy…but Maddie knows that she’s loved by her family and she’s happy that her siblings have found their people. Maddie thought that she had that…until her husband left her for a guy. Now Maddie works at her successful bakery and is ready to move on…if only that hot guy wasn’t her childhood friend…and brother of her soon-to-be-brother-in-law! Lots of steamy times and angsty moments. Fun read/listen.

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Loved, Loved, LOVED this friends to lovers romance

“What happened between us isn’t the kind of thing you walk away from, and you know it.”

I loved, loved, LOVED Maddie and Jamison’s story. It was perfection. This friends to lovers story features two friends that suddenly start to see each other in a new way and it will captivate you from the first page. I didn’t want their story to end.

“For the first time in my life, I feel like someone loves every part of me.”

The banter between Maddie and Jamison is laugh out loud and electric and the chemistry is HOT! They light the pages on fire with their heat.

“I’ve loved you since I was a kid. Sure, it was a different kind of love back then, but a part of me always knew you were special.”

I loved watching them figure out their relationship and how they truly made each other stronger. They stood up for each other and worked on their issues together. Their friendship made the foundation of their love that much stronger.

I alternated between the audio and the ebook of this story and I lost myself in Lili Valente’s and Teddy Hamilton’s narrations. I always love listening to Lili narrate her stories. She brings so much personality to the characters. Teddy truly brought Jamison to life and I love listening to his voice. Both of them evoked the humor, heat, and emotion of the story and brought it to life.

Playing with Fire is my absolute favorite book by Lili Valente and I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a fun, steamy, and emotional romance that is full of heart.

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Playing with fire.. Love it

I absolutely love Lily Valente.She writes the most amazing stories
This series is one you don't want to end

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Loved this!

Lili Valente’s Playing With Fire is part of her Hometown Heroes series. Loved Maddie and Jamison. Friends since childhood discovering their passion for each other and choosing to keep it is secret. Both have issues from the past they keep buried until they no longer can be kept hidden. Lili Valente and Teddy Hamilton are perfect together in narration.

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I need a bucket of water...

I was hoping that Maddie and Jamison would get their story!!!! I love this series and these character's so much...small town romance is becoming my favorite.
Maddie is a bit shy and Jamison is the opposite....
They are so perfect together and their chemistry is fire...Jamison is soooo good at doing bad things to Maddie (obvi she likes those bad things) ;)
Teddy Hamilton & Lili Valente do such an amazing job at bringing these two to life...they really make you feel the emotions and get you more into the story with their sexy voices.
Must read series!

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Worth the Listen

Playing With Fire is perfection! Once I started listening I couldn't stop and I'm so glad I didn't because this book made me smile and gave me all the feels. If you are looking for a steamy friends to lovers romance that will keep you entertained from beginning to end then Playing With Fire is the book you are looking for.

Teddy Hamilton & Lili Valente did a fantastic job in narrating this book. I would definitely look for others books narrated by them as they do wonderful jobs of portraying characters and providing different inflection when needed.

Overall I loved this book and will definitely listen to it again!

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Friends to Lovers and oh so hot!

This is the third book in the series and the narrating team of Lili Valente and Teddy Hamilton have done it again! They are so good at making these characters real! I hope they continue to work together.

I have loved both Jamison and Maddie since the first book in this series. He seemed so real. He has flaws and he makes mistakes. But, he learns from them. They help him become a better man. Her marriage ended horribly and she is very wary of ever loving again. She has feelings for Jamison but is trying to ignore them.
Jamison and Maddie have been friends since they were children. One night is all it takes for them to realize that they both want so much more!
This friends to lovers story is hot from the get go. I read it in one sitting and wished for more when I got to the end!

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Love this series!

Jamison and Maddie have been friends since they were very young. Their families are very close (Jamison's brother Jake is marrying Maddie's sister Naomi), and there's never been any awkward moments between them until that kiss. Both have been thinking about it quite a lot, but neither has acknowledged it. Until a camping trip and some whiskey loosen their lips. They decide to explore the chemistry between them...in secret. Since their siblings' wedding is coming up soon, they don't want to distract from the festivities, and their fling will likely fizzle out by then, anyway. Until both start to have feelings that can't be ignored.

This was such a cute story. Jamison brings out Maddie's wilder side, and he's not the selfish arrogant firefighter he's known to be. There are a few unexpected twists, and plenty of heat between these two, and a trip to a place those familiar with Lili's other books will definitely enjoy.

I love this series! Lili and Teddy's narration is so great!

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Great Romance!

Oh, I loved this. Where to start....this was hinted at in the last book, which made me want to read this story ASAP! (But it can 100% be read as a standalone.) This is almost a second-chance romance, kind of a best friends to enemies to lovers. Just really big on the feels.

It's always great heading back to Bliss River. It's more HEAs for all the past characters. Very fulfilling.

As usual, the writing is excellent. Great world-building and character development. Funny parts, feeling parts, conflict and awesome resolution.

Teddy Hamilton & Lili Valente are two of my favorite narrators. Teddy reminds me of Christian Slater. The narration was smooth and delightful.

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Great friends-to-lovers story

It is easy to enjoy this steamy, low-angst story listening to Teddy Hamilton and Lili Valente. They both are so talented and bring the story to life with their flawless delivery. Jamison and Maddie are the perfect friends-to-lovers story. The freedom of "Whiskey Maddie" kicked-off their naughty interactions and the relationship continued to grow from there. Jamison and Maddie have fun banter and they light it up in the sheets.

"I just get the sense that, for better or worse, my life is now going to be divided to before I first kissed Maddie Whitehouse and after."

Valente always gives me a good laugh as her personality shines through in the writing and narration. One line in particular being the "forbidden evacuation hatch".

While this is the last book in the Hometown Heat series, it can be read as a standalone. Great series and a wonderful conclusion!

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  • The-Scarlet-Finch
  • 01-04-22

Thou Shalt Buy it and Enjoy!

I received this audiobook via a promo code at my request and this is my voluntary review.

This is my first book in the Hometown Heat series, worth noting as it is book 3 although it can be enjoyed as a standalone.

This tale focuses on hot playboy fireman Jamison getting it on during a camping trip with his best friend Maddie, the sister of his brothers fiancée. The romances hots up faster than Maddie's bakery oven and before long, Jamison is completely smitten, talking about babies and looking at wedding rings, all is going great until his wild love 'em and leave 'em past comes back to punch him in the face... leaving Maddie with doubts about the stability of a future he desperately wants to create with her.

A brilliant story told in Dual Narration by Lili Valante and Teddy Hamilton.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 09-01-21

Gorgeous 🤎🤎

I love everything about these two . Their relationship. Their connection to everyone . How it all played out . Brilliant. I hope we get more. Teddy and Lili did a brilliant job bringing this story to life. Fabulous . 🤎🤎🤎🤎🤎🤎🤎