Review: Playing With Fire, By Miranda Stork

Title: Playing With Fire (The Bassinville Witches Series #2)
Author: Miranda Stork
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Catherine has found herself even more deeply embroiled in a centuries old struggle for the stones, but she now has the enigmatic Caden by her side, although she still doesn’t know if she can trust him yet…

Meanwhile, another person has an interest in the stones, a fury who has been locked away for an eternity, and isn’t too welcoming towards people. Then one night she sees Catherine and her friends peering in on her through scrying…

Remember, you will always get burnt if you play with fire…. (Description from Goodreads)


This is the second of MANY novellas that will be compiling The Bassinville Witches Series from Miranda Stork. It takes off right where With You In Spirit left off. I  can’t tell you where that is though. You’ll need to read the first installment in order to find out.

Everything that I enjoyed from the first novella shines through again in this one. The characters are great, the pace moves right along making it hard to put the book down (my iTouch dying is the only reason I really stopped at times), and there are ever a few more characters to fall in love with.

Since it’s mentioned in the blurb, I’ll tell you that I can’t wait to see more of the fury, Pelephone. She’s a very intense no-nonsense character who immense power. Another new character Sebastian, while not being on my good side, was a great addition as well. He’s an arrogant prick really, but it works for him. I also see a lot of Barney Stinson in him…that’s always a plus.

Oh, for those wondering, there is more steamy action between the sheets…well kind of. I won’t ruin that by telling you any more. Just know that you’ll probably enjoy it if you’re into that stuff 😉

If I were going to give a rating to various sections of this novella, I’d give the ending scene 15 out of 5 stars. Does that sound like an exaggeration? Well, it’s not. It’s an intense scene and then to put it bluntly, it bluntly ends. I wanted to yell at the author for making me want to read the next installment right away SO BADLY. I actually did “yell” at her on Facebook as soon as I read the last line. It was brilliant. I’ve read some cliffhangers in the past but this one is by far the most painful to sit through. I know August isn’t that far away for the next one, but I WANT IT NOOOOWWWWWW!!!!


I was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in 1987 and have lived in various places around Britain, including Newcastle and Glasgow.

My writing is inspired by various writers, including the vivid characters of Charles Dickens, the imagination of Stephen King, and the gothic imagery of Anne Rice.

My love of horror began at an early age, when I was only three or four. I could read proficiently at the age of three, and devoured fairy-stories, but I always had a bent towards the darker stories, such as the Brother’s Grimm’s tales…Red Riding Hood was always a firm favourite, although I always felt sorry for the wolf, despite him having tried to eat everyone!

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6 responses to “Review: Playing With Fire, By Miranda Stork

  1. Woot! I’m glad you enjoyed it as much as the first-and yes, Sebastian is an arrogant prick. It remains to be seen whether that will continue, of course……which reminds me, you did yell at me on Facebook! *I want everyone to note this down LOL*

    Thanks for the review Rob, it’s really appreciated as always. 🙂

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