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Playing with Fire
by Deborah Fletcher Mello


Overview - Romeo Marshall is over six feet of cool, smooth, hot, southern seductiveness--just like the music at his popular Raleigh club, The Playground Jazz and Blues Bar. With his beloved mother gone and no father he's ever known, the business is Romeo's everything.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Romeo Marshall is over six feet of cool, smooth, hot, southern seductiveness--just like the music at his popular Raleigh club, The Playground Jazz and Blues Bar. With his beloved mother gone and no father he's ever known, the business is Romeo's everything. It's a place where anything can happen--and the evening one gorgeous young woman and one intriguing old musician walk into the bar--and into Romeo's life--it does.
There's something about high-powered, down-to-the earth Taryn Williams that captures Romeo's attention like no other woman has. Yet unanswered questions from his past seem to hold him back from real commitment. For Romeo to move forward in love, he'll have to learn some devastating truths--and James "Piano Man" Burdett is there to teach him. And with Taryn's help, Romeo just may accept that like music, life sometimes needs to be improvised. . .

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781617737763
  • ISBN-10: 1617737763
  • Publisher: Dafina Books
  • Publish Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 6.51 x 7.01 x 0.81 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.33 pounds

Series: Sultry Southern Nights #1

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Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > African American - Contemporary Women
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-01-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

In the first Sultry Southern Nights contemporary, set in Raleigh, N.C., Mello (Craving Temptation) delivers a fascinating tale of family deception while looking inside the soul of a man who grew up without a father. “Romeo” Marshall got his nickname as a child, and earned it as a handsome man: his appealing, easy demeanor has women hanging on him. He enjoys his love-them-and-leave-them ways until he meets world traveler Taryn Williams at the jazz and blues club Romeo owns. After an old piano player wanders into the club, Romeo hires him, and they learn to respect each other through their discussions of race relations and marriage. Mello lectures the reader on alcohol, counseling, and parenting, giving short shrift to the romance between Romeo and Taryn. Fans of blues music will appreciate the references sprinkled throughout the story, but the prose is more purple than blue: a man does not so much brush his teeth as “polish the pearly formation within his mouth.” (Mar.)

 
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