Playing with Fire

by Amanda Kabak

As camp chef and chief pack mule of a boutique camping and guiding outfit, Harper Varnham just wants to make the perfect campfire apple turnover. But fate has other plans. When Lucia Guzman, her childhood best friend and fellow trail guide, breaks her leg, Lucia suggests her sister Mia step in to help with the season. Remembering the crush she once had on the free-spirited Mia, Harper readily agrees.

When Mia arrives at Harper’s door, she’s somehow exactly the same yet completely different from the girl Harper had known when she was thirteen and in the throes of her first crush. And it doesn’t take long for Harper to start falling a little in love with Mia all over again.

But with Mia’s reappearance, old Guzman family wounds have reopened and soon Mia’s emotional scars begin tearing open as well. Harper has always had a second family in the Guzmans, but now she wants Mia, too. Can she have Mia without losing the Guzmans and Lucia—who’s been in the middle the whole time?



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Genre Romance
Length 200 pages
Publication Date September 14, 2023
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642474633
Editor Ann Roberts
Cover Designer Heather Honeywell


GCLS Goldie Awards
Playing with Fire — Finalist, Contemporary Romance: Short Novels.


"Since two of my abiding interests are hiking and cooking, I was thrilled when I stumbled upon an idea that could mash them up in the most delightful way. Even better, I found a way to set most of the action in my own "home turf" of hiking: the southern Appalachians. This book is full of campfires, trail shenanigans, food, and, of course, love. I can't wait for you to sharpen up your spork and dig in."

—Amanda Kabak


Shimere A. - ...Playing With Fire is an emotional rollercoaster that masterfully captures a journey of healing and self-discovery. The portrayal of trauma and its lasting effects is both poignant and achingly real, resonating with readers who have experienced similar struggles. This story is a testament to the author's ability to craft a story that tugs at the heartstrings, making readers reflect on the power of resilience, love, and the human spirit.

Kerrie V. - ...Beautifully written...I really enjoyed this!

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