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Preston Mitchell, undercover DEA agent, has led a life of danger and obscurity. Knowing his job would never allow a normal relationship, he’s never opened himself up to any woman...that is until the lovely Avery Middleton stumbles into his life.

To the outsider, Avery has it all...wealth, family, connections and a great job. But on the inside, she’s miserable. Her social life is in the dumpster, the kooky gal next door has some zany plans for...
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Overview

Preston Mitchell, undercover DEA agent, has led a life of danger and obscurity. Knowing his job would never allow a normal relationship, he’s never opened himself up to any woman...that is until the lovely Avery Middleton stumbles into his life.

To the outsider, Avery has it all...wealth, family, connections and a great job. But on the inside, she’s miserable. Her social life is in the dumpster, the kooky gal next door has some zany plans for her and her selfish mother drives Avery to the point of insanity. Her only salvation is to get out of Charleston and start a new life. So that’s precisely what she does. She moves to Seattle and steps right into the path of hot and sexy, Preston.

Unfortunately for both of them, Avery ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time and is now running for her life. But she’s not alone. She has a gorgeous DEA agent protecting her and suddenly finds herself irresistibly captivated by him. There’s only one problem. Preston carries more than his share of mental baggage, courtesy of his job. His covert missions have put him in places and situations he can barely stand to think about. Avery rocks Preston’s world because she is nothing like anyone he’s ever met and something extraordinary begins to happen between them. But can their love survive in this world, where danger, intrigue and deception lurk on every corner?

This is an Adult Contemporary Romance and not suitable for younger readers.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016750392
  • Publisher: A.M. Hargrove
  • Publication date: 4/13/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 154,968
  • File size: 375 KB

Meet the Author

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.

Boss: Hello

A.M.: Boss, is that you?

Boss: Why yes, A. M., who else would be answering my phone?

A.M.: Er... right. Well, I'm calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate.

Boss: Why ever would I want to do that?

A.M.: Because I quit!

A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.

A.M.: Hi hubs, can you pick me up at Starbucks?

Hubs: Sure... Having some car trouble?

A.M.: Not at all. I don't have a car to have trouble with because I just quit my job.

Hubs: WHAT?!

A.M.: It's time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist.

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer! Her books include Kissing Fire, Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, the series the Guardians of Vesturon (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, Beginnings and the upcoming reEmergent) and Dark Waltz.
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  • Posted April 21, 2013

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    Kissing Fire (An Edge Novel #3) by A.M. Hargrove Kissing Fire i

    Kissing Fire (An Edge Novel #3) by A.M. Hargrove

    Kissing Fire is the 3rd book in the series (An Edge Novel), A.M. Hargrove writing is spectacular, and I have to say her stories are only getting better with each book she writes. She is one of my favorite authors and will read just about anything she writes. The plot is exciting, a bit of suspense, romance, and humour; she makes me laugh out loud. One of the better authors I’ve come across lately. A.M. Hargrove stories are amazing and even though it’s an adult contemporary romance there is originality to her stories which I love.

    In Kissing Fire we get to see Preston who was in Shattered Edge briefly, he is a DEA agent; you know the type, tall dark, and handsome, sexy, drool worthy type of man. YUMMY….We learn a lot about Preston in this story, his past, secrets, doubts and what his undercover has cost him. At times it’s a bit heart breaking to read what he has gone through. And then we meet Avery who has had a privileged life but feels trapped and decides to move to Seattle for a new start.

    So when Avery and Preston meet up visiting their siblings sparks are ignited. This relationship is bumpy to say the least, you have one person who doesn’t think he is worthy of much because of his past. Then Avery who has very little self esteem and can’t fathom a man like Preston every wanting a woman like her.
    The relationship that builds between these two is great, Preston is wonderful, sexy, and sweet and did I mention Yummy and Avery who has that southern charm is witty but lacking some self worth and can’t see herself like other do. Avery knows she has to figure out what she wants/needs……….. can she get past the dangerous life Preston has lived and will she be in danger? But the main question is could she live without Preston.

    I really really recommend this series to anyone who is reading my review. This series is fantastic, all the characters are great and I love that you get to see some of the others characters from past books. Wait till you read about Avery’s next door neighbor, I’m hoping she gets her own book soon.

    I have rated Kissing Fire 5 star rating and if you want to read this story as a standalone you will not be disappointed as A.M. Hargrove gives the reader enough of the history so you know what is going on. But I really suggest you go purchase Edge of Disaster and Shattered Edge and of course Kissing Fire.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Loved this book!!

    I loved this book!!! A.M. Hargrove is an amazing writer!!! Ava and Preston story will make you laugh, mad and want love like they have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Great read...

    I didn't realize this was part of a series, but had no problems reading and following the book. I found myself laughing out loud at the antics of Avery and crazy Melissa. I fell in love with Hargrove's Guardians of Vesturon series and wanted to give some of her other work a try. I am glad I did.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    Preston and Avery were a great couple! Once again A.M. Hargrove

    Preston and Avery were a great couple! Once again A.M. Hargrove wrote a fantastic book. I also enjoy the fact that you can read any books in her series as stand alone books or even better read the whole series. I can't wait for her next Romance book. 

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    This is the first book I have read by this author and it will de

    This is the first book I have read by this author and it will definitely not be the last.  While this is a romantic suspense in nature, I found the real draw to be how Preston and Avery sort of discovered who they were, who they were together, who they wanted to be, and how to not let the past control their future.  One thing I loved about this book was the way that A.M. infused humor into it.  I seriously would read this book again just to read the scenes between her and her best friend.  Is this an accurate depiction of the life of an undercover DEA agent?  I have absolutely no idea and frankly it does not matter to me. The things that do matter were all there.  The connections, the humor, the healing, the growing, the heat, suspense, and *spoiler alert* the HEA.  

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  • Posted June 9, 2013

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    another great book to add to the series

    Avery is heading off to Seattle to start making a name for herself. She wants to see if she can make it on her own without being tied to the Middleton name. So she lands herself a job with a different company and moves to Seattle to make a go of it. Just a few days in and she meets 'Miles' at her brother's house and she is smitten as a kitten with him. (Literally. Read the book...you'll understand.) But Miles has lots of baggage and skeletons in his closest that he has yet to share with anyone. And he is not about to taint the only perfect thing to come along in his messed up life. Will these two be able to overcome their pasts and make a future together? Or will their demons rear their ugly head and make it nearly impossible?

    I just adore the flip out of this series. But I will say this one irk on my nerves a bit. Not tenough for me to hate it. Oh no. I really liked it. But I think I am just not a big fan of Avery. I did love that she is a normal girl…and by normal I mean she had some meat on her bones. She is not the skinny type we are used to reading about. And that was refreshing. What I didn’t care for was her attitude halfway through the book. When a big secret is revealed she treated it as if it was twenty times worse. When in reality, I didn't think it was that bad. Then she chats with her brother about it all and tries to justify her actions and compare them to his past troubles. I am sorry but they do not compare in any way. He actually lost someone and lived in hell for 2 years believing his girlfriend was dead. This secret and his loss do not equal up in my eyes. So to me, I think a little bit of her sheltered upbringing was showing.

    But how I love me some Preston (also known as Miles in the beginning). I hurt for his past that was slowly revealed over time. The poor guy had been through such hell and anguish it is inconceivable to think about. I truly cannot wrap my mind around it. To say he was dedicated to a job is an understatement. Oh my heart. It is just that bad. But he is stronger in the end for it, even though he thinks himself as an unworthy soul.

    What is awesome about this story is you don’t have to have read the 1st two in the series to understand this book. But I will tell you that you will be missing out big time if you don’t read them. Each one tells a different story with a different Middleton family member. And each one is…well, they are amazing. I think book 2 has been my favorite so far.

    I recommend this book (and series) most definitely. Lots of steamy romance, lots of heartbreak, and lots of suspense! Hargrove is an excellent storyteller and has one heck of an imagination. So yeah, go get this series, kick back for a bit, and drink up the goodness.

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  • Posted June 3, 2013

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    Kissing Fire is a contemporary romance that blends a comedic and

    Kissing Fire is a contemporary romance that blends a comedic and serious tone to tell this story.  Based on the book’s description, I expected more of a dangerous, action-oriented story involving romance, so I was happily surprised to find this book includes funny, light-heart moments to provide relief from some of the painful, and, at times, heart-wrenching aspects of the storyline.  

    The initial setting for the story is Charleston, South Carolina, where Avery Middleton realizes her social and romantic life has become stagnant.  Longing for a change, she accepts a job in Seattle and moves with the intention of starting over. Although Avery comes from a privileged family, she wants to be independent from her family’s wealth and be successful on her own.  Avery is an easily likeable character because of her feisty nature, humorous thoughts, and the unexpected situations she often finds herself in, leading to, sometimes, embarrassing and belling jiggling laughter. 

    Upon arrival to Seattle, Avery visits her brother who has also moved away from home to start a life with his new wife. Caroline.  There, she coincidentally meets Preston Mitchell, Caroline’s brother, who is staying with the couple. Preston is a DEA agent who has recently returned to the country after completing his latest undercover mission.  

     When Avery and Preston meet, they instantly fall into lust for each other. By providing both Avery’s and Preston’s point-of-view, I was able to really connect with and care about them because I’m given insight into their private thoughts that clearly reveal their insecurities and vulnerabilities.  

    Working undercover has put Preston into more than his share of unimaginable horrors. Because of his past, Preston sees himself as “Dirty. Disgusting. And certainly not fit for proper society.” He believes that he will never find a good woman capable of loving him because of the physical and psychological scars that have skewed his perspective.  

    Preston initially hides his profession from Avery to protect his identity, but, when a Mexican Drug Cartel finds his location, he is forced to go on the run, dragging Avery along with him, since she now become a target as well. Although Avery is strongly attracted to the sexy DEA Agent, her low self-esteem and body image issues make her think Preston would never be interested in her. An awkward situation provides the impetus for them to reveal their insecurities and paves the way for romance. 

    I fell in love with Preston over the course of the story. His willingness to sacrifice his personal happiness for his country is more than admirable, given what he’s endured.  I also loved how he is direct and honest with Avery, so that she knows what she’s getting into before they pursue the relationship.  As he reveals the gritty, raw details of his past, Avery always responds  to him in a way that soothes Preston’s mind and body.  They are so good for each other on an emotional level because they consistently boost one another’s self-esteem. I also appreciated that Preston wants more than just a sexual relationship with Avery. He wants her heart before they become intimate. Their time alone together allows their attraction to grow into love. The passion between them is hot, steamy, and intense! 

    Everything is wonderful until Preston confesses a secret he’s been keeping from Avery, and everything falls apart. Avery is angry, hurt by Preston’s actions, and she doesn’t feel she can trust him anymore.  Once Preston explains the motivation behind his actions, I know I could forgive him. However, Avery thinks he’s destroyed her life.  I have to admit, I think Avery overreacts by giving up on their relationship so quickly after they have worked so hard to establish a strong foundation. 

    Nevertheless, Avery leaves Preston. She leaves Seattle to start over yet again. Although the hurt and pain over their breakup lingers, a visit from her friend Melissa, a female sumo wrestler, with her outrageous antics provides a nice diversion to Avery’s somber mood. 

    A central question from this point in the story is whether Preston and Avery can truly let go of their love for each other. In the midst of all this angst, Preston and Avery again find their lives endangered, and the action and suspense that follow, as these conflicts are resolved, also contribute to making this book a worthwhile read. 

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

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  • Posted May 26, 2013

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    This was one of those books that made me tear up a time or two.

    This was one of those books that made me tear up a time or two.

    Avery Middleton left Charleston for Seattle hoping to get a fresh start away from her domineering mother and maybe reconnect with her brother. But what she finds is Preston Mitchell, undercover DEA Agent, and the sudden need to hide from some very creepy guys from a Mexican drug cartel. She didn't expect to find everything she was looking for in the broken man who's trying to keep her safe.

    I liked Avery and I like Preston. I liked them together. He helped her get over her body image issues while she helped him realize that he wasn't as tainted as he thought he was. He made mistakes, which forced Avery to run, but he made up for those mistakes in grand style and proved his love for Avery.

    This was a short read that was entertaining and cute. The characters were engaging and there was some lighter moments, especially when Melissa the sumo wrestling neighbor was around.

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

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    Kissing Fire is a beautifully written story that tells the story

    Kissing Fire is a beautifully written story that tells the story of a damaged DEA agent, Preston Mitchell, who has been scarred by what he has seen in his line of work. He believes that due to the path he has chosen, he can never have a chance at a normal relationship or love. The reader will hurt for him, want him for their own, and want to fold them in the shelter of their arms. Then out of the blue enters Avery Middleton, a girl who grew up with wealth, privilege, and a psychotic mother. Avery's life is in shambles and she feels her only escape is to get as far away as she can. When Avery moved to Seattle she had no clue that she would find herself running for her life, and being protected by a hunk of a man like Preston. Although both characters have their own demons and insecurities, Avery's constant sarcastic wit, snark comments, and ability to laugh in the face of danger make this a fun and sexy read. There are dark and dangerous situations, the thrill of discovering love, and the hope of holding on to it.

    A.M. Hargrove has managed to write a story that shows the underbelly of civilization, and mix in some great moments laced with humor, love, and defying odds. Both Preston and Avery light up the pages with their chemistry and intense connection. No two characters could be more prefect for one another! One thing is for certain you will be hooked from the beginning and a devote fan at the end. Now to go purchase more novels by Ms. Hargrove...

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

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    When I finished reading Shattered Edge I was really excited to r

    When I finished reading Shattered Edge I was really excited to read a book about Terri's brother Preston. An undercover DEA agent who has given up his life to serve his country, taking down the top criminals in the country. What I wasn't prepared for was the horrible things he endured at the hands of the government in his years with the agency.




    Kissing Fire begins with Avery Middleton moving from South Carolina to Seattle upon taking a new job. Once there she visits her brother Justin and his new wife Caroline and ends up meeting Preston for the first time. They both experience a physical attraction for the other but Preston tries hard to avoid Avery at all costs. See Preston has dealt with some pretty gruesome things in his years undercover with the DEA. He's had to pretend to be a junkie, he's lived on the streets with no communication to his family and he was locked in prison for years and you know what happens to guys in prison. He was left on his own to cope with the trauma he experienced while there and because of that he feels unworthy and dirty.




    A serious threat follows them to Seattle though and soon Avery and Preston are on the run hiding away in Montana until the coast is clear. The more time they spend locked away alone in the mountains together the more their attraction grows. Preston and Avery grow extremely close and he confides his past in her. Sharing secrets and magic nights in front of the fireplace can't undo the damage Preston has done to her life though, especially when she finds out the truth of why they ran. Heartbroken by his lies Avery decides to make a new start in Colorado and tries to forgot about Preston. Faced with the possibility of losing the only woman he's allowed himself to love Preston has to make a big decision that he hopes will be enough to win her back.




    I think A.M. Hargrove gets a serious case of lady wood by torturing her characters. This woman knows how to make you bond with them, fall in love with them and then spring on you some truly heinous stuff! Poor Preston was only trying to serve his country and ended up getting abused while undercover. That broke my heart in two! He is so mentally messed up from his time in lock down that he can hardly function in society so he hides himself away in ratty motels and bangs strippers. I hated his abuse but I loved watching him slowly start to heal the more he fell for Avery. He was a character that you wanted to take away his pain and anguish the more you found out about him.




    Avery was a complete kook! She was funny and flirtatious even though she had issues with her body. It only took her meeting Preston once to completely lose her cool and attack him. (He's that fine you guys!) I loved how understanding she was when she found out the big issues Preston faced. The scenes between her and Melissa, her Sumo Wrestling roommate were hilarious. Dildos, and grown men with small wieners were just a few things these two dealt with. Avery wasn't as messed up in the head as Preston but she had her own issues to deal with. Being nearly raped by a guy you are dating isn't an easy thing and you would think that Hargrove would have made it just as intense but the event was lightened up by Melissa's antics. I think Melissa will be a fan favorite for anyone who has seen Pitch Perfect and loves Fat Amy. I know I do, and Melissa kept me in stitches throughout the book which added some upbeat moments into the already intense situation.




    My favorite couple from Shattered Edge, Justin and Terri make an appearance, although Terri had to go UC and change her whole identity but that's another story. I loved that they had a small part in this book because I didn't get enough of them in Shattered Edge. Justin and Avery share a really sweet moment between siblings that I think helped Avery deal with some of her issues.




    Overall Kissing Fire was an intense ride full of heart wrenching character plots and steamy romance. Preston will definitely win your heart and your panties by the end of this book. I can't imagine what's next from A.M Hargrove but from what I have read so far, I know I am in for a serious treat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Wonderful read

    This book had my emotions all over the place, happy,sad, intense but by far it had me in tears with laughter. My kids gave me weird looks like i have lost my mind. But damn, I laughed so much while reading this book. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Loved this book. Had it all¿humor, heat and suspense. You will n

    Loved this book. Had it all…humor, heat and suspense. You will not be disappointed. Preston, what a guy. And Avery, such a normal girl. Her neighbor Melissa was hilarious. Please let there be a sequel! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    WTF DID I READ?!

    So this book was ridiculous. I don't know what you all read, but I read about a girl who turns into a cat when she gets hot and bothered and a guy who's jealous of a fork. The writing was horrible and I just couldn't connect well with any if the characters. The dialogue was laughable (and not in a good way) and I couldn't be bothered to care about what happened in the story.
    I love AM Hargrove's Guardians of Vesturon books and the other "Edge" books, but I don't know what she was thinking with this one. Don't buy it. It's not worth your money or your time. Read her other books, but save yourself from a freakish cat girl and a damaged guy who wants to be a fork.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Loved it

    Couldn't put it down....loved preston so much......

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