Author: Stephanie Rowe
Release Date: January, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Soulfire series, Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback, ebook
I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review.
From the author’s website:
He needed a killer woman…
Blaine Underhill is one lucky man after having recently escaped a century and a half of imprisonment at the hands of an evil witch. Now he’s determined to save his still-enslaved friend, but in order to do so, he’ll need the help of one of the world’s most lethal women.
She was drop dead gorgeous, literally…
Trinity Harpswell is sick and tired of being a Black Widow. Having managed to go three years without accidentally killing anyone she loves, she’s one short week away from freeing herself from this killer curse forever. When Blaine tracks her down and convinces her to help him, little does Trinity know that the next seven days are going to be murder!
What B is talking about:
Trinity Harpswell is a recovering Black Widow, or is trying very hard to be. Whenever she develops feelings for a man, her inner spider is triggered and she is compelled to kill him. Now, she’s seven days away from ending her curse forever. No more intentionally dating the most repulsive men she can find, no more making herself look as awful as she feels, no more “Oops, guess what I just did again” relocations for her family…just a normal life. Unfortunately, nothing is ever that simple for Trinity.
Blaine Underhill has just escaped over a century of torturous captivity at the hands of the powerful Black Witch, Angelica. When one of his friends is betrayed and recaptured during their getaway, however, he becomes determined to find a way to rescue him and kill the witch once and for all. His plan only has a few flaws, namely that she can’t be killed, and any rescue attempt will only land Blaine and his friends right back where they started. Only one kind of being is guaranteed to be able to kill anything, and Blaine needs one fast: a Black Widow.
Sometimes the best books are the ones that make you laugh when you’re not at all prepared for it. Kiss at Your Own Risk, the first in Rowe’s new Soulfire series, definitely falls into that category. If this book wasn’t as much fun to write as it was to read, Rowe pulls an excellent bluff. Too much alpha in your alpha-male? Give him some disturbingly keen domestic skills. Having trouble finding a name for your monster? Make one up, like “Schnoodemgon.”
Blaine and Trinity are an impossible perfect pair, but they handle their respective burdens with hilarious resignation and considerable sarcasm. They are distrustful of hope, and cynical enough to always expect things to get worse, yet they stubbornly continue to fight for a happier future for themselves. Their path towards intimacy is a rough one, and even somewhat predictable, but once they do fall into each other, it’s as sweet as it is sexy.
Kiss at Your Own Risk is a light, sweet story that was great fun to read. Rowe does away with the burden of convention from the beginning, allowing the story to be thoroughly enjoyable, while creating warm, endearing characters that are very much worth cheering for. I highly recommend it as a quick, “feel good” read, and hope that the sequel won’t be far behind.
Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)