Touch If You Dare
Author: Stephanie Rowe
Release Date: July 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Soulfire Series Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (416 pgs), ebook
I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review.
From the author’s website:
To save their respective siblings, Jarvis Swain and Reina Knight will have to team up to trick Death himself.
Who better than a bad-ass warrior on a mission? Jarvis Swain is the ruthless, confident aggressor Reina knows she needs at her back–someone even she can’t screw up. This unlikely darkside duo with impressive deadly superpowers of their own may just prove that two wrongs together can be more than right…
What B is talking about:
Jarvis Swain has only been free of the torturous clutches of the evil black witch Angelica for three weeks, but he still can’t find the time to enjoy it. It’s not enough that there are still other warriors to rescue, a coven of peace-loving vampires in need of his assistance, and his missing brother to find, but the deadly burden he’s carried since birth is about to get ugly, and if it does, the world stands no chance of survival.
Reina Fleming has her own set of problems to solve, the biggest of which is stopping the inevitable death of her sister. As one of Death’s guides, who’s up for a promotion to Reaper status, you’d think she had some influence in the matter. If only she could bear seeing any other creature in pain. But, she can’t. Someone as ruthless as the Guardian of Hate should be able to help her connect with her inner killer, right? If only things were that easy.
I’m so pleased that I was able to read and review the second novel in this series! The first, Kiss At Your Own Risk (review HERE), was sweet, kooky fun, and I believe Touch If You Dare has officially made it a tradition. Rowe has a talent for making what should be completely horrific spew-your-drink funny instead.
No cliché is safe in Rowe’s capable hands. First, there’s a group of vampires who refuse to bite (unless, of course, the couple are married first—morals please, people!) much less kill. Then, we have the Sisterhood of the FairyTale Hero, a society of women who consider any man who isn’t a complete lout, but whom they can then convert to worthiness by love, natch, beneath their consideration. Add in one Cupid looking for a career change, and a Grim Reaper who’s having trouble with his false eyelashes, and you’ve got one of the funniest debacles I’ve had the pleasure to read in a long time.
Rowe not only skewers familiar themes, but gleefully tears them to shreds, like ripping petals off a flower when a bad day is no longer worth the effort. The chapter summaries for Touch If You Dare should read: “Healing with Hate,” and “Loving You to Death—For Real!” One of my favorite quotes is, “He’s dying because of love…Give him some hate and a reason to live.”
There are plenty of steamy scenes in the novel, as well. Jarvis and Reina don’t do a very good job of denying the sexual need they have for each other, and that’s a good thing. Most of these scenes are based on desperation of some kind or other, but Rowe deftly gives each one its own, unique brand of desperate, making every one sweeter than the last.
Touch If You Dare is a disturbingly charming novel that encourages readers to look on the bright side of the disaster about to unfold and enjoy the show. Reina and Jarvis are stubborn, funny, and sweet, and even though a happy ending was almost guaranteed, I was still laughing and cheering them on the whole way. Rowe has made this second in the Soulfire Series just as good as, if not better than, the first. It was a fun and easy read, which I very much enjoyed, and I’m very excited to see where she takes the warriors next.
Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)