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Kiss at Your Own Risk (Soulfire Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Rowe
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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!

Praise for Stephanie Rowe's paranormal Romances:

"A hilarious underworld romp filled with mayhem, sass, and romance to die for." -Katie MacAlister, New York Times bestselling author of Love in the Time of Dragons

"Snappy patter, goofy good humor, and enormous imagination... [a] genre-twister that will make readers... rabid for more." -Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews


"Rowe's gift for ironic humor will make any reader's day. The cast of characters is unique and fun with a magical kind of romance the genre needs more of." RT Book Reviews Top Pick of the Month

About the Author

Four-time RITA Award nominee and Golden Heart Award winner Stephanie Rowe is a nationally bestselling author and has more than 25 contracted titles with major publishers such as HarperCollins, Dorchester and Harlequin. Stephanie has charmed reviewers with her unique blend of humor and otherworldly magic. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

Product Details

  • File Size: 832 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (January 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DCB2TO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book! Read it! January 6, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Read this book if you crave something different, crazy, amazing, funny and totally not your average stereotypical romance. Kiss at Your Own Risk simply blew my mind with its off the wall humor, bizarre and astounding world building and a pace that kept me goggle-eyed.

With this story, Ms. Rowe has fried my neurons because I have no clue how she kept such an intricate, diabolical and convoluted story thread from exploding into chaos. Where do I even start?

Trinity, the heroine, is the most likely place to start. Her life is complicated. I mean totally and completely off the scale complicated. The poor woman can't ever hope to have a normal married life because something happened to her when she was a baby that changed the course of her life. And oh, didn't I get a big shocker about that later in the book. Just wait until readers get a load of that revelation. In the meantime I got to meet Trinity's friend, Reina. She's a friend only a black widow could have and love. That kind of friendship was a stroke of genius on Ms. Rowe's part because it in itself is tricky. It's all in who you know and Trinity is surrounded by some really freaky characters that will a delight a reader who appreciates a vivid imagination. This author delivers that in spades.

Trinity has some well documented conflicts that absolutely keep a reader interested. How in the world can she possibly ever have a happily ever after if every guy meets his demise? Sure puts a damper on her love life and yet, Ms. Rowe found the answer. It's unconventional, a bit morbid and totally perfect for this story. It's so twisted, it's funny.

Blaine is one hot hunk of a guy. Until I read the book through, I didn't realize how true that dishy adjective would be.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars misses the miles July 25, 2011
By J. Hill
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Let me start by saying I have read a lot of paranormal romance. With this book I felt like the writing was all over the place and the plot was just plain stupid. One of the other reviews said the plot was so stupid it works....That should be your first sign. The story line is strange in too many ways to list and the writing is subpar. This is one paranormal romance I wish I would have skipped and I am glad it was free.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read!! A very talented author! February 8, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Devilishly divine. Kiss At Your Own Risk is brilliantly fun, fast-paced and delightful.

Stephanie Rowe is to paranormal what Janet Evanovich is to mystery; laugh-out-loud fun and a non-stop tilt-a-whirl ride of excitement. I cannot express how much enjoyment Kiss At Your Own Risk brought to me. I literally found myself laughing out loud in the nice quiet library, while I read. Yes, for me, it was that humorous. I do have to admit that when I began reading the first few pages, I was thinking to myself "What in the world is this?!" The idea of men obsessed with cross-stitching and all things girly was a bit out there, even for me. However, once I read a bit further, I had no doubts that I was going to love this book. So, be warned, the very beginning may make you step back, but hold on, it is awesome.

Men, sex slaves, torture, the goal to make every one of the male species perfect and worthy of a woman. Yes, that is the goal of Angelica (the wicked witch, if you will). This is what Blaine Underhill and his friends have had to endure for the past century and a half. After coming together with a plan to escape, they finally find themselves free from the torture chamber of hell. However one thing went terribly wrong, Blaine's best friend did not make it out and is still left enslaved by the diva witch of all things unholy. Blaine will stop at nothing until he is able to rescue his friend and set him free.

Trinity Harpswell has had to live with a curse her entire life - if she falls in love, she has to kill the man she loves. Not such a great thing for a long term relationship. Trinity is a Black Widow and will remain so permanently after her fifth kill.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't hate it August 8, 2011
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I didn't hate this book, but I didn't really like it either. With paranormal novels, as a reader you have to let go of the reality you know and trust in your author to weave a new world for you. This world, though different from the one we currently reside in, still needs to make sense for the reader to fully emerge themselves into the story and believe in the plot and the characters. The world in Kiss At Your Own Risk didn't make sense. Not at all.

I give Stephani Rowe credit for thinking creatively and coming up with some interesting characters, but the whole book was completely unbelievable and ridiculous to me. The basic plot was actually fine to me: Trinity, who is cursed as a black widow kills every man she falls in love with. If she kills five men, then she will remain a black widow forever. Four have been killed already, and she's got one week to go till the curse is up. Blaine has been a prisoner of the witch who cursed Trinity since he was four years old. When he and he two friends escape, they leave behind a fourth and Blaine vows to return and save him. Blaine finds and teams up with Trinity because he knows only she, as a black widow, will know how to kill the witch.

Basic plot line is fine and actually could have been very interesting. Except for everything else going on in this book that made it so hard to work my head around. Like Blaine, who is composed of fire apparently and shoots any color flames out of him. He can apparently fall off buildings but miraculously land fine if he creates an explosion and uses the back force to propel him in the opposite direction. Huh?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Liked this book looking forward to the rest of the series. You will enjoy the book and the story of Blaine and Trinity.
Published 2 months ago by claudia leavins
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good
Given the serious subject matter of the book (torture, murder, deception, betrayal), the tone of this book is perplexingly light and flippant. Read more
Published 2 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
At first, it started slow. I even thought of not continuing to read it. I decided to keep reading and found it to be good. Not a five star though. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vegas Kindle 23
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss At Your Own Risk
These are some crazy, funny stories. I definitely want to read the rest of books in this series. I hope their is one for Christian. Loved them and I had no complaints.
Published 6 months ago by N. Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book
this book was really great. it was totally different from anything I've read before. the storyline was good. it kept you interested from the 1st page. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Get your sleep and read it when you are bored riding in the car
This was just ok. It was entertaining yes but not something I would stay up late to read. Get your sleep and read it when you are bored riding in the car.
Published 8 months ago by Margaret Gagliardi
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want it to end
A crazy Witch, a cursed heroine, Trinity, and a brow beaten warrior, Blaine, make up this very unusual story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rhonda L. Baker
1.0 out of 5 stars YUCK
I LOVE Stephanie Rowe' s stories but this one seemed like it was written while in a nightmare bad ACID TRIP! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Debra Campoli
4.0 out of 5 stars Kiss at your own risk
I love this series!! If you like action, humour and love, you'll love this book. I feel in love with stephine rowe from a previous series and she never disappoints.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
This book was Heart warming. I really enjoyed this story. This story truly makes you believe that love heals all. I recommend this book if you have a heart that just won't heal. Read more
Published 17 months ago by samantha
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More About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Rowe is the author of more than 40 novels, including her popular Order of the Blade and NightHunter paranormal romance series. Stephanie is a four-time nominee of the RITA® Award, the highest award in romance fiction. She has won many awards for her novels, including the prestigious Golden Heart® Award. She has received coveted starred reviews from Booklist, and Publishers Weekly has called her work "[a] genre-twister that will make readers...rabid for more."

In additional to her paranormal romances, Stephanie also writes a thrilling romantic suspense series set in Alaska. Publisher's Weekly praised the series debut, ICE, as a "thrilling entry into romantic suspense," and Fresh Fiction called ICE an "edgy, sexy and gripping thriller." Equally as intense and sexy are Stephanie's contemporary romance novels, set in the fictional town of Birch Crossing, Maine.

A life-long reader, Stephanie began crafting stories at age ten, but didn't realize it was her dream until she was an adult. Once the light dawned, she immediately left behind "work" as the world defines it and went to "work" as she defines it, which means getting up every morning with a smile in her heart so she can spend the day doing that which makes her spirit sing.

Stephanie believes in learning to listen to your heart in order to figure out what your dreams are, and then opening yourself to the inspiration that will direct you there. She believes we all deserve the right to enjoy life, and for the ride to be as easy as we want it to be, and that we all should accept nothing less than making our dreams come true.

Stephanie lives in New England, and spends every day doing her best to fill it with people, observations and activities that uplift her soul, which include writing, hiking with her rescue dog, friends, and her amazing family.

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