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Touch If You Dare (Soulfire #2)

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He's just about the hottest warrior she's ever seen...

Reina Fleming really appreciates a man who's on a mission-especially when he's a badass warrior doing his best to impress her. And Jarvis is charmed by the way Reina's magic touch can soothe his dark side.

But when Jarvis's attention puts her job, her home, and her family in danger, Reina has to decide whether love is wo

Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published May 28th 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale
Book 2 of the Soulfire Series continues with Jarvis and Reina. Stephanie Rowe has an amazing talent with her writing. A paranormal romance rock star. Her writing style is one to compliment.

I love Stephanie's writing. This series is packed full of humor and steamy scenes that just keep you wanting to read further. I love her character's. Her warriors are everything that every woman looks for. Dangerous,heroic,selfless and full of love and understanding. I am a huge fan of Ms. Rowe's.

I couldn't
Mar 02, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it
Another Bizarre...Brilliant?...Rowe Romp
He is the Guardian of Hate, and after a century and a half of torture at the hands of the wickedest of witches, one with a jones-on for bleeding, bruising, and breaking her victims into getting in touch with their feminine side, Jarvis Swain is so chock full of the stuff he's about ready to blow. He and his fellow escaped warriors have been working on freeing the rest of their brethren from the Den of Womanly Pursuits (a truly terrifying place). He's so da
Nelle (Nelle's Nightstand)
Got this from the library. They didn't have the first book but I didn't feel that I missed much from not reading the first one.
This book had so many elements to it that it was a struggle at times to follow along. once I got the hang of it, though, it sped by. It was really a fantastic read! I just love a hair stylist who is all alpha male!
Stephanie Rowe's Soulfire series is a quirky, paranormal romance. Her fierce warriors are guardians who relieve stress and maintain control by knitting, cross-stitching, painting and creating beautiful updos among other things. In Touch if You Dare, Jarvis (Guardian of Hate) and three of his fellow warriors are finally free of Angelica's Den of Womanly Pursuits after 150 years of incarceration. Jarvis is happy to release some of his bottled Hate to ruin the hell where he and his friend have been ...more
My Review:

The Plot:

Touch Jarvis Swain if you dare. Not only does the giant warrior come part and parcel with one hell of a massive sword that's a seamless extension of his own body, but the man is the Guardian of Hate. Oozing the putrid black slime of all the word's hatred, Jarvis is an infection that'll taint any fool foolish enough to touch his skin. And while all of this dark mojo lends Jarvis one badass reputation, the poor guy has an expiration date that he's managed by sheer force of will
Blodeuedd Finland
My thoughts:

This is one hard book to describe because so much is going on and it's crazy in a good way. But first, yes this is book two but it can be read as a stand alone novel too.

Where to start now. Jarvis has been tortured for decades by one crazy woman who wanted men to be in touch with their feelings; she just used a bit too much torture and was just way too insane to get it right. He and his buddies are now free and he sure feels that he can never go near a woman again. Not to mention tha
Touch If You Dare is the second book in the Soulfire series by Stephanie Rowe and a Paranormal Romance from Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Book Blurb:

He’s just about ready to explode...

Jarvis Swain is fast turning into a hate machine, and if that happens, the whole world is doomed. Unless he can get Death’s sexy assistant Reina Fleming to help him...

She’s in desperate need of a badass warrior on a mission...

When Death presents Reina with a dreadful ultimatum, Reina knows she needs to call in someone rut
Jul 31, 2011 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have read Stephanie Rowe's previous Soulfire book, Kiss At Your Own Risk, you know that the humor is so over the border of absurd that you just have to roll with it and be ready for one laugh after another thrown in with your romance. I really enjoyed Reina in the previous book so it was nice to see her have her own story. Her character was funny and sweet but I was hoping for a little more kick butt coming from someone aspiring to be one of Death's reapers. Granted we find out the true r ...more
Stephanie  G
Jarvis has finally escaped the clutches of an evil witch after 150 years of torture to find he doesn't have much time left. He must locate his brother before the hate inside him seeps out and destroys the world. In order to do this Jarvis will need to partner with Reina, who also has a major sibling dilemma, in order to deceive Death. When everything is one the line, Jarvis will either succumb to his fate or fight it with everything he has in order to save the woman who's touch fights back the d ...more
Alexia Chantel
Isn’t there a song about when love and hate collide? If those two pure emotions were to collide it might look a lot like Jarvis exploding.

Rowe’s second book in the series brings together Lord Hate and the reaper Reina. Jarvis is another tortured soul that has survived Angelica’s prison. As a man doomed to die he is surprised by Reina’s ability to bring him peace. The relationship that grows between these two is touching and frustrating at the same time, why can’t you just slap some sense into t
Jun 24, 2012 Mara rated it did not like it
Shelves: pnr, humour, dnf
If you like fluffy silly PNR, grab this book. If you prefer meatier or darker story, think about it.

I'm a fan of Terry Pratchett, so humour is not a problem. At all. I love the way he writes and highlights our shortcomings. But what he writes about is never really something to laugh at. Here there's simply a forced fluffiness, a freak child of Kitty Kat and a Lord of the Underworld.

If you want a funny romance, go for books like Touched by an Alien. I can't say I loved it, but I read and found ni
Reina Fleming really appreciates a man who's on a mission-especially when he's a badass warrior doing his best to impress her. And Jarvis is charmed by the way Reina's magic touch can soothe his dark side. But when Jarvis's attention puts her job, her home, and her family in danger, Reina has to decide whether love is worth the price...
Enter the nonstop, action-packed world of Stephanie Rowe's love stories-you'll never think of the manly arts in the same way again.

Favourite Quotes:
“These snakes
I have really enjoyed Stephanie Rowe’s humorous paranormal novels, specifically the Immortal Sexy series so I had high hopes for her Soulfire Series. Unfortunately starting with the second book in the series, Touch if You Dare, left me more confused than laughing. I’m sure there were a lot details and background explained in the first book in the series but starting with the second I was really lacking in my understanding. I didn’t understand the setting, were we in a modern day city or a somepl ...more
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
This is the second book in the Soulfire series by Stephanie Rowe. Jarvis, Guardian of Hate, is trying to say the world from himself. Hate is building up in him and too much can cause him to explode. literally. If that happens all the hate that he has held onto will be leaked out into the world. With the help of his friends, Nigel and Blaine, they try to find his brother Cameron, Guardian of Love. Cameron is the only one who can contain hate if his brother dies and place it in another host.

Kathy Davie
Dec 05, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, paranormal
Second in the Soulfire paranormal-romance series set in Boston. The couple focus is on Reina and Jarvis.

My Take
Lordy, Rowe cracks me up! I do love how she drags in all the "classes" the boys had to endure with that witch poking fun at "woman power" but then she twists it right back on us as Jarvis starts to think maybe those classes had some use after all. These bad-ass warriors: Nigel with his drawing when he needs to cool his jets, Jarvis with his obsession about knitting but preferences for
Brandi Salazar
After 150 years, Jarvis has finally managed to escape the Den where he and his friends have suffered unspeakable horrors. His time there has left him emotionally scarred and untrusting of all women. The keeper of Hate, Jarvis is on borrowed time. As Hate consumes him, he must find locate his brother, the keeper of Love before he explodes, unleashing his gift on an unsuspecting world.

Reina works for the one and only Death. After losing every member of her family except one sister who is due to s
Jun 27, 2011 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Do you love the self loathing tortured alpha-male warrior that finds his salvation, as well as his soft ooey-gooey center, in a strong, loyal woman? Then what are you waiting for, go read this book! If you need more convincing then read on…

Rowe has a unique voice I found entertaining and refreshing. What I loved most, was her fast paced witty dialogue. It was a virtual snark fest . If I had been in the room with the characters, I would have whip lash tryin
RATING:4.5)TOUCH IF YOU DARE by Stephaine Rowe is an exciting paranormal romance.It is Book 2 the "Soulfire Series",but can be read as a stand alone. See "Kiss at Your Own Risk". It is fast paced,action paced from the first page to the last. It has demons,vampires,a secret society,Death,the Guardian of Hate,Guardian of Love, Satan,demons,nearly immortal warriors, vampires,adventure,comedy,romance,sweet sensuality,and kick butt women. Jarvis Swain,sexy,dangerous,is the Guardian of Hate,immortal w ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
He's just about the hottest warrior she's ever seen...

Reina Fleming really appreciates a man who's on a mission-especially when he's a badass warrior doing his best to impress her. And Jarvis is charmed by the way Reina's magic touch can soothe his dark side.

But when Jarvis's attention puts her job, her home, and her family in danger, Reina has to decide whether love is worth the price...

She’s working hard on trying to be a reaper for death. He’s trying to stay alive and not explode from the
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
I think I may have had some kind of epiphany where this series is concerned. The first one I found to be a very strange cocktail of elements. It had all the ingredients of a really innovative new series with new types of supernatural warriors and a really unique world- but then when I started reading it, it was written like some kind of comedy farce that was bordering on ridiculous. And I just totally didn't get it. Now, having read book two, I think the problem lay with me trying to take it way ...more
Stephanie Rowe is a new-to-me author who has acquired her newest fan. I will definitely be looking for more books from her in the very near future. I already have the first book in this Soulfire series ordered: Kiss At Your Own Risk. This is very much a stand-alone story although the background info really made me want to run out and get the first book immediately.

Touch If You Dare was a fast-paced, fun read for me. I jumped right into it and didn't put it down until I'd finished every last tan
Jun 12, 2014 Rhonda rated it really liked it
This series is an Interesting concept

Jarvis the Guardian of Hate an Reina a woman who has the biggest capacity for love get together. An explosive ending ensues when Jarvis blows up. I liked this one better than the first. It didn't seem so...well messed up. The plot was easier to understand. Will read the last story.
Jun 21, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
There were too many characters with too much going on to try and concentrate on Reina and Jarvis. Like the first book, the forced funny made me roll my eyes.
Death was fun. His part in the story is what kept me going. I want his jewelry collection. Maybe not the penis ring, but I'd like a look through the rest of it.

For me, this book was so over the top that at first I was thankful I was finally finished with it. After taking a reading break and watching World Cup for a few hours, I'm rememberi
Oct 13, 2014 Lorelei rated it it was amazing
Good book

I really like this book. and the series. it made me laugh, and cry. it has a great storyline and of course a love story. I'd recommend it
Well, at least it was a more cohesive book. Still, there were continuity errors.

And then there was that whole farcical almost-boss-fight 2/3 in thereupon it was determined apparently that well, they weren't close enough to the end to wrap things up yet so nothing really happened except a lot of drama for no real reason.

Of course the boss fight at the end was even more farcical so...

The mc weren't exactly wondrous either - the h had moments of sheer obliviousness, and the H was convinced that he
Sherry Isaac
Not a book I'd have picked up on my own, I won it on Joan Swan's blog. When the book arrived a few days later, I was already into one book and had another waiting in the wings. I snuck a peek at the first line and it slayed me. Giddy to have started it last night. On chapter three (only chapter three because I have a strict bedtime or my system flies out of whack otherwise I'd have read till dawn) and the power of the first line shows no sign of diminishing. Always exciting to find a new author ...more
Aug 23, 2011 Tanya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read overall. I just couldn't get into the main characters very well. I did enjoy the secondary characters though. It had some funny humor in it that had me laughing, like the keeper of love =) It had different versions of the grim reaper and death himself. I always pictured them dark and ruthless but Stephanie I thought had them on the light and humorous side. This book had rave reviews from some well known authors so if you like paranormal you probably should give it a read. It ...more
Apr 10, 2014 Stacy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I quit reading in literally years. I could not get into it. too many characters all of the sudden that you are supposed to know and understand. It basically sucked.

Touch if You Dare is one of those light-hearted paranormal romances, with a slightly dark undertone, that will leave you longing for the next book. Stephanie Rowe writes with a wit reminiscent of bestselling author J.R. Ward, and an imagination that author's envy.

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I absolutely enjoyed this book. It gave me a new way to look at the so called gods and goddesses of Olympia. I love the fact that these scary warriors and scary divas found the one perfect for just them. They were not required to change, they weren't required to adjust. They were just needed to be who they were and loved for how they were.
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