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Kiss at Your Own Risk (Soulfire #1)

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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
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ebook, 416 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published November 22nd 2010)
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Lyuba
Aug 01, 2011 Lyuba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember laughing like this at a romance book in a LONG time! And needless to say, I'm loved it.

Trinity has a Black Widow curse on her, making her kill any guy she falls in love with. The curse will be broken if only she will go 5 years without killing anyone, and with only a week to go she is oh so close to her goal. Enter Blaine, a really tough macho warrior guy, who just escaped from 150 years of torture by an evil witch with an agenda to torture all her men into perfect mates for wo
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Sonia
I really don’t know how to start. This book left me with a multitude of mixed thoughts and frustration without truly knowing why.

The writing style was good and fast paced and that kept me reading until the end. I also found some humor in the dialogues and I really appreciate witty humor in a story but here it seemed it was just the one that doesn’t make you laugh, it’s instead the “just-smiling” humor and sometimes it didn’t feel natural.

Besides, there was no background in the plot. I love paran
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Anas Attic  Book Blog
Well that's 4 days I can't get back. I rarely take more than 2 days to read a book, but this book took four. That's because I was on Facebook, twitter, watching TV or doing anything else I wouldn't do if I was really into a book!

There was absolutely no world building. Who are these people? Is EVERYONE in this book magical in some way? It appears so, but I'm not sure because the author never explained this. There were some cute lines, there was a hunky hero and a cool premise, but it just fell f
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Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
This is a bit of a weird one to review. Part of me really, really enjoyed it, the rest of me thought it was kind of silly.

Let me try to explain.

The things I really liked were the originality of the characters in terms of what they are. There were some great new ideas here- Ms Rowe is clearly a very creative lady and she has written some brilliantly imaginative creatures and beings. Okay, so we've heard of witches before and we've heard of a black widow before, but the four warrior guys in the st
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Tammy
Jul 10, 2011 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of PNR and UF
Shelves: pnr, 1st-in-series, uf
I am so excited about this book and this author. This is the first book I've read by Stephanie Rowe and I am gonna read every single one of her books until I'm done. This was mostly PNR and of all the PNR I have read this has got to be one of the more original themes.

Lets start with the book summary:
Trinity Harpswell is a cursed Black Widow-death and mayhem are all part of the job description. If she can manage to go just one more week without accidentally killing someone, she'll break this kil
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Cheryl
Jan 10, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blaine Underhill has been Angelica, the Black Witch’s prisoner for one hundred and fifty years. There is only so much womanly domination that Blaine can take. I mean Angelica has forced Blaine and his friends to take on women tasks. This is her way of taming the men. Blaine and his friends have been plotting to escape for a long time. They will only get one chance at trying to gain their freedom again. Almost everyone escapes. Blaine’s friend, Christian is left behind. Blaine vows to find a way ...more
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Favorite Quote: “What kind of man eats your fish when you won’t sleep with him?”

Blaine Underhill has survived centuries of torture under the control of an insane witch. He and his team has escaped but were forced to leave one man behind. Now he needs the help of a lethal woman to save his friend.
All Trinity Harpswell needs is to make it through the next 7 days without killing anyone. Easy right? Wrong. Not when your cursed as a Black W
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Debbie
Oct 23, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started this book I was wondering what I got myself into. It started with the most absurd scene of 3 kick ass men fighting their way out of a den of torture and discussing their talents at cross-stitch, painting, etc.and then being attacked by killer schnoodles (dogs for those who may be wondering). Seriously this is where the book was going? But once I gave into the absurdity and just went with the flow I actually found this a fun book that made me laugh and I had to keep reading u ...more
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
Blaine Underhill III and his three comrades, Christian, Jarvis and Nigel had all been kidnapped or sold by their parents to the evil black witch, Angelica. Try to envision if Pam Anderson and Hannibal Lecter had a daughter who had spliced in DNA of a psychotic Martha Stewart. That would be Angelica. After hundreds of years of humiliation and torture in the Den of Womanly Pursuits, they finally escape, only to have Christian dragged back by his traitorous girlfriend and protégé of Angelica, Mari. ...more
Jay
Sep 30, 2010 Jay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, dnf, arc
I hope the above book blurb made sense to you and adequately explained everything you’ll need to understand the world Stephanie Rowe has created here, because that’s the extent of world building provided in the whole book. I like paranormal romances as much as the next person, but in order for me to get on board with whatever creepies, wolfies, or demons an author has created, I need, at minimum, something that explains how the world in which the author has set her book works. There is none of t ...more
Dragana
The hint that this is not going to be the book I usually come across was right there in the first sentence I read: "he knew tonight wasn't the night he was going to get his newest cross-stitching tapestry finished..."

No, you did not understand it wrong. Alexander Blaine Underhill III, our main hero, likes to cross-stitch.
Why? There has to be some rational expalantion?
Well, of course there is. :p
He was imprisoned by the black witch in the Den of Womanly Pursuits for more than three hundred years.
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Megan
Apr 16, 2013 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yona
Aug 24, 2013 Yona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Wow, this book was definitely very refreshing. It was full of funny moments and the villain (a witch) was even more hilarious. It's hard to see her as a bad character, she thought she was doing the world a big good kidnapping little boys and torturing them for centuries to make them the perfect men for her ladies, but she got what she deserved at least. And she is Death's grandmother.

Trinity is the main heroine - cursed to be a black widow, who is afraid to hurt even a bug and can sympathize wi
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Rachel
Jul 21, 2012 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While I appreciate the basics of this book the lead villain just pissed me off. I mean really, who in their right mind (yes, I get that she's not in her right mind) thinks that torturing men and then making them do girly things thus disempowering them would make ANY man worthy of love BUT wait she doesn't want love to exist at all. I was so annoyed and distracted by her stupidity that I couldn't count her as an actual villain or even stand to read her character. Everything else in the book was f ...more
Froggarita
Jan 14, 2011 Froggarita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kiss at your own risk is book 1 in a new series by Stephanie Rowe and is a downright funny paranormal adventure that grabs ahold of you and makes you want more. Trinity is cursed with a Black Widow curse so any man she falls in love with she kills, but needs Blaine's help to save her father. Blaine can make his body light on fire and needs Trinity's help to save a member of his team who is trapped and needs rescued. Twists and Turns keep the book exciting and on the edge of your seat. I am hopin ...more
~Leslie~
Jul 13, 2011 ~Leslie~ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-kindle
2.5 stars This was truly a mishmash of paranormal characters and plot lines. It would have moments of lucidity for me and then it would just fall apart. The world building was not well established, the characters were too caricature to become attached to in any meaningful way and the storyline was very convoluted. It had possibilities but then it couldn't sustain my interest and I would find myself skipping parts.
Anne
Feb 25, 2011 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know other readers have found this book zany and funny, but it fell flat for me and none of the characters were engaging. Part of a new series, but it didn't leave me wanting to know what happens to the secondary characters.
Lindsay
The first chapter made me feel like I was dropped in on an existing book or series, but I quickly caught on and was hooked. I hated putting the book down and all I wanted to do was sit and read it. This book is definitely one that I will read again.
Judi
Dec 28, 2010 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, 2011, july, humour
I enjoyed this one. Had lots of humour, sarcasm, banter amongst the alpha males and reminded me a lot of Cold's IAD series.
Ashley
My Review:

The Plot:

KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK boasts a convoluted and topsy-turvey plot making for one hell of a thrill ride. Trinity Harpswell is in quite the predicament. Just a few short days remain before she'll beat her killing Black Widow curse and resume the normal life she's always wanted. Of course nothing can be easy and Trinity soon finds herself contracted to kill not one but two people or her beloved father dies. Having had the two most understanding parents in the world, what with havin
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Tracy
Feb 04, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~* 3.5 Stars *~
Definitely Unique

He is fire, and after a century and a half of the grimmest of tortures at the hands of a black witch with a serious jones-on for males in touch with their feminine side, his escape from her realm at the expense of one of his warrior brethren has Alexander Blaine Underhill III raging like an inferno for revenge. He is intent on returning to the thrice-damned Den of Womanly Pursuits to rescue his comrade, and he's determined to end the life of the witch-bitch who ha
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Kathy Davie
Jul 19, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, funny, urban
First in the Soulfire paranormal romance series set in an alternate Boston about a quartet of men who have been enhanced to withstand the numerous tortures rained down upon them by a witch determined to make them into the ideal men…for women.

My Take
This is too funny, waaaay too funny. I mean, how can you not help laughing at lines like the following in the midst of battles to the death:
"'You're like one of those mosquito zappers. You should rent yourself out for garden weddings.'

'I'll think abou
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Kristina Deluise
Mar 18, 2017 Kristina Deluise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BACK OF BOOK SAYS:
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 into order to do so, he will need the help of one of the worlds most lethal women.
trinity harpswell is sick and tired of being a black widow. having managed to go three years without accidentally killing anyone she loves, she is one short week away from free herself from this killer curse fo
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April
Feb 05, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 my
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Bookaholics
Dec 19, 2010 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kiss at You Own Risk by Stephanie Rowe
Paranormal Romance –Jan. 1st, 2011
4 stars

Stephanie Rowe has created another crazy and wild paranormal romance. Readers who enjoy Katie MacAlister and Kerrelyn Sparks will find her this book entertaining. Even the villains are funny and sympathetic if somewhat corny.

Trinity was cursed when she was young. She is a black widow and knows how to kill anything. The problem is when she falls in love, the man of her dreams dies. In her case, love does kill. But she
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Proserpine
Aug 30, 2011 Proserpine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kiss at your own risk
By Stephanie Rowe
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release date: January 4th, 2011


Summary

Trinity Harpswell is a cursed Black Widow-death and mayhem are all part of the job description. If she can manage to go just one more week without accidentally killing someone, she'll break this killer curse and put her Black Widow days behind her. When sexy Blaine Underhill III shows up at her door and asks for her help rescuing his friend from the clutches of Death's evil grandma, Tri
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Michelle
Dec 07, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kiss at Your Own Risk is the first book in the Soulfire series by Stephanie Rowe and a Paranormal Romance from SourceBooks Casablanca.

Book Blurb:

He Needed A Killer Woman...

Blaine Underhill was one lucky man. Having recently escaped a century and a half of imprisonment at the hands of an evil witch, 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
...more
Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale
Blaine Underhill has been trapped in the Den of Womanly Pursuits for over 150 years. Sold as a child by his parents to the witch in order to save themselves. Blaine has been tortured over and over again until now. He and his friends have managed to escape but at the very last moment, the only person in the world who Blaine trusts is snatched away from him at the last minute. Christian is sucked back into the Den while Blaine, Nigel and Jarvice are sent free. Determined to get Christian back, Bla ...more
Samantha
Kiss At Your Own Risk is one of those books that I just had to pick up after reading the premise for it. It sounded like such a fun read!

"Trinity Harpswell is a cursed Black Widow-death and mayhem are all part of the job description. If she can manage to go just one more week without accidentally killing someone, she'll break this killer curse and put her Black Widow days behind her. When sexy Blaine Underhill III shows up at her door and asks for her help rescuing his friend from the clutches o
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Andrea
When you've been kidnapped as a child you never expect yourself to grow up in the hands of a black witch, that makes you cross stitch and tortures you with her newest experiments. But, when Blaine Underhill's parents traded him to the witch at age four it's his fate. To change his fate Blaine, and his friends Jarvis, Nigel and Christian must defeat the witch and bring her rein over her captures male warriors down. Stephanie Rowe's Kiss at You Own Risk, is a delicious read, that takes you into se ...more
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Hailed as a "paranormal star!" by J.R. Ward, four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty-five novels. For more on Stephanie and her books, visit her at www.stephaneierowe.com, or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StephanieRow....

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