Kiss at Your Own Risk (Soulfire Series #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 being a Black Widow. Having ...

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Overview

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

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestselling paranormal romance author Rowe (Must Love Dragons) kicks off her new Soulfire series with an action-packed tale of star-crossed high-risk lovers. The nearly immortal Blaine Underhill escapes from 150 years of torture at the hands of black witch Angelica. Two of his companions get out with him, but a third is left behind. Trinity Harpswell bears the black widow curse, which has compelled her to kill four previous lovers, but will expire if she can go a week "murder-free." It also grants her magical insight into how to kill any being--including Angelica. Trinity and Blaine must negotiate an exchange of deaths while avoiding falling in love and triggering her curse. Fans of broad humor (yappy dogs crossbred with dragons, warriors who do embroidery) will find that this hits the spot. (Jan.)
Fresh Fiction
So absurd and funny throughout, you'll definitely have a good time with this one.
RT Book 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
Night Owl Reviews
Rowe has written a very entertaining tale, keeping the storyline light with her witty characters and the bizarre situations they keep finding themselves in.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402241956
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Soulfire Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 820,131
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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.
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Chapter 1

When the black skull and crossbones carved into Alexander Blaine Underhill III's left pec began to smoke, he knew tonight wasn't the night he was going to get his newest cross-stitching tapestry finished. His escape from the Den of Womanly Pursuits, the hellhole he'd been imprisoned in by a black witch for the last hundred and fifty years, was about to get complicated. "Look pretty, boys, we're going to be entertaining."

"Shaved two days ago. Good enough?" Nigel Aquarian was sprinting beside Blaine, his shitkick­ers thudding on the stainless steel floor of the Hall of Embroidery. He was wearing only dark leather pants and a pale pink rose tattooed on his left cheek. His palms had turned to blackened charcoal, and burning embers were sloughing off onto the floor. "Forgot the cologne, though. Never remember to smell nice after I party with starving piranhas." He held up the pinkie finger he'd had time to grow back only halfway. "I hate fish."

Blaine leapt over a breeding pit for vipers that was blocking his path. "Spiders are worse."

Nigel grimaced. "Bet the witch is good with spiders."

Blaine refused to revisit that particular hell in his mind. "Toughened me up. It was fun."

Nigel shot him a knowing look. "Yeah, I bet it was."

One hundred and fifty years at the non-existent mercy of Death's grandma, Angelica, had given new meaning to the definition of hell. The black witch was diabolical in her quest to become the most powerful practitioner in history, and she wasn't exactly the nurturing type when it came to her experiments. Ruthless evil bitch from hell was probably a better way to describe her. But after a century of planning their escape, it was finally hasta la vista time for Blaine and his boys.

Blaine flipped a grin at one of the security cameras he'd disabled only moments before. "Hope you miss us." He was so jonesing for a little mano a mano to make her pay for all she'd done, but his brain was the one thing she hadn't managed to mess with, so he was hitting the road instead of gunning for a battle he couldn't win. Embarrassing as hell that one grandma could kick the shit out of four badass warriors. Not going to be posting that on his online dating profile when he got out.

Green and pink disco lights began to flash, and the screams of men being tortured filled the air.

"The fire alarm? Come on, guys. Can't you two keep the smoke in your pants for five minutes?" Jarvis Swain sprinted up beside them. A checkered headband was keeping his light brown hair off his face, and he was streaked with sweat and blood from the spar he'd been winning when Blaine had pulled the trigger on the escape. For Jarvis, a practice session ended only when his opponent was on the bleeding edge of death. He was clenching his samurai sword in his fist.

"Nice pants." Nigel nodded at the yellow tulip cross-stitched on the hip of Jarvis's badass martial arts outfit. He raised an eyebrow at Blaine. "Is that your delicate touch, Trio?" His question smacked with friendly insult.

Blaine ignored Nigel's sarcastic reference to his pedi­gree. Far as he was concerned, everyone he was related to could go to hell. Hoped they already had, in fact.
He looked over his shoulder to check on the progress of the most important member of their team, Christian Slayer, but the Hall of Embroidery was empty. "Where's lover boy?"

"He detoured for his girlfriend when we passed through Flower Appreciation." Jarvis hurled his sword at a small black box tacked onto the seventeen-foot high ceiling. "He caught her scent, said she was nearby, and took off to get her." The blade hit cleanly, sparks ex­ploded, and the alarm went silent.

Without breaking stride, Blaine leapt up and grabbed the sword. "We're in the middle of a daring escape from our own personal torture chamber, and he's taking time to get a girl?"

"That's what he claimed," Nigel said. "He can't lie worth shit, so I tend to believe him."

They continued to haul ass toward the door at the end of the hallway. Freedom was less than fifty yards away. "Well, damn." Blaine hurled the sword blade-first at Jarvis's heart.

"That's really sweet of him."

Jarvis snatched the sword out of the air easily, his hand unerringly finding the handle.

"You think?"

"Sure. It's not every man who will strand his team in a war zone so he can go rescue a girl." Still running hard, Blaine pulled out a pair of small blue balls from a sack strapped to his hip. "Of course, I'm going to have to kick the hell out of him for doing it, and there's no way he's going on future missions with us, but I admire that kind of choice."

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    Loved it

    Little confused at the beginning but this story blossomed really fast

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Kiss At Your Own Risk

    Atruely different story. It took me a bit to get into it but it was a pretty good read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Interesting!

    This book was alright, it was hard at first to get into it just because of the authors writing style was a bit over excited and cheesy. The one-liners the witch said like, "Oh flavored condoms and all that is holy" kind of sentences were hilarious, and as it got going it was really fun to read. There were things that were unclear though, if the curse really would be broken on that sunday or that she would always be cursed. Maybe I didn't understand that part or something so I don't know. I just hope that she does get rid of the curse which was never addressed at the end. I'll check out the other books since I like the other characters or friends of this book.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    AN INTERESTING STORY OF EVIL VS GOOD!

    KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK by Stephanie Rowe is a exciting,interesting paranormal romance set in present day America.It is the first in a new series "Soulfire Series". It is well written with details,depth,twists,turns,action packed and fast paced. It has secrets,magic,an evil witch,death,sexy warriors,mayhem,a Black Widow,survival, friendship, high stakes adventure, underworld assassins, quirky characters, witty banter, a daring rescue,sensuality,passion,and finding true love. The hero, Blaine, is handsome,sexy, a escaped century and half imprisoned warrior, been tortured for centuries by an evil witch, determined to free his enslaved best friend, who was betrayed by someone he loved,from the evil witch and out for justice,revenge,and killing the evil witch. The heroine, Trinity, is beautiful, sassy, been cursed by the evil witch,has a killer curse that makes her the Black Widow, needed by Blaine and his friends to kill the evil witch, and will find herself falling in love with Blaine,which is bad news(she kills any man she falls in love with,part of the curse). The evil witch, just happens to be Death's grandma,who doesn't feel torturing males to do her bidding in sexual pleasure is wrong.Together Trinity and Blaine, join forces to destroy the evil witch and her kingdom.They encounter underworld assassins, go on a daring high stakes adventure and learn that although love is the most dangerous game of all....Can they survive their love for each other and destroy the witch? If you enjoy high stakes adventure,set on the each of your seat suspense,sexy characters,drama,a love to die for than this is definite the book for you. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Sourcebooks Casablanca and My Book Addiction and More.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Skip it

    Would give it 2 1/2 stars. Couldn't wait until it was over. Unless you really love the author, skip it.

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  • Posted August 10, 2013

    This was a fun, quirky book that will have you laughing out loud

    This was a fun, quirky book that will have you laughing out loud in several spots. Every time I start one of Stephanie Rowe's books, I know I am going to get transported to a completely different world from anything I have read before. The characters are each so unique that I couldn't wait to turn to the next page to see what awaited me. This story is action packed, humorous and addicting! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!! Definitely recommend for anyone who likes paranormal and fun reads! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Horrible

    Cheesy,boring, and under nourished plot.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    I loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    not good

    it repeats it self and drags on and on....ugh

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    I just finished this and it was the first I read by this author and it was an awesome read. I had to make myself but the book down. And to top it off it was free.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

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    Kiss at Your Own Risk (Soulfire #1) by Stephanie Rowe

    I found this book was a little hard to get into at 1st, but it was worth it to keep reading. The book itself was funny, well-paced, and awesome. It brought out a lot of emotions. Some were a strong urge to talk to the characters. I did how ever found the warriors a little too. frilly. They derived comfort from thing I perceived to be feminine. Even though the Evil witch may have her heart felt reason for placing a certain curse, You can't help but feel complete sympathy for Trinity. And yet to think of how she kept the men as sex slaves, tortured and made every male worthy of a woman. I found the plot to be very intertwined when it came to the problems, which in my mind mad it very interesting.

    Over all I am a little 50/50 on the whole is it a great read or is it not? It was a teetering balance. On one hand, anyone who reads this book will find that they are in for a wild ride. You will defiantly find this funny, cleverly plotted, fast paced, and lets not forget the steamy guys. Now on the not so great side, it felt like the author tried a little too hard and a little too over the top in other areas. It can leave you with un answered questions. Mainly the how's. Of course this could all be cleared up in the nest book, but who wants to wait?

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

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    Downright Hot!

    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 hoping Ms Rowe brings out a book just for Reina, Trinitys BFF and one of Deaths assistants...I loved her character!

    Froggy
    Froggarita's Bookcase

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    What A Let Down!

    I was really diappointed with Kiss at Your Own Risk. I love Stephanie Rowe but thought this book was just silly. I had to force myself to keep turning the pages. By the time I was halfway through, I was just skimming the words to finish.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    Fun and Funny

    **slight spoilers** don't read after the second paragraph!

    I was devastated when the Immortality series ended, but I know all good things come to an end. Luckily for me, Stephanie Rowe has returned to her hilarious paranormal tales to keep me happy. Yes, I feel that she writes just for me! So just leave me in my delusions and keep bringing me more books by Ms. Rowe. Her stories are filled with slapstick humor and witty dialogue. Oh, and the guys are usually hot. There are four hot guys (not counting Death), so I demand one book for each hot guy. And well, if she throws in one about Death, I wouldn't argue.

    I could write pages about the plot and characters, but I am going to concentrate on the evil minions. Yes, dogs! How can I not love evil Snoodles that morph into Snoodledemgons which are a combination of a schnauzer, poodle, dragon and demon that fly and have scales? Although, these little demons only play a minor role, they made me laugh with their antics.

    Trinity has a terrible curse that forces her to kill her true love and in her haste to find a cure (she only has a week to keep from killing again or it is permanent) she tries to hide out at Death's McMansion. Her best friend, Reina works for Death and still tries to help Trin work this Black Widow curse out of her system. So when the guys (warriors developed by death's evil grandmother, Angelica) locate Trin to help them kill Angelica, it all goes south. Lots of wackiness and paranormal activity ensues and of course Trin ends up with the love of her life -- possibly unable to kill this one.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    Recommended Read - Buy This Book

    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. He's also been tortured in inventive, creative and truly demented ways and yet his mind and strength of character and will has survived. He also does a mean cross-stitch. Sounds funny doesn't it? He's this big macho warrior with skills the military would envy and yet he has these moments where he says things out loud that simply mortified him. Of course, that had me laughing out loud and snickering because the dichotomy was simply genius. Blaine is also tortured from within with issues of trust and abandonment. In fact there's a heartfelt revelation with a righteous dark turn that has the last shattered shard of his heart healing which helped make the happily ever after that much more poignant. Blaine is complicated too. And a reader can see that the torture after all those years did break him in a way, but it remade him too and that added incredible depth to his character. It also added some very interesting talents far beyond the powers of mortal men. Go Blaine!

    As for villains, there is more than one. The guy who smelled like bananas grossed me out. And here's the thing that threw me. Ms. Rowe tells the story from three people's point of view - Blaine's, Trinity's and the villainous treacherous witch, Angelica. Here's where I really got bowled over. At first I did what the author intended - I disliked the evil witch who has done some really bad things to Blaine and his buddies. Then the author pulled the rug out from under me and actually had me liking Angelica in a really macabre moment of genius mind play. How in the world can I possibly feel sympathy for a character that is totally without mercy? And yet I did, but by the same token I wanted her dead. How weird is that?

    Original post at The Long and Short of It Review

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

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    jocular urban fantasy

    It is one week and counting before Trinity Harpswell will finally break the Black Widow Curse. Nothing will stand in her way as she feels a sense of relief with the countdown occurring.

    Blaine Underhill and three friends (Nigel, Jarvis and Christian have been tortured in the Den of Womanly Pursuits by Death's evil Granny Angelica the witch for a century and a half. They escape, but Christian fails to get away as his lover betrayed him to the malevolent witch. Believing the motto no comrade left behind and fearing the level of torture Christian will face, Blaine wants to mount a rescue, but he knows for him and his comrades that is suicide. They turn to Trinity to balance the odds. Trinity wants to say no as this is a bad time for her; worse she is attracted to Blaine, which she knows activates the curse that leads to her murdering her beloved and joining Angelica on the dark side; that is if she doesn't kill the evil witch too.

    The first Soulfire jocular urban fantasy is an over top satire that hilariously lampoons the sub-genre (including Stephanie Rowe's own comedic Goblet of Eternal Youth tales - you will never look at a pretzel the same way) with amazing cross-breeding species, killing star-crossed lovers and trained killer warriors relaxing with knitting. Fast-paced readers who appreciate humorous urban fantasy will know already Ms. Rowe is one of the best as affirmed by her latest tale of love and misdeed.

    Harriet Klausner

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