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Kiss at Your Own Risk (Soulfire Series #1)
     

Kiss at Your Own Risk (Soulfire Series #1)

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by Stephanie Rowe
 

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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,

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

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.
From the Publisher
""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 " - RT Book 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. " - Night Owl Reviews

"So absurd and funny throughout, you'll definitely have a good time with this one." - Fresh Fiction

"Funny and sexy and has plenty of action." - Michelle's Book Blog

"Kiss at Your Own Risk is a light, sweet story that was great fun to read. " - That's What I'm Talking About

"Readers who appreciate humorous urban fantasy will know already Ms. Rowe is one of the best... " - Midwest Book Review

"Sharp, wicked, and Hot!! Paranormal lovers won't want to miss this one!!" - Wendy's Minding Spot

"What a great, action packed story full of powerful emotions that just drive the story forward. And the drive was WAY hot!!!!" - Seriously Reviewed

"Stephanie Rowe has given us a comical situation with two deadly characters that is sure to give you a chuckle or two. " - Yankee Romance Reviewers

"Hands-down the most highly energetic romance adventure I've ever read... Truly extraordinary. " - The Long and Short of It

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402241956
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Series:
Soulfire Series , #1
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

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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."

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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Kiss at Your Own Risk (Soulfire Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
jakibookworm More than 1 year ago
Little confused at the beginning but this story blossomed really fast
DizzyG More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would give it 2 1/2 stars. Couldn't wait until it was over. Unless you really love the author, skip it.
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
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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