Thursday 13 January 2011

Review: Kiss at Your Own Risk - Stephanie Rowe

Genre: Paranormal romance
Pages: 384
Published: Jan 2011 Sourcebooks Casablanca

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, Trinity gets pulled into a daring high stakes adventure. As Blaine and Trinity join forces to take down a series of underworld assassins, they may just learn that love is the deadliest game of all.

Trinity is cursed, and if she kills for the 5th time she will be unstoppable, every time she falls for a guy she kills him, but if she only makes it one more week she will be free. But then her dad gets into trouble, and there is a serial killer in town, on top of it all sexy Blaine shows up and offers her a deal. Now she must try to hate him for a week so she wont kill him by accident.

My thoughts:
There was sure a lot going on in this book, and I liked that. It was strange, funny and utterly weird sometimes.

Trinity is really sweet and she hates her curse. Every time she falls for a man she goes into killing mode. While Blaine is angry tormented and hate women. He has been tortured for 150 years by an evil witch. Here is the funny part, I kind of understood Angelica, the evil witch doing the torturing. She just wants to create nice men that are kind to women. Ok wrong method, but still, not even when she sent her cute killer dogs after Blaine and his friends I could hate her.

It was a strange world that I would have liked to explore more. There seems to be magical dimensions, and our world. Death, or Prentiss that is his real name, took over the Death contract and got that job that way. There are nasty assassins running around killing, there werewolves, vampires, trolls, it's a full world. By the way, I liked Death, sure he was an utter ass-hole that had a harem of women, and they never got any satisfaction from him, but still he was so funny.

Among all this magic, there is humour and that really sets the tone for the book. It is just so amusing.

One problem I had thought was that Blaine was so angry and male, did he learn nothing while tortured *coughs* silly question. But the whole I will kill you think, meh, then again it had to be that way. But he did lose a few points there.

Recommendation and final thoughts:
I was so amused, I do like funny paranormal romance, so I would recommend this to others. It's a 3,75, that could have been a 4. I would sure like to read more from this world and explore it, and meet Death again. Perhaps he will learn a lesson about dealing with women.

Reason for reading:
Sounded fun

Not to my liking, but it fits cos he can make fire


  1. Tori read this one and said there is a lot going on too..but it does sound amusing...might wait to see how people like bk 2

  2. I'm glad to see your review on this one, and your recommendation. I've seen this book popping up here and there, but kind of wanted so more information on it. Great review! Oh, and I guess that would explain the skeleton/pirate-ish tatoo on him now, huh?! :)

  3. You don't see "...I liked Death, sure he was an utter ass-hole..." very often! *grins* Great review! I was wondering what this book was all about. I'm glad you liked it! It's going on my wishlist.

  4. Funny paranormal romance - sounds good. I think I need to read a light pnr soon.

  5. Great review Blodeuedd!

    I'm almost finished with this one and wow, saying that a lot is going on is an understatement. This book features one the most twisted plots I've ever read!!

    So far I'm liking both Trinity and Blaine but I'm not sure how I'm liking everything else...

  6. I like characters like Death. They are always so funny. :) Love that. Great review.

  7. A book with a twisted plot is always welcome in my TBR list - thanks for a great review! Death never learns a lesson, though because it is er...dead?

  8. With such a steamy looking cover I wouldn't have expected it to be so funny! What a nice suprise inside :)

  9. Angelica seems to have interesting method to create nice men! Don't think it's very effective... This went to my wishlist.

  10. Mandi
    Perhaps too much at some times, but then again I was just so amused so it did not matter :)

    The tat is mentioned so it does have a reason ;)

    Lol, Death was so great, and such a pig too, but damn I liked him anyway

  11. Carol
    I think I am such an light/humor PNR girl, I just need it. Instead of passion, passion, passion

    Well, well, well (oh that was the Buddy song playing ;)
    Anyway, yes so much! Perhaps too much, but I just hung there and let it all wash over me, and smiled.
    Will see what you think later, I did get a bit angry at Blaine at a certain point..

    I blame it all on Pratchett, I have always liked death after that :)

  12. Ana
    Oh, no he is not ;) he just took the contract to work as death so he is live and kicking it

    I kind of expected lots of clothes ripping, but it was a welcomed surprise :)

    Lol, no they do get very angry, but he does say sweet things sometimes so something must have worked. Oh she is insane

  13. I'm not familiar with this author but your review has gotten me intrigued. I'll have to check this book out.

  14. The title had me thinking this might be good. Glad to see that it did have a good amount of humor. Sounds like something I'd enjoy! Love the review. :)

  15. Simcha
    Have a look :D That is what the web and bookstores are for ;)

    The humour made it so amusing, it just worked, and it was crazy at times :)

  16. Heeh this sounds like an interesting read!
    I do like me some humor in PR!

  17. Naida
    I do like the fun ones :)

    I do have to say that I like those the best :D A perfect fit for me

    *waves back *

  18. I may have to check this one out- funny paranormals are ones I typically like. Great review.

  19. Darlene
    Glad to hear, they are just so fun aren't they :)

  20. I'm not sure that I would buy this one but your review is just funny enough for me to remember that title to get it from the library if I need some laughter.

  21. The cover makes the story look more dark so its good to know thereis some humor in it.

  22. Lilly
    Thanks :) I do want to try a funny vibe when I am reviewing a book like this

    It does look like that, but oh yes humour can be found in thre



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