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Kiss At Your Own Risk by Stephanie Rowe

January 10th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: January 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads.com: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.

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 until I was done.

The Storyline

Ridiculous plot#1

Trinity has been cursed to kill any guy she falls for which would be bad except she keeps falling for jerks, cheaters and serial killers.  The Black Widow gives her a blue print view of how to kill the guy and super human strength to complete the task.  If she manages to kill 5 guys she will be doomed to remain the Black Widow for the rest of her life but if she can make it to 5 years without killing she is free of the curse.  She is one week away and one murder away from either being free from the curse when Blaine finds her.  He wants her to use her powers to kill the witch who has been torturing him and his buddies but tells her he plans to kill her as soon as she is done helping him. So in her twisted mind she actually gets totally into him because he turns her on and she feels safe from ever falling in love with him. So she feels free to have sex with him without having to worry about her curse.  Yes, it was ridiculous but it was funny seeing the guys she falls for, how she tries to refrain from killing these jerk of a guy she keeps falling for and the interaction between Trinity and Blaine.  It was a bit much that she is so against killing that she builds a coffin for an insect she accidentally smashes but oh well.

Ridiculous plot #2

This uber-powerful witch, Angelica, has created this house of torture and has been kidnapping boys to torture them or have her “girls” torture them. Besides stabbing them, freezing them other painful scenarios she also instills a love for girlie past times like cross-stitching, water colors, etc.  She’s delusional and thinks that she is actually helping these men by making them into the perfect mate for her girls.  She actually claims to love both her girls and the men she tortures and that she does all of this out of love.  Yes, someone seriously needs therapy.  This is the evil witch Blaine and his buddies have escaped from and want Trinity’s help killing.

Then you throw in all these minor sub-plots like Death is Angelica’s grandson but he also has a soft spot for Trinity because he used to baby sit her as a baby, there is an assassin that goes around turning his victims into pink dust and more ridiculous things but really it is a fun read.

The Characters

Blaine cracked me up once he escaped from Angelica and hooks up with Trinity.  After all those years of torture and forced into more feminine pursuits it was funny seeing him trying to change his thoughts and actions to be more manly.  He sounds sexy as heck even if he needs a needle and thread to really meditate and relax.  Trinity was also enjoyable as she desperately tries to keep from making that final kill that will doom her to a life as the Black Widow.

The Romance

Things were definitely hot between Blaine and Trinity and I thought it was hilarious watching the two of them interact.  I thought Blaine carried the whole “you are a woman, you will betray me” thing a little too far but other than that I thought it was a sexy, funny relationship.

All in all…

A great read if you need a laugh and are willing to suspend any sense of rationality.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Romance

One Response

  1. Farrah from The Book Faery Reviews

    Too wild. I thought the SAME EXACT (kind of scary) thought today as I was thinking about my review.

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