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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Book Review and ARC Giveaway: Touch if You Dare by Stephanie Rowe

There is plenty of snarky humor in this full action read.
Touch If You DareTouch If You Dare by Stephanie Rowe
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402241968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402241963
     Genre: Paranoraml
     My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0
Product Description
"Rowe is a paranormal star!"
-JR Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Black Dagger Brotherhood Series

He's just about the hottest warrior she's ever seen...

Reina Fleming really appreciates a man who's on a mission-especially when he's a badass warrior doing his best to impress her. And Jarvis is charmed by the way Reina's magic touch can soothe his dark side.

But when Jarvis's attention puts her job, her home, and her family in danger, Reina has to decide whether love is worth the price...

Enter the nonstop, action-packed world of Stephanie Rowe's love stories-you'll never think of the manly arts in the same way again.
Review: I like this series even if there is some chaos.
Reina is a an assistant to Death and she is trying to be promoted to assassin so she can save her doomed sister, Natalie.  Reina has a plan to save Natalie by switching her bodies and souls at the moment of death with a disenfranchised angel who is immortal. Unfortunately, to be able to switch souls Reina has to kill on assignment to be promoted.  Instead, she gets fired when she can’t kill the werewolf she was sent to harvest.

Jarvis, the Guardian of Hate, is beginning to implode. If he dies all of the Hate he carries will be released to poison the earth and every living thing. Jarvis is seeking his brother, Cameron, the Guardian of Love, who can save him. But Cameron has been abducted by Death for Death’s new plan to help people die happy.

Jarvis needs Reina to help him get to Cameron.  Reina needs Jarvis, the warrior, to teach her to kill so she can save Natalie. Natalie is being irresistibly drawn to “The Godfather” who kills his lovers by orgasm. Augustus, one of Death’s Assassins, is trying to kill The Godfather and he has his scythe aimed at Reina too since she is getting in his way. Napoleaon is after Augustus who has taken Napoleon's true love, Angelica.

Jarvis’ buddies, Nigel and Blaine, are mostly around to back him up but they are busy taking turns nursing the last group of friends they rescued from Angelica’s torture chamber.  Add in a  vampire clan who need Jarvis to save their leader who has been stabbed by a woman from a fanatic group of women who kill the lethally dangerous men they love. Yes - it's convoluted.  I particularly liked the character of the Grim Reaper who ends up giving aid to Jarvis and Reina.

Jarvis is careful not to touch others since he contaminates them with hate.  But for some reason he is drawn to the sexy Reina and he is shocked to discover that not only can he touch her but instead of pain she brings him peace.  I really enjoyed their sensual and loving encounters. I liked how Jarvis wanted to protect Reina and Reina was willing to love him unconditionally.

The story is fast paced and full of action. It is very busy and a bit confusing with all the characters and different attacks from different foes. But when you wade through all the extra activity there is a beautiful connection for Jarvis and Reina. 

Thank you to Sourcebooks for this book to read and review.
See my review of the first book in the Soulfire series: Kiss at Your Own Risk.

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