Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Kiss At Your Own Risk by Stephanie Rowe (thoughts)

Kiss At Your Own Risk is one of those books that I just had to pick up after reading the premise for it. It sounded like such a fun read!

"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." (Synopsis from Goodreads)

Doesn't that sound cute and fun? And I was in the mood for a fun romance so I figured I would love this book. But really I was left with mixed feelings. Was it a fun read? Yes. But it was also a book that left me feeling a bit frustrated and to be honest I'm not quite sure why. The attraction between the two main characters worked for me and although there was obviously a huge obstacle (the Black Widow thing and all), I was interested in the relationship. I wanted to see how things would work for the two of them and how they would resolve their problems. I liked the concept of Trinity having this Black Widow curse which basically meant she killed any man that she loved. And there were some really strong parts of the story that kept me entertained throughout. But I kept finding myself with mixed feelings towards the main characters at certain points. Trinity had dated a serial killer in the past (and then killed him herself accidentally) but her reasons for dating him...the whole scenario itself...did not work for me. And it was the little things like this that took away from the reading experience for me with this book. On the whole, I did end up liking it enough that I would read more by this author but I wasn't completely sold on it. I'm interested now in reading other people's thoughts on the book just to see if anyone felt the same way. And I'm curious to see what the author will do next with these characters in future books or where the storyline may go next as there were a few things left open.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks. My thanks to Danielle!


  1. first off, yummy cover!!
    too bad some of the storyline was a bit off.
    great review!

  2. There were parts that just didn't work for me either. Some of it was the same wording the author used over and over and IMHO it just sounded BAD! I would read her again but I better enjoy it more the second time or she's out!

  3. Thanks Suko!

    Naida- The cover was a good one. I'm curious to see what future covers in this series (I believe it is going to be a series) are going to look like.

    Staci- I read this a couple of months back so I'm struggling to remember if anything like that bothered me as well. I would read this author again as well but I wouldn't buy her books, rather just check it out from the library first.


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