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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Touch If You Dare by Stephanie Rowe

Touch If You Dare by Stephanie Rowe
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (383 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

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...

She’s working hard on trying to be a reaper for death. He’s trying to stay alive and not explode from the hate and anger he carries around in him. Ideal couple, don’t you think?

Ms. Rowe enjoys using her imagination and has created a story of magic, love, hate, and death that is total fantasy and great fun to read. She creates strong characters who care more about other people than they do themselves. She gives all them psychological hang ups of some kind that they must work through. And you just keep reading happily along to see where her story takes you next and what odd thing they must overcome next.

You have vampires who don’t attack people anymore with women who will stake them because they wish to be bitten. You have a Godfather of love who makes any woman around swoon in ecstasy. A real strange assassin who uses pink Ninja stars to take people out. And there is a whole lot more going on in this story. It’s busy, it flows well, the two main characters are falling love with each other but are too busy to consummate it, and you’ll keep flipping those pages to see how it ends.

This is fantasy at its best, the plot holds together well and Ms. Rowe has some surprises for you. I didn’t anticipate the ending. Of course, I didn’t anticipate a lot of what happened in this book, but I sure did enjoy reading it!

You’ll find yourself rooting for some characters and hoping others fail; the story line grabs you and makes you care about those you’re reading about. It’s also a good romance story. If you like a fun fantasy story with a touch of Abbott and Costello and with lots of action and odd situations salted with a touch of love, you’ll love this story.