Sunday, July 10, 2011
Review - Touch If You Dare by Stephanie Rowe
What happens when you have an Immnortal Warrior who's filled with hate? Literally? No, no, Jarvis Swain doesn't hate. He's just the Guardian of Hate, filled with it. And that's not good for a variety of reasons.
Enter Reina Fleming, Death's soft hearted assistant. She's supposed to help Death collect souls but somehow bringing an unwilling soul to death isn't her cuppa, even though being promoted to Reaper status is part of her master plan to save her sister from a horrible fate. When Death gives her her walking papers, she looks for a way to get her job back and impress Death with her skills. But for that she needs help...help in the form of a tall, sexy warrior whose potent sexuality and aloneness strikes something inside her.
Jarvis isn't looking for any female companionship and he's certainly not looking to work with a woman. Certainly not after his 150 year stint in the tortuous Den of Womanly Pursuits. But something about Reina keeps him cool, keeps him stabilized. And he wants that more than anything. He doesn't want the hate to take him over. And surprisingly he does want to help Reina. In fact, he wants Reina.
Joining forces, they search for a way to help her sister and for a way to help Jarvis contain the hate threatening to destroy both him and the world.
I love plots that twist and turn and that have characters that are out of the ordinary. Touch If You Dare fits the bill completely. These characters are amazingly human while being amazingly not human. The interaction between them is charming, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant but never boring.
Quirky, funny and with a lovely, twisted plot, Touch If You Dare is a fiery, passionate love story. This is definitely worth a read. Maybe even a second read ;-)