Review: Kiss At Your Own Risk by Stephanie Rowe

Kiss At Your Own Risk by Stephanie Rowe

How did I get it: The library.

Why did I get it: I heard about this book featuring a romantic male lead who loved to cross stitch, and I knew I had to read it. I’m so glad I did.

How I would rate it: 4 out of 5 stars.


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.

Review: Kiss At Your Own Risk has it all – romance, action, fantastic characters, scary and hilarious villains, plot, humor, sweetness, sadness, ridiculousness, and even cross stitch.

I loved Blaine and Trinity together and a part. I really liked that they never lost sight of their friends or family, but completely had lost sight of themselves. They’re able to bring the best out of each other, and I was so pleased by the Happily Ever After they received, because they definitely earned it. They had sweet and humorous moments, my favorite being their first motorcycle ride together or when they’re both thrilled to learn that even though they care about each other, they’d still kill one another to save someone else.

The rest of the good guys were cool for the most part. I cannot wait to learn more about Jarvis, Nigel, and Christian. I really hope Christian finds happiness. I just really hope it doesn’t end up being with Mari. I’m a little unsure if I loved Reina or not, but I think the next book being about her will help me make a decision one way or the other. I definitely didn’t really like Trinity’s family, especially after some information about them got revealed. And I will admit that occasionally issues got resolved a little too easily, but this book was great.

The bad guys were pretty strange but definitely added a lot to the book. I really want to read more about Death aka Prentiss. His grandmother, Angelica, and her Den of Womanly Pursuits was so funny even though I felt bad for the men she was torturing although I appreciated the fact that all of the men still enjoyed various crafts even after they escaped. Blaine’s occasional remarks and thoughts about cross stitch patterns were adorable, especially his declaration that Trinity made him want to stitch up a dozen rainbows. I also hope Napoleon comes back too.

In conclusion, what a fun book! I highly suggest checking Kiss At Your Own Risk out if you’re in the mood for a lighthearted romance that has an actual plot and awesome characters.I absolutely cannot wait until July when I can read about Jarvis and Reina in Touch If You Dare, but I’ll be a little sad that Blaine and Trinity aren’t the main focus.


About April

I'm a librarian, reader, and writer whose main goal in life is to be able to swim in books the way Scrooge McDuck swims in money. Although my reading choices will always be wildly eclectic and I never plan on leaving any genre unexplored, my favorite reads tend to be Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Gay Romance, or Historical Fiction. You can e-mail me at inspector[dot]librarian[at]gmail[dot]com.
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