Published by Macmillan, Select on October 28, 2014
Genres: adult, Fiction, General, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Romance, supernatural, Vampires
Source: ecopy from Publisher
Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar, which is not easy to do when you live with the craziest woman in the world. But eccentric Aunt Uza is a picnic compared to the other people who enter her orderly life after she is shot in a convenience store robbery.
Elena finds herself rocketed from comfortable predictability to supernatural insanity courtesy of her own private angel of death who happens to have the sexiest accent on earth and a body to match. Her death angel is convinced she’s some kind of freaky half vampire thing and that her deceased dad was the real deal: a blood sucking monster.
Yeah, right. She’ll play along, but then she doesn’t have much choice seeing how as the guy claims to be some immortal law enforcer and has taken her prisoner.
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Nikolai Itzov had expected to fight the urge to torture the progeny of his father’s murderer, but he’d never anticipated battling the urge to kiss her her.
As a Slayer, an elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his charge from the Underveil General is clear: Kill her or die. He has been told she is one of them--an Undead. Nothing but a parasite to be destroyed. But he has been told wrong.
Nikolai and Elena find themselves in a life and death battle to stop a plot designed to lift the Underveil and enslave humans.
With her analytical mind and his centuries of training and experience, they might be able to foil the plot with their lives and maybe their hearts intact. But in order to succeed, he must help her become the very thing he hates the most: an Undead.
Love me to Death is the first book in the Adult Paranormal Romance Underveil Series. I loved Love Me To Death. It has everything that I want in a paranormal…tons of different creatures living in a well developed and planned out world, with magic thrown in and a kicking romance to boot. What more could a girl want. Plus if the romance has a forbidden aspect to it, that is a total bonus! I became kind of obsessed with this book. It felt like it was a little on the longer end, which is not a bad thing….at all. But I didn’t read it in one sitting. So every time I would have to put it down to tend to real life things, I would watch myself gazing longingly at my kindle, or my thoughts would drift back towards the book while I was at work. Love me To Death was not good for my everyday life concentration, but as a book and as a reader, I love that it made me so absorbed in its’ pages.
The basic setup of the world is that there are these enforcers, called Slayers that are meant to protect the Underveil as well as the human world from evil creatures. Vampires are one such evil creature. So when Nikolai is sent to take out a human that will soon embrace her evil side, he feels a strange sense of confliction that only gets worse the longer he is around her. I loved the progression that Nikolai and Elena went through. Everything felt so natural. Nothing was rushed or felt out of place with them. They each battled their own emotions and I thought that even with something that has the potential for insta-love- like a soul bond that formed pretty early on in the book, there was no insta-love. I think I was the most impressed with how Marissa Clarke handled the romance.
There is a so much going on in Love Me To Death. Nikolai and Elena find themselves in the center of a quickly brewing war of the worlds. I was impressed with how much Marissa Clarke fit into this first installment in the Underveil series. I did, however, feel like there was a bit too much going on at the end of the book. It was like a huge cluster of action everywhere you turned. I wish that part was just slowed down a tiny bit and spread out more. But that is my only complaint of the whole story. I am completely obsessed with Nikolai and Elena. I can’t get enough of the two of them. I want the second book right now! Readers of adult paranormal romances and fans of books that feature lots of different creatures, then this is the book for you. You need to read the Underveil series, if you haven’t already. It is one of the good ones!