Death's Lover

Death's Lover

by Marie Hall


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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Marie Hall, comes the first installment in the Eternal Lovers, sexy, dark, paranormal romance series!

Eve Philips thought she could never love again. After her husband died in a hit-and-run accident, Eve poured her heart into her potions shop, Witch's Brew, and hasn't given any man a second glance-until Cian. As soon as she locks eyes with him, Eve knows she'll never be the same. Gorgeous and mysterious, he incites a passion in her that she's never felt before. And it's almost otherworldly . . .

Cian knows Eve is special the minute they lay eyes on each other. He's a supernatural being with a dangerous duty, and being seen is not part of the job description. But when he meets the kind, beautiful Eve, all the rules go out the window. Now that his superiors have gotten wind of it, he has a wicked enemy on his tail. Yet all he cares about is Eve: loving her, protecting her-and finding the right time to tell her his dark and terrible secret, a secret that threatens both of their lives . . .

90,000 words.

Previously published as The Witching Hour

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ISBN-13: 9781455549887
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Series: Eternal Lovers Series , #1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Death's Lover 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good book but, good lawd, that cover is freaking me out!
Berls More than 1 year ago
My Initial Reaction… I fell in love with Eve and Cian so easily and routed for their romance from the start. I also loved the concept for Death’s Lover and look forward to reading the next book in the series. The Characters… The characters in Death’s Lover were complex and incredibly easy to fall for. The story is told from several perspectives, which could be a bit jarring at times, since the transitions between points of view weren’t always immediately clear. But it was great to be able to see what was going on in their minds. Eve is a witch, who projects (pretty powerfully, I might add) her emotions. I got the sense that she once had better control, perhaps before the death of her husband, but as we get to know her she’s projecting all over the place. I loved this aspect of her, because it adds a layer of both honesty and vulnerability that’s so endearing. You never doubted that what she felt was genuine. And perhaps the best word to describe Eve: genuine. To a fault. She’s the kind of woman who says what she’s thinking (because why bother hiding it, everyone can feel it anyway, right?). She’s also clearly powerful, though I really wish we’d gotten to understand her powers a bit better. We see bits here and there, but the only power I got to understand fully was her projection.  Eve is most powerful when with her sisters, Tamryn and Celeste, who are also witches. Eve’s relationship with her sisters was a favorite element for me. They are clearly very close, they tease and nag each other, they support each other, they kick butt together. Again, I would have really loved to see their powers at a heightened level, but I guess that’s what makes Death’s Lover a paranormal romance, rather than an urban fantasy. The sisters own a shop together, where they sell their brews and other supplies to both the magical and human community. And then there’s Cian. Sigh. Who’d have thought the grim reaper could be so hot and so lovable? Cian is a fey – in this world there are several castes of fey and he belongs to the caste that work as death (or grim reapers, basically). He’s pretty haunted by the job he has and doesn’t have hope of love or happiness in life. Just the duty of reaping souls. He’s been around for a millenia, so he has all these old mannerisms that are charming and an Irish accent to boot! *sigh* I loved watching Cian battle his desire to protect Eve, his sense of what he was and what that meant, all alongside the fact that he was falling in love with her. The Story… Death’s Lover was a great love story. Marie does a wonderful job not only making us fall in love with the characters, but wanting their love story to work. Eve and Cian’s love is basically a forbidden love deep down, and it’s made even more complex by all the Cian know’s that Eve doesn’t. He was the reaper that took her husband’s life and was supposed to take hers. But he couldn’t. And that doesn’t mean she’s safe. All he wants to do is protect her, but he’s falling for her – whom he cannot have – and she doesn’t even know who he really is. I cheered them on, grew anxious about Cian’s ability to save Eve, and how Eve would react to the truth if/when she learned it. It was a love story worth routing for. And it got pretty fabulously steamy at moments, but not before the tension has driven you gloriously crazy ;) Death’s  Lover also had the potential for a great fantasy world. On that level, it fell just a bit short for me – but I have high hopes for the next book. We’re in an alternate version of Earth, where humans and supernaturals live side-by-side, maintaining an uncertain peace. Eve lives in San Francisco, one of the only places where supernaturals can live openly without too much fear. There are mentions of a great war and throughout tensions about their fragile peace – between humans and perhaps even between supernaturals – but quite a bit is left very vague. There’s also some moments in Fey lands that are pretty cool, sometimes very graphic, but again, I wanted more. As Death’s Lover concludes, however, there’s a pretty big punch toward a much more complex world than we’ve had a chance to grasp as of yet. So I have serious hopes that the next book in the series will pick up where that left off. And I’m also hoping to see the powers of Eve, her sisters, and Cian on greater display. Concluding Sentiments… Death’s Lover was a great love story, with characters I loved cheering towards their HEA. The world has all the makings of an incredible fantasy and I really hope to see it come to fruition as the series continues. *This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.* I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Quickly captivated and drawn in to the uniquely defined characterizations and world created for the ancients, a plausible introduction of their influence into a newly reimagined present day world clearly set this reader up for a wild ride. With Eve still grieving for the husband she lost, not realizing that she was spared from her own death by the intervention of one very sexy fae, Cian: against all reason and compulsion. Cian pits the Morrigan (Chaos) and her husband Dagda (Father of all) against one another as the fate of the earth, and humankind will hang in the balance.  In San Francisco, there is a culture of ‘openness’ where human and others have agreed to co-exist peacefully: while there are still pockets of violence and danger, many of the paranormal have found a way to exist and profit from human sightseers and tourists. Eve and her two sisters are powerful and capable witches, and they have a successful shop that caters to paranormal and tourist alike. Eve has no conscious memory of Cian, but is inexorably and inexplicably drawn to him, much to her own confusion and guilt over it being ‘so soon’ since losing her husband to a hit and run driver.  From the moment that Eve and Cian encounter one another, there are palpable sparks flying. With revelations that appear as the story progresses, Marie Hall has managed to reconfigure the tales of the Great Wars and the paranormals that appear throughout the story in ways that hold interest and give background needed throughout the story. With clever inclusions of humor, bits of cityscape and even some meddling sisters and the words bring those scenes to life in the reader’s imagination.  The romance is one that completely portrays the ‘meant to be’ moniker, the attraction is instant and unrelenting, sexy scenes are incredibly steamy and imaginative, exuding sensuality and emotion. And this story wraps with a sweetly romantic scene that provides answers to questions formed at the start of the story. It’s a great stand-alone story, that leaves plenty of room for more in the series.  This is a great introduction to Marie Hall’s work and should lead you to reading her other titles. She’s one of my favorite authors that integrate old legend, fairy tales, paranormal and other pop culture references into her work.  I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Death's Lover by Marie Hall Grim Reaper Saga Book 1 Eve Philips is happy living in San Francisco where the supers can live in the open. As a witch she no longer has to fear what the normals would do to her. Two years after her husband has died she finally agrees to go to out with her sisters. She notices the handsome man at the club and he seems so familiar, is she ready to finally move on? Cian is a reaper. Hated among the supers because of his duty and for being Fae. They don't see the burden he carries as one of those who has to harvest a soul at the time of death. In fact, the reapers are death. After a choice he has made to not take a soul, he must now protect that person from the other reapers so she can live. Cian reminds me of the character in Joe Black. Soft spoken, lonely and doing what he must do. Not ever really knowing love. The other reaper, Frenzy, is further gone. Only hate lives in him towards the normals. There is another Great War about to break out amongst the supers and normals. Who will be the saviors? Book two in the series will be Death's Redemption. **This book was previously published as The Witching Hour **Sexual content and language **Received through NetGalley for review