Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar. When she is shot in a convenience store robbery, Elena finds herself rocketed into supernatural insanity courtesy of a sexy immortal law enforcer. He's 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.
Nikolai Itzov never anticipated battling the urge to kiss the offspring of his father's murderer. As a Slayer, an elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his orders from the Underveil General are clear: Kill her or die.
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, 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.
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Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa's heart) with an iron paw. Marissa Clarke is a pseudonym. Her real name is Mary Lindsey and she also writes young adult novels for Penguin USA
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Love Me To Death
By Marissa Clarke, Liz Pelletier
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Marissa Clarke
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This couldn't be happening; things like this happened to other people.
The skinny guy in the black baseball cap leveled the gun at the clerk behind the counter and without a word, pulled the trigger. Elena dropped to the floor between the candy shelves and car care products, ears ringing.
She studied the man's reflection in the circular convex mirror above the beer cooler as he rummaged through the cash register, stuffing his pockets with bills. His reflection was distorted, but she could still make out enough to give a description to the police. It was impossible to tell how tall he was, but he had black tangled hair and unnaturally pale skin. His blue flannel shirt was filthy and torn. More animal than human, he cocked his head to the side in a swift, jerky motion, then stared into the mirror. His eyes were ... red?
The slam of the cash register drawer made Elena flinch. In horror, she watched through the mirror as the killer stalked to the far side of the store, passing the milk cooler one aisle over from her. Without a sound, she slid out of the center of the aisle, flattening up next to the metal shelves of candy, hoping he wouldn't spot her in the mirror. He paused, met her eyes in the reflection, and laughed. It was a hideous, feral laugh that made her body tense in a terrified rigor. She'd never heard anything like it. Almost metallic, it sounded like more than one person laughing. In the mirror, she watched him round the corner of her aisle.
Run, her body screamed. Elena leapt to her feet and flew for the door. Run! As she skidded around the corner at the end of the aisle, a gunshot rang out, followed by a searing pain as if her shoulder blade had exploded. Her knees gave way, and her head hit the floor with a sickening crack.
Footsteps. A pause.
"Get up!" the man growled in his unnatural, metallic voice, shoving her with his foot.
Play dead. She remained on her belly, eyes closed, breathing shallowly. Please, let him think I'm dead. Blood from her shoulder oozed under her cheek. He kicked her ribs, and she groaned.
"It's a shame I've already had dinner," he said.
Oh God. He had shot her again, and pain raged through her body like fire radiating from her shoulder blade. His leisurely footsteps were followed by the tinkle of the bell on the door.
She was going to die.
For twenty-six years, Elena Arcos hadn't even really lived, and now it was over. Always waiting for something to change, something to give her purpose, someone to take her away. But that had never happened. She had lived her life under the radar, trying to not make waves. Trying to conform. Waiting. Waiting ... for what?
She was going to die, dammit. Right here, on the filthy floor of the Corner Quick Mart. Just another news headline with no backstory whatsoever.
"Roll over and look at me." The male voice was deep, calm, and tinged with an exotic accent she'd never heard before. The timbre and confidence of the voice commanded compliance, but Elena found herself unable to move.
The bell on the door hadn't jingled again. This was someone who was already in the store — but she had been the only customer.
"I said, roll over."
"C-can't." Just the mere attempt to speak caused such intense pain she was certain she would faint.
"Bullshit. Your act worked on that worthless, thieving bastard, but it won't work on me."
Act? Undoubtedly, this was a death-experience hallucination. The power of his voice combined with his thick accent made her want to obey his order and roll over so she could put a face with the voice. She placed her palm on the floor in order to push up, but it slipped out from under her in the slick pool of her blood spreading across the grungy vinyl tiles. She whimpered as her chest slammed painfully back to the floor.
His voice rumbled near her ear. "Weak, pathetic creature."
She cried out as she was yanked roughly onto her back.
"Open your eyes!" the deep voice commanded. "Do it. Stop wasting my time."
Dressed in black, a magnificent tower of a man with ebony hair stood astride her, hands on his hips. He was scowling — eyes narrowed. He leaned closer and stared. Surely, this beautiful male creature was the angel of death, come to release her from the pain.
She looked into his gold eyes, glad this would be her last memory. She would leave life with the image of this perfect face in her mind and his forceful voice in her brain. Even through the mirage-like haze of pain, she noticed the well-developed muscles in his arms as he reached behind his head and drew out a long, brilliant sword from a sheath behind his back. He held it over his head like a knight from Arthurian Legend, the glimmering tip of the blade pointing down at her chest.
The pain felt like it was far away as she focused on his beautiful, fearsome form. Elena found herself calm rather than frightened as she stared up at the amazing creature preparing to plunge a sword into her heart.
She had never envisioned death like this. She had always assumed it was a horrible, shattering experience. This was ...almost pleasant.
"I'm ready," she whispered.
A puzzled expression crossed his face. "I can't understand you. If you have last words, spit the blood out of your mouth so you can speak."
She closed her eyes, beginning to slip away under the surface of unconsciousness. Strong fingers on her jaw jerked her head to the side.
"Spit!" he ordered.
She smiled at the memory of the beautiful face of her angel of death as she succumbed to the darkness.CHAPTER 2
The lights were bright enough to shine pink through Elena's closed eyelids. No pain. Certainly this was heaven.
"Miss Arcos?" It was a woman's voice. Alto. Sweet.
Elena felt too good to open her eyes. The last thing she remembered was the searing pain of the gunshot wounds, and then his golden eyes. "Mmm hmm?" She remembered a sword ...
"Miss Arcos, are you awake?"
"Mmm hmm." And the body of a god.
"There are two investigators here to talk to you about the robbery."
Nope. Not heaven. She opened her eyes to find a woman staring at her from the end of the bed. She was in her midfifties, wearing cranberry medical scrubs with her short, brown hair pulled back with barrettes.
Elena shot bolt upright. The hospital. Damn. She marveled again that there was no pain as she reached behind her to pull the open back of the gown together.
Maybe she had dreamed the whole convenience store robbery — gorgeous, golden-eyed death angel and all.
When she reached up to run her hands through her hair, her fingers got tangled. She pulled her blood-matted curls over her shoulder to examine them. Her blonde hair was darkened with sticky, dried blood. She could hardly find her voice. "What happened?"
The nurse shifted nervously at the foot of the bed. "You've been unconscious for a while."
"What happened to me?"
"Well, that's what the investigators are trying to find out. May I bring them in? They've been waiting a long time to talk to you."
Investigators? The last thing she needed was to be interrogated. What in the world had happened anyway? If she wasn't dead, then she was the one who needed answers, not them.
The nurse pushed a button on the side rail, raising the head of the bed so that Elena was sitting up. She pulled the covers up to her neck as the nurse left to summon the police investigators. As she replayed the robbery in her mind, she could find no explanation for what was happening.
She was dead.
There was no way she could have lived through the second shot. And if she had, she certainly wouldn't be pain-free like this. But she was covered in blood — at least her hair was.
She had to get out of here. She looked around the room in an attempt to figure out which hospital she was in, but it was just a typical ER exam room. Could have been any one of the Houston Medical Center anchors.
Ah ha! A Central Hospital OSHA protocol was plastered to the cabinet in the nurses' station — just like the one that hung on her lab door at work. She could see the poster through the glass wall at the end of the room. So private — like a fish tank. At least she was in the hospital she worked for.
Elena jerked the rough sheet higher under her chin. Through the glass wall, she saw the nurse leading two men toward her room. They joked and laughed with each other until they reached the door, where they became somber and businesslike.
Both of them were somewhere between forty-five and fifty. As if they had planned their outfits in advance, they both wore short-sleeved button-downs and tan slacks. The shorter one with sandy-colored hair spoke first. "Miss Arcos, my name is Jack Knowles, and this is Edward Gonzalez. We're investigators with the HPD Robbery/Homicide Division. May we ask you a couple of questions?"
Elena crossed her legs under the covers. "Um, sure." Why, she wondered, did she feel like she'd done something wrong? She should be glad these guys were trying to find the asshole who had shot her and the store clerk. Instead, her instincts were screaming that she should be wary and guarded. She shook her head to clear it. These were the good guys, right?
Detective Gonzalez walked around to the other side of her bed, so that she was flanked on either side, like they were setting her up for a game of keep away. Her heart raced as Detective Knowles placed a laptop computer on a tray table near her bed and slid it in front of her.
"What happened to you in the store?" the dark, stocky Detective Gonzales asked as he flipped open a small notebook like something out of a dime-store detective novel. His brow furrowed as he studied her.
She got the distinct feeling these guys thought she was a part of the robbery. The instinct to remain guarded flared again.
"I don't really know what happened. There was a guy with a gun," she muttered, closing her eyes.
"Do you know the man with the gun?" Knowles asked.
The computer drive whirred to life. "No."
Gonzalez's voice came from the other side. "How did blood get in your hair and on your clothes?"
She kept her eyes closed. She was right; with one on each side, they were playing verbal keep away — or at this pace, ping-pong. She didn't want to play. She was dead.
"Miss Arcos?" It was Knowles. "How did you get covered in blood?"
"I've no idea. I thought he had shot me, but I guess I was wrong." Her answer was feeble, and she knew it. Telling these guys about the sexy death angel would guarantee her a trip to the funny farm — at the very least a heavy-duty psych evaluation, which would delay her discharge from the hospital. She kept her eyes closed in some kind of denial of reality
The nurse's voice came from across the room. "Detectives, the test results are back. It is human blood on the patient's body and clothes, and it matches her blood type."
Elena assumed Gonzalez was speaking because the voice came from his side of the playing field. "Miss Arcos. We need to get some answers from you. Please open your eyes and cooperate."
How did you explain the unexplainable? She had been shot. Twice. She should be dead. Maybe if she cooperated, they would go away. These are the good guys, she reminded herself. She opened her eyes and looked at the detective named Knowles. She gasped.
Sitting on the counter behind him was her angel of death from the convenience store. He was wearing black jeans and a black leather vest with no shirt. Strange markings covered his arms, neck, and chest, like tattoos in an alien language or something. The gold hilt of his sword peeked from over his shoulder. Maybe he had failed the first time and was here to claim her.
From his casual perch on the counter, the death angel gave her a smile. The impact was devastating. Elena's heart ripped into hyperdrive. It wasn't a "hey, good to see you" kind of smile. It was a devious, "I know something you don't know" smile. He was dangerous — and she knew it. Dangerous and irresistible. Her body came to life as if electrified. She shifted uncomfortably on the hard hospital bed and recrossed her legs.
The detectives seemed oblivious to the sword-wielding man's presence mere feet from them. In fact, Detective Knowles set his notepad on the counter inches from the death angel's thigh. He was invisible to them.
I'm crazy. There was no other explanation.
"Miss Arcos, why don't we start with some basic information," Detective Knowles suggested, clicking a ballpoint pen.
Elena answered questions about her age, address, contact numbers, and other personal information, while the detective scribbled on a form on a clipboard. "How are you feeling?" he asked as he flipped the page over.
"Like I want to go home."
The man with the sword was no longer on the counter. She scanned the room and couldn't find him. She chewed her bottom lip as Knowles inserted a disc in the laptop on the tray table in front of her. Out of nowhere, the death angel appeared at her shoulder, causing her to flinch and whack her knees on the table drawn across her bed. He leaned forward, studying her mouth, only inches from her face. She stopped chewing her lip and drew her mouth into a tight line. Oh God. What was that smell? It was him. He smelled as good as he looked, like leather and something else — some kind of cologne or soap.
She stared at the death angel's scowling face. Gorgeous, angular, with a day's growth of beard dusting his jaw line. "Who are you?" she whispered.
Detective Gonzalez patted her hand. "We're investigators. We're trying to figure out what happened to you in the store."
She found herself unable to draw her eyes away from the dark stranger who had backed up and was now leaning against the wall. Why couldn't they see him? He had a smirk on his face, which made her heart hammer. "I want to go home," she whispered.
"After we watch the disc from the surveillance camera in the store, we'll leave you alone. We're hoping you'll be able to clarify what's happening as we watch it," Detective Knowles said.
The man with the sword moved to the end of the bed. He appeared to be looking at her eyes. Not into them, like someone would if they were trying to communicate. No. He was looking at her eyes, as if he were studying a pinned bug specimen. Elena squirmed like that bug as she managed to pull her eyes away from the death angel.
Detective Knowles punched some keys on the laptop, and the disc began to play. There was no audio. On the screen, she watched herself enter the store. The camera had filmed from the corner where the mirror was mounted. She watched as she walked straight to the candy aisle. Detective Knowles paused the disc.
"It looks like you are familiar with the store. Why were you there?" Knowles asked.
"I was getting a Milky Way bar."
Gonzalez smiled. "Do you do this often?"
It was obvious he thought she was lying. "Yes. I have hypoglycemia — low blood sugar — I need candy when it gets bad."
It was Knowles's turn to lob the ball across the court. "So, you've been to this store before?"
"How many times?" Gonzalez seemed to enjoy the game more than Knowles. Grinning, he leaned against the bedrail, close enough for her to smell cigarette smoke clinging to his clothes.
"Um. Pretty much every day for the last three weeks."
Knowles's turn again. "Why for three weeks?"
She groaned. If only she knew. "My blood sugar has been out of whack since I started working at the hospital," she explained, smoothing the top of the sheet into a neat, straight fold. "The store is the first place to buy chocolate on my way home."
Gonzalez asked, "What do you do at the hospital?"
"I'm a research biologist in the hematology lab."
Gonzalez must have forgotten it wasn't his turn in the keep away game, because he continued the questioning. "What is your job in the lab?"
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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. * * * 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. Review: What a Fantastic read! I had read Ms.Clarke's contemporary romance not long ago and thought that it was a great read, but I think her true calling is in the supernatural world. She wove a exciting read that really had me hooked from the first page! This story is full of action, including quite literally the first page where Elena is shot and dying in a convenience store robbery to the end where she is at the wrong end of Fydor's blade. In between these two life changing events for Elena, she really comes into her own as the Uniter and finds true love with Nik. I really loved the whole world building and thought the author did an excellent job in painting a picture of this world she envisioned. I really loved Elena, even though she had all these life altering events thrown at her in a matter of days, she kicks butt! Elena is tough, smart and not one to take things lying down, just what I love in a heroine. Of course, we cannot forget about Nik, yummy Nik. He has his share of life changing events, including a mate who is supposed to be his enemy and an uncle who has betrayed him and everyone else. Elena and Nik are perfect for each other in their strengths and weaknesses and the love between them is so evident in their actions. This is a wonderfully written and well-rounded story and I cannot wait to see what else happens in this world. 5Stars
Marissa Clarke has developed a new world full of danger and adventure that will draw you in right from the beginning. Elena Arcos never even knew this hidden world existed until the night she almost died. Now she's on the run from those who want to kill her and she finds out that she is the uniter, whatever that is suppose to be. And if all that isn't enough to take in she is being bossed around all over the world by a hot jerk who keeps threatening to kill her named Nikolai. I was pulled into this book within the first chapter and I couldn't put it down. I loved the tension between Elena and Nikolai. I always have a hard time typing reviews to express how I feel about a book but I talk about this book to everyone who will listen. I found myself talking to the characters like they were right in front of me. And when I talk to a book it's one I feel others need to know about. If you haven't picked this book up you need to. Trust me. This book gets The Crazy Booksellers stamp for excellent series starter.
Funny, sexy and full of adventure, Love Me to Death by Marissa Clarke is the first book in her new paranormal series. Ms. Clarke has built an extraordinary paranormal world, The Underviel, populated with characters that leap off the page and a strong storyline that will surprise readers and keep their fingers anxiously turning the pages. Elena Arcos is an ordinary woman working as a research scientist who is thrown into an extraordinary world she never knew existed. After surviving shooting at a convenience store, she meets Nikolai Itzof, the powerful and handsome Slayer whose been given orders from his uncle the king to kill Elena. Fate intervenes when it’s discovered that Elena is not merely a human turning into an evil creature, but much more. And if the prophesy is true, the fate of both the human world and the Underveil rests on her shoulders. Nikolai now must protect the woman he’s sworn to kill and help uncover her identity while fighting the uncontrollable desire he feels for Elena. Their personalities clash and their mutual attraction sizzles as Elena and Nicolai search for clues, dodge assassins and yes, fall in love. Even though this story is centered on Elena and Nikolai’s journey, Ms. Clarke introduces us to a cast of fascinating secondary characters that will leave readers pining away for future stories. Love Me to Death is fabulous introduction to this new series and I can’t wait to return to the compelling world of The Underveil in future books.
I must say this book has the best begining ever. I loved it so much that I had to keep reading. It was pretty good book and didn't disappoint me at all. It is a paranormal novel set in a world of supernatural. It was a fun read. Plot was exceptional and I liked all the characters especially time folder's, I hope there will be a book about him as well and soon. :) Story revolves around Elena and Nikolai. Elena is human but she can see underveil i.e. she can see the supernatural beings roaming unoticed by humans. Nikolai is an immortal and he has a task. His task is to kill Elena. But then he find out that she is human and there doesn't seem to be any evil in her. Therefore, he couldn't kill her. Now they are both n the run from the king who wants to kill them both. He is evil and wants to rule the world. As the story unfolds a lot is revealed about Elena and her destiny as the "uniter", she is the chosen one who will save both world from evil. There are a number of characters in this novel which will keep readers interested. Its truely an amazing paranormal story. And a story of the chosen one, which I love a lot. If you are looking for a book full of mystery, intrigue, romance, drama, thrill and action then this one is definitely for you.
4 - "The knowledge is mine. The discovery is yours." Stars! Love Me to Death is the second book I have read by Marissa Clarke in recent months and after being massively impressed with her first contemporary romance offering, I had high expectations for the first book in the Underveil series. She didn’t let me down, if you are looking for a Kick-ass high energy, lotsa-sexy PNR read, then this is a book you want to add to your TBR. ”Kiss your regular life good-bye, princess.” Elena and Nik were an absolute joy to read, snarky and sexy together, their banter had me giggling at points. He may initially want to kill her, but she certainly doesn’t just sit back and let him take control. ”Is chauvinism 101 a required course for all slayers, or is it reserved for royalty?” Oh but I loved Nikolai, dirty mouth, dirty boy, a fighter, all hard and sexy on the outside, but soft and oh so sweet and vulnerable on the inside. Wanting her was in complete opposition to his nature and purpose. There is a lot of story being told in this book and as the chapters pass your are introduced to an absolute wealth of characters, some of them are more involved than others at this time, but as the base point for the beginning of a series, Marissa has set the premise and the initial character development up with the potential for a massive amount of scope for future books. ”I’ll show you good,” … “I’ll show you great,” … “In fact, I’ll show you the stars.” The Underveil is definitely somewhere I want to revisit again really soon. There is a certain Big Bad Vlad that I want to know more about! ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
A very GREAT start for a NEW serie! A well written paranormal romance book I really enjoyed reading. It was well paced action packed read with strong characters. It had shifters, vampires and all kinds of paranormal beings.
I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to more in the series.
Love Me to Death left me with a very promising first impression. It was fast-paced, had interesting characters, humor, very good suspense and action, a few surprises, but above all it was very entertaining. Elena Arcos hadn't really been living. If it hadn't been for her getting shot during a convenience store robbery, she may have never faced that epiphany head on. Not much was revealed about her life before all the paranormal activity. She had no family except for her Aunt Uza, she worked in a research lab in hematology, she'd had one serious relationship and apparently no friends or anyone close enough to check up on her. She handled the craziness happening around her and to her surprisingly well. I liked her feistiness and growth throughout the story. Nikolai Itzov, Descendant of Azrael and a Slayer wasn't exactly kind towards Elena in the beginning until he realized who she was to him. I liked all the different sides to his character and his development. From not wanting to fall for Elena but not being able to help himself. And the nice thing was, it didn't happen in an instant just because he found out she was his mate. It happened gradually with a lot of ups and downs. One of his sweetest traits was trying to help her figure out who and what she was. Then there were the revelations that he'd misjudged those closest to him and trying to find ways to make amends. I liked their (sexual) chemistry, and it didn't overpower the story. The sex scenes weren't plentiful or thrown in as filler. They had the right amount of heat (with biting) to keep my interest and not feel like I wanted to skip them. Elena had a tough task of getting Nikolai to ease up on his alpha male protectiveness, but she handled him well. I also enjoyed the times when she stepped up to the plate and had to save him. I loved all the side characters in this story. Aunt Uza was so whacky she was funny. She reminded me a little of Nix from Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark. Stefan, the Time Folder, was a great character because he loved to rile up Nikolai whenever he could. Also, the set-up for his story and his fated mate was interesting and the consequences of their union. I really want to read Vlad's story though. He was dangerously sexy and I wonder if him and Aleksandra could be...maybe....I need to know! Aleksandra got nicer as the story went on, though I did have my doubts about her. The situation between her, her mother and Fydor made me a little squeamish though, especially once the relations dawned on me). A few things didn't add up for me, but this was a great start to a new series. I definitely want to follow up with the next book. *Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for the purpose of an honest review.*
Love Me to Death is the first in what looks to be an exciting new Paranormal fantasy romance series. This book starts out with a bang and then takes off. There is the world of humans and then there is the world of the Underveil filled with all kinds of paranormal folk. I got a real kick out of watching both Nikolai and Elena grow and there are some really fun secondary characters I look forward to getting to know better. I will admit to not liking Nik very much but as he grew so I grew to care.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters was so interesting that you do not want to stop reading. It was a paranormal lovers dream.
Reading this was fast,fun and twisted.
Hope there is another one.
Reviewed by Angela and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Nikolai Itzov was set on his goals; kill the girl and avenge his father’s death. Unfortunately, Fate has other plans for him. After seeing Elena and making a connection, he couldn’t do it. For all the times, he had gone to battle and killed, he just couldn’t do it. The question is, what is the reason for his unlikely error? Elena is just another girl…or, so she thought. She keeps under the radar, but mostly by choice. She decided a while ago that she just wanted to live a simple life. After meeting Nicolai, the Angel of Death her eyes are opened to magical beings she never thought existed. Worst, she is a part of that world, and she didn’t even know it. Ms. Clarke surprised me with her new paranormal world. The story was filled with magic, vamps, angels, and time planes making it perfect for a PNR reader such as myself. I thought the humor was done well, and the sexy was just the right amount. There was a hint of angst and annoyance between Nicolai and Elena, but it was enough to keep me interested and intrigued. Overall, their romance was sweet despite Nikolai’s denial of his feelings. It was rather cute. The backstory will keep you intrigued wanting more of the next installment, Love Me to Death is a great start to this new series. *ARC provided by publisher
Loved the book , not like just other of this genre, must read
Meh,it was ok. Didn't do a whole lot for me.
Elaina is sent to meet her maker and instead thrown in to a different world very much different from her own. Nickoli wants to hate her, but can't help instead of wanting to kiss her! The characters are very loveable and you can't help but keep turning the page. Very good book to read. This appears to be the first in the series and I will be looking forward to the rest of the books in the series. I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Every now and then a book will come along and blow you away. For me, Love Me to Death was that book. The book goes above and beyond my favorite paranormal romance read, and that’s saying a lot. Simply put, Love Me to Death is AMAZING! Filled with strong characters, intrigue/suspense, passion and heart pounding moments; the book grabs you from the very beginning. Be prepared to be shocked and blown away. When you think you know what’s going to happen, think again. Love Me to Death is the first book in a new series from Marissa Clarke. I personally think the book and the story is complete. I don’t see where else she can take the characters. But I do know who the next book is going to focus on and I CAN’T wait to read it. **Received a copy from the Entangled, in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**
Holy cow! I think this book managed to put just about everything I love about paranormal romance into one pretty package that I couldn't put down. Elena was perfectly written. I loved how she freaked out about everything at first - so believable. I hate when a human is introduced to the paranormal world and they are just like "ya, ok, that's cool." Come on - if you found out vampires and other crazy things existed you would freak out just like she did! It was perfect. It also takes her awhile to wrap her head around all the new things she's learning, and it sure doesn't help that Nikolai is supposed to rescuing her so that he can kill her. I'd be confused, too. Nikolai is just as confused, but more because he has been misled. He knows in his gut that Elena isn't his enemy, but has heard for so long how horrible she is (yeah right) that he's very conflicted on what to do next. Thank goodness fate seems to get in the way and solve some of these problems while creating about a hundred more. There's a good reason this book is just over 400 pages long - because the author needed every word of it to create such a great romance story. But that isn't where it ends! Yes, it gets better. All those hard core urban fantasy lovers out there get a kick butt world that is stuck in a war that the humans just don't realize is going on yet. In fact, the humans not knowing about the Underveil is the very point of the whole war. There are some really fun characters that I want to see more of. Aunt Uza was a riot - a hysterical crazy cat lady with a very fun twist. I wish my cats did what her's did. There is lots of action, both sexy style and good old fashioned battle style. This is where Marissa Clarke's world building really shines. The way all the factions work together and against each other is quite beautifully written. With everything wrapping up into a great blow out of an ending. I am hooked. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*