Till Death

Till Death

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A 2017 RT Reviewer's Choice Nominee for Best Romantic Suspense!

 

In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . .

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

 

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

 

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062362797
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 40,664
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jennifer L. Armentrout (also known as J. LYNN) is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Wait for You and the Young Adult Lux and Covenant series, among other books. She writes steamy and fun New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. She is published with Entangled Teen and Brazen, SHP, Disney/Hyperion, and Harlequin Teen.

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Till Death 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I have to say this wasn't one of my favorites from her. I usually really love her books but this book was suppose to be thrilling and suspenseful. It didn't get really good til about the last 10 chapters and even then I'm not sure what to think about it. I can't really say I had a favorite part or that any one piece really stood out to me the most. I do the the plot just wished it was executed better.
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
When I started this book, I'll be honest, I didn't think I was going to enjoy it. I wasn't really in the mood for a murder mystery type book, but it was my Book Club book. I was pleasantly surprised, however, and I ended up LOVING it. It's also my first book by this author, but it's obvious that I must read more! The focus of the first part of the book is on establishing a bit of history for the main character and setting up some strange happenings that get the reader trying to figure out what is going on. About midway through the book though, we get introduced to a bit of a love story that's going along side by side with the bigger murder mystery theme. Usually, I would cling to the love story and be a bit bored and maybe even skim the mystery/crime bits if I'm in the mood for romance over mystery (which I was at this point in time.) I'm glad that wasn't the case this time, because the author was so descriptive in her writing and made me really want to know what was going on and "whodunit" so to speak. I also love that even up until the end I was clueless as to who was behind everything. When the bomb dropped I gasped and covered my mouth like was in some dramatic movie! I love when stories can shock you to your core like that. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a romantic suspense book, but also anyone who enjoys crime fiction/murder mysteries or contemporary romances. I think it will pull lovers of either genre in and grip them until the very last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BookingAroundReveiw More than 1 year ago
Romance books aren't quite my cup of tea unless they''re written by an author I really enjoy. For me, Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of those authors. If she writes it then I'm reading it, I don't care what it's about because I know that no matter what I'll love it because Jen's writing is fantastic. One of the things I really enjoyed about Till Death is that it isn't your average romance novel. It has an edgy, thriller-mystery side to it that consistently leaves you on your toes! This book has you grabbing at your pages for more from the very beginning. It starts you off with a prologue where we get read from the view point of a murdering psychopath who's back with a vengeance. I mean who doesn't want more with an intro like that one? "There were two types of death. Actual death, like the kind this poor woman had suffered, where the body and soul and everything was gone. Then there was the second kind of death- where the soul was stripped away, but the body continued on, going day to day, just existing in a shell of what once was." Sasha Keeton is comming back to her small town home, it's been ten years since she was kidnapped by the Groom and she's yet to return home since. Till now. It's been a long journey for her, overcoming what she experienced wasn't easy and it still isn't. She learns to battle through her past in order to live her future but what if her past comes back to haunt her? Luckily for Sasha the oh-so-attractive Cole still has his eyes set on her. With the help of her mom, best friend, and Cole, Sasha works to fight off her inner demons. View the rest of my review on my blog, here: http://booking-around.weebly.com/home/book-review-16-till-death
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Sasha is back in Berkeley County and it's her first time in ten years. She finally manages to return to her mother's inn and she's there to stay. She had a good reason to leave. She's the only girl who escaped the Groom, a crazy serial killer who captured her and held her hostage until she managed to get away. Sasha left the nightmares of her hometown behind and started over somewhere else. She kept in touch with her mother and her best friends, but was too broken to keep the relationship with her boyfriend Cole going. Sasha lost a lot because of the Groom, but hopes a new start will make her feel at home again now that she's back where she feels she belongs. From the moment she arrives, however, bad things are happening to her. Fortunately Cole isn't a helpless bystander this time. He's an FBI agent and has sworn to protect her. He still loves Sasha and hopes that by spending time with her she will let him make up for the mistakes he thinks he made in the past. Unfortunately he can't be by her side all day. Will he indeed be able to keep Sasha safe this time, when something sinister is happening to her once more? Sasha is a kindhearted woman with an admirable amount of willpower and determination. She's incredibly strong and resilient and she can stand up for herself. That doesn't mean she doesn't have scars though. The Groom is still very much alive in her nightmares and he haunts most of her nights. What Sasha went through is heartbreaking and very scary and Jennifer L. Armentrout makes her world come alive in such a vivid manner that I was genuinely spooked. The relationship between Sasha and Cole ended when she left both him and Berkeley County behind her. Cole doesn't want to let Sasha get away again and he tries to be there for her when she needs him. I immediately loved his chivalrous nature. He's with her whenever he can, but it's when he is away Sasha is constantly in danger. Someone is keeping a close eye on her and nothing is as it seems. Who is after her and why? This is a question that's there from the beginning of the novel until the very end. Slowly the truth comes to light in a fabulous creepy way. I liked the combination of romance and suspense and think this book has both in equal measure. Jennifer L. Armentrout writes about feelings in a beautiful intimate way. It gives me the indea I'm very close to her main characters when I'm reading one of her novels and that's what I enjoy the most about them. It's like being inside their minds, being able to listen to their thoughts, see what they see and hear what they hear. I love that aspect of her stories. This made Till Death a compelling and thrilling story for me. It's a fantastic emotional rollercoaster filled with danger, true love and secrets.
Rayne Perdue More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters are likable and the story keeps you questing to the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love a good mystery and romance
ARow More than 1 year ago
A different, but still so JLA-style story about strength, acceptance, betrayal and second chances. The only survivor who managed to escape the infamous serial killer Groom, Sasha Keeton sometimes questions her luck. "There were two types of death. Actual death, like the kind this poor woman had suffered, where the body and soul and everything was gone. Then there was the second kind of death—where the soul was stripped away, but the body continued on, going day to day, just existing in a shell of what once was." Ten years ago she broke off almost every connection she had with the place that still gives her nightmares. Her family, friends, boyfriend were all left behind as she tried to erase the scariest chapter of her life. A decade of running is a long time, and eventually Sasha finds herself back home, on the steps of the family inn she always dreamt of running. She's older now; exhausted from not living the life she wants, Sasha tries to stay strong as the past keeps making attempts of sending her into running again. A strange feeling of being watched, hostile comments from locals and pranks that mess with her head might be too much for Sasha to deal with. But she's surrounded by people who want her there, one of them being Detective Cole Landis, a boyfriend she left behind ten years ago. If you have read other JLA's books, you'll understand when I say Cole Landis is author's signature book boyfriend. If you haven't - well... you are missing out a lot. JLA makes it almost impossible to not like main male characters in her stories (except for Jax, in my opinion, but that's a different story :) ). Watching Sasha and Cole interact is both intriguing and highly entertaining. The couple has a history, even if not a very long one, it makes you hold a breath every time you think you are witnessing "that" turn in their relationship. It's a bittersweet felling when you think about all the time that was wasted, but trust me, they make up for that time. I must admit I haven't read a lot of suspense novels, but since it's Jennifer L Armentrout I was sure I wouldn't be disappointed. It's creepy enough to keep you on your toes, but it's still has lots of romance. Now, why only four stars? In the very beginning of the book I had a problem with some inconsistency in Sasha's behavior. One moment she was paranoid that someone was watching her from behind the trees, and another- something strange and spooky happens and she doesn't question it or have any second thoughts about it. There were couple other things that were mentioned in the novel that seemed significant but they were never spoken about again or led to anything. Overall I'm super excited about this new genre the author decided to explore and definitely looking forward to read more stories like this one in the future! ***an ARC provided for an honest review**
StephanieFriend More than 1 year ago
"Never say Never." This book was everything thing I hoped it would be. There was romance and there was definitely suspense. Jennifer has an amazing way of setting up her characters. Building their back stories and making them come to life. I'm pretty sure I had to sleep with a light on after reading this one. The plot of this book was dead on. I loved the Inn as the setting and Sasha returning to town after a long ten year absence. The relationship between Sasha and her mom, as well as her friends Miranda and Jason were genuine. You could feel the missing years between them. I want a bestfriend like Miranda! Cole Landis. Oh Cole!! He is such a strong male character. I love the slow burn between him and Sasha. Starts of slowly and builds. Absolutely one of my new book boyfriends. When Sasha sees Cole for the first time after so many years, who wouldn't feel the automatic pull? Can you say suspense?? I started the book in the morning and completed it late in the evening. Close to midnight. I found myself looking over my shoulder. Second guessing what was happening and even reading faster so I could find out the truth. Even got goosebumps reading the last few chapters. Again, pretty sure I needed a night light after reading this! All in all this was a wonderfully suspenseful book! Just the right amount of sexy in it (Sigh, oh Cole). Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! Jenn is an amazing writer and you can pick that up through any of her books!
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I love this author. She is my favorite. So, of course I wanted to read this book. But I've seen a few people question whether they will read it because it's not this authors normal fare. And I want to address that concern first. This book is different. It uses suspense instead of angst to draw two people back together. But at it's core, it's a second chance romance. It's a JLA book with kissing and yumminess. Blended perfectly with that second chance romance is the suspense of what is happening in this small town. Yes, there is a murderer on the loose and the clues are far and wide. It's thoroughly enjoyable to try and piece the clues together trying to figure out who the murderer is. And it's equally as enjoyable to watch Cole become more and more protective of Sasha as they reconnect. If you have enjoyed JLA books in the past, don't miss this one. It's every bit as good as her other books. Speaking of Cole and Sasha, I love them both. Cole has regretted letting Sasha slip from his life for ten years. That's a mistake he won't be making again and it doesn't matter how many walls she puts up - he's knocking them down. Gorgeous and protective, he is one sexy cop. And Sasha? She's so strong. It's taken her time to start living again after what happened ten years ago but she's not going to stop living this time. I love her willingness to fight, her determination and her trust of Cole. Living, breathing characters, both of them. Just what you'd expect from JLA. The story is a puzzle with hints and clues dropped along the way. I so enjoyed piecing them all together. I had a list of suspects very quickly and dismissed and added them back as events unfolded. I was pretty sure that I had it figured out about 3/4 way through the book but I still kept looking for clues. What a wonderful puzzle that I enjoyed so much. (Shhh- I did figure it out.) But I had to be sure and I read it almost straight through. And I'd read it again - probably will. That's what I expect from JLA too! Yeah, it's different from her normal books but that difference doesn't change the JLAness of it. It's well written with great characters and an intriguing story. That's definitely what you expect from any JLA book. Even if suspense isn't your normal fare, if you love JLA books, then this is one to pick and enjoy!
misscent More than 1 year ago
Another great read from Ms. Armentrout! The story between Sasha and Cole was amazing to read. I literally could not put this book down and I read it in one sitting. There was so much build up in this novel and you are not disappointed at the end. She has an amazing opportunity to heal in this novel after experiencing trauma 10 years prior and watching her growth and the second chance she was given was very satisfying. I have read every book Ms. Armentrout has written and her fans will not be disappointed in this new novel. Definitely recommend!
ASpeakman More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. Romantic & Suspenseful Sasha is very brave for coming back to her hometown after being gone for ten years. Her romance with FBI agent Cole is smoldering hot. My heart raced, not only during the suspenseful scenes, but the romantic ones as well. The "Groom" is super creepy. These characters won't be forgettable. And, I won't be walking anywhere in the dark without my keys in my hand for a long long time, if ever again.
THoffert More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Jennifer Armentrout has done it again! This book is addictive and impossible to put down. This book has characters you will fall in love with. This is a thriller mixed with mystery and romance. This book is to die for. Make sure not to miss Till death by Jennifer Armentrout
Masbjs More than 1 year ago
Sasha Keeton is a survivor. 10 years have passed since her escape from the serial killer known as The Groom. She must now confront her past as she returns home to help her mum run the family business. I loved the characters, especially Sasha's mum, strong, supportive and so funny in some parts. I am a HUGE JLA fan so even though it's not my usual genre, I will always read her books. Till Death is an adult romantic suspense and it does not disappoint. It will keep you guessing till the very end! You might get the "who" or the "why" but you won't unravel everything, at least I didn't! I received this as an ARC which I have voluntarily read in exchange for an honest review.
Livmcc92 More than 1 year ago
What was not to love about this book? The suspense was great. The romance is great. I devoured the book needing to know if I was correct about who the killer was. Jennifer does such a good job of keeping you on the edge of your seat and wanting more that you don't even realize you've just read 100 pages. She does such a good job of weaving the romance into the story. It's important to the plot but not the main focus. It's the perfect amount. It doesn't feel like too much and steal your focus away from the mystery of finding out who killer was. Sasha and Cole are great together. Sasha is finally trying to confront her truly horrific past and Cole is a beautiful part of that tragic past. When she wants to run he keeps her grounded and they're able to work they're demons out together. Jennifer does such a good job of showing the aftermath of surviving something like what happened to Sasha and how it's not all sunshine and rainbows. She gives Sasha real sorrows and guilt and fear and shows that those feelings don't go away right away; everyday is a struggle. She does such a job of showing how it has affected the people that Sasha loves. Her mom who is happy for her to be home but worried about how being home is going to affect her, her best friend who is willing to go to hell and back for her, and the guy who always loved her and gave her space and let her find her own way and recover without be angry and bitter towards her. This book has so much more depth and emotion than I expected. It was awesome and everyone should read it.
Vicki101370 More than 1 year ago
After healing from escaping the clutches of The Groom at 19, Sasha fled home home and cut ties with everyone but her mom and best friend, leaving behind her hometown, college and boyfriend, to try to rebuild herself after the trauma she ran from. She returns ten years later to reclaim the life she was supposed to live, running the family inn with her mom. Her college beau, Cole Landis, is now an FBI agent, and when strange things start happening surrounding Sasha, he's committed to protecting her in the way he couldn't back in college. As their flame rekindles, things begin to escalate in the area that are strangely reminiscent of the events surrounding The Groom from ten years before. Can the police find the culprit behind the strange occurrences before something happens to Sasha? Will Cole and Sasha get the opportunity to explore their re-emerging feelings, or will something, or someone, come between them again? This book is another win by Jennifer L Armentrout. The mystery will leave you on the edge of your seat, all while your wondering who's behind everything happening surrounding Sasha and wondering if she's ever truly safe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book; it was wonderful! I loved Don't Look Back and The Dead List so I knew I would love this one as well. I think this one may even be my favorite of the three. There's still romance in those two, but Till Death had even more. When the book is full of suspense and murder, you need something to lighten it up, and that came in the form of Cole Landis. Just like all other JLA book boyfriends, I absolutely loved Cole. He's a sweet, smart, protective, loving, and overall wonderful guy. His relationship with Sasha was the highlight of the book for me. The storyline of Till Death is so good! It sucked me in right away and it was so hard to put down. There are many twists and turns through out that keep you guessing and wondering what's going to happen next. I was so sad when it was done, I wanted it to just keep going, but sadly it has to end at some point. Another wonderfully fantastic JLA book!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout Publisher: William Morrow Publication Date: February 28, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . . It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago. First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more. But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last. What I Liked: Jennifer L. Armentrout has proven that can write just about any genre and totally rock it. She has written countless Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult novels across many genres - contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, romance, and a combination of all of those. Add romantic suspense to that list! Till Death is very different compared to her other books, but it's easily one of her best books. Sasha Keaton is coming back to her hometown after ten years, to help her mother with her struggling inn. Ten years ago, Sasha was kidnapped by the Groom, but she escaped, becoming the first and only victim to do so. Ten years later, right around the time of her coming back to West Virginia, the kidnappings and murders begin again, and with so many details being exactly like how the Groom used to do things, it can't be a coincidence. Sasha isn't safe, and neither are countless innocent women. Sasha, her mother, her friends, and Cole Landis might not have enough time before this serial killer comes after Sasha for good. This book really delivered on the "suspense" aspect. At first I thought I was going to be reading a carbon copy of Katee Robert's The Devil's Daughter, which just published a month ago. That book was awesome, by the way. There were definitely similarities, but the two books are so different. Both authors really nail the suspense, and the romance too, though I will say that Armentrout slays when it comes to romance, and this book was no exception. From the start, you can tell how much Sasha's traumatic past is still affecting her. She has nightmares, flashbacks, and panic attacks, and just being back make sure shake. But she is not a coward and in many ways, she isn't afraid. I love how strong Sasha is and how much stronger she becomes. As the story unfolds, the case gets weirder and creepier and more connected to Sasha, but she handles everything well. Realistically, and also, well. Suffice it to say, I liked Sasha. I liked her vulnerabilities and her walls. She had every right to be afraid and closed off. But it was nice to see her open up and really live... ... Which a big part of that is because of Cole Landis. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
This is the sort of book I constantly read before I discovered YA, and I always forget how delicious they are. I loved Sasha and Cole. She's so strong and determined. I was rooting for her right from the beginning. Cole is a take charge kind of guy, but he supports Sasha perfectly. I truly enjoyed their relationship. There were a few short chapters from the killer's POV and those were delightfully creepy. I loved the reveals and the twists and the final chapters. Oh, and the epilogue was damn near perfection. I hope JLA writes more books like this because I'll definitely be reading them. **Huge thanks William Morrow for providing the arc free of charge**
Julalicious More than 1 year ago
What can I say about this book without giving too much away? Well, one that it was a quick and awesome reading. I got hooked from the start and I needed to get to the end to see how it would all wrap up. Sasha Keeton is a survivor. She was the only one who escaped The Groom. Coming back to her old hometown wasn’t an easy decision, but she does it for her mother. Finding herself back home should have brought some sense of peace that everything was over, but unfortunately for our main character, the past just won’t let go of her. Her return doesn’t go as smoothly as she hoped since many incidents happen from her car being vandalized to finding a dead animal in her mom’s car. Throughout the book, you will want to know who, why and most importantly, will they find out before it’s too late? Sasha’s character spoke volume to me because she went through a lot and she is still standing, even if it’s on shaky legs. She has been more like going through the motion for the past ten years, but coming home was what she needed to start living again even if everything seems to tell her to leave town and never look back. She will make you go through a lot of emotions as the story develops and things start becoming more and more complicated. Of course, you can't have a book from Jennifer L. Armentrout without a little bit of romance. So if you were feeling hesitant as if you should or shouldn't get into this book because you fear the lack of romance, take this idea out of your head. Cole Landis will give you what you crave for. Believe me when I say you will all want a Cole Landis. From the moment he reappeared in her life, Cole has been nothing but patient with Sasha even when she was trying to do everything to push him away. He is there for her whenever she needs it and he shows her that she can trust him; can count on him. He has obvious guilt for what happened to her, but there is more than just guilt; he has never been able to forget her. He wants to do right by her and he is genuinely just a good guy. As I am trying to keep this review spoiler free, I will add that you will love some of the other characters, you will hate others and some of them will leave you confused. All of these characters will bring something to the story and I won’t lie, I wouldn’t mind having some novellas about some of them, either from their past or future events because they made that kind of impact on me for wanting more from them. So yes, I do recommend you plunge head first into this story. You will be asking for more as you finish chapter after chapter. Jennifer L. Armentrout gave us another awesome book with interesting characters and a story that will keep you on your toes.
TeresaMaryRose More than 1 year ago
We all know that I am a big JLA fan so I’m sure it will come as no surprise that I loved Till Death. This book was a great blend of romance and suspense and it really keeps you turning pages. It has a great cast of characters and an on the edge of your seat plot. Sasha is a great heroine and I loved her. I loved her because she is incredibly strong and a fighter. She has lived through horrors and she is so strong in facing her fears and learning to live. And of course I adored Cole. JLA is the queen of swoony book boyfriends and of course Cole was no exception to this rule. He is determined to break through Sasha’s walls now that he has a second chance and that determination of his is so endearing. Till Death was great because it does a really good job of balancing the romance with the suspense. As a reader you will be equally invested in both. I loved watching Sasha and Cole get their second chance, but I also loved the suspense and the twists and turns along the way. I was pretty proud of myself for correctly guessing who the Groom was because I don’t think it was easy and I really doubted myself along the way. There are a ton of twists and turns and things that seem to be connected aren’t and things that seem to have no connection do. All the aspects connected to deliver an edge of your seat read. Once things really kicked into gear, I couldn’t stop reading. Till Death was another great JLA read and I hope we get more suspense driven reads from her in the future. Once again she delivered a read that’s easy to devour.
Kristas_Dust_Jacket More than 1 year ago
Till Death is nothing like any other book by Jennifer L. Armentrout that I've ever read before, but absolutely no less incredible. The suspense, the mystery, the romance - all are ramped up and on full display for the entirety of the story. I love the characters Jennifer has created here - they're real and they're striking. And they're all going to stay with me for a long while. Sasha Keaton is the girl who lived. No - this isn't THAT story. A decade ago, She's the only one who survived The Groom - a serial killer that also ended up dead at the end of the ordeal. But, the damage to Sasha's psyche was done. Although she had a mother, friends and a budding relationship with an amazing guy, she left West Virginia for Atlanta. But, now her mother needs her help with the family business, so Sasha's coming home. Her mother and friends are thrilled that she's home, but none is more happy than that boy she was dating before being kidnapped. Cole Landis has lived his life, having become a local cop and having other relationships, but he never forgot Sasha, and now that she's back, he's determined to embrace this second chance with her. But, when women start turning up dead like the first time, and Sasha appears to be on his list once again. But, this time, she has people to lean on and Cole to help take care of her. I promise you - Till Death with grab you, freak you out, give you all the warm fuzzies, and then let you go with the biggest book hangover ever. At its heart, Till Death is an epic second chance love story. Sasha and Cole had a real shot at a relationship before she was kidnapped, and then she left town and it seemed she would never return. Cole had always regretted not being able to protect Sasha from The Groom, but he never had an opportunity to make things right again. Now that Sasha's back, Cole institutes a full-court press to get her back. It's so obvious that their connection hasn't faded even with time and distance. Jen Armentrout is so incredibly good at creating couples with this crazy chemistry. At the heart of whatever she writes is always an epic love story. And yes, the arc in this book is all about The Groom and who he is and who he might kill next. But, the push and pull between Sasha and Cole and their rediscovery of each other and Sasha's rediscovery of herself - with Cole's help - is the real magic here. Till Death is told almost entirely from Sasha's POV. There are a few flashbacks that help explain what happened to her ten years earlier at the hand of The Groom, but most of it is told in present day. We do get a few snippets from The Groom's POV, which just upped the creepy factor to delicious heights. They were the perfect addition - it wasn't too much, but rather just the right amount to keep me completely engaged. Although there's a certain heaviness to Till Death that we don't usually see in Jen Armentrout's books, she also gives us some levity in the form of interactions between Sasha and her two BFFs and, especially, the progression of her newly rekindled relationship with Cole. Those moments of tenderness, sweetness, and most certainly sexiness, were blended with the mystery and suspense to make the perfect story designed to keep you on the edge of your seat and swooning from extreme feels. I absolutely loved everything about Till Death.
SiobhanDavisAuthor More than 1 year ago
A gripping suspenseful read with a fantastic romance to boot, Till Death is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. I was very intrigued to read this book as it's a new departure for Jennifer Armentrout and I was interested to see how she would pull it off. Well, my reigning fave author has just proven she can turn her hand to any genre and deliver a knock-out story. Sasha fled her hometown ten years ago in the aftermath of a hideous kidnapping at the hands of the serial killer known as The Groom. She left behind a mother and a boyfriend she loved and started a new life away from all the horrific memories. But she returns home to the Inn she has always dreamed of running and things pretty much pick up where they left off. Her college boyfriend is now hot FBI agent Cole Landis and his reappearance in her life the minute she shows up in town tells you all you need to know. Their romance was cut short due to her ordeal ten years ago and it's obvious both of them never forgot the other. Any fans of JLA that are worried about lack of romance - let me reassure you, you will not be disappointed. Cole and Sasha are an amazing couple and their chemistry is electrifying. They reconnect slowly but surely and it was an integral part of the plot. Cole feels like he let Sasha down ten years ago so he's determined to protect her this time. And, boy, does she need it because strange things are happening around her and women are missing, and it's clear that she is being targeted again. Cole is one of the best book boyfriends Jennifer has written. He was suave, charismatic, intelligent, protective, hot, loyal, and I could add so much more but you get the gist. I loved him, and he was quite a different male character for Jen to write which I appreciated. Sasha was a great heroine. She was strong and brave despite all she had been through. I also loved her mother. JLA perfectly blends the romance with the suspense and everything builds to an explosive climactic scene that was superbly written. I had chills all over reading the last few chapters. The only reason this is a four-star review is the fact that I guessed the who and the why early on (like ridiculously early on) and it dented my enjoyment. I was hoping I was wrong but as more clues were dropped I knew I was right. While one part of me was mentally high-fiving myself for figuring it out so early, another part of me hated that it was so predictable (to me anyway.) Now, if you don't read a lot of romantic suspense or mystery/thrillers I don't think you will work it out, but I spent years reading thrillers/crime novels and one of the reasons I stopped reading them was because it was too easy to work out the plot twists and that was the case with Till Death. That doesn't detract from the fact this is a very well-written book with a decent plot, perfect pacing, great world building, and complex characterization. Overall, I can say this was a great read and mean it, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to Jennifer's fans or fans of romantic suspense. I'd like to thank the author and her assistant for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This review will appear on my blog in due course.