Love Me to Death
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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.
Great start to the series. Very entertaining read.
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.*
Great start to a new series!
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.