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Blog Tour: LOVE ME TO DEATH by Marissa Clarke [Review + giveaway!]


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.

My review:

Blurred UF/PNR lines make for an awesome read! (5 stars)

When I started reading LOVE ME TO DEATH I went in thinking I'd love it. The blurb sounded great but didn't prepare me for what an Alpha a-hole Nikolai would be. I'm well known in reader circles for hating on Alphas so I knew right away I was going to hate him. Once Elena started getting all hot-and-bothered for him even as he was threatening to kill her over and over I was done. So very, very done. But I had promised a review for the blog tour and by the gods of paranormal romance I was going to stick it out... if you saw the star rating you know that Clarke worked some magic.

While I still kinda disliked Nikolai even at the end it was Elena who changed my mind. Sure, she was getting turned-on my him when he was being so wretched but once she decided she wasn't putting up with his domineering crap she dug her heels in and didn't let him bulldoze her. She was awesome and I loved her for it. Elena even gets a moment where he tells her she can't go somewhere and she lays down the law. The genre needs more heroines who do this! So I really think Alpha lovers will dig Nik and urban fantasy fans who are used to stronger heroines will love Elena for her backbone. As a couple their chemistry is very push-pull and oh-so smoldering. 

What made me excited to review this and rave about it to my fellow PNR fans is the amazing world building Clarke pulls off. It's not every day I really want to enter a fictional world but this one is exciting. There are vampires and slayers, wood elves and light elves, dog and cat shifters, and even a race called Time Folders (Whovians you need this book). The secondary characters are excellent and really help sustain the action and intrigue when it could easily have been plodding. If you're a reader who tends to prefer urban fantasy over paranormal romances I think you might really find this a great cross-over experience.

I'm very excited for more Underveil series books and made sure I asked Clarke if my favorite secondary character will be getting his own book... and she said yes, that's the plan. If you like books by Larissa Ione, Jeaniene Frost, or Cece Robson definitely check out LOVE ME TO DEATH.

Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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Author Bio: 

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.  She loves to connect with readers, so follow/friend her on Facebook and Twitter or shoot her an email from her website "Contact" page.

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Unknown said...

Urgh! I'm SO bummed! I'd requested a review copy of this title from Entangled weeks ago, and received an e-mail from them this morning about posting my feedback so I KNOW that I filled-out the form, but I never received the ARC. And, Love Me To Death earned 5-stars from you to boot. *stomps foot* I'm hoping it'll go on sale soon, so that I can grab the Kindle edition.

Carmel @ Rabid Reads.

Kim said...

SOOOOO excited that you liked the book and gave it 5 stars. I remember when you started reading it, you weren't crazy about it.

As you know, I've only been reading PNR for about a year. Beg Me to Slay by Lisa Kessler is my FAVORITE. But, Love Me to Death is NOW my FAVORITE. I can't wait for the Time Folder's story and then the aunt's.


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