LOVE ME TO DEATH is the latest addition to my favorite reads list. I'm a big paranormal romance fan and when I stumble onto a new series that has as much potential as this one I get all giddy inside. Unfortunately with a lot of opening books to a series there is more world building than good story, but with LOVE ME TO DEATH you get both. Elena's introduction to the world under the veil is abrupt and violent. Elena has no idea that she is very special and because of her uniqueness she is being targeted by a very powerful ruler who is out to keep her from fulfilling her destiny. I know this sounds cliché for this genre, but Clarke puts a unique and engaging twist on this plot.
Nikolai is a Slayer out to get revenge for the murder of his father and he is led to believe that Elena is the key to his vengeance. The only problem is that Elena's soul calls to him and he can't bring himself to go through with her execution without getting some answers first. Nikolai is strong, savage when necessary, and totally swoon worthy.
There's action and intrigue mixed into this paranormal story with twists and turns that will have you turning pages and holding yourself back from skipping ahead. There were times when you'll want to skip ahead a bit to see if your guess is right but don't do it! This is not a book you can skim through! There are lots of little pieces of the puzzle that you need to see that I just know will be important in future books.
All of your paranormal favorites are a part of the Underveil world. Shifters, time benders, vampires, witches, etc. will all play important roles. There's a wealth of secondary characters introduced that will leave you craving more! I can't believe that I let this one languish in my Kindle and get lost in the shuffle of ARCs. This is one that I will be recommending to all of my fellow paranormal romance lovers Clarke will never get lost in the shuffle again! I will now be anxiously awaiting any news of the possible release date for book 2. Isn't that just like a greedy reader? The poor author just released her book and I'm already demanding another story quick like and in a hurry! Oh well, it is what it is. That's what Clarke gets for writing such a engaging story!
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
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.
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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.