Book Review: Love Me to Death (Underveil #1) by Marissa Clarke


What you want the most just might kill you…

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.

“A fascinating new world! Enter with caution. You’ll never want to leave!” –Kerrelyn Sparks, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author:

Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where the 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.

Also writes YA for Penguin USA as Mary Lindsey

Represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

My Review:

Ever since Sookie Stackhouse ended on a bum note, I’ve been looking for a new paranormal romance author to read, and although the story line of ‘Love me to Death’ was great, I got really annoyed with the main character. Elena was weak and every sentence she seemed to utter was a prelude to how sexy she thought Nikolai was. Hmmmm, I know there needs to be chemistry in romance books, but how can a female lead hold her own and appear strong in the eyes of the reader when she’s almost drowning in her own drool! She also didn’t seem to ponder for too long on the fact he was sent to kill her – I guess when you’re good looking you can get away with murder!

From a writer’s perspective, it was a little naughty to start the book with a character thought, for a brief moment I was happy it was first person narrative (that’s my fav POV in reading – that’s not a criticism just a personal preference) but then it dropped into third. Maybe it would have been easier to feel for Elena if it had of been first person from her point of view? Still, the writing was superb and the action was well written, plotted and paced.

The front cover is nice – who doesn’t like a sexy muscle man covered in tattoos? But it doesn’t say much about the storyline itself and is another one of those covers that cuts off the guy’s head to include more of the body – who else would prefer to see a chiselled jaw with a day’s worth of stubble and eyes that twinkle with mischief? Me!

Overall, I’d give Love me to Death 3 out 5 stars – not my cup of tea, but it’s still worth a read to those who like the romance genre.


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