Review: Love Me to Death by Marissa Clarke

Posted October 29, 2014 by Ginny in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Reviews / 5 Comments

Review: Love Me to Death by Marissa Clarke
Love Me to Death by Marissa Clarke
Series: Underveil #1
Genres: Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Published by Entangled Select on October 28, 2014
Format: eARC
Pages: 420
Source: Tour Host

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Book Description:

Book Description:
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.

Intriguing & Amusing Quote:
Nikolai closed his eyes and took a deep breath. This was his fault. His father had only been ashes for a month when she wed his uncle. And now Fydor had Aleksandra, too. It was as if there were a vise around his heart. He had to find a way to stop Fydor — to end this war, and Nikolai was certain the key to his uncle’s defeat had just locked herself in the Time Folder’s bathroom.

Reviewed by Ginny:
I’m really hoping that book two will be about the aforementioned, Time Folder.

That being said, I really, really enjoyed this book! Having never read anything by Marissa Clarke before, I wasn’t sure what to expect and I was drawn in from the beginning.  I harbor a deep love for vampires, shifters and almost anything supernatural, plus a good love story, good battles, and some steamy scenes — and there is one particular one where Nikolai decides to take care of things himself that I really wish I’d been able to see/read the end of. Ahem! But I digress…

Elena is a fun character, a true female who is metamorphosing, and experiencing the mood swings and changes to boot! She swings between weepy and somewhat… for lack of a better term, weak (though don’t let that fool you. She is NOT weak, else I wouldn’t like her), and strong willed, stubborn and cunning. I like her! She experiences the downs, allows herself to feel them, acknowledge them and then move past them, coming out stronger on the other side.

Nikolai is just…. -purrs- Nikolai. He’s an ass. But most of the alpha men we love so much tend to lean that way. He’s stubborn but strong and driven. And for one night in his arms… or one night in which he only uses his tongue (another steamy scene or two!) I would kill for. Not literally, but you get my gist.

I enjoyed the way this story flowed, slowing down when the reader needed a break, and then speeding back up again.  There is no lack of fantastical characters, including the Time Folder, whose story I really want to read. I also have a weakness for books that follow the “one true mate” bit and this series is just so.  Elena’s aunt is also very colorful, and two young dog shifters who act JUST like puppies, are adorable and made me laugh out loud.

I went through this book fairly quickly, wanting to get back to it as soon as I could between work shifts and the necessity of basic human needs. I definitely recommend you buy this book immediately and find yourself lost in another wonderful, creative, fantastical world.

5 responses to “Review: Love Me to Death by Marissa Clarke

  1. Lovely review! I adored this one as well. And I concur with Nikolai…he could make any female purr with delight. Loved him so much. I can’t wait for the second book. I was hooked from the beginning on this one. Definitely a author I am going to watch out for.

  2. Linda Townsend

    Great review! I love the cover… Oooh la la! I have this title down to read soon!