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.
Love Me to Death started off with a bang (literally) and just kept right on going. There wasn't a single moment that felt as if it were dragging along and there wasn't a single second that I wasn't sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens next!
The book starts off in the middle of a convenience store robbery where our heroine, Elena, is shot. Enter Nikolai, our hero, who Elena thinks is a Death Angel, when actually he's a slayer who was sent to kill her. Why? Because she's a vampire, of course, except she doesn't know it. The only problem? She's not really a vampire yet, and Nikolai won't kill a human... And this is where the story really begins.
Throughout Love Me to Death, Nik and Elena (and the lovely side characters we meet along the way) and trying to figure out what Elena actually is. Nikolai assumed she was a vampire, like her father, and had no issue killing her because that's what slayers do, right?! Well it turns out she's so much more than your ordinary vampire, not to mention, she's Nik's fated mate.
In the beginning, Nikolai is the typical alpha hero that we all love to hate. Basically, he's a jerk. But throughout the story we get to see him fall in love with Elena, and see how he learns to be less of a controlling prick and more of sweet, though still possessive, alpha.
Elena, well I loved her from the get-go. She didn't have any TSTL moments, and basically just took everything in stride. She didn't want to be a vampire, and begged Nik to promise to kill her if she turned into a monster, at least until she realized she didn't have to be a monster to truly embrace who she was.
There's so much growth between both MC's throughout Love Me to Death, and the way they connected with each other after they let themselves embrace what they really felt, has you rooting for their HEA. And since they're immortal? That's an eternity of happily ever after!
Love Me to Death is a fast-paced paranormal romance with tons of suspense and scorching sexy times. You have vampires, seers, slayers, elves, and so many other species mixed in it really makes for a great paranormal read.
Marissa Clarke also laid just enough foundation for some of the side characters for the series to continue, and honestly, I can't wait to read more. This was my first book by Marissa Clarke but it definitely won't be my last!
Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Love Me to Death for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.