TITLE: I Love You to Death
AUTHOR: Natalie Ward
GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: 29th September 2012
SOURCE: E-copy received from author for review
When Ash loses her boyfriend, she is consumed by grief, loneliness and an overwhelming sense of guilt for her role in not only his death, but the deaths of everyone she has ever loved. Refusing to let anyone in for fear of losing them too, she becomes withdrawn, spending her days reliving the nightmares from her past.
Until she meets Luke.
Initially scared by his intensity and interest in her, Ash tries to push him away. But as Luke slowly starts to chip away at the walls she’s built, Ash finds herself doing the one thing she swore she’d never do again — falling in love.
When the familiar feelings Ash had hoped were long buried with her past begin to resurface, she is forced to ask herself if falling in love again is really worth the risk.
OK, if you only read this first line of my review I’d best just say …
THIS BOOK BLEW ME AWAY! READ IT. READ IT. READ IT!
Actually, I cheated, that was two lines, but you get the idea!
I had heard of I Love You to Death before reading it – I saw the cover that Sarah Hansen from Okay Creations did. I remember thinking how simple but how effective it was – but I didn’t know a lot about it. When Natalie Ward emailed me asking me if I’d like to review it I went off to Goodreads, read the blurb, and JUMPED at the chance. I’m so glad I did.
I Love You to Death stayed with me a long time after I’d finished it. It’s one of those books that’s just not easy to shake off and move on from, and that’s a good thing.
I really felt like Ash and Luke were real people. Sure, I can wish some fictional characters were real, I mean Daemon from the Lux series anyone? But I know he’s fictional, really! With Ash and Luke their story was so real, so full of emotion and hurt, regret and guilt that I got pulled in and couldn’t help but feel it all with them. Every time Ash recalled a death that had happened and the effect it had on her and the blame she placed on herself I just wanted to cry for her and hug her so hard.
Ash has known a lot of death in her life and now she’s the only one left. She’s shut herself off for fear of getting close to, and losing, anyone else. When she returns to work after the latest death, her boyfriend’s, she meets Luke … Slowly she lets him in to her life, all the while scared to death of the consequences of her doing this. As for Luke he is the absolute perfect gentleman and I want to know where I can get one of him for myself? Sorry Carter (Seduction and Snacks) and Daemon (the Lux series) I think I’ve just dumped you as my book crushes! He’s just there for Ash when she needs him to be. Yeah, he wants more, he wants her, but he never pushes Ash, first and foremost he’s her friend, and that’s exactly what she needs before she can go any further. Luke’s been through his own troubles and had things he needed to escape from so he’s in the perfect position to try and understand Ash and help her through her grief and guilt.
Natalie Ward has done a beautiful, amazing job with this story. Just reading it you can tell the time, blood, sweat and probably tears she’s put in to getting this just right, just perfect.
At the beginning of each chapter of I Love You to Death there’s a playlist and those songs are spot on for what’s going on in that chapter. You should definitely go to You Tube and listen to those songs as you read.
I Love You to Death is a contemporary romance so you would think that it’s going to have a predictable ending, right? Wrong! Ash and Luke go through so much together and you’d better be prepared for the ending. I’m not giving anything away but be prepared, if you do go ahead and read it, for the final 5-10%! It’s not easy to read and I was just about ready to stop breathing. My heart was doing funny things and I had tears pouring down my face. There aren’t many books that can make me feel like this, I Love You to Death was one of those rare books.
I’m so thankful to Natalie Ward for providing this copy to me and I cannot recommend highly enough that you read it!
What’s the book that made you feel everything that the character went through as if they were a real person? Made you laugh with them, cry with them, even cry for them?
I’d love to know!
You just NEED to read this book and SOON!
Natalie has offered a SIGNED PAPERBACK copy of I Love You to Death and she’s happy to send it INTERNATIONALLY! I am soooo excited for all of you to be able to enter this giveaway!
Go HERE to enter and good luck 🙂
Ends 9th Jan 2013 … Natalie’s birthday!
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