I Love You to Death by Natalie Ward – Review and Signed Paperback Giveaway

December 18, 2012 Review 39

I Love You to Death by Natalie Ward

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 Refusing to let anyone in for fear of losing them too, she becomes withdrawn, spending her days reliving the nightmares from her past.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 …


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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39 Responses to “I Love You to Death by Natalie Ward – Review and Signed Paperback Giveaway”

  1. Novel Girl

    Don’t hate me but the book that made me feel everything as if I were the main character was Twilight. It was probably many other books too but this modern classic has stuck with me. 🙂 Love from a proud fan.

    Oh, and can I pleaseeee win this contest? Cheers.

    • Kelly

      No hating going on here! I love Twilight! Currently waiting on the hardback box set to be shipped from Amazon US since Amazon UK didn’t have it.

  2. Kelly

    The Sea of Tranquility and Reason to Breath and Barely Breathing. They all made things feel so real.

  3. Rebecca K.

    Collision Course by SC Stephens was the book that will always stick with me. It was the first book to ever make me cry.

    • Kelly

      Oh, I haven’t read that. Have been listening to Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens but not too far in to it yet. Is that a tear-jerker too?

  4. Tess

    The book that made me feel everything that the character went through as if they were real is Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus. The leads are 2 caterpillars – Stripe and Yellow, struggling to find meaning, purpose and love in life. It’s such a beautiful story that every time I read it, I can’t control my tears. It reminds me about my personal struggles and search for contentment. I highly recommend this book if you haven’t read it 🙂 Haha, I know this is very different from the YA and NA titles, but this was the first book that came to mind when I read the question! Thanks for the giveaway – I would very much like to win a signed copy of I Love You to Death!! <3 Happy Holidays!

  5. andieleah78

    Two books made me feel that way this year…firstwas Lover Reborn that was a cry that waited for about 6 years till JR Ward tied up that loose end. And second was Beautiful Disaster that one had my emotions tying the gambit of emotions.

  6. Kelly Watson

    I don’t think I can choose. I just get so wrapped up and emersed into all their lives as I read. That’s probably why I love reading so much!

  7. Brandi Wa

    I agree with Rebecca K ^^up there^^ – Collision Course definitely made me feel the emotions of the characters. Two other books that really made me feel the characters’ emotions are When We Collide by A.L. Jackson and The Final Piece by Maggi Myers.

  8. Evelyn Recinos

    Most of them ! REason to Breathe and Barely breathing,THe Sea of TRanquility, Collision Course,Slammed and Point of Retreat, and THe Edge of Never are the ones that stand out right now!

    • Kelly

      Good choices, Evelyn! I have Slammed, Point of Retreat and The Edge of Never on my Kindle. So need to read them, just not enough time in a day!

  9. artfullee

    Apart from this book, I would say The Edge of Never. Both books made me feel the characters emotions. Still haven’t been able to start another book after reading I Love You To Death. Thanks for the great giveaway 🙂

  10. Julie Nguyen

    I loved Sea of Tranquility and am loving Ten Tiny Breaths right now. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Mist Trevino

    Hopeless. I really felt both characters Sky and Dean (once the plot was revealed), laughed, cried, broke my heart, but one of the best books I have read this year. Also, Wallbanger. This was more of a fun read, but I really felt the main character and loved Caroline!
    Thanks for asking!

  12. Nicoleta D.

    I’m currently reading Hopeless by Colleen Hoover and I feel so connected with Sky and Holder, I feel like they are real people, who I would actually like to meet.

    Other books that made a lasting impression on me:
    *Reason to Breath and Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan
    *Slammed and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
    *I Love You To Death by Natalie Ward
    *Thoughtless and Effortless by S.C. Stephens to just name a few …

  13. Alexandra

    Probably The Sea of Tranquility, as that’s been my favorite read for a while now. It’s just… such a good book. Thanks for the giveaway! (:

  14. Maida

    Oh gosh…Pushing the Limits and Such a Rush! Those books are just beyond words..I can’t even begin to explain what they did to my emotions and why I fell in love with them. They were just awesome! 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Michelle Lovell

    I read Coming Home by Laurie Breton a few months ago, and I felt that whole book. The biggest emotional roller coaster I had ever been on. But how amazing!!

  16. Kendall McCubbin

    The book that made me feel everything was probably The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen! There are loads more books as well but that one has probably been the most recent!

    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

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