25 February 2017

Review - Till Death

Till Death
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it... 

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now... because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I seem to say this at the start of every book I review by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I think it's good to be upfront about my JLA fan girl status. 

Sasha's return to her hometown is fraught with angst, heartbreak and one heck of a shocking murder mystery. When she goes home to assist her mother, Sasha discovers that she cannot escape the devastating events of the past and nor can the people around her. The psychotic serial killer, the Groom, may be gone but his evil is far reaching and the town may be facing a copycat killer...

At first glance Sasha seems more reserved than the usual JLA female lead, however this can quickly be explained by the absolutely horrific things that happened to her ten years ago. BUT the more we discover about Sasha, it becomes clear that although she may be quite and often withdrawn, she's just as sassy and funny as the rest of JLA's fab heroines, if not more so because she's a survivor. 

Oh Cole! *Le swoon!* He blames himself for everything Sasha went through with the Groom and is determined to keep her safe now and to win her heart. Cole's the perfect mixture of badass and caring protector - everything Sasha doesn't know she needs.

Till Death is something different from JLA. Where she's probably best known for her YA fantasy and gritty contemporary romances, she's not really known for mystery and suspense stories (yes I do remember Don't Look Back but this is very different).

The book is packed full of everything I love about JLA's writing but comes with the added bonus of the murder mystery element. There are lots of sneaky clues and red-herrings along the way, which will keep even the most astute of us guessing until the end.

I'm going to post a trigger warning due to the adult content and the horrifying acts committed.

4 - 4.5 Stars in my Sky!

Author Spotlight:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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