Love Me to Death

Love Me to Death

Six years ago, Lucy Kincaid was attacked and nearly killed by an online predator. She survived. Her attacker did not. Now Lucy’s goal is to join the FBI and fight cyber-crime, but in the meantime, she’s volunteering with a victim’s rights group, surfing the Web undercover to lure sex offenders into the hands of the law. But when the predators she hunts start turning up as...

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Title:Love Me to Death
Author:Allison Brennan
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Love Me to Death Reviews

  • Denise Sellers

    My first book by this author and I must say it was very enjoyable. It started out a little slow, and it always does when I read a new author, but it certainly picked up and had many characters which kept you wondering who actually was the criminal! I will definitely be reading more in the "Lucy Kincaid" series!

  • Patricia

    Excellent writing, so shocking that a person could be so warped. Sad thing to think about. Enough said...

  • ~Megan~

    Having read the previous book in the series regarding Lucy Kincaid's kidnapping, I was really excited to read about her all grown up. This is by far my favorite Allison Brennan book...it reminded me a lot of Karen Rose.

    Lucy is such a strong character. She's been through literal torture and though she has her moments of weakness, she has come through it all with determination. I loved her decision to try and help others by taking scum off the streets. Sean was a super hot, perfectly protective, r

    Having read the previous book in the series regarding Lucy Kincaid's kidnapping, I was really excited to read about her all grown up. This is by far my favorite Allison Brennan book...it reminded me a lot of Karen Rose.

    Lucy is such a strong character. She's been through literal torture and though she has her moments of weakness, she has come through it all with determination. I loved her decision to try and help others by taking scum off the streets. Sean was a super hot, perfectly protective, romantic suspense hero. I loved him to pieces...he seemed to anticipate Lucy's needs before she did.

    I'm looking forward to the next book in their series!

  • Dindy

    I wasn't really expecting to like this book because I do not like the mixing of the romantic suspense with the more hard core thriller. I prefer to have my mystery/thrillers without having to endure the formulaic romance storyline. For a great deal of the book I was on high alert for anything that would make me want to jerk out my headphones and go on to something else.

    And for quite a while it teetered on the edge. Yes, it was pretty much hit-you-in-the-nose obvious that Lucy and Sean would get

    I wasn't really expecting to like this book because I do not like the mixing of the romantic suspense with the more hard core thriller. I prefer to have my mystery/thrillers without having to endure the formulaic romance storyline. For a great deal of the book I was on high alert for anything that would make me want to jerk out my headphones and go on to something else.

    And for quite a while it teetered on the edge. Yes, it was pretty much hit-you-in-the-nose obvious that Lucy and Sean would get together, and we had to have the obligatory sex scene. I always wonder how the narrators on audio books feel when they are narrating those scenes. And the book just barely missed being patronizing about Lucy-- the characters were repeatedly amazed at her strength and poise despite all she had been through. I could just picture them patting her on the head. And I had a hard time relating to Lucy's outrage at finding out that predatory pedophiles were being murdered instead of arrested and sent back to prison. The passages about the dangers of vigilantism and the necessity of relying on the justice system were much too preachy.

    SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU DO NOT LIKE SPOILERS!

    And yet... Although Lucy bordered on being too good to be true, I grew to like her as a character, just as I grew to like the other members of her extended family, and I liked the way they all put their various alliances aside to focus on rescuing Lucy-- oops-- there was something else I normally wouldn't like-- the fact that the heroine had to be rescued at the end.

    Except here is where I really have to give credit to Allison Brennan. She actually came up with a plausible way to put Lucy into a dangerous situation without having to rely on her heroine being too stupid to live. Leaving aside the fact that the whole stalker subplot was utterly unbelievable and was clearly put in there just to set up a situation in which Lucy would need to be rescued by Sean, the actual kidnapping was carried out in such a way that it was clear Lucy could not have prevented it.

    It made perfect sense that Lucy would want to go to the church for Cody's funeral without her current boyfriend accompanying her since Cody had been her previous boyfriend. It also made perfect sense that everyone involved thought all the danger was resolved with the arrests of the members of the vigilante group. It also made sense that Lucy's stalker was able to drug her as she was entering the church without her knowledge-- although the thought of a version of rohypnol that can be absorbed through the skin makes me shudder. And it made sense that once the drug started to work, Lucy would become ill and leave the church to get some fresh air, leaving her coat with the cell phone behind on the church pew. I might wonder why her sister-in-law, Kate, didn't accompany her to the church, just for support, but overall I think it is plausible.

    Even when Lucy is kidnapped, she does not dissolve into victim mode. She largely keeps her wits about her, trying to learn more about where she is, looking for escape opportunities, and handling her captor adroitly. I can even forgive Brennan for sending the cavalry in to rescue her instead of letting her get herself out of the situation because, let's face it, there are some situations in which no matter how capable the person, there is no escape. And when Sean finds Lucy handcuffed and barefoot in the cage in the basement, she is clearly not in victim mode-- she unlocks her own handcuffs once she is given the lock pick tool by Sean, and she grabs Sean's throw-down gun to provide coverage for him while he is picking the combination lock that holds the cage shut (although why he didn't just shoot it, I am not sure.) She saves the life of her fellow captive and gets herself out of the basement because Sean has to carry the other woman out.

    So the book redeemed itself at the end, and I ratcheted the rating up largely on the basis of how the kidnapping and rescue of Lucy was written.

    Would I read another book in the series? I am not sure. I might read Fear No Evil, which details an earlier Lucy story in which she is kidnapped and held by a pornographer who videotapes her multiple rapes and posts them online. Love Me to Death repeatedly refers to it and I'm kind of interested to see more of the story. I might read another book in the Lucy Kincaid series to see if Brennan can focus more on the suspense aspects and drop the formulaic romantic crap. I certainly wouldn't buy it, but if it shows up at my library, I'll probably check it out.

  • Melissa

    4.25 stars for story; 5 for narration.

    I really enjoyed this. I love a good, intense thriller/romance, and Allison Brennan is a talented writer. Lucy suffered horrible torture and abuse at the hands of a sadistic sociopath. We meet Lucy prior to this book, and we see the story of her kidnapping, torture and eventual rescue. It's been a while since I read that story so I don't remember specifics about the who, where and how. But this book here does give some backstory which I appreciated.

    As for th

    4.25 stars for story; 5 for narration.

    I really enjoyed this. I love a good, intense thriller/romance, and Allison Brennan is a talented writer. Lucy suffered horrible torture and abuse at the hands of a sadistic sociopath. We meet Lucy prior to this book, and we see the story of her kidnapping, torture and eventual rescue. It's been a while since I read that story so I don't remember specifics about the who, where and how. But this book here does give some backstory which I appreciated.

    As for the romance between Sean and Lucy, yes it is beautiful and loving and tender. It's also very insta-love, which the first time I read this I didn't really pay attention to. Now I'm older and wiser in reading, so I picked up on that right away. I find it unrealistic they would fall in love (Sean does, and he is convinced Lucy is too but not ready to admit it) so quickly,

    in light of ALL the events that are going on in this story. Did it detract from my enjoyment of this story? Nope, not one bit. Sean has told Lucy he is prepared to take things between them as slow as necessary so Lucy comes around. :)

    The police work and Sean's most likely illegal activities to search for answers was exciting to read and it certainly moved the story along at a quick pace. I wasn't bored and since I know what is coming in future stories, I am even more excited to continue this series again. Yes, the police work and action is over the top at times, and does fall in to the incredulous, but again, this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story.

    This can be read as a standalone; you don't need to read the books before, and you don't need to read the rest of Lucy's series. This has a very exacting ending, bad guys caught, no question of cliffhanger. If you do choose to continue with Lucy's series, you can't jump around and skip books. They will need to be read in order, and if memory serves, future books do end on cliffhangers.

    I highly recommend this story, the audio, and the series.

  • Melinda

    This book has been on my TRR for ages and this weekend I finally got a chance to listen to it. And I quite enjoyed it. Good mystery, good characters - thought the MC could have been injected with a bit more oomph...she did seem to oscillate between damaged and strong, pathetic and independent....but kudos to the author for her presentation of rape and violence in this book. Was very well done -not necessarily nice to read, but good to have this theme (and its consequences) represented in fiction

    This book has been on my TRR for ages and this weekend I finally got a chance to listen to it. And I quite enjoyed it. Good mystery, good characters - thought the MC could have been injected with a bit more oomph...she did seem to oscillate between damaged and strong, pathetic and independent....but kudos to the author for her presentation of rape and violence in this book. Was very well done -not necessarily nice to read, but good to have this theme (and its consequences) represented in fiction.

  • April

    A tale of suspense and deep darkness of the soul. Allison Brennan brings readers a story that will captivate them from beginning to end in Love Me To Death.

    Upon beginning Love Me To Death, I was hooked. The suspense and action is constant throughout the entire story, taking the reader on a journey of unending twists and turns.

    It has been six years since Lucy Kincaid was brutally raped, tortured and nearly killed. Through it all, she has come out strong and determined to save others from ever su

    A tale of suspense and deep darkness of the soul. Allison Brennan brings readers a story that will captivate them from beginning to end in Love Me To Death.

    Upon beginning Love Me To Death, I was hooked. The suspense and action is constant throughout the entire story, taking the reader on a journey of unending twists and turns.

    It has been six years since Lucy Kincaid was brutally raped, tortured and nearly killed. Through it all, she has come out strong and determined to save others from ever suffering as she once did. With the dream and goal of becoming an official part of the FBI, Lucy works for an undercover victim's rights group, whose main goal is to put rapists and attackers, out on parole, back into prison. What Lucy did not count on were the guys she "set up" through online chats, to end up dead. Exactly who is taking matters into their own hands and why are they making Lucy look like a suspect?

    If she didn't have enough to deal with, Lucy discovers there is a stalker on her tail, and the terror of six years ago, which constantly haunts her, comes thrusting forward relentlessly. The one glimmer of light, filtering through the nightmare, is Sean, Lucy's brother's partner in a security firm. Sean is set on protecting Lucy, no matter the consequence, and will stop at nothing to keep her safe. As the flame soars between Lucy and Sean, the twisted and menacing mind of evil gets closer to Lucy and her dream of a "normal" life. Can she be saved before spiraling into an eternity of darkness and endless torment?

    Love Me To Death focuses on a very real and very terrifying epidemic - online predators and sex offenders. This is not a book that can be read light-heartedly, nor without having a cruel reality thrown in the reader's face. However, this realism creates a memorable and hard-to-put-down read. The story is solid and I really enjoyed the characters. Particularly the strength and courage of Lucy and the sturdiness and love of Sean. They are both incredibly real and strong characters that work well off of one another, as well as together. I also enjoyed Kate, Lucy's sister-in-law, whose care and love of Lucy makes for a wonderful support system as well as an added dimension to the story itself.

    While I greatly enjoyed the story weaved by Ms. Brennan, I do have to be honest in saying that as I read Love Me To Death, I often felt as though this was actually a continuation of a prior story. I did a bit of searching and did not come across anywhere that mentioned this book being a spin-off of another or part of a series, so I am not exactly sure what to think of this aspect. This prior story, did unfold throughout the main story, however as I read, I often felt questions popping up in my mind, as well as feeling as though I was missing something, somewhere. I am not sure if this was intentional, on the part of the author, as a way to draw the reader in and make them continue to read to try and figure the questions out? Whatever the reason, it did take a bit away from the story, for me. While I loved the characters and plot, I was unable to completely feel as though I was within the story, for reason of lacking information. I do enjoy Allison Brennan's writing style and her ability to create a fantastic story, so I still recommend Love Me To Death to readers looking for a great suspense story, however I did want to mention my trepidation on the background story, to make future readers aware of it. Overall, Love Me To Death is a great read and held my attention from start to finish.

  • fleurette

    About nine months ago I have read the tenth book in this series

    and I wasn't genuinely impressed. Now, I gave a chance to the first book in this series and I don't like it either.

    One of the things I didn't like about the previous book I read is the slow pace of the story. Here I also have this problem. This is about 400 pages of endless waiting for the characters to come up with the right answers. The answers you already know.

    About nine months ago I have read the tenth book in this series

    and I wasn't genuinely impressed. Now, I gave a chance to the first book in this series and I don't like it either.

    One of the things I didn't like about the previous book I read is the slow pace of the story. Here I also have this problem. This is about 400 pages of endless waiting for the characters to come up with the right answers. The answers you already know.

    You know that and many other things, but you have to wait for the FBI to see the truth. Extremely frustrating! There are lot of twists in the plot that are totally predictable and unsurprising. If you ever read any suspense book, you already know this story. And, just in case, the author gives you clues.

    And what is with all this people?! Kincaids are probably the most tortured family in the history of crime stories! Do Kate and Dillon have their own book? There is no one member of this family without some heartbreaking story!

    The other thing I didn't like about

    is the fact that I felt no attachment to Lucy. This is still the case, I don't care about her enough. The good thing is that I really like Sean who I totally overlooked in the tenth book. He is a nice hero after all.

    I don't think this is my last book in this series, but I'm not sure I will read another book soon.

  • Kelly Houser

    Review: I received a review copy of this novel from TLC Book Tours. Many thanks to Lisa for providing me with a copy. I was really excited to receive this book, as I have been wanting to read something by Brennan for quite awhile. I had a really mixed reaction to this novel.Let's start with what I liked.

    I enjoyed Brennan's writing style. It was really easy to get into the story because her writing style was very inviting. Brennan is very skilled at creating detailed settings that sprang to life

    Review: I received a review copy of this novel from TLC Book Tours. Many thanks to Lisa for providing me with a copy. I was really excited to receive this book, as I have been wanting to read something by Brennan for quite awhile. I had a really mixed reaction to this novel.Let's start with what I liked.

    I enjoyed Brennan's writing style. It was really easy to get into the story because her writing style was very inviting. Brennan is very skilled at creating detailed settings that sprang to life in my mind.

    So, what didn't I like? As I said, I've never read anything by Brennan before, and I know the description states that Love Me To Death is the first book in the Lucy Kincaid series, but I got the distinct feeling that I had dropped into the middle of a series, or at least that these characters may have been in other books that I haven't read. I don't know that that is the case, but it definitely had that feel to it and here's why.

    There was an abundance of back story regarding Lucy's kidnapping and rape. At the same time, none of her ordeal got any page time in this book, so I felt like I missed something or that this back story may have been a part of a different novel. This was bothersome to me.

    Additionally bothersome was the shear volume of characters. There was Lucy, her 3 or 4 bothers, her sister-in-law, an ex-lover, a private investigator team which was made up of several siblings, Lucy's boss, many FBI agents, and about 10 bad guys and victims. Because of the volume of characters, I had trouble keeping who was whom straight and this prevented me from totally engaging with the story.

    The plot itself was interesting, but with Lucy's back story and the present plot, I felt a little lost. I felt lost because I felt like I didn't have all the details on Lucy and the current plot seemed very tied to that back story.

    Overall, this book ended up just being OK for me. I really did enjoy Brennan's writing and will definitely pick up something else by her. If you are a fan of Brennan's then you will most definitely enjoy this book. If you are new to Brennan, like I was, I wouldn't recommend this book as a starting place.

  • Donna

    I will start by saying this is not my kind of book. It took me several days to get through this. I finished it this morning and I'm already wondering, "What was this about again?" I did the audio on this and I can't blame the reader, because it was read well. I will even say the story was good. It had good suspense, too. So, I knew I would finish it...eventually.

    First off, there seemed to be so many people in it. So I found myself hitting the rewind button to re-listen so I could learn who all t

    I will start by saying this is not my kind of book. It took me several days to get through this. I finished it this morning and I'm already wondering, "What was this about again?" I did the audio on this and I can't blame the reader, because it was read well. I will even say the story was good. It had good suspense, too. So, I knew I would finish it...eventually.

    First off, there seemed to be so many people in it. So I found myself hitting the rewind button to re-listen so I could learn who all these people were. A fair amount of them had such minor roles, they could have been eliminated and the story would not have suffered.

    There also seemed to be a lot of back story introduced every time something needed more explanation. I had to rewind a lot because of that as well. For me, it felt super manipulated, because there was an explanation for everything.

    The female mc did not have a consistent presence. She wobbled a lot between what the author was telling us who she was (ie: a tough FBI wannabe), to being a weak victim of a past crime. Survivors of traumatic experiences usually don't whip out a fine tooth comb to go over it every second of every day.

    The romance was fantasy fiction. It caused excessive eye rolling and there was a simpering part that almost activated my gag reflex. I am not a fan of the mix of genre's here.

    Lastly, the men seemed a little whiny. But maybe it was how the reader read the lines. I don't know. I just know it didn't feel right.

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