Friday, August 30, 2013

The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love by Erin Quinn

Title: The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love
Author: Erin Quinn
My Rating: B+

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Beyond #1
Main Characters: Roxanne and Santo
Release Date: August 2013
Publisher: Pocket
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Love and death make dangerous bed partners.

She cheated death.... 

All Roxanne Love has ever wanted is to be normal—marriage, kids, the life of June Cleaver. She tries to fit in but can't conceal her ability to defy death--not from the world, not from the darkest creatures of the Beyond and not from the Reaper determined to destroy her. Now Roxanne is on the run, her only ally a compelling, dangerous detective with secrets of his own. Against her will, she's drawn to his quiet strength and heated touch. But can she trust him with the truth? 

....until she felt death's kiss.

Incognito as guilt-ridden cop, Santo Castillo, the Reaper's plan is simple: get close to Roxanne, uncover the secret of her immortality and cut it at the source. Yet with this borrowed body come emotions the Reaper hadn't expected. Now nothing is clear but his conflicted desire to protect the woman he came to kill. As destiny forces them to face an enemy hell-bent on using Roxanne to wipe out all of mankind, she and Santo must choose between love....and salvation.

My Review:
I have never read any of Erin Quinn's books and honestly, probably would not have picked this one up on my own, but the publisher sent it to me and I was intrigued with the story line. It was good! This book is incredibly creative, unbelievably action-packed, with a really heartwarming romance story that was so filled with promise. At the same time, as a reader, you are wondering how in the world can this book end well??

The book description is a good one. I'm not going to get too much into the story line because I don't want to give any spoilers and there are a lot layers to the story as this entire world evolves and reveals itself to the reader.

I loved both the characters of Santo and Roxanne. Santo is new to being in a human body and as such is dealing with things like emotions and desire for the first time. Some of those moments in the book are so heartwarming as they shock him. He never expected to "feel" so much and honestly just doesn't know what to do with all that. It makes those early scenes between him and Roxanne just that much sweeter. 

Roxanne is different. She's spent her entire life dying and coming back to life with her twin brother Reece (they've always died together.) She has no idea why and deals with a lot of guilt over the fact that she has this "get out of jail free" card for life. And while the dying has always brought a sense of comfort to Roxanne because of the "one" who waits for her in that moment of darkness, it's been just the opposite for Reece. The dynamics of it all and all the ins and outs were extremely creative and entertaining. It made for a great new paranormal world. 

There are four siblings in this family who no longer have their parents in their lives, but in this book we really only see Reece and Roxanne. BUT there is an excerpt in the back for the next book in the series and it features big brother Ryan. I am really intrigued, because while there is a lot to this book, it's never revealed why Roxanne and Reece are the way that they are. And in the next book, it looks like Ryan has his own connection to the Beyond. I can't wait....

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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