Love You to Death by Shannon K. Butcher

Mass Market Paperback - 377 Pages - Publisher: Forever; Original edition (October 1, 2009) - ISBN-13: 978-0446510295

Love You to Death

by Shannon K. Butcher

Delicate, expressive hands…long, graceful legs…One man is looking for his perfect woman–and he’ll stop at nothing until he finds her.

It’s been days since reporter Elise McBride has heard from her sister, Ashley. She’s convinced Ashley has met with some kind of foul play, especially when she learns that bodies of other missing women have surfaced in and around Chicago–all victims of a brutal serial killer. Convinced her sister is still alive, Elise vows to risk everything to save her…

The last thing ex-cop Trent Brady needs is more blood on his hands. Yet when he catches Elise breaking into her sister’s house, full of reckless determination and fear, he knows she needs his help. But just as desire ignites between them, a twisted madman sets his sights on Elise. Hell-bent on possessing her for himself, this psychopath won’t rest until he has his perfect woman.

**Review: Another incredible book by Butcher!

Elise McBride rushes from Hong Kong to Haven, Illinois, when she couldn’t get a hold of her scatterbrained sister, Ashley. Ashley was known for taking off for a few days at a time, of forgetting things… but she still phone her sister just about every day. When two days went by without word or a call-back, Elise worried that she dropped her assignment as a freelance reporter and hightailed it back to Illinois.

Breaking into her sister’s home and finding nothing, Elise is now sure that Ashley is in trouble. Her car can not be located, her debit or credit cards not used since the Friday night before. She’s disappeared without a trace, and Elise is frantic with worry. But she’s determined to be proactive in finding her sister, even in if puts her in harms way.

Trent Brady is the “Hot Lawn Guy” who lives across the street from Ashley. An ex-cop, he saw Elise trying to break into Ashley’s, and heads over to stop a would-be thief and call the police. The more he’s around Elise, the more he wants to stop her from doing something completely stupid. The more he’s around Elise, the more he’s falling for her. But Elise isn’t the only one with baggage; two years before, he accidentally shot his partner in the back and killed a high-as-a-kite, armed with a gun sixteen-year-old boy. He’s been carrying the guilt around for 2 years. How can he protect Elise when he can’t even stomach the thought of holding a gun again?

Watching the scene/plot unfold was fabulous, from scenes between Elise and Trent, to being inside the killer’s mind. Oh, Butcher knew how to write him in… the character gave me the creeps, how his easygoing/nonchalant behavior about his kidnapping and killing young artistic women sent shivers down my spine! All scenes leading up to the pre-climax, climax and ending … oh, wow! And the Epilogue made it all that much sweeter! A book I definitely recommend to any romantic suspense/triller enthusiast!



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