The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love by Erin Quinn (Beyond #1)

The Five Deaths Of Roxanne Love by Erin QuinnAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Pocket

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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.

This was such a great book…beginning to end! Santo, aka a reaper, has come to the human world to find out why one of his charges keeps coming back from the dead. He assumes the body of a cop who was seconds away from committing suicide and sets off in search of Roxanne Love. He never expected that when he took the body before it was actually dead that he would also get saddled with memories and emotions and a conscience. When he catches up to Roxanne and actually sees her in the flesh he finds that he’s hesitating to do his job and reap her soul.  Instead he quickly finds himself on the run with her in tow as demons descend to do his job for him.

The world building was so well done in this book…complete, easily understood and really fascinating. I liked how unique the story line was. After reading as many paranormal romances as I have everything kind of blends together. But the usage of Roxanne and her twin brother lives in the opening and closing of demon entryways was something that was new to me. I also enjoyed how Quinn gives the demons personality therefore making it easy to slip a demon in there who is unlike the rest. Different. More human. The possibilities on where Quinn could take this world in future books is limitless!

Roxanne was a really well rounded heroine. She had major insecurities, not a whole lot of self esteem and yet she was loyal, loving and ready to jump into the fray to save innocent lives. She often trusted her heart even when her mind was telling her to get out. Santo proved again and again that even though he wasn’t completely honest with her that he was willing to protect her with his life…and actions do speak louder then words.

Regardless of how the Reaper came into the body he inhabited, he quickly took on the Santos mannerisms and had to deal with the onslaught of his emotions. He spent a large chunk of the book trying to deny himself the craving for Roxanne that he was having. Their love was magnetic, it took them both over completely. His reflective voice as he sorted through his new found thoughts and emotions was so spot on, so consuming, that I found myself lost in the book for large chunks of time. Did I mention he slipped into Spanish on occasion….you all know what a total accent whore I am. Wowzer. The sexual tension was perfect and it progressed at a believable pace. It was hard to imagine that the entire book took place over a quick span of time but since Roxanne had felt Santos protection and love every time she’d died I could understand her heart answering his call even when her brain didn’t quite get it.

The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love is action packed, smoldering with emotion and filled with a long distance love that finally has a chance to bloom. Santo/the Reaper may have started out the book wanting to take Roxanne with him to the afterlife but he soon craved staying with her on earth. I’m bummed book two isn’t out for months and book three isn’t out until 2015….How will I survive? Erin Quinn is definitely an author to watch!

I give The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love by Erin Quinn 5 stars!

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