I Love You to Death by Natalie Ward

2 Feb

ImageTitle: I Love You to Death

Author: Natalie Ward

Publisher: Createspace

Published: December 2012

Pages: 278

When Ash loses her boyfriend, she is consumed by grief, loneliness and an overwhelming sense of guilt for her role in not only his death, but the deaths of everyone she has ever loved. Refusing to let anyone in for fear of losing them too, she becomes withdrawn, spending her days reliving the nightmares from her past.

Until she meets Luke.

Initially scared by his intensity and interest in her, Ash tries to push him away. But as Luke slowly starts to chip away at the walls she’s built, Ash finds herself doing the one thing she swore she’d never do again — falling in love.

When the familiar feelings Ash had hoped were long buried with her past begin to resurface, she is forced to ask herself if falling in love again is really worth the risk.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

My Thoughts:

I liked this story but I can’t say that I loved it. That being said, I did, however, love the writing. The author had a beautiful way of writing this story and making you feel connected to the characters.

Ash has lost twelve people, who she loved dearly, in the span of her short twenty-fiver year old life. Her story was heartbreaking and at times it was miserable to be in her head and hear the wrongly placed guilt, pain and sorrow that she constantly felt. I found myself crying at different parts in this story, as she would tell flashbacks of how she felt responsible for each death, especially when she tells about the boy, Sam, who was the love of her life.

Ash meets Luke after she has sworn off being close to anyone again for fear of causing their death but Luke very slowly works his way into her head with stolen glances and words of concern. He was always so kind and protective of her in a quiet, subtle way but never pushed her into a relationship that she certainly wasn’t ready for after the death of Sam. He let her grieve and let her come to terms with their feelings for each other, which were much deeper than she had anticipated.

Overall, it was a very sweet romance and a very emotional read, but the reason why I didn’t love it was because I just found it kind of slow. Although I really enjoyed it, the romance took a while to actually get anywhere exciting since Ash spent a lot of time contemplating her feelings and sometimes just being plain naïve. And there wasn’t as much dialogue compared to other stories because most of it was in Ash’s head.

Don’t take all this to mean that you wouldn’t like this book; you may love it because it really was a great story and plot, but I personally just like a little more excitement and action. And again, the writing was awesome and the way the story was written was unique and beautiful, especially near at the end!

So in the end, this is a book worth reading with great writing and characters but with a slow plot.

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