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Grabbing the reader by the throat from almost the first page, this pulse-ratcheting romantic suspense from Brennan (Original Sin) delivers intense action, multifaceted characters, and a truly creepy bad guy. FBI hopeful Lucy Kincaid is trying to heal from a brutal attack six years earlier. She volunteers at a program dedicated to luring and rearresting repeat sex offenders via the Internet, but then discovers a horrifying connection between her work and the execution-style murders of the parolees. PI Sean Rogan, a friend of Lucy's brothers, becomes focused on protecting her at any cost, and their mutual passion flares. As Lucy draws closer to the truth, effective red herrings litter the way and throw her deeper into confusion. Also confusing are a too large cast and intricate backstory from the previous related titles, the only things marring this fast-paced, engrossing read. (Jan.)
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“World-class nail-biter . . . Brennan is in the groove with this one.”—Lee Child

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Product Details

  • Series: Lucy Kincaid (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; d edition (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345520394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345520395
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Allison Brennan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award winning author of two dozen romantic thrillers and mysteries, and numerous short stories. Most recently, she was nominated for Best Paperback Original Thriller by International Thriller Writers and the Daphne du Maurier Award by Kiss of Death. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, Allison lives in northern California with her husband, five kids, and assorted pets. She's either writing, reading, playing video games, or attending her kids sporting events. Allison writes two series, the Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan romantic thrillers and the Maxine Revere mysteries. Visit her website for more information.

Dear Reader:

Like most writers, I am an avid reader. I started light - Encyclopedia Brown, Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew - but by the time I was eleven, I'd discovered my mom's vast Agatha Christie and Ed McBain collections.

But two things happened on my way to becoming a mystery writer.

First, I discovered Stephen King.

As a thirteen-year-old book fanatic, I learned about page-turners early. I wrote Stephen King a fan letter after reading THE STAND and told him I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. He wrote back and told me: "If you want to be a writer, write." Which I took to mean, why wait until I grew up?

My problem? I never finished anything I started. As soon as I was well into the story and had figured out what was going to happen, I became bored and started a new project.

In high school, I became fascinated with true crime, and it wasn't until college that I started reading my mom's romance novels. They hadn't appealed to me as a teenager, but as a "mature" twenty-one year old, I found them entertaining.

Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, and others introduced me to contemporary novels that didn't involve murder, dismemberment, or deranged clowns living in the sewer.

Over the next decade, I built a career, married, had five kids, but never stopped reading--or writing.

I soon discovered a wonderful blend of suspense and romance with the romantic suspense novels of Tami Hoag, Kay Hooper and Lisa Gardner, and knew exactly what I wanted to write. I could take my mystery reader background, my fascination with true crime, and my desire for a happily ever after, and blend it into a romantic thriller.

I love romance because I want a happy ending. True love should win over adversity, if the hero and heroine are worthy. They need to earn it, because nothing achieved easily is truly appreciated. But I also love intense thrills and chills because they are physical--fear causes the entire body to react, heart pounding, head thumping, hands shaking.

DEAD HEAT, a Lucy Kincaid Thriller, is available now. Coming in July is the next Moreno & Hart Mystery, HIT AND RUN, co-written with Laura Griffin. Spring 2015 will have COMPULSION, the second book in the Max Revere series.

Thank you to all my readers. I appreciate your feedback and enthusiasm.

~ Allison Brennan


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By valarie on December 31, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a huge fan of Allison Brennan's suspense novels and am happy to say she is back in her "thriller game" with Love Me To Death. So much about this book was classic Brennan: fast pace, nail biting suspense, never-saw-them-coming plot twists. The ending was absolutely amazing. But, for me, this one was even better than previous books because of the wonderful hero, Sean Rogan. He's strong - even arrogant and alpha -- without ever being a jerk. And Lucy Kincaid is a perfect match, even with all her serious baggage. I read this one in two days and have already preordered the next one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 31, 2010
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Six years ago, Lucy Kincaid met a seemingly nice man on-line. When they finally met in person, he proved to be a psychopath. He attacked her, but she survived while her molester died.

Since the assault, Lucy dreams of becoming an undercover FBI agent. In the meantime in DC waiting for the feds to call, she works obsessively as a volunteer for Women and Children First! Her role is to lure web predators and other sex offenders into traps. However, Lucy becomes concerned with her endeavor when she realizes several of those she busted have been executed since leaving prison. A friend and business cohort of Lucy's concerned brothers, private investigator Sean Rogan, tries to keep her safe. They are attracted to one another, but are hesitant to act on their feelings. Meanwhile Lucy probes the connections that seem chaotic, but at the same time the FBI is scrutinizing her actions as she is more than just a person of interest in what is believed a serial killer's vendetta.

Love Me to Death is a taut "FBI" romantic suspense thriller starring family members from Sudden Death and Cutting Edge. The story line is fast-paced but driven by obsessed Lucy who is stunned to realize someone is following up on her efforts to capture sex predators by killing the psychopaths. Although purposely serpentine with surprising but fun chaotic misdirection and red herrings that confuse the heroine (and readers), this approach enhances the investigation that Lucy and Sean conduct. There are also a ton of support characters who can overwhelm the reader at times trying to remember who's who, but this also adds to the fog of a convoluted inquiry as Allison Brennan provides a tense twisting thriller.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nita Holliday on December 29, 2010
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So I still have some unanswered questions, however, I now AB will answer them in the next two books. This was a great start to the Lucy series. Sean and her are a great pair. Plus it wasn't clogged with to many Kincaids. Lucy sure has grown up a lot. The jury is still out on Noah, as I kept calling him a jerk, up until the end. The overall bad guy was not who I expected, which was great cause I thought I knew in the first five pages. Can't wait to see Patrick shine in Kiss Me, Kill Me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Houser VINE VOICE on January 21, 2011
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon A. Schofield on January 3, 2011
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I am a big fan of Allison Brennan and was so anxious to read this story. "Love Me to Death" did not disappoint. Lucy Kincaid is one of my favorite characters and I was so pleased to learn that Allison was doing a series featuring her. Once I started reading, I could not put it down until I knew who, why and how as the story twisted and turned. Aside from the non-stop suspense, I love how the relationship between Lucy and Sean developed. My favorite scene was the ice skating scene...and of course the amazing ending!
Allison, in my opinion, this is another winner!! I can't wait to read both the novella coming out in a late January (Love is Murder) and the full story, "Kiss Me, Kill Me" (out in late February) and what's up next for Lucy and Sean. I am also looking forward to Patrick's story and hope it's not too far on the horizon.
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