Review: At Death It Begins by Elle Jefferson

Monday, September 16, 2013

At Death It Begins
By Elle Jefferson
Rating: 4 Glasses of Wine

Lendyn Hughes' grandmother has kept a secret for thirty-one years, who Lendyn's parents are. A devastating break-up following her grandmother's death leaves Lendyn alone, confused and determined to find answers. Armed with only a name Lendyn attempts to unfurl the branches of her family tree never guessing it would put her life in danger. 

For over two hundred years Englishman Callum Scott lived a life surrounded by beauty. A life free from all those annoying human emotions. That is until the American showed up. Lendyn flipped his world upside down and put him the worst sort of jeopardy. He's starting to feel things and a murderer can't afford to feel

Our Review: 
Are you looking for a paranormal romance to dig into? Elle Jefferson's debut novel At Death It Begins is definitely one to start. It has all the elements I look for in a paranormal romance.
  • A sexy vampire (Helloooo Callum!): CHECK! 
  • Vampire falling in love with a human who should be off limits: CHECK!
  • Vampire acts like an overprotective ass because he can't manage his overwhelming feelings: CHECK!
In At Death It Begins, Elle Jefferson paints a whole new vampire world. Sure, some of the typical vampire tales are present...drinking blood, hundreds of years old, etc... But she introduces us to quite a few new tales of her own as well. ADIB had a bit of a slow start for me. However, I feel that way about almost all paranormal books. This story was very complex and in retrospect I see that we needed the extra pages of explanation to get us from point A to point B without confusion. 

Callum Scott is sexy, sarcastic, broody and slightly pretentious. He also happens to be the "World's most eligible bachelor" and a vampire. And before you ask, despite his hotness, he doesn't burst into flames (or sparkle) when he steps into the sun. After a chance meeting, Callum is immediately drawn to Lendyn Hughes, a young Hollywood screen writer. While he can't yet understand his unexpected interest in this woman, he finds himself unable to stay away from her.
"I am a terrifying force of nature and yet there I was, huddled outside your room like a coward. I hate what you do to me. I've never experienced feelings beyond myself before. I'm not even sure when it happened. One minute I was fine and the next my head was a mess....I promised I'd keep you safe and I didn't"
Lendyn Hughes has her own issues. After having her heart torn apart by an ex, she decides to focus on herself while searching for answers about her mysterious childhood. A new man is nowhere on her agenda. Lendyn is strong, yet completely insecure. One minute she is shy and reserved, the next she is mouthing off with no filter. I loved her! I only wish we had more of Lendyn and Callum together, but I suspect book two will give us just that. 
"I'm scared," I said, "if I look at you then that means I believe you, and if I believe you then it makes everything real including what happened last night and I don't want to admit-"  He ran a hand along my chin and angled my face towards him, "I will do anything to keep you safe."
 At Death It Begins by Elle Jefferson was extremely well written and I enjoyed every page. ADIB is the first book in this series, but I wouldn't call its ending a cliffy. It does however leave you wanting more. Elle, please tell me we get some dirty Callum in book two? No wait, don't tell me! I'll never be able to handle the wait if I know the answer. A girl can dream. I can't wait for book number two.

About Elle Jefferson
I've been reading as long as I've been walking, though I never done the two together (I'm rather clumsy). With the birth of my second son I became a stay-at-home mom and found when the little one took a nap I had a WHOLE hour to myself. 

I wanted nothing more than to escape for that hour and thus a love for writing was born.  

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