Review: Existence by Abbi Glines

Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Deaths Door

Title: Existence
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: Existence Trilogy #1
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Release Date: December 13, 2011

What happens when you’re stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course.

Pagan Moore doesn’t cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn’t let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he’s dead.

Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn’t realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all.

He is Death and he’s about to break all the rules.

“You weren’t meant for the ice, you weren’t made for the pain. The world that lives inside of me was not the world you were meant to contain……So I push you away and I scream out your name and I know I can’t need you yet you give anyway and I run wishing you would run too.”

Pagan Moore a high school senior at Harbor High has always been able to see dead people, so she’s no stranger to ignoring undead souls roaming the earth. This task becomes a bit difficult when she meets one that can actually speak to her, when the others in the past never bother to make any verbal contact. She immediately becomes fascinated with this gorgeous, soul that flirts with her, while pushing all her buttons that she simply can’t resist acknowledging his presence. Dank Walker is a brooding character and as much as he infuriates Paegan he charms her equally! He charmed me as well. ;)

“I don’t want you to just be my tutor. I want you to be the girl I look for in the halls every morning and save a seat for in the cafeteria. I want you to be the one waiting for me when I walk off the field at my games. I want you to be the one I pick up the phone to call just to make me smile.”

Then we have the star quarterback Leif Montgomery in need of a tutor and coincidentally Paegan Moore has signed up to assist struggling students improve their grades. Paegan judges Leif from afar assuming he’s a superficial football player without any concern for the well being of anyone besides himself. Oh boy is Paegan wrong, Leif is a kind hearted football star with compassion and a heart of gold. Immediately these two begin crushing on each other and I’m crushing on Leif as well. But wait because Leif is about to have some seriously intoxicatingly sexy competition show up and begin competing for Paegans affections. Dank Walker has stolen my heart when he becomes corporal and attends school daily with Paegan as a celebrity.

Dank Walker. The soul, my soul,was Dank Walker the rocker?

“You tempt me. I can’t be tempted. I’m not made to be tempted by you, Pagan Moore, you tempt me. From the moment I came for you I was drawn in. Everything about you…..You make me crazy with need. With want. I didn’t understand it at first. But now I know. It’s your soul calling to me. Souls mean nothing to me. They aren’t supposed to. But yours has become my obsession.”

So Death Dank is incredibly sexy and I love it when he growls. RAWR. Yes, I’m a huge fan of men that growl……Unfortunately he constantly has a piece of arm candy on his arm and no it’s not Paegan, and that leads to her jealousy. While Dank is busy playing the role of rock star heartthrob that it’s easy to forget that his main priority is to be the grim reaper and remove souls from their body and deliver them to transporters that send you to your final resting place of Heaven or Hell.

“Pagan, the moment I became consumed with you and chose to break the rule everything changed. You’re my weakness. I chose you over the rules. Once you are taken you will be kept. I will no longer see you or be given a chance to be near you. I am death. I can’t live with the light and you will live with the light. Forever. Never to return to Earth. I can’t resist you so they won’t let me keep you.”

Dank seems to have forgotten his position in life because when refused to allow Paegan to die in an accident all of their lives start to spin upside down. Dank now has to become her protector from other transporters that are motivated to “right a wrong” that Dank has so carelessly caused. However, Dank has feelings for Paegan and knows no boundaries when it comes to keeping her safe from harm. Meanwhile Leif is becoming more serious about his feelings for Paegan and Dank isn’t prepared to step back without a fight, yet he knows that being around Paegan is only making him wants things he cannot have. *sigh* When Paegan makes the ultimate sacrifice to save Dank from Hell it becomes clear that their connection has become more powerful and selfless. Dank is funny, mysterious and sexy, while Leif is sweet, considerate and sexy. They’re the best of both worlds. I love Dank the most, but I have a soft spot for Leif as well.

“You’re the one thing I want most in the world yet the one thing I cannot have. Because to have you completely would be impossible. You can’t go where I walk.”

Abbi Glines does an incredible job of making romance be the central focus of the story in Existence. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the Existence trilogy as well as Abbi Glines contemporary romance series as well. I easily read this book in one day, and fell in love with Paegan, Dank and Leif’s story as well as leaving me with a cliffhanger anxious to know the mystery behind Leif, and the outcome of Dank and Paegan’s life. I recommend Existence to all paranormal romance lovers, with a passion for smolderingly hot heroes, likable heroines and an engaging and amorous plot that leaves you quickly turning the pages eager for more.

“I’m not a man so I do not have a heart that loves as a human does. I’m an immortal god that dwells with supreme power because I hold the keys to death.”

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Miss Vain

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6 Responses to Review: Existence by Abbi Glines

  1. Naomi H says:

    Great review Miss V, but being left as a cliffhanger does my head in, may have to read it anyway!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  2. Lexxie says:

    This sounds a little bit like Twilight and / or Hush, Hush to me – is that correct? While I liked Twilight, I can’t stand the Hush, Hush series… I need a MC who can take care of herself, and doesn’t let her love-life get in the way of life – you know – the staying alive thing :D

    I’m glad you liked it, and hope you’ll let me know if there are indeed similarities to the titles I mentioned.

    Great review in any case!

    • MissVain says:

      Well Lexxie it actually reminds me of Darynda Jones’ adult series Charley Davidson, definitely not Hush Hush (which I love btw lol, I know you dislike it ;) , maybe Twilight u guess…..I’m stumped lol, it reminds me of Charley Davidson, I can’t remember if you’ve read it,;)

  3. Awww, now I want to read it even more than I did before. The summary by itself was enough to make me want it but your review sealed the deal and I guess now I know which is the first book I’ll purchase myself from the book depository…
    Great review, as always!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Marti @ The Story Behind the Book Cover

  4. Alexa says:

    Ok I need to meet Dank! Lately those screwed up men in books haven’t really been perfect for me and I need a guy that pulls off his attitude and complex badass nature in the book! I shall have to look into getting this for my nook!

    Thanks for the awesome review!

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