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Love Is Mortal

(Valerie Dearborn #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,249 ratings  ·  141 reviews
A determination to survive…

Betrayed by everyone she loves, Valerie Dearborn will do anything to get out of Fey and avoid becoming Cerdwellyn’s queen. Even if it means she has to rely upon Lucas, the monster who betrayed her.

A bid for redemption…

Lucas felt nothing for hundreds of years, but Valerie’s blood has changed everything. Forced to confront his sins, he’ll do what
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published November 14th 2012 by Host of the Hills (first published November 5th 2012)
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The third and final book in a series is often hit and misses. I guess it would be hard for an author to keep everyone happy. The overall story worked for me, I liked the outcome, I liked the twists and turns it took, and I liked seeing different sides to people, that you can be both good and bad. It was really interesting to read, and I liked the whole plot. I was invested in the characters, and was eager to get my happy ever after. However, when I finished it I was disappointed as it was not ev ...more
Krissy P (Kris)

I loved it, but not as much as the first two books. It confused me a little and made me laugh and cry at the same time like some emotional lunatic. I think I should have re-read the first two books before reading this one because it had been such a long time since I read book 2, I needed a refresher.


Lucas is shackled in a Fae King's dungeon; Valerie, deperately in need of an exorcism, is possessed by dead Fae Queen Virginia; Jack is a werewolf and bound to Rachel, a v
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
**spoiler..maybe** wow.Although this book was great...I feel a little cheated.This is one of my favorite series, but I feel the ending did not go with the series or the characters.I feel they could of had a happy ending, but the way it turned out made me feel .....blah, I guess.One of the reasons why I loved Lucas was because of his hard edge, but knowing he really felt something deep down.Also I don't like what was taken away at the end.I guess you could say the ending was too good to be true f ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
ok. so I really really do not like Valerie at all. I want to slap her in the face and almost believe she should be alone forever with her own self righteous attitude. I mead its ok for jack to try to kill him in a moment when it actually matters,but because he defended himself he is the jerk. whatever no one on this planet including her would have let that go with out hurting him. I still love Lucas, but I do not like her at all.
Michelle Cummings
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
While I really enjoyed this final installment in the Valerie Dearborn series, I have to say that it wasn't my personal favorite. The middle third of this book was extremely dark, and while I understand why from a plot development standpoint, it didn't make that portion of my reading experience pleasurable. And I would have personally loved more info at the end.
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, spicy
Either I read this one much too quickly, or it was much too short. Guess I'll just have to reread it. I was counting down the days for it's release and I'm not ready for it to be over.

Can't wait to see what Hanson has in store for the future!
Book Gurl
Apr 25, 2012 marked it as to-read
I can't wait until LIM is released!
I really enjoyed this trilogy and finished all books in 2 days (don't judge me, my eyes hurt!) The author leaves you with one hell of a cliff hanger at the end of the first two books, and I stayed curled up on my couch like an addict jonesin' to know what happens with all the characters.
Jack... oh poor, confused Jack. He was really one of my favorite characters, although I was never rooting for him and Valerie to end up together. I didn't like him in the first book, thought he was quite the d-ba
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I seriously can not come up with another adjective to describe what I believe is the final book in this series. I have loved this series since book one and was so disparate to get my hands on this book. It felt like I waited forever for it to be released. I was seriously worse than a kid waiting for their birthday. I had absolutely no idea that this book would blow the others out of the water. I can not remember a time when I have been so impressed by a concluding book. I have read almost 300 bo ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arcs

Let me start off by saying that I effing loved this book!! I have been a huge fan of the series since the very first book. I read Love is Mortal not knowing that it was the last book in this series, so I was really blown away when I got to the end and realized this was it. I stood staring at the last page for at least five minutes. But after I got over my shock and let everything that had transpired in Love is Mortal sink in, I sighed and smiled because this book
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
We catch up with Valerie while Cerdwellyn is busy trying to coerce her into becoming his queen and he is refusing to take no for an answer. Valerie is a lot more conflicted in this series dealing with being betrayed by Lucas and Jack so her love life is in tatters and she is wishing that she was just a normal woman without all the vampires, werewolves and Fey constantly trying to ensnare her in their world. Plenty of action and Lucas seeks redemption by offering himself up on a platter to the Fe ...more
Danielle (Danniegurl)

The conclusion of this trilogy was a bit lackluster. I was wanting more. There is a lot of crazy stuff going on, what with dealing with the Fey. What is real? What is illusion? Sometimes as the reader I couldn't even tell. Then there were a few other parts that just were eh and boring. I wasn't sure why we had those parts (view spoiler)
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series ... even though I have hated some of these characters at times. What I enjoyed most was the darkness and chaos in these books. This third book in the series did seem to have a different type of chaos. It seemed to lack the depth of the other books, maybe ... Anyways, it is the chaos that kept me on the edge of my seat through all of these books. I was not expecting a happy ending, since none of the other books really ended that way. But I was pleasantly surp ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
For some reason, this book was felt short for me. Maybe I really, really wanted more of Valerie and Lucas, and why not even Jack!

I thought something was missing in the story, maybe that strong connection between the main characters, or that everything ended so fast...I don't know I guess I was expecting more.

Anyhow, the book was good (not as good as the other two in my opinion, but still good).

A pesar de ser el ultimo libro de este serie, este ha sido el que menos me gusto de los tres. Creo
Love is Mortal is the final book in Caroline's Valerie Dearborn trilogy. She took the book in an entirely different direction than I would have expected. For that reason, I will not be including a recap of the story. I don't want to spoil it for other fans of the series.

For me, the best parts of the book were the most painful for the characters. This was not because I wished them harm or enjoyed seeing them in pain. But, it did give us more much needed insight into their lives. Actually, while
Can't sleep
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ignore the publication date.. this book is out now on Amazon.

This was a fantastic end to the gothic paranormal meets chicklit weirdness that was the Valerie Dearborn trilogy. I have no idea why these books aren't chattered about on Goodreads along with other indie gems like Easy and From Rags, as they deliver the same freshness and plain and simple readability shared by the best reads.

Give them a chance!!!!

April Brookshire
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a really good, really creative book. My favorite parts were the Vanilla Sky-esque things. I'm happy with the ending, but tend to be a pro-supernatural reader, so maybe I would have preferred something else. Valerie has her hilarious moments and it was nice that the reason for Lucas being so evil in the past is revealed. The author promises a spin-off series which I look forward to.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Meh. Not sure what happened because I really enjoyed book one. The characters didn't ring true to me, and they totally seemed drastically different to me in a way that seemed more then just a natural evolution. One of my stars is for the reference to "The Princess Bride". I know...right?
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: vampire lovers
I reaaally wanted to love the end of this trilogy but it was just kind of all over the place and I'm left feelling like WTH just happened? The ending seemed really rushed and i felt like the novel didn't give the characters the closure they needed also there were a couple of continuity mistakes which I felf should have been picked up - Valerie stabs a character but later on says she bashed their head in which is it? there was no head bashing mentioned at the time.
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May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Twists!!! So many that I wondered over and over 'this is how it ends?' Alas, I can say that the fine line of Alpha Male dominance and emotional but strong heroine was masterly tightrope with this series. I loved the series and thought it was slick how the series can be continued on a more 'up to date' level, if you will. I especially loved the complexity of the characters and the reasoning behind the existence of the magical world. Hanson made it difficult to choose one person to be the victor. ...more
Traci L.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super Supernatural Romance

Valerie did it. She fell in love with a vampire, Lucas. Because Valerie is an empath she can feel emotions more than others. Because of prior wounds Lucas and Valerie have exchanged blood giving them a bond where they can understand each other emotionally at times. Lucas has decided that he wants to bring other supernaturals back to impose order back to the Vampire covenant. This decision stirs up a lot of crap. It just goes to show that even this author believes when
Sharon Fuhrman
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Valerie Dearborn Series

I finished this book two days ago. I have been trying to decide what to say about it. I have read all three books in this series and the only thing I can think is that I did not like all!! First of all I M highly resistant to published works with bad grammar. There is simply no excuse for this.... one....EVER. second, the story line was so predictable. You know, one can live with that, but this story did not have drama, it had chaos. I am going to stop here. I read
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So does that ending mean there are going to be more books in the near future? Because Molly seemed pretty pissed off but seeing as she never got to use her powers for evil why is she so evilish? (okay I know evilish is not a word but if you got to the end you know what I mean that girl is freaking NUTS). Caroline I cried so hard when he gave her his memories on how he has "hurt" those he has loved dang that was a heartbreaker. So more books right?
Amy Smith
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely loved this series . It’s sad to let all the characters go and return to reality. One of the best reads I’ve ever had . Would 100% recommend to anyone who is in need of a little fantasy and romance in there life , luckily these vampires aren’t the kind that sparkle 😂
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review of Series

This is not PG, but the plot and the characters are more important than the sex. So many paranormal stories are sex scenes linked together by the same old story. This series has complex antagonists and protagonists and story about something other than saving a species.
3 stars

So Valerie redeemed herself in this one, she grew into her own person. And Lucas finally learned to open up...

The ending was not something I saw coming, so that was a first for me in paranormal fiction. The jump from the last chapter to the epilogue was abrupt and this book could have used more Valerie/Lucas time.

Overall I liked this series.
Jeanie's Kindle
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actually Entertaining

You need to read the series to develop the relationship with the characters enough to appreciate the humor of a 1600 year old vampire trying to appear normal. Plus trying to date a modern suburbanite after they have been lovers and she has hidden herself in a surburb in her own mind.
Terry Elley-Ashley
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading all three books I liked the storyline behind these books and loved the main characters. Lucas and Valerie are good together.
But the writing was very rough in general, the transition hard to follow occasionally and too many things left untold or just skipped. In my opinion the author needs to slow down and develop her plot and smooth out the rough edges between the scenes.
Haizle The Princess
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I read all three books, and was actually kind of captivated. The ending was a let down to me though. It was so weird, compared to the rest of the books. And the added piece thrown in at the end with the vampire's niece seemed a bit unnecessary. But whatever.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall good series

I enjoyed Valerie only slightly more in this book but overall it was an interesting series. I enjoyed the author's writing and her ability to draw me in.
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Caroline Hanson grew up in California and moved to London in order to dance and go to pubs. Eventually, she matured enough to marry and imported an Englishman, returning to the United States.

After passing the bar, she had two children and now tries to parent, read, write and play tennis. She's heard rumors that other mothers clean and cook but is putting in serious effort to make sure those rumors

Other books in the series

Valerie Dearborn (3 books)
  • Love is Darkness (Valerie Dearborn, #1)
  • Love is Fear (Valerie Dearborn, #2)
“Perhaps because when everyone they knew and loved continued to die, they realized the value of distance, of not losing one's self completely to love.” 5 likes
“How come she couldn't have a nice supernatural life like the girls on Charmed or even Buffy? They all had friends. Even on Supernatural, the boys had each other. What did she have? Nothing, but one damed traitor after another.” 3 likes
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