Dark Alpha's Claim by Donna Grant
Series: Reaper #1
Also in this series: Dark Alpha's Embrace, Dark Alpha's Demand, Dark Alpha's Lover
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on November 17th 2015
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Dark Alpha's Claim is the first in an exclusive new series from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant! There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I am coming for you...
My whole existence is based on taking what Death wants. Born to eliminate Fae guilty of unforgivable crimes, my reckless, wild nature makes me the perfect assassin to carry out Death's bidding. I've seen more sinister and violent dealings than anyone could ever imagine. But it was the sight of her face that stopped me cold. I've never wanted a woman-never mind a human-so badly; never felt my heart, hardened by death, burn brighter and hotter until it burst into flames. She is everything I desire. The kind of woman that compels you to stake your claim on her, to let the world know that she's yours. A Reaper saving her life will only attract danger, but I vow to protect her at all costs from the Fae that hunt her, and keep safe the woman who has claimed me, body and soul.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Every once in awhile, I just need to feed the geek inside by sinking into a sci-fi or a fantasy romance. When I saw the synopsis to Dark Alpha’s Claim I thought this would be the perfect food for my geek soul.
We’ve seen this kind of plot before. A Group of heroes who fight for their people, but who are forbidden to fall in love or have any kind of relationship. Baylon is a Reaper. One of seven fae who are tasked by Death to be the judge, jury, and executioner of the Fae who have done wrong whether they are dark or light. No fae must ever be given the knowledge of who they are, and if someone finds out, they must die.
Tasked with stopping the Dark Fae’s massacre of humans all through Scotland, the Reapers find out that someone knows who they are, and is targeting them or possibly even death. The Dark Fae are also targeting any human with fae blood, and brutally killing all who they come across.
Baylon comes upon Jordyn, obviously half fae, and he is completely floored by her. Despite knowing that he can’t have a relationship, he feels a need and a connection to Jordyn that he cannot deny. Jordyn is in grave danger from the dark fae and in order to protect her, Baylon may have to turn his back on his vows to Death which means death will come for him.
I loved Baylon and Jordyn. Baylon was, I wouldn’t call it damaged, but he’d been betrayed. He was definitely alpha, and badass, and so completely torn between duty and what he felt for Jordyn. Jordyn just wanted to do what was right and had to decide what she was willing to put on the line, not only for people like her, but for Baylon. The chemistry between these two was smoking hot, but I would have loved to have seen more relationship building. Once they got together, there was so much action going on of the fighting kind, it felt like the relationship storyline took a bit of a back seat.
There was a lot of world building since this is the first in the series, but it was apparent that this is a spin-off from at least one or more series. At times, I was kind of lost when the Dragon Kings and their war was mentioned. I still liked the book but wish I had read the other series first. You can definitely read this book without reading the other related series, but I think I may have enjoyed it more if I had read those first.
There was action galore in this book with lots of sword fighting and heads rolling. With all the talk about the Reapers being judge, jury, and executioner, we never really see them doing that. They were mostly on defense against the dark fae. I would have liked to see them doing their actual jobs before all hell broke loose with the dark fae. As it was, the ending felt a little rushed and I wanted more.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and want to see what happens with the rest of the Reapers.
Spice’s Rating: 4 Made my inner geek happy stars
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