Dark Alpha's Lover Series: Reaper
Also in this series: Dark Alpha's Claim, Dark Alpha's Embrace, Dark Alpha's Demand
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 18, 2017
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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…
I answer to no one but Death. I am impenetrable, impervious, immortal. I exist to do Death’s bidding and no one–not Reaper nor human nor Fae–can stand in my way. Except for the bewitching half-Fae, Catriona. She swears the magic in her family passed her by, but I know better. This woman is strong. This woman is powerful. And when her abilities surge forth, no one will be able to stop the Dark Fae from coming for her. Except for me. I want to keep her close. I want to keep her safe. I want lose myself to her, again and again…
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Dark Alpha’s Lover is the fourth book in of Donna Grant’s Reapers series. The writing is rich, the characters are intriguing, and the action both in and out of the sheets keeps me on my toes. Although some have had no problem reading them as standalones, there is an ongoing storyline to these books so I recommend reading them in order.
Fintan is a dark fae, in fact, he was the darkest fae of them all before he was betrayed and became a reaper. Since then, he has kept himself completely devoid of emotion–no happiness, no sadness, not even contentment. It’s like he’s just existing. Knowing that still waters run deep, this just made me curious as to what would happen if he lost all that control.
Cat confused me. A half-fae, her entire family had magic but hers never manifested leaving her feeling like she didn’t belong. Now, the fae have killed every member of her family except for her Grandfather. She’s pragmatic as hell and accepts that her time is coming up next, and she’s decided to meet that fate head on. She broke my heart with her story, but I also wanted to throttle her. Willing to sacrifice herself for her beloved Grandfather, she refused to see that he wouldn’t want to go on without her.
When Fintan first sees Cat he’s suddenly over-run by desire and a hunger that threatens all his tight control. His new-found emotions had him doing several things entirely against his usual ways that had me smiling more than once. He knows he must put his reapers first so he focuses on solving the puzzle of all that is Cat. No one can figure out why Bran wants a Halfling with no magic and he aims to figure that out before she can be used against Death. Cat ends up surprising him at every turn with her selflessness and her willingness to be used as a tool to defeat Bran.
Although we got a huge dose of insta-attraction, this is not the insta-lust type book I expected. These two fight their connection as hard as they can. When they finally get together it is hot and very sexy but I can’t say I ever totally bought the connection between them and I really can’t tell you why. It just never clicked especially with the added angst at the end, which felt a bit contrived.
Beyond the relationship woes between Cat and Fintan there was a whole lot going on, almost too much. As Bran strengthens, Death is weakening. In desperation, chances are taken to bring in more than one surprising ally. It was these things that kept me turning the pages rather than Fintan and Cat’s story. The last 20% of the book, although exciting, had some revelations that just didn’t quite work for me. In fact, I went back and reread it to make sure I didn’t miss something. I’m not going to give anything away, but an explanation as to why certain things are the way they are would have been appreciated.
This was a good book, and a decent addition to a series I’ve gotten attached to, it’s just not going to be my favorite. I’m crossing my fingers after that epilogue that Eoghan is up next.
Rating: 3.5 Love the Series But Just Liked This Book Stars
Q & A With Donna Grant
Where do you get your inspiration? Everywhere. TV shows, music, movies, books, and real life.
How long on average does it take you to write a book? A full length book takes me 5-6 weeks total before I turn it into my editor. A novella takes 3 weeks.
What is your writing Kryptonite? I don’t really have any. ::knocks on wood::
What books have most influenced your life? I believe that every book I have ever read has influenced me in one form or another. They’ve shaped my thoughts and my actions. I’m one that believes a book comes into a person’s life when they need it the most.
What is the first book that made you cry? I can’t remember the title, but it was a western where the heroine was kidnapped by Indian’s and she fell in love. It wasn’t a romance because there was no HEA, but I bawled.
What was your hardest scene to write? It’s different with every book. Mostly its the sex scenes because there is so much more emotion that goes into those scenes than in others, and I like to get it right.
What did you edit out of this book? lol. I write “that” a lot. I edit most of those out. And the use of names. I don’t realize when I’m writing that I do it, but when I read over it, I do.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s the author of more than thirty novels spanning multiple genres of romance including the bestselling Dark King stories. The acclaimed series features a thrilling combination of dragons, the Fae, and Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.