Recommendation: Not for me, and unless you plan on reading the other book first, you may want to skip this one.
Summary: -plot holes -unconvincing romance -lacking an alpha -insta-love +interesting thoughts behind the story
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There’s no escaping a Reaper. I’m an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…
I’m a warrior. My unbreakable determination, my backbone of steel define me. As a Reaper who does Death’s bidding, weakness is a word I don’t understand. Until a stunning librarian stirs emotions deep within me I’ve never felt before. Her soft curves blunt the sharp edges of my soul, crushing my defenses – yet make me stronger. But underneath those wide eyes and fierce femininity, she has a weapon, one she won’t hesitate to use. And when the Dark begin their deadly descent, we’ll need each other’s love and protection…or risk fracturing apart.
OK..so here it goes. Let me start off by saying that this book is obviously part of a multi-book series and I have not read any of the others. In reading the books description it caught my eye because if you’ve ever seen my library..well lets just say I have been known to appreciate a good alpha male character. Doesn’t matter if its paranormal, streamline romance, mystery…or whatever. I was hoping this book was able to be read as a stand alone and unfortunately I can’t make my mind up on that one. The book is short, took about two hours to read. No complaints there as I like to binge read in one sitting.
The book launches into a scene where two male characters, both a special type of Fae that are known as Reapers, are breaking into a library on a mission. They are encountered by our female lead, a librarian of sorts that is protecting ancient texts from the Fae and anyone else that wants to steal them. In this society there are three races, or perhaps more but it focuses on Fae, humans and mixed half Fae people. It took me a good two chapters to figure out what was going on. Hence my reference to it perhaps not making a good stand alone. You feel like your missing a huge amount of back story. The plot itself is interesting. But the insta-love is a bit on the ridiculous side. They two main leads go from meeting, to love in like less time than it takes to drop two snaps and a head tilt. It was entertaining and I enjoyed the story line but I am confused as to who the desired audience is. The book is written like it is aimed at a younger teen crowd but then there are several scenes with sexual tension and panty dropping like..right away. Judging by the delicious cover I am leaning more along the lines of an older audience.
I feel like if the story was given a little more in the beginning, something readers could really chew on, that the rest of the book wouldn’t feel so rushed. I also am not sure what could be done to make the two leads relationship more believable. I also don’t understand who the Alpha is ( the title does mention there will be one). The female lead is just as strong as the rest of the characters. I really did like the ideas in the story and I think I would probably try out the rest just to explore what other story lines are there but I don’t see myself reading this one again.
*Disclaimer: I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No one gets to influence my opinions except my husband..because well..he’s hot. (But really this is all me)