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Book Talk: Dark Alpha’s Lover by Donna Grant

TGIF, book lovers! Our page turner for this weekend is the fourth installment in the Reaper novel series, Dark Alpha’s Lover by Dragon and Fae-loving novelist Donna Grant.

The Blurb

Dark Alpha’s Lover is a brand new paranormal romance in her Reapers series featuring a brotherhood of elite assassins 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…

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…

So,  was tempted to give this book 3.5 stars because I’m not really sure what our preoccupation with psycho/sociopaths really is. And frankly, wicked sexy Reaper Fintan is just that. He gained his reputation as an elite assassin for a reason. It’s dangerous to romanticize heartless, cold-blooded murderers. Having said that, there is something to be said for the suspension of disbelief. This story takes place in fantasy land, and there–unlike in the real world–it is possible to rehabilitate an ex-mercenary turned hitman for Death through love and affection. Okay, fine. Moving on.

Catriona–Cat–is a fantastic character and this book would be well worth reading without the romance angle. Half-Fae, half-human female tries to find her place in the world through great hardship and pain. I’ve always been a fan of the saying “hardship doesn’t build character, it reveals it.” In Dark Alpha’s Lover, Cat’s character is revealed in shiny technicolor. She is one of my sheroes, because she stares into the face of death and never flinches. I love this character because she doesn’t have a death wish, she isn’t careless, she’s just resolved. If death is coming for her, it is, and she’s going to take it with her head up, shoulders back. Her courage is admirable. And an undeniable turn-on for badboy Fae Fintan.

This is a nice addition to the Reaper series. Grant is building up to one hell of an explosion between the Dragon Kings, the dark Fae, the light Fae, and Death and her Reapers. Love is obviously at the middle of it all. And lost love is a highly motivating force. Each installment just makes me itch to know what comes next.

What will you be reading this weekend?

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