Dark Alpha's Demand (Reaper Series #3)

Dark Alpha's Demand (Reaper Series #3)

by Donna Grant

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ISBN-13: 9781466883406
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Series: Donna Grant's Reaper Series , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 23,257
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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, Dark Craving, Night's Awakening, and Dawn's Desire. Her acclaimed Dark Warrior and Dark Sword series novels feature a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s written more than thirty novels spanning multiple genres of romance including the bestselling Dark King stories, Dark Craving, Night’s Awakening, and Dawn’s Desire. Her acclaimed series, Dark Warriors, feature a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.

"Dark, sexy, magical. When I want to indulge in a sizzling fantasy adventure, I read Donna Grant."

--Allison Brennan, New York Times Bestselling Author

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Dark Alpha's Demand

A Reaper Novel


By Donna Grant

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2016 Donna Grant
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4668-8340-6


CHAPTER 1

Light Fae Court

Western Ireland

Talin pushed open the thirty — foot double doors and entered ... Hell. The court of Queen Usaeil was a gorgeous one. All around him, Light Fae with their midnight hair and silver eyes — their beauty a trait of being a Fae — danced, laughed, and plotted.

He paused steps into the massive room and surveyed the huge chamber. Everything glittered — per Usaeil's demand. The decorations were white and gold, with splashes of vivid, breathtaking flowers in various colors everywhere.

There wasn't an inch of the Queen's castle that didn't bespeak wealth and beauty. Add in the Light Fae, and the brilliance made it difficult to gaze upon.

Even for a Fae.

But then again, Talin wasn't just any Light Fae. He was a Reaper — chosen by Death to be an executioner for all Fae. Except no one knew his true identity.

If he wanted to ensure that everyone lived, then they could never know.

Talin walked through the crowd gathered, in the hopes that Usaeil might make an appearance. The Fae, as a general rule, were a race of beings that cared only about themselves.

There were a few exceptions — Rhi, for instance. But the Light Fae who'd once had a well — documented affair with a Dragon King was another matter entirely.

The Fae around him now had no idea their queen pretended to be a very well-known American movie star. So they wouldn't know she was on location shooting her next film and wouldn't be in attendance that night.

Then again, the Fae didn't care. Their thoughts were on something else entirely.

Talin paused when the whispers reached him. Reapers. They whispered the word as if speaking it would bring them to life. Their voices were filled with fear, panic.

Dread.

And they should feel such emotions. Every Fae was subject to Death's judgment, be they Light or Dark.

The Dark Fae preferred to use their magic for evil, which changed them physically by adding silver to their black hair and turning their eyes red. They fed off humans by having sex with them, stealing their souls in the process.

Light Fae were those who grasped the magic they were given and only dallied with a human every now and again, though never killing them.

That didn't mean the Light weren't judged. In some cases, Death was harder on the Light than the Dark. Balance. There always had to be balance.

As Talin listened to the scheming and constant conspiring, he could understand why. Those among the court were devious, calculating, conniving, and treacherous. It wasn't always done to get in favor with the queen. In fact, a lot of it was done for marriages, business dealings, and even position among the Light.

Talin didn't understand the need to have a social standing. The humans had all but gotten rid of theirs, but the Fae made up for it by structuring their entire race around such things. Though it had always been so.

Since his arrival at court, Talin had been begged, bribed, and even threatened by families to marry their daughters. All of which, turned his stomach.

The machinations to get a man to notice a certain woman made Talin wary. He'd seen the same trickery directed at him on several occasions.

He quickly moved to the side of the room and up the four steps to one of a dozen white granite pillars. From this vantage point, he could see in almost every direction.

Talin leaned a shoulder against the column and crossed his arms over his chest. He wasn't sure why Death had chosen him to spy upon the Light court, but a Reaper didn't question orders.

Well, that wasn't entirely true. It had happened only once, and it was a good thing the orders were questioned, because it turned out Death hadn't sent the directive for them to kill all half — Fae among the humans.

Turns out, that order had somehow come from an old enemy out to end the Reapers — and Death. The fact this new nemesis was none other than a former Reaper Death had sent to the Netherworld for his crimes only made things more difficult.

Talin had no idea what Death hoped he might find spying upon the Light court. All he'd discovered so far was that the Light somehow knew the Reapers were on Earth.

No one knew who the Reapers were, or if, in fact, they were real. The Reapers were a story told to the young to scare them as well as deter them from turning Dark. The Dark, well, he wasn't sure what they were told.

The fact was, there wasn't a Fae alive — Light or Dark — who wasn't frightened of the Reapers. Just the mention of them put the Fae on high alert.

If no one knew whether the Reapers were even real, why would the Fae somehow know they'd returned to Earth? It was a question Talin asked himself over and over again with no answer in sight.

While he attempted to figure it out, he watched those at court. There were the ones who had prestige and position within Fae society.

Those few individuals walked around with a cocky smile in place, their heads held high as if they were above reproach. In their wake were others, whispering and plotting as jealousy threatened to swallow them whole. That was the next tier of Light — those who wanted the top positions.

These Fae never stopped scheming or conspiring. Their goal was to be on top, and they were going to get there one way or another. This group was by far the largest, with its own social hierarchy that made Talin's head hurt each time he thought about it.

The last group was those who managed to make their way to the castle by the queen's invitation, some trade or bargain, or another such endeavor. These Fae were rendered bright — eyed by the opulence and allure, and most didn't realize they needed to guard themselves against it all.

With the right connections, these lowest of the Fae could manage to get into the second level easily enough. However, working their way through that hierarchy was trickier than maneuvering through a battlefield.

"Hello, lover," whispered a sexy feminine voice in his ear as hands wound around him from behind.

Talin smiled, unable to help himself. He looked over his shoulder at Neve. She raised a black brow, her silver eyes searching his.

Desire struck him quickly, making him instantly hard. Neve managed to bring such a reaction from him every time he heard her voice, felt her touch, or looked at her.

In other words, simply her existence filled him with lust. It knotted tightly within him, demanding that he claim her body. He drew in a shaky breath as he ached to taste her, to hold her luscious body against his.

"You walked right past me." She lifted her chin, her dark pink lips tightening subtly. "I should be offended."

Talin took her hand and pulled her around to face him. His skin prickled at the feel of her soft curves against him. His heart quickened when he breathed in her scent.

How he craved this woman.

"But you won't."

He took in her heart — shaped face and high cheekbones with skin that seemed to glow. Her ebony locks were pulled away from her face in several rows of braids before being clasped at the back of her head, leaving the rest of her locks to fall about her shoulders.

Black brows arched over large, almond — shaped eyes that tilted up at the corners. Her lashes were thick, her lips full.

The long, slim column of her throat tempted him to lean down and nip at the delicate skin while running his hands over her delicious curves.

She shot him an icy look before she let her eyes run up and down him. "Why's that?"

"You'll forget all about it when I take you down the corridor and into one of the many hidden alcoves." He looked down at the bright pink gown that accentuated her breasts and small waist. Talin ran his finger along the swell of one breast. "I'll tear off that dress and have you screaming in pleasure."

"You're confident."

He met her gaze as he slid his finger between the plump swells of her breasts. "I should be. I've done it with you often enough."

Neve smiled and wrapped her arms around him and said, "Hmm. I like your thinking." Then she gave a little pout. "You've been gone a long time."

"I'm here now." He squeezed her breast before wrapping both arms around her. So far, Talin had been able to dodge any questions she posed regarding his whereabouts, but Neve was getting more pointed in her questioning.

"Yes, you are. None too soon, either."

That made Talin cautious. There was always something going on at court. Hopefully, this didn't pertain to him or Neve. "What? Besides the usual."

"You haven't seen it?" she asked with a frown.

"Apparently, not."

Neve took his hand and dragged him behind her as she meandered through the people until they came to a crowd of onlookers gawking at something.

Talin maneuvered around her and shouldered his way to the front. Hanging on the wall was the front of a human magazine with a picture of Usaeil and a man taken through the window of a hotel room.

The man was out of focus, but Talin knew who it was — Constantine. He was King of the Dragon Kings, and he wasn't going to be happy about this.

Talin wondered if Con and the other Dragon Kings had learned of this. More importantly, had Rhi? Talin looked around to see if he could catch a glimpse of Rhi. This was definitely something she would post in the middle of court.

"Who are you looking for?" Neve asked.

Talin kept his hold on Neve's hand and moved them away from the crowd. "Have you seen Rhi?"

"She always hated being at court, but no one has seen her in a long while. There was a rumor that she quit the Queen's Guard."

He ran a hand through his hair. There was one person who would know if Rhi was responsible for this. Daire was veiled and following Rhi wherever she went, per Death's orders. Death had a peculiar interest in Rhi that none of them understood.

"Why are you asking about Rhi?" Neve questioned.

Talin shrugged and dropped his hand to his side. "Rhi's pissed at Usaeil."

"So you think she posted the magazine cover?" Neve asked with brows raised.

He glanced back at the crowd and halted before he faced Neve. "Yes."

Neve licked her lips and took a step closer to him, her voice lowering. "Right now, everyone is shocked about Usaeil's escapades as an actor."

"She didn't purposefully hide it. Did she?"

Neve lifted one shoulder in a shrug. "It explains why our queen has been gone so much. The fact is, that's what everyone is talking about. Now. Soon, it'll turn to the man she was photographed with."

"And?" Talin wanted to know if the Light thought it was a human or a Dragon King.

"Some speculate it's a human. That doesn't bode well for our queen."

Talin may not have known Neve for long, but in the time he'd spent with her, he'd come to recognize that she formulated her own opinions, thoughts, and answers without concern as to what the rest of the court thought or did.

"And you?"

Neve looked him in the eye and said, "I have other thoughts."

"Like?" he pressed.

"I believe it's a Dragon King."

Several seconds passed before he reacted. "Why do you think that?"

"I've never met Usaeil, but I've seen her often enough. She's a queen, Talin. She's not going to give herself to just any man, especially not a human."

"Even a queen has needs."

That brought a small smile to Neve's lips. "She's taken lovers within the court every few hundred years, but none know their identity."

"Then how do you know she's taken a lover?"

Neve gave him a flat look. "How do you know anyone has taken a lover?"

"Point taken." Talin started walking. He waited until they were outside the castle walls and strolling through the cold night air with dark, heavy clouds threatening rain before he asked, "Do you really think Usaeil would take a Dragon King as her lover?"

"You mean because of what happened with Rhi?"

He nodded. "Do you know the story?"

"Every Fae knows that story. Or at least what we were told."

"Which is?"

"I know Rhi was in love. I know the queen didn't like the fact that a Light in the Queen's Guard was seeing a Dragon King. There are some Light who believe Usaeil was the one who caused the end of the affair."

"Do you?"

Neve moved her hand in the mist that had begun to form. The cold didn't bother the Fae as it did the humans. "No other Fae has been with a Dragon King before or since. It's one of those unspoken rules."

"Is it?" he asked with a frown. "I didn't know."

"How could you not? It's because of Rhi. Usaeil might not have responded before or after the affair, but the fact she remained mute about it said more than if she'd made a speech."

"True. How does everyone feel about Rhi quitting the Queen's Guard?"

"So it's true?"

"Yes."

"Just the rumors have shocked the court. She's been gone so long, many have assumed the rumor is true. They're not necessarily afraid without her. More uneasy. People trusted her. When Rhi gave her word, she carried through with it."

Talin put all this to memory to share with the other Reapers later.

"You know," Neve said. "I almost feel sorry for Usaeil."

"Why?" he asked as he turned to her.

She gave a shake of her head. "If Usaeil has taken a King as a lover, it's inevitable that Rhi finds out. The vibrant, impulsive Rhi will go after her."

That was exactly Talin's thought, as well.

CHAPTER 2

Neve watched Talin carefully. He was always secretive, though he used his charm to make others forget they wanted to know anything about him.

But she didn't forget.

She hated secrecy, mostly because Neve had lived with it her entire life. The Everwoods had been members of the Light court for more generations than they could count.

Neve grew up learning the ins and outs of the court, as well as how to work others to get what she wanted. If one wished to survive at court, then you did what you had to do.

Since Neve didn't have the option of refusing the mantle placed upon her by her family, she worked the system effortlessly. It should bother her how easily she was able to manipulate people, but when she stepped back and saw them for who they truly were, Neve couldn't bring herself to feel much of anything.

The Light Fae. As a race, they were supposed to be all about good and decency, but there wasn't a shred of either emotion within the walls of Usaeil's castle.

Neve observed Talin examining everything around him — from the castle, the Fae walking outside, the trees, and even the sky. His pale silver eyes missed nothing. She wondered what he saw, and how he catalogued things.

His long, black hair had the barest hint of a wave to it as it hung to the shoulders of his pale blue shirt. He shoved one side behind an ear and tilted his head as if listening.

She didn't think he realized she was still beside him, not that she minded. It gave her a chance to fill her gaze with his sharply chiseled features.

The hard planes of his jaw and chin were in direct contrast to his wide lips and thick eyelashes. It was difficult to look at Talin and notice anything but those beautiful eyes.

Except when she did look down, she saw a body that made her hands itch to touch him. His shirt barely contained wide shoulders that tapered to narrow hips where navy pants encased his legs. Every muscle was honed and defined.

As eye — catching as Talin's personal package was, it didn't hold a candle to what drew her interest — his bearing. The way he stood, walked, talked.

In a castle full of Light who believed themselves above others, the only one who had the attitude and demeanor to carry it off was Talin.

He didn't care about furthering his standing. In fact, Neve didn't know his ranking in society, and she didn't care. She had no idea how he'd gotten to court. The fact that he acted as though he belonged there ensured no one questioned him.

Talin spoke to everyone from the lowest ranked to the highest. None knew his goals, and with the easy way he talked to everyone, no one seemed to mind — which was rare in court.

Neve looked down at their joined hands and the way his long fingers held her hand securely. She wasn't the only female to want his attention. She still wasn't sure why he'd chosen her.

The first time he'd arrived at court, she'd seen him walk through the doors. He'd taken a deep breath and strode straight into the crowd.

In a matter of moments, those around him forgot they didn't know him and were introducing him to others. Neve had been awed by his interaction.

She'd stayed on the outskirts of the main floor and followed his progression through the melee of Light. Men shook his hands. Women flirted outrageously, touching him and rubbing themselves against him.

He was never unkind. In fact, he went out of his way to be fair and generous to all. In a castle full of cads, he was ... nice.

The entire day, Neve was never far from him. She noticed how he made sure not to reveal anything about himself. All the while, she thought she was being careful while she stalked him.

He let her know how wrong she was when he came up behind her and asked her to dance in that deep, spine — tingling seductive voice of his.

In his arms, Neve felt like they were the only two in the entire castle. She forgot everyone and everything. They didn't speak, merely looked into each other's eyes. From that moment on, he was hers.

And she was his.

Suddenly, he turned his head to her. She knew that look. He was leaving again. Neve smiled, pushing aside the disappointment.


(Continues...)

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Dark Alpha's Demand (Reaper Series#3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Dark Kings novels and now all of the Reapers books out so far, they are simply put ADDICTIVE!! I can't wait for each new book to come out. The story lines and integration of the series with the other is flawless, but can also be read alone (but I recommend all of them..Donna Grant definitely has the gift and I am thankful to have found her and her novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the characters and love story,,,steamy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find when characters start to blend it makes the story that much more fun to read. Where are they going now? This is a good one.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Talin is a Reaper, part of an elite group of Fae that only serve Death. If any other Fae figure out what he is, they must be put to death. While undercover at the Light Fae realm Talin meets and falls for Neve. When her family becomes a target, how will he be able to help her the way he needs to and not reveal his true identity? This is the first Reaper novel I’ve read from this author, but it’s in the same world as her Dragon Kings series, so I felt right at home. This was an excellent book. The characters were very developed. There were a couple of times I wanted to cry for everything that Talin and Neve went through. As with the Dragon King series, there’s also an overall series ARC happening that makes me want to go back and read the first two books. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
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sportochick More than 1 year ago
Author Donna Grant hits a home Run.....on book 3 of A Reaper Novel series with vivid details of life at court and dramatic action between the Reapers and their arch enemy. Talin, a light Fae, is the featured Reaper in this book seeking information at the court of Queen Usaeil. He started to really amuse me in Dark Alpha's Embrace in his interaction with Kyran so I was curious to see how his story would play out. This character is intriguing because he doesn't fit into the normal behavior of the light Fae. His charming standoff personality draws the women to him like moths to a light bulb as he keeps staying just out of their reach. Except for one... The story of how Talin became a Reaper crushed me. It was so painful and wrong that I wanted to scream and cry at the same time. Every book needs a heroine and this one is Neve, well all I can say is...I REALLY, REALLY like her. She is smart, beautiful, self possessed, fearless and not afraid to die to protect loved ones. The way that she looks at her life and those around her is refreshing. I love how she knowingly makes a decision when she knows it most likely means death. I give this 5 STARS.... You will not be disappointed in this book. Will you buy it? A copy was gifted in exchange for an honest opinion via Netgalley.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. 'Dark Alpha’s Demand' by Donna Grant is book three in the "Reaper" series. This is the story of Neve and Talin. This can be a standalone book but I would say read the whole series... they are that good but it is nice to get the full story of what these books are about. Talin and Neve both were very much attracted to each other from the start. Talin meet Neve when he came to be on a mission to spy on the Light Fae court. Neve is fully Fae that makes is almost impossibe for Talin who is a Reaper to actually be with her in a permanent relationship. But when Neve is found to have someone out to hurt her Talin goes into protective mode. Can Neve and Talin find they can be together by over coming their obstetrical. How will Neve feel when she learns who Talin is actually? Another great book by Ms. Grant. Please follow more reviews at the below sites: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1... http://sissymaereads.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/sally.mae.39... http://booklikes.com/ https://romancebookreviewforyou.wordp... https://www.facebook.com/groups/17091... https://twitter.com/soapsrus68 https://www.pinterest.com/u2soapsrus/
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 5 And the plot thickens!!! I really enjoyed this story. With each Reaper book we are drawn more and more into the world of Reapers, Fae and the Dragon Kings. I truly love how closely related these two series are. I am wondering with 4 more Reaper books to come and at least 4 more Dragon King’s books how are these to fractions going to work together to stop the Dark. Crap..... I might have said too much. Talin and Neve’s story was great. I think so far this is my favorite book in the Reaper’s series. It was awesome to see Bran finally rattled. But the events at the end of Dark Alpha’s Demand broke my heart. I can’t wait to see what and who is next in this series. I can’t wait to see how the Reapers and the Kings finally realize that they need each other. And Rhi, of course I can’t wait to see what is next for our favorite Light Fae. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Maja_Vo More than 1 year ago
If you're going to be bad, be bad with purpose. And that's exactly the Reapers motto, at least in my opinion. They serve Death and while being the boogeyman to others their only goal is justice and following death's orders. But of course nobody said they can't have some fun while carrying out their missions, right? And that's what I love about this series. It's not too OTT with the whole fight for the greater good theme. It has just the right amount of action, romance, suspense and bada**ery that make the story work. I adore the heroines for being such amazing characters and that they know who they are and what they want. And lets just say that they also know how to show the boys what's what. They sure as heck sometimes need it. Anyway, I was so excited for Talin and Neve's story. Since I've read the previous books I already knew some bits and pieces about how Talin's journey would look like but to actually read it, yup, I really liked it. Their story stars a bit differently than in the previous two. Both knew each other already and are very familiar with others likes in the bedroom. Now I'm not sure I liked that, since I would have loved to see the build up of their reationship and how they met. But in a way we still get that, since Talin is hiding his true identity to her and others. No fae or human is to know that reapers aren't just a myth and for everyone who finds out their truth, the only thing that awaits them is their death. So, imagine how hard it is for those two to find the middle point in their already fragile relationship. Aaaaaaaaaand it get's worse... Guess who's back? None other than the sunshine Bran. The sweet devil who's consumed by his hatred for Death and their Reapers. Long ago he made the mistake of falling in love and since their secret is sacred, his love had to die. And with her, his humanity and sanity died along. Now, his mission is to bring the same pain and anguish to those who robbed him of his happiness. Unfortunatelly for Neve, she just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and tied to the wrong man. I felt really bad for her and what she had to go through. But in the end everything has it's purpose. Who I also loved were the secondary characters. The Light Fae queen is definitely a character I would want to know more about. I have a feeling she will play a mayor role in the upcoming events. All that's left to say is that I can't wait for the next story!
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful addition to this series and Rhi finally makes an appearance I have always loved her character in the Dark Kings Series. Talin has been given the mission to spy on the Light Fae court where he meets Neve. The chemistry between these two is amazing but Talin knows that they can never truly be together as Death does not permit it. When Neve and her family are threatened will he be able to keep his distance or come to her rescue. This is a fast paced read with lots of suspense, drama and steamy. Loved it!
GirlyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Two words... Game Changer! Dark Alpha's Demand is a spellbinding and evocative installment to Donna Grant's Dark World!! You will fall madly in love with Talin and Neve. I know I did!
I didn't read, I devoured this book! No one writes like Donna Grant. All of her stories are unique, the details she puts into every chapter brings everything to life.
 My mind is reeling with theories and I can't stop thinking about this book! I was hooked from the beginning and by the end my head was spinning! So much happens! Rhi is a huge part of this one! So things are never boring when she is around! The Reaper are feared and whispered about among all Fae. They were chosen by Death after suffering an ultimate betrayal. Death is judge and jury. They are her executioners.
Talin has orders to gather all the information he can in the Light Fae court. While doing so he meets his beautiful Neve. For the first time in all his thousands of years of being a Reaper he has met the one women that he would do anything for. Even though his deepest desire is to have her by his side, for her to know his true self would mean her death.
No one can know who the Reapers are.
Neve has lived her life according to the obligations of her family. When she first met Talin she knew he was something more. She longs to have a future with him but, he has secrets and another part of his life she knows nothing about. As their time together grows more intense, things heat up and their old enemy Bran seeks to destroy all that Talin holds dear.
Circumstances are not on their side, but together they must face Bran and his army of Dark Fae to save them all, before it's too late.
The Reaper's have a long hard journey ahead and there are many things that have yet to be revealed, but what does happen in this book will leave you speechless! Reviewed by Kristin
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
Dark Alpha's Demand the third book in Donna Grant's Reaper series continues with a sharp focus and engaging individual romance while moving forward her far reaching and on going story arc. Sexy, brave and loyal the hero and heroine of this work compliment each other and show off Ms. Grant’s wonderful writing. Duty battles with desire as another Reaper loses his heart. This series will suck you in and hold you captive as love and danger slowly reveal and put into place the pieces of the puzzle that is Donna Grant's dark universe! *I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.* *While this book can be read as a stand alone your over all reading experience would be enhanced by reading the previous stories in this series.*
MBurton More than 1 year ago
3rd installment in The Reapers Novel is the story of Talin and Neve. While these can be read as a standalone, I wouldn't suggest it. Each character is continued on to the next book. Each installment are about one of the Reapers finding their mate while in the middle of fighting a war with a spurned Reaper. The one issue I have with this storyline is that a Reaper is not allowed to tell the Fae who they are even if they fall in love with one. If the Fae find out about the Reapers, they must be killed. Why? The only thing I can gather is the Fae apparently can't keep the Reapers a secret, so they are destroyed. Is this based on truth or assumption that Fae can't keep them a secret? I don't know. It seems harsh either way. Reapers work for Death who is named Elith. When Bran, one of her Reapers told his lover, a Fae, that he was a Reaper, Elith killed her, hence the start of the war. (Spoiler if you haven't read book 1 and 2). In book one and two, the reapers fall in love with half Fae/half human. Since Fae do not recognize half breeds, they are allowed to know the existence of Reapers. Unfortunately for Talin, Neve is a full blood Fae. Will there be a way for Talin to keep Neve? That's what you learn in book Three. I enjoyed the story. It's creative and maturely written. I have issues with the rules for the reapers but then there wouldn't be a story without it. Will I continue to read more from Donna Grant? Definately! ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book in the Reapers Series which is a spin off of the Dragon series. This book should be read as part of the series and not as a stand alone book. I enjoyed this book just as I have with all the other Reaper books. This story is of Talin and Neve, he loves her but can't be with her but he also can't let her go. A lot of stuff happens in the book that is a continuation of what has been going on in the series. I think my favorite part about this book is when Rhi comes and kicks butt. She really is my favorite Fae and it's always fun reading about her. *Gifted copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "Welcome, Reaper..." Stars! This series just keeps getting better and better with each new book that the author adds to it. I think the main reason being in that although each book focusses on an individual Reaper getting their woman, in this case its Talin with Light Fae; Neve Everwood, the daughter of a well-known and powerful Fae Family in the Light Court. "Don’t believe everything you see or hear. Trust your heart." The flow of the main story-line pulls everything along and keeps everyone else involved. I also like that when the author answers one question within the plot, it usually brings about two more questions to be answered off the back of it. There are multiple POVs going on again in this one, and you 100% need to have read the previous novellas in the series, otherwise I think you would really struggle to understand what is going on especially the whole Bram situation, and the subtle undercurrents between Erith and Cael that seem to be getting more obvious with each book we get. "We’re assassins… We kill. It’s our job, it’s everything we do." It's difficult to say too much about the story, as I said being part of a series, a lot of what goes on in this will give away spoilers for the previous books, but if you are looking for a side order of magic and mayhem with your romance, then the Reaper series is certainly one you will want to check out. If the truth escapes, Death will commence. No news on when the next book is due, but they seem to be coming in three monthly increments, so fingers crossed I won’t have to wait too long to continue reading this series. "I’m so glad you’re with me." ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was a pleasure to provide the above honest review.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Another great story in the Reaper series! In book three Bran, the fallen, is back at work trying to get revenge on Death and her Reapers. He has a plot in place that will disrupt some of the light fay and perhaps allow him to murder some of the Reapers. He is truly evil and set on revenge. Book three is also the sometimes steamy story of Talin and Neve. With Death’s laws stating that Fay will meet a swift death if they become aware of the identity of Reapers it is not easy for Reapers to have long term relationships, be honest with those they might fall in love with or have a happily ever after. Neve, being a Light Fairy is in harm’s way by loving Talin – especially if his secret comes out. There is murder, mayhem, torture and more in this action packed story. The Reapers stand together as they continue to do Death’s bidding while trying to deal with and put Bran out of action. I am looking forward to book four in the series and wonder if Rhi will end up with a Dragon or a Reaper…leaning toward Reaper…time will tell. I also want Death to find out she should not be alone and end up with the man I think is meant for her. Intriguing series and a fun read for me this afternoon. And, not having read any of the books in the Dragon series but having read reviews that there are overlaps in the two series, I am getting curious and wondering how to get my hands on copies of those books, too. Thank you to NetGalley and Saint Martin’s Press for the copy to read in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 Stars