Dark Alpha's Hunger is the sixth paranormal romance novel in New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant's Reapers series featuring a brotherhood of elite assassins who wage war on the Fae at Death's behest--and the women who change their hearts.
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’m coming for you…
Where Death leads, I follow. Nothing will stop me from my duty – not even the darkness that claims me. It’s the music that leads me from the dark, returning me to my brethren and a new foe that has risen. Learning who hunts Thea could be the key to unraveling what we need to know to defeat our enemy. The Half-Fae’s music stirs a passion within me that I’ve never known. For her, I will break my vow of silence. For her…I will risk everything.
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 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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The portal stones stood against the sunset like giants. And just like many years earlier, they called to her, urging her closer.
Thea's hand tightened on her violin case. It had been nearly three weeks since her last visit to the stones, and each time the same anxiety, the same restlessness filled her. As if her belonging there were preordained.
From the very first time she had seen the megalithic structure, she had been struck by its beauty. And its mystery.
"Leac an Scail," she whispered as she walked closer. Stone of the warrior.
Kilmogue was one of the largest dolmens in all of Ireland. Without a doubt, it was one of the most impressive. It stood twelve feet high with the capstone over thirteen feet long.
Thea reached the stones and set down her case. She rested her hand on one of the boulders and felt the warmth that seemed to radiate out from the inside.
She walked all around the dolmen, looking at the capstone resting on two large boulders with a pillow stone laying on its backstone. She stopped at the entrance that faced northeast with the enormous doorstone almost ten feet high.
For long minutes, she stood in the doorway. Once, about ten years ago, she'd almost gotten the nerve to walk inside. They weren't called portal stones for nothing. But she lacked the courage then. And now.
Instead, she visited the dolmen as often as she could, waiting to see what the stones wanted from her. Because she knew they desired something. Otherwise, why would they continue to call her back?
Thea retrieved her case and gently laid it flat to open it. Then she pulled out the violin and tucked it beneath her chin as she found the bow. She placed her fingers on the strings and closed her eyes to let the music find her. The notes constantly floated around in her mind, forming melodies and songs without any effort. Today was no different.
Placing her bow on the strings, she gently pulled it back, hearing the first soft tones. She gave herself to the music, the notes rising and falling on their own.
And her body played as if controlled by another.
Song after song fell from her hands, filling the air. She lost track of time, as she usually did while playing. But there was nothing purer or more beautiful than music.
It fed her soul as nothing else could. And it had saved her.
At only eight years of age, she had struggled to get through each day. Utterly alone and buried in depression — so low that she actually begged to die while in the children's home. It wasn't death that she was given, but a violin.
Ms. Fylan, who smiled without saying a word, had placed the instrument in Thea's hands. For weeks, Thea sat in music class without attempting to play. Each day, she found herself looking forward to hearing more of the tunes.
Nearly two months passed before she tried to play the violin. From her first cringe-worthy note, she discovered her passion.
While Ms. Fylan had given her the instrument, ultimately, it was the music that saved Thea.
She'd never found a foster family. Instead, she spent her days in the children's home until she was able to go out into the world. Those formative years made her strong enough to survive on her own.
She worked numerous jobs to pay for University. It didn't matter how long her day was or how exhausted she felt, she never went to bed without playing her violin.
That's how Duane found her. He'd been walking home from a gig at a nearby tavern and heard her through an open window. He'd called up to her. While Thea never thought to play in a band, Duane's offer intrigued her.
The next day, she went for an audition, and two nights later, she was performing her first gig. It paid so well that it became her sole source of income.
Returning from her reverie, she finished the last song and let the note fade away. Thea opened her eyes as she lowered her bow arm. Darkness surrounded her, with nothing but the moonlight and stars to light the way.
The inside of the portal stones was black as pitch, but for just a moment, she thought she heard something within. It had been a deep rumbling, almost like a ... growl.
Thea swallowed, her heart beginning to pound against her chest. She contemplated leaving, but the pull of the stones was too strong.
With the sounds of the night all around her — and nothing coming from the dolmen — she adjusted her chin and began to play again.
Except she kept her eyes open this time. So many times, she'd come to play, but nothing like this had ever happened before. It was a little frightening. Then again, it would take much more than some sound to make her run away.
The way her mood had turned, Thea wasn't surprised when the music shifted from something soft and soothing to a somber, stirring song.
She swayed with the gripping melody. Each note slid through her body until she felt it in every muscle, every bone. She was so engrossed in the music that, at first, she didn't see the glow emanating from within the portal stones.
Thea stepped back and tried to stop playing but she couldn't. The music continued, almost of its own accord. Her gaze was locked on the doorway as the soft pinpoint of light grew larger in diameter.
The edges of the radiance rippled as if it were water. She gasped, her heart jumping into her throat when a hand appeared out of the light.
With fingers spread wide, the appendage reached for something, anything to grab hold of. As more of the arm appeared, she saw the veins protruding and muscles flexing. Almost as if it were taking every bit of strength for whoever was coming through just to pull themselves out.
Suddenly, the arm was yanked back into the darkness until only the wrist and hand remained. Thea set her violin in its case and hesitantly started toward the doorway. She had to turn her head to the side and shield her eyes because the light was so bright.
"What the bloody hell are you doing?" she asked herself.
No one in their right mind would walk toward the scary light and hand. Then again, what kind of sane person played a violin in front of some portal stones?
Thea hesitated another moment before she reached out and grasped the hand. Strong fingers wrapped around hers. The grip was tight and bordered on painful, but she didn't let go. Not even when she was pulled toward the light.
She dug her heels into the earth and used both hands to yank on the appendage. Thea gritted her teeth and used all of her strength to drag the person out — and stop herself from being pulled in.
More of the arm appeared. A moment later, the shoulder. Then a second arm latched onto Thea. That was the only warning she had before she saw the muscles flex in the limbs as the hands yanked.
The heels of her boots sank deeper into the dirt and left trails as she was dragged forward. Somehow, she knew that whoever this was wasn't trying to pull her in. They were attempting to get out. Since there was nothing else for the person to grab onto, she was acting like a rope.
Her eyes widened when a head appeared. Long, inky black hair hung all around the face. Then the chin lifted, and liquid silver eyes speared her.
She found herself staring at a man — a very gorgeous, dirty man.
His face was lined with determination. Suddenly, he looked back into the light and bared his teeth as he growled. But it was the answering rumble of something dark and nefarious that caused her heart to skip a beat.
The man said nothing as he returned his gaze to her. She renewed her efforts while he continued to pull himself out. Finally, he got one leg free and set his foot on the ground. She glanced down and saw that his jeans were in tatters, his limbs coated in blood.
He threw back his head and howled in pain and anger. Thea thought she saw something dark begin to emerge behind him. She barely caught sight of it before the man roughly shoved her away.
It was so unexpected that she stumbled back, trying to get her legs beneath her. Instead, she slammed against one of the portal rocks, knocking the back of her head as she did. Pain exploded, causing her to black out for a second.
She heard grunts but could see little of the fighting because of the bright light. She struggled to get the pain under control so she could see. When she was finally able to focus again, she saw the man hitting what appeared to be a black blob.
Then, he turned and grabbed her. He lifted her in one arm as if she were a sack. Then he tossed her out of the dolmen. She landed hard on her side and rolled. When she stopped, she looked up to find him standing before the portal stones with his legs spread as if he were ready for ... something.
He had his back to her so she couldn't see his face, but she did glimpse what looked like an iridescent orb that continued to grow bigger and bigger in his hand. Then he threw it at the light.
There was a second of silence before the dolmen exploded. Thea ducked her face and covered her head with her arms. She felt the man land heavily on top of her to shield her from the debris that rained down upon them.
It felt like forever before he rolled off onto his back. Thea glanced at him before she rose up on her elbows to look at him. His quicksilver eyes were locked on her.
She gaped at them and the fact that there were no pupils to be seen. Only beautiful pools of what looked like liquid mercury.
"Run," he whispered before his eyes closed.CHAPTER 2
The bombardment of his senses slowly pulled Eoghan back to consciousness. He dug his fingers into the chilled grass and dirt. The soft rush of a breeze over his face cooled his flesh and caused a strand of hair to tickle his cheek.
He remained on his back and took it all in. The beast that had chased him was gone, left behind in that horrendous realm of darkness. It was the music that had lured Eoghan to freedom.
His eyes snapped open as he recalled the woman. He stared at the stars above him in the night sky as he remembered how she had pulled him through the doorway. It was by sheer luck that he managed to close the portal before the beast got out.
He sat up and looked around. His gaze clashed with the broken dolmen. There were very few portal stones left intact — and for good reason. They were exactly as they were named. Thanks to a few half-Fae who used what magic they had, mortals had begun crossing into other realms over the centuries.
Most were never seen or heard from again.
Eoghan's thoughts returned to the woman. His head swiveled as he searched for her. Spotting something shining in the grass, he pushed to his knees and leaned forward to grasp the item. He lifted it, staring in confusion at the black cat face earring.
He stilled as he felt something behind him, a stir in the air that sent a warning through his body. He rose to his feet and spun around, his magic ready to launch at his enemy.
But the petite woman standing before him in a black dress with a full skirt halted his movements.
"Eoghan," she said, a slow smiling pulling at her lips.
He dropped to his knees and bowed his head in deference.
A slim finger lifted his chin so he was staring into her lavender eyes. Her long, black hair was pulled over her left shoulder in a fishtail braid. "We've been searching everywhere for you. I felt powerful magic and came to investigate. I'm delighted to find you. But how did you return?" He glanced back at the dolmen before returning his gaze to Death. There was something different about her. Almost as if she were ... diminished.
Her smile was sad as she dropped her hand, her gaze holding his. "I'm dying. Bran is stealing not just my magic, but my life force, as well."
Fury ripped through Eoghan as he got to his feet. How could he have forgotten about Bran? He had to find the other Reapers so they could finish him once and for all.
Erith's hand on his arm stopped not just his body but also his thoughts. He frowned as he looked at Death, waiting to hear what she had to say.
She blew out a soft breath and released him. "I know that what happened in your past made you take a vow of silence. You've been an invaluable warrior for me and the other Reapers. I don't know how much time I have left. I no longer have the energy to keep everything going. I have need of you, Eoghan."
He frowned, not liking her words or her tone. But he waited for her to continue. He owed Erith much, and serving her for eternity was just a small part of it. After his betrayal and death, she'd given him life and a reason to continue.
He nodded, letting her know that he was listening.
"I never pushed you to do more than you were willing," she said. "You were a general in the Light Fae army. You — just like Cael — were born to lead. And that's what I need you to do now."
Eoghan shook his head. There was no way he would push Cael out as leader of the Reapers. Besides, Eoghan had no desire to lead.
"You misunderstand. Cael's position isn't in question." She briefly closed her eyes. "I allowed you and your team to believe you were my only Reapers. Over the years, I've accumulated more betrayed warriors. They work in the shadows as my spies, and to back the seven of you if needed."
Eoghan was so shocked that he took a step back.
"These Reapers need a leader. They are very good at what they do, but they lack the cohesiveness to work as a group. What they need is you," she stated.
It was the first time in years that Eoghan wanted to talk. The words jumbled in his head and swirled in a mass as he tried to figure out how to get them out without speaking.
"Bran is about to win," Death continued in a harsh tone. "I can't stop him from taking my magic. He'll eventually assume my position. And he's going to wipe out all the Reapers. For now, he has no idea about the other group. I've kept them hidden because of this. He believes you're gone. With you leading the others, you have an advantage over Bran that could stop him."
How could Eoghan refuse? But not returning to his brethren would kill him. Cael and the others were his brothers, his family.
As if reading his mind, she said, "Find Cael. Tell him what you're doing."
Eoghan gawked at her. Him? Why wouldn't Death fill Cael in?
Her face fell, a flash of regret quickly passing over her features. "You saved Cael from Bran's magic, but the battle didn't end. Bran turned Neve's brother Dark, and he betrayed and killed her."
Eoghan nodded in understanding. Talin had fallen hard for the Light Fae, and with Neve's betrayal and death, she had taken Eoghan's spot with the Reapers.
"Your brethren have never stopped looking for you. They need to know you've returned." Death gave him a smile. "I knew you would find your way back."
In the next instant, Erith was gone. Eoghan stared at the spot where she had been for several minutes, thinking over all Death had shared — and wondering what she had left out.
He fisted his hand that held the cat earring, the back poking into his palm. There was a deep, profound longing to hear the music that had called him back to Earth. Was it the woman who'd pulled him through the portal that played the music?
He'd only gotten a quick look at her before passing out. Shoulder-length, blue hair, sienna brown eyes, and a tiny diamond stud in her nose. But even with that brief glimpse, he'd recognized her as a Halfling.
A frown formed when he recalled that he'd spoken to her. He'd told her to run. And it appeared as if she had done just that. It was for the best. She was much better off staying far away from him and the war.
Eoghan began walking. It didn't take him long to realize that he was in Ireland. He briefly thought of going to Inchmickery, the small isle off the coast of Scotland near Edinburgh that the Reapers used as a base, but he wasn't ready to be among his brethren just yet.
Instead, he veiled himself and teleported into a copse of trees just outside the Light Castle. And he watched. At one time, it had been a beacon for him, a place that he believed would outshine the Dark Fae in all ways. It didn't matter if it were the castle on Earth or the one on the Fae Realm that was destroyed.
Just because a Fae was Light, didn't mean they couldn't turn Dark. His wife was a prime example. How had he been so blind to the fact that she wanted power? His position had given her just that, but it wasn't enough for her.
The pain of her betrayal no longer cut as deeply after so many thousands of years. It was a dull ache now. But it would never leave him.
Perhaps it was time to put aside his silence. He couldn't lead the Reapers if he didn't talk. Damn. This was going to be harder than he thought.(Continues…)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dark Alpha's Hunger is the sixth book in the Reapers series by Donna Grant. While some may prefer to read it as a stand alone, I would recommend reading the full series in order for maximum enjoyment. There is a lot happening in each of these stories that connect the series together, but they also connect to the Dragon Kings series. I enjoyed reading about Eoghan, a Reaper who had been lost, and Thea, a halfling who knew nothing about her background. They both had an intriguing backstory and we also learn a big secret about Thea. No spoilers, promise. I look forward to reading the next book as soon as possible. These are addictive. I read a digital galley obtained from St. Martin's and NetGalley.
Just like all Donna’s other novels, exactly as it should be!
Excellent read. Finished in one day. Can't wait to read the next one.
Donna Grant has another hit story. I love the Warriors, Dragon Kings, and Reaper stories. Their is always a new villian for the heroes to overcome. I look for to the next story.
A must read! Love the Reaper’s and Death’s stories!
Her music is magic… Dark Alpha’s Hunger by Donna Grant is the sixth book in her Reaper series. In this series, Death is a beautiful woman who is judge and jury to the Fae. The Reapers are the executioners. No Fae can know who the Reapers are. If they find out, they’re killed. As a preface, newbies to this series should know that it’s really important to read these books in order – even more so with this installment. Grant does provide some recap, but, honestly, there isn’t very much of it in this particular book. Also, you should know that her Reaper series should be read in conjunction with her Dark Kings’ series as the timelines, the series’ arc and multiple characters are shared between the two series. Important revelations that affect both series can come from either. In Dark Alpha’s Hunger, Grant gets right into the story. The hero and supporting players are known; the heroine is a new introduction. If you have been reading the series, you would know that Eoghan is a Reaper who had taken a vow of silence after a traumatic event. Later, he sacrificed himself for the greater good. He’s been in a very dark, seemingly inescapable place always on the run from a dark force who has been imprisoned with him. Time has no meaning to him until he hears our halfling heroine’s music. It soothes his soul and calls to him. He follows the sound to a portal stone in Ireland and escapes! But, her music not only calls to our brawny, tortured silver-eyed hero, it’s also a beacon to the dark. She succeeds at saving him, but can he now save her? This book has a different feel to it when compared to the previous books. I’m not certain I like the change – but, I did enjoy Eoghan’s and Thea’s hot insta-romance. This story seems to serve as a turning point. While Bran is still the enemy, there are new revelations, six new Reapers make their entrance and, thankfully, while Death is still a victim, she no longer seems as resigned to her fate as she regains some much-needed purpose. Following please find a few of my favorite lines from Dark Alpha’s Hunger: From the moment their mouths met, Eoghan knew there was no turning back. --- “You look at me as if you want nothing else but me,” Thea said. --- He was unsure of the coming storm, but he knew he wanted to be in it with her. Only her. --- “I want to see you. Every glorious inch.” He immediately removed the rest of his clothes. I continue to keep the faith that the Reapers will bring Bran to his knees before Death keels over. Fans of the series will not want to miss this novella as it does seem to take the series in a new direction. LOL! Here I thought this series was nearing a breakpoint and, voila, we get a bunch of new characters! Yes, it’s a game-changer. Dark Alpha’s Hunger is a quick read that packs a big page-turning punch. I can’t wait to see where Grant takes this series now.
This story contained so many pieces of past stories I could hardly contain myself. I loved it. Can not wait for the next one.
Loved Thea and Eoghan! If you haven’t yet discovered Donna Grant or her incredible world of Dragon Kings, I can’t recommend her highly enough. Dark Alpha’s Hunger was another home run and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Donna, I have read all your series and I'm loving it all. I can't wait for the good guys to take out the bad! But whatever you do, don't stop writting. You are awesome! This story is awesome! And I will keep reading if you keep writting.
I love the entire series and the others as we?l. I'm hooked. Great characters - the heros as well as heroines are always unique, gorgeous and terribly romantic. Love it.
After being trapped in a nether-realm, Eoghan is drawn to music he can hear that allows him to break through a portal and get back to Ireland. The vision he first sees is a lovely half-fae that played the music that set him free. Thea doesn’t know why she was always drawn to the stones, but she had been. She found herself often there, losing herself to her music. What she didn’t expect was a mysterious man to come through the stones one night. This was a pretty good story. A couple of twists I definitely didn’t seem coming. I was happy to get Eoghan’s story and see him back in action. While I would love to see the ultimate battle with Lady Death, the introduction of other new characters has me thinking we probably have a few more books until that happens. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! I own this whole series in ebook! The cover is steamy! This is the 6th book in the series, but it is only the 2nd book I’ve read in this series. I need to read them all, but other books keep getting in the way. The problems a bibliophile has. This is for adults only due to the steamy content and violence. You can obviously read them out of order; I suspect that it would be more epic reading them in order. This is Eoghan and Thea’s story. I don’t want to give anything away, but you learn a lot of secrets in this book. This book in full of action, adventure, backstories, and romance. Eoghan is amazing especially with his backstory. He has more strength and character, and it shows in all his actions. Thea is an orphan, but she is musically gifted. She finds out things about herself she never knew, but she also has more strength than she is given credit for. It is really hard to write a review and not give anything away. Take my advice and read this book if you are a Donna Grant fan. I highly recommend to fans of fae, reapers, magic, hard luck stories, and romance because this book was packed with awesomeness! I loved it and bought it!
I cannot wait for the next one
Wow you won’t be disappointed!
Answers so many questions about the Queen of the fae. Then the amazing reveal about Death. Can't wait for next book!
Dark Alpha’s Hunger by Donna Grant Reaper #6 I have a feeling that the last Reaper, Cael, who has not met his mate may do so in the coming book BUT, that said, there are six new Reapers and a new character or two that have appeared in this book so who knows what will happen next. I do see an eventual battle between Bran and Death and perhaps a few others but will it be in the next book or not? In this book I loved the way Eoghan emerges almost as if being birthed from the earth and all because of Thea’s violin playing and drawing him out. I enjoyed their story – though short – and was happy they found a way to be together. I wonder if the “humans” in the story will make an appearance again in the future…the humans that were part of Thea’s musical group. And, as many Reapers as are finding true love and getting to be with their mates I now wonder why Death REALLY had Bran’s woman killed so many many years ago…anyway… This was an entertaining story that had good and evil pitted against one another, was filled with action, continued the Reaper saga and sets the reader u for what may soon be an epic battle. I can’t wait to see how it will all work out. At some point I would like to read this series from beginning to end but even without having done so I found this to be an enjoyable book to read. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
Good read but not as exciting as the other book in the series. To short.
What can I say but great and WOW! Never would have seen that coming. Thanks for a great HEA as usual.
This was my first Donna Grant book and I can honestly say that I am intrigued. Though it wasn't the best PN book I've ever read, I definitely enjoyed the writing style and the story line. I got sucked in into the characters' lives, their feelings and fate. Thea and Eoghan are two quite interesting characters in my opinion. They both lived through hardships and heartbreak that defined them as the people they are when they first meet. Their attraction is immediate and though Eoghan tries to fight it, also inevitable. I did enjoy their story with the slightly suspenseful edge to it and the beautiful and devoted relationship that developed. But to be honest, the ease with which Thea accepted that practically all fairy tales were true was kind of too easy. I would've expected a little bit more resistance. Even her best friend accepted all the strange things happening around her with ease. She might've protested a little but that was kind of it. With that being said, I still think that Dark Alpha's Hunger is a pretty good read. I am definitely intrigued by the series and I am looking forward the next book in the series which hopefully will be about Cael :) In the mean time, I am planning on binge reading the first 5 ;) I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
As expected it was amazing. I can't wait for the next book.
This one is Eoghan’s book; one I have looked forward to since meeting the Reaper who refuses to speak for thousands of years and then sacrifices himself to save his friend Cael, causing him to be sucked into a hell realm. He finally fights his way free and it is all because of a halfling. Thea is an orphan and ever since she was a little girl and visited some standing stones, she is drawn back to the portal stones and again and again throughout her adult years. They call to her, though she doesn’t know why, and now she goes up to them and plays her violin just to get out of the city and have alone time. It is her music that helps Eoghan find his way to the gateway where he fights to get free and she helps pull him out. He is drawn back to her again and again, and even though he tries to push her away, when she is kidnapped he will stop at nothing to find her. Who wanted her kidnapped was a HUGE surprise and their love story was awesome and the plot was so good. He is one of the more interesting and dynamic Reapers in the series and Donna Grant didn’t disappoint with his story at all. I am so happy with how this one turned out. I think it is one of my all time favorite Reaper books.
Book 6 in the Reaper's series and you absolutely have to read the books before it or you will be lost as to what is going on. Especially as those books affect one of the main characters in this book. This book is about Eoghan and Thea. Thea is an orphan who knows nothing about her family or her heritage. And she certainly doesn't realize that she is a halfling. All she truly knows is that she needs and loves her music. It's a part of her and makes her feel whole. And because she answers the call of her music she manages to pull Eoghan out of the hell he was stuck in for so long. And she definitely didn't know that was going to change her whole life. I absolutely love this series and I kept hoping that Eoghan's book would do him justice. And let me tell you, this book did NOT disappoint! I don't want to say much because I don't want to spoil it for others but there are things in here that you will not see coming in any way shape or form! And it is such a good read that you will be hooked from the get go and not be able to put it down. Eoghan and Thea are great characters that make you feel for them in ways you won't expect. And the twists and turns just made it my favorite in this series!
This book was totally engrossing, once you start don’t plan on putting it down. The author has uncanny ability to make you feel and hear the music that Thea plays. I swear I was swaying to the music in more than one part. Readers feel the fear, frustration, anger, (you name it) of the characters. Eoghan is definitely swoon worthy between his attitude and his quicksilver eyes! The storyline is so different it’s refreshing. Book can be read as a stand-alone (I did, and yes went back and purchased the previous books in the series) but would probably be better if read in order so have a better sense of the other, lesser characters problems. Has its own HEA. Paranormal readers will want to gobble this up. Highly recommend, you won’t be disappointed! Reviewed for NetGalley.
4.5 stars--DARK ALPHA’S HUNGER is the sixth instalment in Donna Grant’s contemporary, adult REAPERS paranormal/fantasy romance series. The REAPERS is a spin off from Donna’s DARK KINGS series which is a spinoff from Donna’s DARK WARRIOR series which in turn is a spin off from Donna’s DARK SWORD series- all set in the Highlands of Scotland. You do not have to have read any of the previous series to understand the premise but many of the events overlap with the events of the Dark Kings. This is Reaper Eoghan, and half-fae, musician Thea Keegan’s story line. DARK ALPHA’S HUNGER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but I recommend reading the series in order for back story and cohesion. SOME BACKGROUND: The Reapers (believed to be a folk lore amongst the Fae) are a group of Dark and Light Fae, selected by Death (aka Erith), on their own deathbed, to do her bidding-Death is the judge and jury; the Reapers are the executioners. The Reapers are not harbingers of death, but are tasked with destroying the Light and Dark Fae who have crossed a line from which there is no return. All Reapers must follow two rules: never to fall in love; and never to reveal their existence to anyone. If you have read Donna’s DARK KINGS series you will recognize the familiarity between the two series as both follow a similar plot and premise including betrayal by one of their own. Bran is a former Reaper who fell in love but Death ended their relationship by destroying his heart and the woman he loved, sentencing Bran to Netherworld for millions of years. Upon his escape, Bran sets about to destroy the Reapers, and seeks revenge against the woman known as Death. Told from several third person points of view including Eoghan and Thea, DARK ALPHA’S HUNGER follows the forbidden relationship between Reaper Eoghan, and half-fae, musician Thea Keegan. Eoghan has been missing; sent through a portal into the unknown until a music melody calls to him from beyond the mist. Enter Thea Keegan, a young woman unaware of her half-Fae heritage but a woman whose control over melody and music calls to our hero’s heart. With his return to the land of his ancestors, Eoghan will be drawn to our story line heroine, a heroine whose attraction to Eoghan is immediate and swift. Eoghan will be assigned, by Death, as the leader of a new band of Reapers, Reapers who will soon find themselves searching for the woman with whom Eoghan will fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship between Eoghan and Thea, and the potential fall-out as Thea is kidnapped, not once but twice by two very powerful Fae. DARK ALPHA’S HUNGER is a revealing story line that introduces several new characters into the author’s numerous interconnected and cross-over series focusing on the Dragon Kings, the Reapers, and the war with the Fae. The introduction of Thea and a second group of Reapers shifts the focus of the series in another direction foreshadowing a much deeper connection by everyone concerned. Although the Dragon Kings are noticeably absent, more is revealed about the past and Queen Usaeil’s role in the destruction of relationships, family and love. Death is slowly succumbing to the loss of her magic and power, a loss that threatens the Reapers, and the position they hold. DARK ALPHA’S HUNGER is a story of music and magic; family and betrayal; second chances, and falling in love. The premise is intriguing and thought provoking; the romance is spirited and fated.
I read an ARC copy of Dark Alpha’s Hunger from NetGalley and St Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest opinion. Dark Alpha’s Hunger by Donna Grant is book six in the Reaper series. The Reapers are a unique group among the Fae. Both the Dark and the Light Fae make up the Reapers. They align primarily with Death and each other. Reapers are responsible for the execution of the Fae so deplorable they can no longer exist among their people. This story focuses on the Reaper Eoghan and the Half Fae Thea. When the couple finds each other, Thea discovers she belongs in a world of magic she never knew existed. One can read this book as a stand-alone, more so than the rest of the series. The storyline diverts a bit with this installment. It moves away from the main Reaper group and introduces multiple new characters. I always suggest in a setting such as the Dark World, that reading all previous installments take place. Hostilities in a realm that includes the Reapers and the Dragon Kings in the immediate, and going as far back as the Dark Sword series, are now in full swing. Several characters that share time here have deep-seated pasts. To omit confusion background information is given when relevant, but the full dramatic effect will not occur if that past is not familiar to the reader. As always, the characters are engaging. And who doesn’t enjoy a sexy Fae with an Irish brogue? Eoghan has the respect of his fellow companions due to his integrity. Thea overcomes a dark past to find happiness in a new world. The attraction between the two is fast and fierce. I am not typically in support of an insta-love scenario, but overlook it when the payoff is worth it. In the Dark World, the thematic developments deeply integrate into their world and are tremendously compelling. I like the buildup of various subplots, and again, sexy Fae. For those who are aware of the Dark World and its complexity. ** Beware of minor spoilers.** Usail, the Light Queen, has gone way beyond what I feel is redeemable. Or rather, any delusions regarding Usail’s true nature can no longer be contested after her actions and admissions in Dark Alpha’s Hunger. If one considered Usail’s words carefully, there is a slight hint about Rhi and her Dragon King. Perhaps one that gives it away. But, maybe not. This secret, as for many others readers, is one I am invariably trying to uncover. What I find best about these books is the world building. The Dark World is a fun and intriguing urban fantasy setting, everything interconnects. The males are dominant but possess decency and honor. The women rise above their fear and become better for it. The romantic interludes are always sensual. I plan for the release dates, so I don’t have to wait to experience them. My opinions may not match others, and I encourage everyone to find their own.