No one asked Mitch Seeker if he wanted to be a grim reaper. He didn’t sign up for the rumors, the lack of friends, or the erratic schedule. He doesn’t want to go through life watching people die. Especially not a man he loves. Mitch’s solution is simple—don’t fall in love. He’ll never have to explain why he doesn’t age or why he’s around death so often. Most of all, he will never be a widower.
But when his head is turned by world-class skier Nate Koehn, Mitch believes he may have the answer. If the soul attached to Nate is any indication, Mitch has found himself another reaper, in which case, his undeniable feelings don’t have to be suppressed. However, the spectral tag-a-long is only the beginning of Nate’s burdens. After a catastrophic loss, Nate is no stranger to grief and the hole it leaves behind.
The question they both must answer is loud and clear: is the pain of losing love worse than the pain of never having loved at all?
Reaping Havoc is book 1 in the Reaping Havoc series. Book 2, Reaping Fate, will be available May, 2016.
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Reapers are a fascinating member of the paranormal genre that don't get a lot of print time. Since I'm a big fan of A.J. Rose's writing I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read about Mitch, his family, Nate, and the reaper profession. The thought that reapers could exist is interesting, although I can't say I believe it, but the idea that someone would be with you right after you die so you can say goodbye to your loved ones before the door opens for you, was extremely comforting. “Once you go through the door, you’re on to the next phase.”....“I wish I could tell you what that is, but it’s different for everyone. It could be Heaven if you believe in that, or reincarnation, or a different life on another plane we haven’t discovered yet. I’ve never seen it, but I do know someone meets you at the door to move you along. You won’t get lost, okay?” Mitch is new to the whole reaping gig as you have to be twenty-four before the management council of reapers, Divinity, calls you to the plate. Reapers are always men and it's passed down from father to son. They are very long-lived as they live up to three hundred years. I did find it entertaining that Divinity texts Mitch with the information regarding his next reap. Mitch, his father, mother, and uncle live in a small town in Colorado, so when he meets Nate and notices a female soul attached by a tether to him, Mitch assumes he's another reaper who moved into the area. However, they have very strict rules about discussing these things and so Mitch waits until Nate will open up to him. There are a few stumbles to happy ever after, though. Mitch is so determined not to love anyone because he can't stand the idea of watching them grow old and die while he keeps living and never growing older, at least not for another two hundred years or so. Nate has already lost so much with the death of his twin sister just months before in a tragic accident. With Mitch, Nate had finally begun to feel a little alive again, but Mitch throws a wrench in things. It's not until they both resolve their issues, individually and together, that they can see a future ahead. "Chin trembling, he took a deep breath, seeking a way to make the man he loved understand. “You can’t protect me from death. The one thing everyone has in common when they’re born is that they will die. Even you.” A stunning novel that made me think about a number of things. As usual, the author hit me out of left field with the way the story developed and, particularly, the ending. A fantastic read!
Who knew a story concerning a grim reaper and death could lead to such a powerful love story? This tale completely and utterly blew me away. I am at a loss for words how to describe how much I loved Reaping Havoc so I am not going to confuse you with witty phrases and play on words, I will speak plainly and to the point. Reaping is a must read for anyone who enjoys a well written story with intriguing characters. If you tend to only read paranormal in October then please be sure and put this at the top of your Halloween TBR list, you won't regret it.