The Reluctant Reaper

The Reluctant Reaper

by Gina X. Grant

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Overview

Kirsty d’Arc is enjoying life, until someone she trusts hijacks her soul in this first installment of The Reluctant Reaper series. To escape Hell’s inferno and gain revenge, Kirsty must partner with the very Reaper who scythed her—the hunky dead poet Dante Alighieri.

Life for Kirsty d’Arc might not be perfect, but it’s far from hellish. She likes her job, has a great BFF, and truly admires Conrad, her boss. But when she dives in front of a lunatic’s blade to save him from certain death, she finds out Conrad isn’t so admirable after all. In fact, he’s traded her soul to the Devil!

While her body lies comatose on the Mortal Coil, Kirsty’s spirit is dragged straight to Hell…which is not quite the fire-and-brimstone abyss she’d expected. In fact, the place is quirky, wacky, and not without charm. Desperate to reunite body and soul before her time runs out, she seeks out allies, earning the friendship of a powerful drag demon, a psychic server, and, most importantly, Hell’s civil servant. But what of her growing attraction to Dante, the sexy Reaper with a flair for romantic language—can she forgive him for scything her soul?

Stuck in the netherworld, Kirsty vows she’ll do everything on her postmortem bucket list, starting with getting her life back and ensuring that Conrad has Hell to pay!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476728681
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 06/17/2013
Series: The Reluctant Reaper Series , #1
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Gina X. Grant writes wacky books featuring crazy creatures. She loves the absurd, the funny and the fantastical. Sometimes it’s hard to find books that combine these elements, so she decided to write what she wanted to read. Despite a degree in business management, Gina has kept her quirky sense of humor that bleeds into everything she writes. She lives in Toronto, Canada, just blocks from the house she grew up in. She’s married to a friendly curmudgeon and together they live with a miscellany of rescued pets.

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The Reluctant Reaper 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Hobbesesq More than 1 year ago
What a mistake I made buying the three book series before reading a single word. The publisher arbitrarily split this novel into a "trilogy," presumably to extract extra purchases from unknowing readers. As for the book, I found the story neither interesting nor original. This story has been written before, and by better authors. I never found myself caring about the main character, who never stopped whining. Reading the book was like reading the diary of 15 year old girl (although the main character was 26). There was nothing amusing about the story. Endless use of word play (especially puns and malapropisms) took the place of actual humor and wit. Most times, I could not read two paragraphs without seeing another bad pun. Perhaps I am not the target audience (being a 40yr old male). Perhaps this was intended to be read by 13 to 15 year old girls. In that case, the writing style, the story, and the shortened length are more appropriate. But, this series was recommended to me by B&N, based upon other books that I reviewed favorably, making me think that the intended audience was not so limited. After forcing myself through one book, I do not play to punish myself by reading the last two books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Oh, my, I can’t remember the last time I read a book that had me smiling, chuckling. sometimes outright guffawing on every single page but Gina X. Grant has accomplished that very feat with The Reluctant Reaper. This is just one of the funniest books ever and here’s the weird thing—a LOT of the humor involves puns and I have never been enamored with puns. Until now. Kirsty D’Arc has just been accidentally reaped by a guy named Dante who carries a scythe and struck her with it instead of her boss who was supposed to die. Since it was an accident, though, Kirsty is not exactly dead, more like undead (but not of the vampirish sort). Kirsty has no choice—she has to go to Hell and appeal her “death”. Hell, it turns out, is full of interesting surprises, including Charon who ferries the river in full drag and a small, very cute kittenish animal who is actually a real life gargoyle. Her name is Jenni, short for Jenni-fur because she sheds so much. Then there are the vicious little creatures called gee-gnomes who can alter your DNA. Most are sort of countrified-looking except one that seems to be more sophisticated, known as a “metrognome”. Dante himself is a 700-year-old poet—yes, he’s THAT Dante. Ms. Grant also has a great time skewering the very things we all love to hate, like this: “Reaping is a precise art. It must occur only at the exact hour, preferably the exact minute, as ordained by Death. Or by our new software system, MS Death 2.0.” “You have Microsoft products in Hell?” Figures. Kirsty’s adventures in Hell keep her busy while she’s waiting for her trial but, when that finally comes, she’s in for a rude awakening. Will she be able to go back to her life or will she have to stay in the afterlife even if she isn’t really dead? Will she have to give up the hunky Dante? Will she really have to do something useful with her life? I can’t help it, I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next one, Scythe Does Matter. Thank heavens—oops, Hell doesn’t appreciate that saying—it’s already on my Nook.
beckybh More than 1 year ago
GOOD START TO A NEW SERIES......... THE RELUCTANT REAPER, the first book in Gina X Grant's series of the same name, introduces single, orphaned, Kirsty d'Arc a PR marketing specialist at Iver PR. The story begins on the momentous morning of her twenty-fifth birthday, when strange things start happening. First she's attacked by a stapler in her office, and her boss, Conrad Iver, rushes in to use her dripping blood as a signature on a soul-selling contract. Next, at a celebration with her friends and coworkers that evening, her soul is accidentally reaped by Reaper First Class, Dante Alighieri, when she steps in front of the original target, lying, despicable Conrad, whose own contract of death is now due. The rest of the book follows Kirsty's time adapting to the Underworld while awaiting her accidental reaping appeal. During her Hell-ish adventures, she falls in love, learns the layout and culture of the Underworld, and is introduced to several interesting, and a few pretty wacky, entities who will be featured through the rest of the series. THE RELUNCTANT REAPER is a lighthearted, humorous paranormal, and I give it a solid 3.5 stars for an unusual storyline and unique characters. Though it's a good book and a fun read, the overuse of puns keep me from setting a higher rating. The puns are cute at first, but after a while they lose their punch and just become tedious. On the plus side, a good number of the puns are amusing and their sources easily identified. The downside, besides overuse, is that some might only be understood by a science major or mythology-obsessed reader. THE RELUNCTANT REAPER is definitely worth reading and sets the scene for the next book, SCYTHE DOES MATTER, which I'll review separately. It's good entertainment, funny, and definitely beachworthy. If You Like This, You May Also Like: --- SCYTHE DOES MATTER and ESPRIT DE CORPSE by Gina X. Grant, HOW TO DISCIPLINE YOUR VAMPIRE by Mina Vaughn, CHARLEY DAVIDSON SERIES by Darynda Jones, DARKLIGHT SERIES by Darynda Jones, UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY SERIES by Hannah Jayne, F.R.E.A.K.S. SQUAD INVESTIGATION SERIES by Jennifer Harlow * Read my other reviews on the Blue Moon Mystery Saloon blog. ** An ARC was provided by Simon & Schuster/Pocket Star Books and Edelweiss for an honest review.