Dark Alpha’s Hunger (Reaper #6) by Donna Grant
Read: 4th – 6th July 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was lucky enough to be given a digital version of this book for free from the publisher (St Martin’s Press) after making a request via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks for the advance copy.
So what’s this book about?
Dark Alpha’s Hunger is a paranormal romance novella (approx 158 pages) and the sixth tale in Donna Grant’s hugely popular Reaper series – a spin off within her Dark World universe that includes; Dark Kings series, Dark Warriors series and Dark Sword series – featuring supernatural/mythological beings including; dark and light fae, fae Reapers (who work for Death herself), dragon shifters and magic welding druids (the mies who use light magic, dark magic users the droughs and the druid Warriors who have the powers of the old gods). These various species can be found inhabiting our world as well as in their own magical realms hidden from the knowledge of humans.
This series centres around Death (Erith) and her group of Reapers. Death is the judge and jury of the Fae world and her Reapers are the ones who carry out the executions when she’s passed sentence on those most deserving of Fae. The Reapers are mixed bunch of seven Light and Dark Fae – Baylon, Kyran, Talin, Fintan, Eoghan and their leader Cael – and each book follows the romance of one of these impressive males and the woman who brings him to his knees and claims his heart.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
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.
I have only read a couple of novels within Ms Grant’s Dark universe – see my reviews of Heat (Dark Kings #12) here and Dark Alpha’s Night (Reapers #5) here – yes, Dark Alpha’s Hunger features some characters from the previous books in the series, has multiple continuing story arcs that carry on through this story and beyond as well as references to the past adventures of our hero Eoghan but Ms Grant tries to ensure her new readers aren’t completely lost by weaving pertinent information into this story. Having said that, as with most long standing series, I admit that I have probably missed the some of the nuances of experiencing those past plots first hand, knowing the characters and the history of certain relationships jumping in cold like this and did feel a bit lost in the beginning.
So, what did I like about it?
I think I can now class myself as a fan of Ms Grant’s books; I find her writing style easy to read, I like the way she paces her plot development, I really appreciate that her characters are not black or white, good or evil but a multifaceted mix of positive and negative traits and love the fantasy world that she has created.
I liked the way that Ms Grant uses her first few chapters to introduce us to our heroine, Thea – who has the intelligence and gumption that I love in a female lead – our hero, Eoghan – who is the epitome of a stoic, alpha hero whose “duty comes first” mantra means he resists his feeling for Thea for far too long – the new unit of Reapers Eoghan commands – looking forward to getting to know them – plus cleverly weaving a brief history and highlights from some of the pertinent story arcs, including the war against their enemy, Bran.
I connect to a story more if the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and brave plus has a good sense of humour that’s similar to that of my own and I wasn’t disappointed here. Thea was amazing, what an inspiring woman! I liked the way that all of the characters in this story were written – even the villain of the tale – none of them were flat 2-dimensional creations, they all felt very real.
Based on the couple of books that I read so far, I am beginning to realise that Ms Grant loves the romantic aspect between her lead couple to be concluded by the end of each book; I love Happy Ever After endings too, no nasty cliffhangers wondering will they, won’t they? Woop! Woop!
Dark Alpha’s Hunger managed to astonish me a couple of times, had me reaching for a tissue *sniff*, growling in anger, smiling at the banter and I can’t tell you how many times the temperature seemed to mount while reading certain scenes too! *blush* Throughout this book, I found myself desperate to find out what would happen next, staying up late to finish just one more chapter, in other words I was gripped!
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
No, not really. Yes, Dark Alpha’s Hunger features a few existing background story arcs that have been ongoing through the series and continues through this story and beyond but that’s OK because I feel that the current situation was concluded to my satisfaction – the girl got her man. I will confirm that there’s no life or death cliffhanger but the war with Bran continues to loom on the horizon.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really enjoyed this novella; it was a tale that kept me reading from start to finish – I was hooked! Dark Alpha’s Hunger has everything that I look for in a good story; adventure, mystery, action, great characters, some humour, romance and a sprinkling of passion.
Due to the graphic nature of the some of the themes in this story and the sex scenes, I would only recommend this book to adults who are not offended by this sort of content, so if you enjoy paranormal romance tales with an “against-the-clock” backstory that keeps you turning the pages from start to finish with honourable alpha heroes and heroines with gumption, lots of action alongside beautiful romance and plenty of titillation then this novella shouldn’t disappoint you.
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