Dark Alpha’s Temptation (Reaper #9) by Donna Grant
Read: 2nd – 5th January 2020
Publication Date: 7th January 2020
Quote from Dark Alpha’s Temptation
“She [Kyra] should be wary of him. Not only was he a Reaper, but he was also Dark. Those two things should’ve been all she needed to steer clear. Instead, she had found herself enraptured. Completely smitten.
My Overall Rating: 4/5
Plot: 4/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 4/5
Dark Alpha’s Temptation is a paranormal romance novel (approx. 182 pages) and the ninth tale in Donna Grant’s hugely popular Reaper series – a spin off within her Dark World universe that includes; Dark King series, Dark Warrior 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.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I write about how the story was told rather than the plot itself, which means that my reviews don’t contain spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Dark Alpha’s Temptation is a brand new paranormal romance in New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant’s Reapers series that features a brotherhood of elite assassins and the women who bring them to their knees.
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…
For centuries, my loyalties lie with Death. She is my mistress and master. I am alive only to do what pleases her. And for Death, I shall battle the evil among us until the bitter end to keep her safe.
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was given an unedited digital version of this book for free from the publisher (St Martin’s Paperbacks) in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my review or influence my thoughts; these are my words; I’m giving you my honest opinion here.
I’m a fan of Ms Grant’s books and have read all the books in this series. I find her writing style easy to read and I like the way she paces the development of the plot. I love the fantasy world that Ms Grant has created and that her characters are not black or white, good or evil but allowed to be complex souls with a multifaceted mix of positive and negative traits.
I connect to a story more if the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and can look after herself; I wasn’t disappointed here. Kyra Kavanaugh is an amazing woman; I loved learning about her life and getting to know her in this story. Dubhan being a Reaper, obviously, means that we’ve met him before in previous books, however, it was great to get beneath his skin and get inside his head during this one. In fact, I liked the way that we learnt more about existing characters in this tale too; I don’t think any of the characters in this series are flat 2-dimensional creations, they all feel very real even though most are mythical species.
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. Woop! Woop! But Dark Alpha’s Temptation isn’t just about the romance between Kyra and Dubhan, there are various aspects weaved together in this tale and I liked that we had other threads to follow while trying to piece all the mysteries together.
Dark Alpha’s Temptation managed to catch me off guard a couple of times, had me reaching for a tissue or two *sniff* and holding my breath with tension but don’t worry dear reader there was also some well-timed banter and lighter moments to put a smile on my face, as well as beautiful anticipation that built the passion that certainly titillated my fancy. In other words, Dark Alpha’s Temptation had me gripped!
I really loved Dark Alpha’s Temptation but here’s where I must be completely honest and tell you why my rating was 4 stars rather than 5.
You may think I’m being mean, but my frustrations lay with the background stories; I didn’t feel as though any of my questions were answered. Dark Alpha’s Temptation features a few existing background story arcs that have been ongoing through this series and that of the Dragon Kings series – most of which are around the mystery and ongoing threat with the shadowy Others. These threads are left to continue to the next book and although we do learn some new information in this story, I’m desperate for more! However, rest assured, dear reader, I can say that Dark Alpha’s Temptation didn’t end on a life-or-death cliffhanger.
Dark Alpha’s Temptation has everything that I look for in a good paranormal romance story; adventure, mystery, action, great characters, some humour, romance and a sprinkling of passion.
Due to the graphic nature of the violence, fighting and sex scenes, I would recommend this book to adults who are not offended by this sort of content who enjoy paranormal romance tales with honourable heroes, heroines who have plenty of gumption and a gripping multi-layered backstory with action, romance, oh, and enough titillation to make you blush on the bus.
I really enjoyed this novel; it was a tale that kept me reading from start to finish!Tweet
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Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty-five novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.
In addition to her novels, Donna has written over forty short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. She has been dubbed as giving the “paranormal genre a burst of fresh air” by the San Francisco Book Review. Her work has been hailed as having “deft plotting and expert characterization” by Publisher’s Weekly and “sizzling” by RT Book Reviews.
Donna travels often for various speaking engagements, conferences, and book signings. She is also a frequent workshop presenter at national conferences such as RT Book Lovers Convention and Thrillerfest, as well as local chapters.
Born and raised in Texas, she also has ties across the border in Louisiana. Growing up with two such vibrant cultures, her Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. She is never far from her faithful 80 pound dog, Sisko, or her three cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore with her children. Or buying makeup. And shoes.
Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my review. I hope that I have encouraged you to add this series to your ever-growing reading lists.
Bye for now. x