Flora Reviews… Dark Alpha’s Claim (Reaper #1) by Donna Grant
Quote from Dark Alpha’s Claim
“He [Baylon] was well and truly single from now until the end of time.
It was a price he willingly paid to be a reaper.
It was one he would pay again in a heartbeat.”
My Overall Rating: 4/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 4/5 – World Building: 4/5
What’s Dark Alpha’s Claim about?
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Title: Dark Alpha's Claim by Donna Grant
Published by St Martin's Press on 17 November, 2015
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Narrator: Victoria McGloven
Length: 5 hours 1 minute
No. of Pages: 181
Dark Alpha's Claim is the first in an exclusive new series from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant!
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 am coming for you...
My whole existence is based on taking what Death wants. Born to eliminate Fae guilty of unforgivable crimes, my reckless, wild nature makes me the perfect assassin to carry out Death's bidding. I've seen more sinister and violent dealings than anyone could ever imagine. But it was the sight of her face that stopped me cold. I've never wanted a woman-never mind a human-so badly; never felt my heart, hardened by death, burn brighter and hotter until it burst into flames. She is everything I desire. The kind of woman that compels you to stake your claim on her, to let the world know that she's yours. A Reaper saving her life will only attract danger, but I vow to protect her at all costs from the Fae that hunt her, and keep safe the woman who has claimed me, body and soul.
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
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Read: 6th – 7th April 2019
What did I like about Dark Alpha’s Claim?
I think I can now class myself as a fan of Donna Grant’s books as I’ve read a few of them now. Her writing is style easy to read and I like the way she paces the development of the plot. The fantasy world that Ms Grant has created is wonderful. Her characters are not good or evil but allowed to be complex souls with a multifaceted mix of positive and negative traits.
I downloaded the narration of this book as I enjoy listening to the story as I read along.
Victoria McGloven is a new-to-me voice actor. While I liked the tonal variations that she used for the different characters’ dialogue, I felt that some of the pace of her narration during the exciting fight scenes was a bit pedestrian.
I connect to a story more if the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and can look after herself.
Jordyn Patterson is a great character and I loved getting to know her and seeing her fight for what she believes. She’s a woman with gumption! I liked the way that all of the characters in this story were written – even the villain of the tale. None were flat 2-dimensional creations, they all felt very real.
I love Happy Ever After (HEA) endings.
Based on the books that I’ve read so far, I realise that Ms Grant loves the romantic aspect between her lead couple to be concluded by the end of each book. Woop! Woop! However, Dark Alpha’s Claim isn’t just about the romance between our main couple. There are various other aspects weaved together in this book. I liked that we were a fly on so many walls, getting a glimpse of the characters that we’ll encounter in this series.
Dark Alpha’s Claim was a good start to a series.
The plot managed to surprise me a few times, had me reaching for a tissue or two *sniff*, growling in anger and holding my breath on the edge of my seat worried what would happen next. However, fear not dear reader there was also some humour to put a smile on my face and enough building passion to titillate anyone’s fancy. 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!
Was there anything I didn’t like about Dark Alpha’s Claim?
I really enjoyed Dark Alpha’s Claim but here’s where I have to be completely honest and tell you why my rating was 4 stars rather than 5.
You may think I’m being mean, but it’s mainly because I didn’t feel a strong connection to our hero, Baylon, like I did with Jordyn. There weren’t enough scenes where we learned what made him tick or his history of how he became a Reaper for me; it all just felt glossed over. I’m sure I’ll get to know him more in the subsequent books but as this was his book I was disappointed that it wasn’t as focused on getting to know him as I would have expected.
Dark Alpha’s Claim references many of the characters and adventures from the wider Dark Universe. However, Ms Grant tries to ensure her newer readers aren’t completely lost by weaving pertinent information into this story.
I should also remind you that as the first book in a spin-off series Dark Alpha’s Claim features a few existing background story arcs that seem to have been ongoing through the main Dark Kings series and continues through this story and beyond. We also have the new mystery/threat that the Reapers are facing that is started in this book which is also left to continue on the next books but that’s OK because I like it when background story mysteries are left to run through a series.
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 Claim has everything that I look for in a good story; adventure, mystery, action, great characters, some humour, romance and a fair amount of passion.
This book has graphic violence and explicit sex as well as some darker themes. Therefore, I’d only recommend this book to adults who are OK reading material of this nature.
I’d recommend Dark Alpha’s Claim to lovers of paranormal romance tales with a multi-layered backstory. To readers who want a story to keep them turning the pages – gripped. Fans of honourable alpha heroes and heroines with plenty of gumption. Plots with lots of action alongside beautiful romance, oh and enough titillation to make you blush on the bus!
Has my review of DARK ALPHA’S CLAIM (REAPER #1) encouraged you to find out more? ‘Course it has! Click on any of the links to check it out yourself.
Keep reading to find out more about the Reaper series and its author.
Reaper by Donna Grant
Donna Grant’s Reaper series is a spin-off within her Dark World universe that includes; Dark King series, Dark Warrior series and Dark Sword series. The world features a range of supernatural/mythological beings including. Dark and light fae, fae Reapers (who work for Death herself) and dragon shifters. 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.
Books in the Series
Reapers 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 a mixed bunch of seven Light and Dark Fae. Baylon, Kyran, Talin, Fintan, Eoghan and their leader Cael. Each book follows the romance of one of these impressive males and the woman who brings him to his knees and claims his heart.
It’s never too late to start your adventure with these amazing fae warriors. Read my thoughts about each one.
- Dark Alpha’s Claim (Reaper #1) (2015)
- Dark Alpha’s Embrace (Reaper #2) (2016)
- Dark Alpha’s Demand (Reaper #3) (2016)
- Dark Alpha’s Lover (Reaper #4) (2017)
- Dark Alpha’s Night (Reaper #5) (2018)
- Dark Alpha’s Hunger (Reaper #6) (2018)
- Dark Alpha’s Awakening (Reaper #7) (2019)
- Dark Alpha’s Redemption (Reaper #8) (2019)
- Dark Alpha’s Temptation (Reaper #9) (2020)
- Dark Alpha’s Caress (Reaper #10) (2020)
- Dark Alpha’s Obsession (Reaper #11) (2021)
- Dark Alpha’s Need (Reaper #12) Expected 11th October 2021
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I hope that I’ve encouraged you to add the Reaper series to your ever-growing reading lists.
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