Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Dark Alpha’s Embrace (Reaper #2) by Donna Grant
Read: 15th – 17th May 2019
Publication Date: 16th February 2016
Quote from Dark Alpha’s Embrace
“Why did he [Kyran] get stuck with the library instead of going to some private collectors? He’d much rather do that than sneak around a building.
There was no adventure in it.
They’d be in and gone without anything happening”
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5
Dark Alpha’s Embrace is a paranormal romance novel (approx. 158 pages) and the second tale in Donna Grant’s Reaper series – a spin off within her Dark World universe centring 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.
Ms Grant’s Dark World Universe includes the Dark King series, Dark Warrior series and Dark Sword series and is populated by many supernatural and mythological beings including; dark and light fae, Death and her Fae Reapers (who feature in this series), dragon shifters and magic welding druids who consist of 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 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:
There’s no escaping a Reaper. I’m 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…
I’m a warrior. My unbreakable determination, my backbone of steel define me. As a Reaper who does Death’s bidding, weakness is a word I don’t understand. Until a stunning librarian stirs emotions deep within me I’ve never felt before. Her soft curves blunt the sharp edges of my soul, crushing my defences – yet make me stronger. But underneath those wide eyes and fierce femininity, she has a weapon, one she won’t hesitate to use. And when the Dark begin their deadly descent, we’ll need each other’s love and protection…or risk fracturing apart.
Dark Alpha’s Embrace makes a few references to some of the characters and adventures from the Dark Universe in general, but Ms Grant tries to ensure her newer readers aren’t completely lost by weaving pertinent information into this story.
I have already read a handful of books within the latter stages of Ms Grant’s Dark universe including the last few books in this series.
I am a fan of Ms Grant’s paranormal romance books. I find her writing style easy to read and I like the way she paces the development of the plot. I love venturing into the fantasy world that she’s created and really love 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 even found myself feeling sorry for the villain in this book!
I downloaded the narration of this book too as I enjoy listening to a story as I read along. Victoria McGloven is still a fairly new-to-me voice actor but I liked her performance and the slight tonal variations that she used for the different characters’ dialogue. I enjoyed her narration more in Dark Alpha’s Embrace than I did for the previous book.
I connect to a story more if the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and can look after herself. Goodness me, River White was outstanding; she’s definitely a woman with gumption! I liked the way that all of the characters in this story were written – even the villain of the tale, who actually thawed my heart a couple of times – none of them were flat 2-dimensional creations or overly stereotypical, they all felt very real and believable.
Ms Grant loves to have the romantic aspect between her lead couple concluded by the end of each book; I love Happy Ever After endings too Woop! Woop! but this book isn’t just about the romance between Kyran and River, there are various aspects weaved together in this book and 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 Embrace was a strong second book for this series and it captivated me from the start; I was surprised, growling in anger, reaching for a tissue or two *sniff* as well as holding my breath on the edge of my seat worried what would happen next but fear not dear reader there was also some lovely humour and enough romance and 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!
I really enjoyed Dark Alpha’s Embrace which is why I rated it so highly.
I would just like to take this opportunity to remind you that this is only the second book in a spin-off series. There are a few existing background story arcs that seem to have been ongoing through the main Dark Kings series and continue through this one. The new mystery and threat to Death and the Reapers that was introduced in the previous book is also left to continue but that’s OK , neither are life or death cliffhangers but it’s just enough of a hook to make you want to buy the next book. It certainly worked for me. 😉
I really enjoyed this novel; it was a tale that kept me reading from start to finish. Dark Alpha’s Embrace has everything that I look for in a great story; adventure, mystery, action, great characters, some humour, romance and a fair amount of passion.
Due to the graphic nature of the violence and sex scenes, I would only recommend this book to adults who are not offended by this sort of content. If you enjoy paranormal romance tales with a multi-layered backstory that keeps you turning the pages starring honourable alpha heroes and heroines with plenty of gumption, lots of action alongside beautiful romance, oh and enough titillation to make you blush on the bus, then this ebook is definitely one for you.
So, has my review of DARK ALPHA’S EMBRACE (REAPER #2) encouraged you to find out more? I really hope so. Just click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the author.
Books in the Series
It’s never to late to start your adventure with these amazing fae warriors. Read my thoughts about each one.
- Dark Alpha’s Claim (Reaper #1)
- Dark Alpha’s Embrace (Reaper #2)
- Dark Alpha’s Demand (Reaper #3)
- Dark Alpha’s Lover (Reaper #4)
- Dark Alpha’s Night (Reaper #5)
- Dark Alpha’s Hunger (Reaper #6)
- Dark Alpha’s Awakening (Reaper #7)
- Dark Alpha’s Redemption (Reaper #8)
- Dark Alpha’s Temptation (Reaper #9)
- Dark Alpha’s Caress (Reaper #10) Coming in November 2020
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About the Author
Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a hundred 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 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.
She has been recognized with awards from both bookseller and reader contests including the National Reader’s Choice Award, Booksellers Best Award, as well as the coveted K.I.S.S. Award from 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 cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore. Or buying makeup. And shoes.