Hello fellow bookworms. Today I’d like to share my thoughts about Dark Alpha’s Demand (Reaper #3) by Donna Grant
Read: 24th – 25th May 2019
Publication Date: 17th May 2016
Quote from Dark Alpha’s Demand
“Neve watched Talin carefully. He was always secretive, though he used his charm to make others forget they wanted to know anything about him.
But she didn’t forget.”
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5
Dark Alpha’s Demand is a paranormal romance novel (approx. 212 pages) and the third 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 I write about the way a story is told and that I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
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 secret is an ancient one. I exist to exact vengeance on the Fae for their wrongs per Death’s orders. When I’m sent as a spy to one of the most treacherous, deceitful places in any realm – the court of the Light Queen – things go awry. Neve captured my soul with just a look from her seductive gaze. She is who I want, who I crave…who I hunger for. But someone has set out to kill her – and expose me. I’ll destroy any man – human or Fae – who brings harm to her, for she is the light my soul can’t risk losing…
Dark Alpha’s Demand references to characters and adventures from the wider Dark Universe but Ms Grant ensures her newer readers aren’t completely lost by weaving pertinent information into this story.
I’m big fan of Ms Grant’s paranormal romance books. I find her writing style easy to read and I love the way she paces the development of the plot. I adore venturing into this fantasy world and the complexities that she’s created – both in the world itself and the characters that populate it are completely engaging. I really love that the characters we meet are not stereotypical good or evil but allowed to be complex souls with a multifaceted mix of positive and negative traits. Her characters are believable because the multilayered depth of their personalities are all present in real life.
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 and although I liked her performance and the slight tonal variations that she used for the different characters’ dialogue. I still wish she created a wider variety of voices for the many characters as other actors have done and varied her pace during the different types of scene but her style is growing on me.
I definitely connect to a story more when the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and can look after herself. Neve Everwood was amazing; she’s definitely a woman with gumption and a great addition to the group! As I’ve said before, I like the way that all of the characters in this story are written – I could even understand the driving emotions behind our arch villain, Bran. He’s right, it’s not fair that he had to see his love murdered while Reapers now get to keep theirs, he’s just blinded by his need for revenge.
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 Talian and Neve, there are various aspects weaved together in this book and I enjoy being a fly on so many walls.
Dark Alpha’s Demand had me gripped 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. This book captivated me; I had to keep going, reading just one more page!
I really enjoyed Dark Alpha’s Demand and couldn’t stop reading it which is why I rated it 5 stars.
I would just like to take this opportunity to remind you that this is only the third book in a spin-off series. Dark Alpha’s Demand could be read as a standalone romance as that aspect of this tale is resolved in Ms Grant’s signature HEA style, however, the background story revolving around the threat posed by Bran, the ex-Reaper and current nemesis has only escalated within these pages and is far from concluded.
I really loved this novel; it was a story that kept me reading from the first page to the last. Dark Alpha’s Demand has everything that I look for in a great book; 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.
I already have the next book in this addictive series waiting on my Kindle, and I can’t wait to jump straight in!
So, has my review of DARK ALPHA’S DEMAND (REAPER #3) encouraged you to find out more? I really hope so. Just click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself or 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.