Review: Dark Alpha’s Redemption (Reaper #8) by Donna Grant

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Flora Reviews… Dark Alpha’s Redemption (Reaper #8) by Donna Grant. My thanks to the publisher (St Martin’s Paperbacks) for the free eBook in exchange for an honest review.

What’s Dark Alpha’s Redemption about?

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Review: Dark Alpha’s Redemption (Reaper #8) by Donna GrantMy Rating:
Title: Dark Alpha's Redemption by Donna Grant
Series: Reaper #8
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group, Macmillan Audio on 6 August, 2019
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance, Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal
Narrator: Victoria McGloven
Length: 7 hours
No. of Pages: 256

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...

My duty to Death drives me forward. I've never once strayed from my path – not even when the future seemed uncertain. However, Maeve's intelligence, cunning and determination challenges me in ways I never imagined. Finding out what she knows is the key to learning how to conquer our enemy. The Dark Fae breathes new life into me unlike anything I've ever known. For Maeve, I will risk trusting the Dark. For her...I will battle darkness itself.

Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Audible*

Read: 24th – 26th July 2019

My Overall Rating: 4/5

Plot: 4/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 4/5

Quote from Dark Alpha’s Redemption

“Bradach’s lungs seized when her eyes slid to him for a heartbeat, then tow. He wished he knew what she was thinking. He wanted to call her attention back to him, but he wasn’t sure why. He hated Dark Fae. All Dark.

Didn’t he?

The more he stared at Maeve, the more unsure he became”

What did I like about Dark Alpha’s Redemption?

As a fan of Ms Grant’s books, I’ve read all of the Reaper 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. Her characters are not good or evil but allowed to be complex souls with a multifaceted mix of positive and negative traits.

When the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and can look after herself I engage more quickly.

I wasn’t disappointed here. Maeve is an amazing woman and I loved learning about her life and getting to know her in this story. We learnt more about existing characters in this tale too which I enjoyed. There aren’t any flat 2-dimensional characters in this series. They all feel very real even though most are mythical species.

I love Happy Ever After endings.

Ms Grant loves the romantic aspect between her lead couple to be concluded by the end of each book. Woop! Woop! However, this book isn’t just about the romance between Maeve and Bradach. There are various aspects weaved together in this tale. I liked that we were a fly on so many walls, getting to learn what drives the characters to do what they do while trying to piece everything together.

Dark Alpha’s Redemption gave me all the feels.

It 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 plenty of banter 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?

I really loved Dark Alpha’s Redemption. However, here’s where I have to be completely honest and tell you why my rating was 4 stars rather than 5. (Brace yourself, you may think I’m being too picky.)

My disappointments are mainly regarding the background stories.

I didn’t feel as though any of my questions were answered. Dark Alpha’s Redemption features a few existing background story arcs that have been ongoing through this series and that of the Dragon Kings series. Most of which can be blamed on the Queen of the Light Fae, Usaeil. Sadly, these threads are left to continue to the next book. I don’t feel as though we’ve gained any ground in resolving them. However, rest assured, dear reader, I can say that Dark Alpha’s Redemption didn’t end on a life-or-death cliffhanger.

Basically, what I’m saying is…

I really enjoyed this novel. It was a tale that kept me reading from start to finish – I was hooked! Dark Alpha’s Redemption has everything that I look for in a good story; adventure, mystery, action, great characters, some humour, romance and a sprinkling of passion.

Content Warning:

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 this book to adults who enjoy paranormal romance tales with a multi-layered “against-the-clock” backstory that keeps you turning the pages from start to finish. Especially those readers looking for 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.

Has my review of DARK ALPHA’S REDEMPTION (REAPER #8) encouraged you to find out more? I bet it has! 😉 Click on any of the links to check out the book 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.

They live to do Death’s bidding. Judge, jury, and executioner, the Reapers assassinate who Death wants gone-and are always successful in their quests. But when centuries of walking alone are brought to a crashing halt by the women they want more than anything, they will have to risk everything to keep those they love safe and in their arms…

Books in the Series

It’s never too late to start your adventure with these amazing fae warriors. Read my thoughts about each one.

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As promised, here’s Donna’s bio.

About Donna Grant

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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.

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’ve persuaded you to add Dark Alpha’s Redemption to your TBR pile.

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Bye for now,

Flora x

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