Review: Dark Alpha’s Temptation (Reaper #9) by Donna Grant

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Flora’s Review of Dark Alpha’s Temptation (Reaper #9) by Donna Grant. My thanks to the publisher (St Martin’s Paperbacks) for the free eBook in exchange for my honest review.

What’s Dark Alpha’s Temptation about?

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Review: Dark Alpha’s Temptation (Reaper #9) by Donna GrantMy Rating:
Title: Dark Alpha's Temptation by Donna Grant
Series: Reaper #9
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group, Macmillan Audio on 7 January, 2020
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance, Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal
Narrator: Victoria McGloven
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes
No. of Pages: 191

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...

Carrying Death's orders is my sole duty. I've never had reason to question her, even if I disagreed. But Kyra's fierceness and willpower sheds light on my mission. She drives the darkness of my world away. The answers to the Others' goals lie in her past. For Kyra, I will risk going against Death's wishes. For her...I will battle the past and the future 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: eBook, Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Audible*

Read: 2nd – 5th January 2020

Publication Date: 7th January 2020

My Overall Rating: 4/5

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

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.

Utterly infatuated.”

What did I like about Dark Alpha’s Temptation?

I’m a fan of Ms Grant’s books and have read all the books in this series. As I’ve said before, her writing style is easy to read and I like the way she paces the development of her plots. I love the fantasy world that Ms Grant has created. Plus, her characters are never just good or evil, she creates 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.

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. None 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. 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!

Was there anything I didn’t like?

I really loved this book. However, 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.)

My frustrations lay with the background stories.

I didn’t feel as though any of my questions were answered. This book 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.

Basically, what I’m saying is…

I really enjoyed this novel; it was a tale that kept me reading from start to finish! 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.

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 Dark Alpha’s Temptation to adults who enjoy paranormal romance tales. Readers who’re looking for honourable heroes and heroines who have plenty of gumption. Especially those fans who want a gripping multi-layered backstory with action, romance, oh, and enough titillation to make you blush on the bus.

Has my review of DARK ALPHA’S TEMPTATION (REAPER #9) 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 this 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 of Dark Alpha’s Temptation. I hope that I’ve encouraged you to add this series to your ever-growing reading lists.

Before you go, check out Donna on my A to Z of favourite authors’ page. Have I included your favourite author?

Bye for now,

Flora x

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Dark Alpha’s Temptation by Donna Grant

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(4) Comments

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