Published by Big Cedar Publishing on March 3, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Love & Romance, Urban, Urban Fantasy
Source: ecopy from Publisher
They see death. Can they share a life?
Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.
Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.
A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.
Reap and Repent is the first book in the Reaper Series. It is an urban fantasy series about reapers and about a new mysterious untrained reaper. I love the concept of the book, and I think the rest of the series has potential, but the first book was a little bumpy for me. I still liked it, but I didn’t love it as much as I initially hoped that I would. I read another book (I can’t remember the name) about a girl that could see aura colors for different paranormal creatures and I was fascinated by that idea. So when I found out that this main character, Ruth could see aura colors and could use that to determine when someone would die and what they were feeling, I was super excited to see what kind of world Lisa Medley had created with her reapers. And I did really like the world of her reapers.
I loved that instead of being scary that within the first (really second) meeting between Ruth and Deacon, he was calming her down. I would love to have him send some of his calming juice my way. That is a cool little trick. I also love the aura aspect and how it fits into their role as a reaper. Plus, there are plenty of other paranormals in the mix to keep this story fresh and exciting.
My bumps came from Ruth and Deacon’s connection. I liked Ruth and I liked Deacon, and I even liked them together. But, I didn’t really believe Deacon’s initial connection and attachment to Ruth. It felt rushed to me, and because of that I couldn’t enjoy many of their early scenes together. They certainly jumped together pretty quickly. I think the next book might be better because we have gotten to know the characters and the foundation has been laid, but it was a jumpy start for me.
I did really like the concept and the world, so I think I will give the next book in the series a go. The nice thing about this series is that the first three books are already out. They were each released within a week of each other, and the first book is currently free. So if you like urban fantasy and are interested in a reaper romance, grab a copy of Reap and Repent for free now.
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