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…
I answer to no one but Death. I am impenetrable, impervious, immortal. I exist to do Death’s bidding and no one–not Reaper nor human nor Fae–can stand in my way. Except for the bewitching half-Fae, Catriona. She swears the magic in her family passed her by, but I know better. This woman is strong. This woman is powerful. And when her abilities surge forth, no one will be able to stop the Dark Fae from coming for her. Except for me. I want to keep her close. I want to keep her safe. I want lose myself to her, again and again…
Worldbuilding: The world of the Reapers, dark and light fae, and the connection to the Dragon Kings makes for a fascinating setting.
Characters: I loved Cat and Fintan together, on all levels: chemistry, typology of character, backstory, as color combo (lol!). Cat in fact came off as more charismatic than Fintan, though he has the more interesting backstory. He has this sort of doomed, lonely, insecure thing going, which shouldn’t work this well for a legendary assassin and a Reaper no less, but it just does work like a charm. I mean, the guy was actually…cute. Which is messed up in a way, but it was very fun. I loved Doona Grant’s concept of fae, and for him to have white hair and white eyes…hey, you know he’s been a badass Dark fae in terrible, terrifying ways. And yet he has this insecure, cute side that just make you want to cuddle him or something. In a way, he was so interesting to me that he stole the show, making their chemistry and romance actually become less captivating to me than a character study on the guy – he’s that interesting!
Plot: The romance was pretty fun, the sweet variety, I’d say. I mean, angsty too, which is always nice, but also sweet. There was something almost virginal about Fintan – yes, I know how crazy it sounds, lol! – and Cat brouht all this fiery passion to the table. Yummy. I’m also very interested in how the Bran story will go, and I will openly admit I’m a fan of Death in this series xDDD
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV. It was interesting to see the world from both of their eyes.
Curb Appeal: Awesome cover, hooking blurb – autobuy author name for my creative-PNR-cravings.
I recommend Dark Alpha’s Lover to fans of fae stories and worlds, to fans of alpha male paranormal romance (though beware, Cat is not a damsel in distress, she hold her own!), and to fans of PNR in general. Donna Grant’s worlds entwine and collide, and come together in an exciting, complex puzzle that I’m just dying to solve all the way. Big like!