Author ~ AJ Rose
Published ~ 3rd May 2016
Genre ~ Paranormal, Thriller M/M Romance
For Nate Koehn, the worst part of being a reaper is maintaining his compassion without becoming too involved with the souls in his charge. He’s always been sensitive to others’ hurts, and there is no hurt bigger than death, with which he’s already intimately familiar. The learning curve is steep, but the perks of the job—spending the next 300 years with the love of his life, his husband Mitch Seeker—are unmistakable. For Nate, death is a lifelong commitment.
Then Mitch is assigned to reap a serial killer’s victim.
Mitch and Nate are willing to go to just about any lengths to bring the killer to justice, but Divinity has a plan for everyone, and the reapers are at risk of being terminated themselves if they meddle too much. Mitch knows better than to tempt fate, but Nate isn’t wired to sit idly by while innocent people lose their lives to a vicious killer.
Nate sets out to balance the scales of justice for the souls in their charge, but what happens when he becomes the killer’s bug in the web? Can he stop a killer without exercising his own free will or putting those he loves in the crosshairs? Only Death knows, and he’s not talking.
Warning: Contains graphic descriptions of violence, which may be too intense for some readers. Reader discretion advised.
Reaping Fate is book 2 in the Reaping Havoc series and like in the first book darkness and humor are well balanced, resulting in a very enjoyable read. It was really interesting to watch Mitch and Nate balancing real life and Reaper duties.
It's been almost a year since Mitch and Nate became reapers and they seem to have found their footing. They don't interfere with each other's reaps, they play by the book and their 300 years together have only just started. But when a reap that Mitch thought was a murder victim turns out to be one of the many victims of a serial killer, lines get blurred and Nate's sense of justice demands of him to put an end to the killings. Ignoring Mitch's warnings and the very real danger of their contract being cancelled, Nate won't rest until the killer is brought to justice. The killer however isn't oblivious to Nate's actions and when the tables are turned Nate and Mitch aren't the only ones facing danger.
Reaping Fate is a very interesting read. There's a lot of humour especially in the beginning which adds a much needed lightness, since even if it's not a truly dark story, dealing with a vicious killer isn't exactly a walk in the park. But what makes it stand out is the not-quite-whodunit plot but more of a how-on-earth-do-we-put-a-stop-to-it twist, which held my attention and was really refreshing. As was Sebastian, the experienced reaper who covered the area when Mitch was relieved of his reaper status 6 years earlier, and his mortal husband Richard who were a great addition to the cast. I would have liked more of Charles, Mitch's father, who even though he is present here, he feels less involved than in the first book where he was one of my favourites. This second book is also a bit more steamy which helped to offset the inevitable tense moments between Nate and Mitch.
If you like paranormal and crime stories this is a book for you. Despite my preference for more angst and darkness, I found it a fun, intriguing, well written story with an undoubtedly perfectly matched couple, so go ahead and read it – you won’t be disappointed!
Reaping Havoc (Reaping Havoc #1)
No one asked Mitch Seeker if he wanted to be a grim reaper. He didn’t sign up for the rumors, the lack of friends, or the erratic schedule. He doesn’t want to go through life watching people die. Especially not a man he loves. Mitch’s solution is simple—don’t fall in love. He’ll never have to explain why he doesn’t age or why he’s around death so often. Most of all, he will never be a widower.
But when his head is turned by world-class skier Nate Koehn, Mitch believes he may have the answer. If the soul attached to Nate is any indication, Mitch has found himself another reaper, in which case, his undeniable feelings don’t have to be suppressed. However, the spectral tag-a-long is only the beginning of Nate’s burdens. After a catastrophic loss, Nate is no stranger to grief and the hole it leaves behind.
The question they both must answer is loud and clear: is the pain of losing love worse than the pain of never having loved at all?