Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dark Alpha's Embrace by Donna Grant ~ Review

There's no escaping a Reaper. I'm 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...

I'm a warrior. My unbreakable determination, my backbone of steel define me. As a Reaper who does Death's bidding, weakness is a word I don't understand. Until a stunning librarian stirs emotions deep within me I've never felt before. Her soft curves blunt the sharp edges of my soul, crushing my defenses - yet make me stronger. But underneath those wide eyes and fierce femininity, she has a weapon, one she won't hesitate to use. And when the Dark begin their deadly descent, we'll need each other's love and protection...or risk fracturing apart.

This book is such an improvement over the first book in the series.  I still don't understand the title because I don't see any real alpha personalities in these books but I can live with that since the world building, characters and story line were so much better than book one.

This series takes place in the same world as the Dark Kings series by the same author.  It's written along side it time wise.  And while there not really any cross over between characters, we have seen the reapers and Death in the Dark Kings books.  No dragons here though.  But the world of the dark and light Fae is very much the stage.  I enjoyed learning more about their world.  The author did a better job of building that world in this book than she did in book 1.  My knowledge of it from the other series wasn't necessary for me to understand what was going on.  

I felt like a series plot was better developed in this one as well.  It was hinted at in the last book but the focus there was on the relationship of the main characters to the determent of the book as a whole.  Here there was both and it read so much better.

In the last book, I was frustrated by so much summary that I wanted to scream.  It was clearly not an issue in this book.  I didn't even notice any summary instead scenes actually happened.  There was the normal level of writing that I have come to expect from this author.

I was much more invested in the reapers as a whole this time.  We learned more about them and I came to like them including Death.  The idea of forbidden relationships was off the table (well except for Death herself) and that allowed the series plot to take the focus.  I enjoyed that a lot better.  There was still the instalove thing going on.  It's not really been explained as to why it happens with reapers but I am more hopeful that it will in fact have a reason at some point in the series.  AND this time, they weren't kissing minutes after meeting.  The attraction was there but they didn't throw themselves at each other.  Thank goodness.

Overall, it was more of what I expect and enjoy from this author.  I was very relieved.  I didn't want to miss this series and the world it's in.  I'm glad I gave book two a chance.  It was touch and go there for a while but I decided to risk it.  Good thing too.


This is more of what I expect from Donna Grant.

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