Guest Review by Jenna
SERIES: Reaping Havoc #2
AUTHOR: AJ Rose
PUBLISHER: The Grim Writer Press
LENGTH: 270 Pages
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 begins when Mitch and Nate are starting their new life together as reapers. They’ve been given a second chance and are intent on making the best of it, but when Mitch witnesses a murder and finds out the woman has killed many times before, he has trouble with the idea of letting her go on killing. Mitch and Nate want to interfere, but doing so may get them in trouble with divinity which could result in their contract being terminated. When the couple sets on a mission to work around the system, it isn’t long before danger comes knocking on their door.
This had to be the most awesome murder mystery I’ve ever read. The book starts out with the murderer’s identity being fully known, but the main characters just have to find cleaver ways to tip off the authorities without doing so directly. Though there was a romantic and erotic aspect in the book, I was mostly drawn to the suspenseful storyline as Nate and Mitch get themselves deeper and deeper into trouble. The ending was spectacular and thrilling. I can’t say I’ve read a book as exciting as this one in quite some time. I was on edge while reading and I couldn’t put the book down. Overall, Reaping Fate was a highly entertaining read. I recommend this book to anyone who loves MM dark fantasy as well as MM mystery and suspense.