Dark Alpha's Awakening (Reaper, #7)
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’m coming for you… Serving Death and the Reapers has been my life for centuries. I’ve always put my duty before everything, even my yearning for Death. But now, she’s fading – our foe is bent on destroying her and he will stop at nothing until he does. Death holds the key to our survival. I will do everything in my power to stop her from disappearing. For her, I will ensure we have the best fighting chance. For her…I will cross the divide keeping us apart. This is a full length Reaper novel.

Dark Alpha's Awakening (Reaper, #7) Details

TitleDark Alpha's Awakening (Reaper, #7)
Author
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherSwerve
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Paranormal Romance, Fairies, Fae

Dark Alpha's Awakening (Reaper, #7) Review

  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    The ultimate battle between Bran and Erith is finally here! This has been building for awhile now and it held up to the hype. It's hard to write a review when you don't want to give anything away so I'll just say that I wasn't expecting what happened with Cael and Erith, but I completely approve. I loved getting the beginning to Erith's story because it explained so much about her and why she choose Reapers and even how she chose them. While this could have easily felt like an ending, it didn't. The ultimate battle between Bran and Erith is finally here! This has been building for awhile now and it held up to the hype. It's hard to write a review when you don't want to give anything away so I'll just say that I wasn't expecting what happened with Cael and Erith, but I completely approve. I loved getting the beginning to Erith's story because it explained so much about her and why she choose Reapers and even how she chose them. While this could have easily felt like an ending, it didn't. There is still so much left unfinished. Since the Reaper series has intertwined with the Dark Kings series, I'm not sure if there will be more Reaper books or if some of the unfinished will get resolved in the Dark Kings series. Either way, I'm looking forward to the next book.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received for reviewDing, Dong the witch is dead...I mean Bran. Yes, I know that was a spoiler, but I had to do it. Cael and Erith finally, after centuries, hook up. Great ending battle, and man, what Cael goes through before...wow. Loved seeing all the previous peeps. Some bad guys are actually good guys, and of course, some are just bad. Yes, there are more books planned with the second group of reapers. There's a teaser at the end of this one for a future couple. Yes, there will be a new b ARC received for reviewDing, Dong the witch is dead...I mean Bran. Yes, I know that was a spoiler, but I had to do it. Cael and Erith finally, after centuries, hook up. Great ending battle, and man, what Cael goes through before...wow. Loved seeing all the previous peeps. Some bad guys are actually good guys, and of course, some are just bad. Yes, there are more books planned with the second group of reapers. There's a teaser at the end of this one for a future couple. Yes, there will be a new bad guy now that Bran's history, but can we please not drag this one's demise out through another 7 books.
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  • Marta Cox
    January 1, 1970
    Well this brotherhood of elite assassins working for Death have their work cut out for them this time and no mistake. Death is a woman who has reinvented herself and yet at heart she is still the same powerful entity capable of huge atrocities that she always was. Having grown emotionally Death believes in justice but knows she is always alone even though a part of her yearns for more . Ironically as her powers and very essence are being drained from her she has to share her burdens with the one Well this brotherhood of elite assassins working for Death have their work cut out for them this time and no mistake. Death is a woman who has reinvented herself and yet at heart she is still the same powerful entity capable of huge atrocities that she always was. Having grown emotionally Death believes in justice but knows she is always alone even though a part of her yearns for more . Ironically as her powers and very essence are being drained from her she has to share her burdens with the one male who unknowingly has always held her heart but there's still a lot of heartache and pain to come !This was I think what I'd been waiting for in this series as we finally see the true nature of Death or Erith as she's known to her Reapers. Erith has made mistakes and in this book the consequences hit hard. Cael has always had the ability to see what needs doing in battle hence his position of trust amongst the Reapers but he's a male who keeps his own council meaning he's never spoken of his deep abiding feelings for Erith. So for this couple to open up takes a lot but with so much at stake the time for hiding is far behind.I absolutely loved this because it ties up loose ends and actually brings the Fae wars home to roost. If you follow the Dragon Kings series then you will be delighted with the way events in this story bring the conclusion and consequences ever closer. Like others I've occasionally despaired of ever getting answers but I admit I don't feel that about the Reapers series because things happen fast and furious. For me this was a very satisfying read that has encouraged me to continue reading these stories and I can't wait for the next development.This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    DARK ALPHA’S AWAKENING is the seventh book in the Reapers series. Grant has built a really fascinating world that I have enjoyed reading a lot, but this book kind of feels different than the other books in the series.Firstly, it takes a while for the book to warm up because Grant kind of does a recap of the origin of the Reapers and really what they are all about. I’m sure this was meant to really create drama and make this story feel larger than life, but at the same time, I think it created DARK ALPHA’S AWAKENING is the seventh book in the Reapers series. Grant has built a really fascinating world that I have enjoyed reading a lot, but this book kind of feels different than the other books in the series.Firstly, it takes a while for the book to warm up because Grant kind of does a recap of the origin of the Reapers and really what they are all about. I’m sure this was meant to really create drama and make this story feel larger than life, but at the same time, I think it created some pacing issues. I find this especially true if you’re a loyal fan of the series because most of the first half is stuff that readers already know.Grant writes this book to make it feel like the end. But if you know, Grant’s writing and her series style, then you also know what none of her series really truly end. They are all connected somehow so I really don’t see a true end coming from this one either.All that being said, I think this book is a good book, but it’s not my favorite of the series. I kind of felt like this would have been a good beginning book in the series if that makes any sense, but it really does feel like the origin started here. Nevertheless, I do recommend this series and this book as a whole.
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  • Lili Marcus
    January 1, 1970
    Actually, I've been reading this the past few days and was surprised to see I haven't listed it here as 'read'. Maybe because I'm currently in a blogging hiatus and I'm rarely online. So this book is about Cael and Erith. Cael is a reaper and serving Death and working with the other reapers has been his life for centuries. He always put his duty above everything else and even put aside his feelings for Death herself. Death is Erith. Interesting, right? So Erith is now fading and in need of help Actually, I've been reading this the past few days and was surprised to see I haven't listed it here as 'read'. Maybe because I'm currently in a blogging hiatus and I'm rarely online. So this book is about Cael and Erith. Cael is a reaper and serving Death and working with the other reapers has been his life for centuries. He always put his duty above everything else and even put aside his feelings for Death herself. Death is Erith. Interesting, right? So Erith is now fading and in need of help and Cael is willing to give his life for her. They have to defeat their enemy, Bran.First of all, I must admit, I don't think I'm the right person to review this book, so if you're really interested to read this one, after reading my review, kindly read someone else's review. Preferably someone who's a fan of the series. Yes, this is 7th in the series. When I requested this on Netgalley, it was stated it's 7th in a series. Yes, this is a full-length novel and can be read as a standalone. I understood it just fine even though I didn't read the previous books. BUT, I know I would've enjoyed the story more if I read the others. Let me explain...Sure this is a love story of Erith and Cael but the book started with Cael and Erith already in love. I'm assuming they fell in love in previous books, I didn't see the romance grew or developed. It's already there. And I would've preferred if their greatest antagonist is the fact that Reaper and Death can't be romantically involved. That conflict is present but it's shadowed by that great battle against Bran. I would've enjoyed seeing Erith and Cael in the same room, just talking but wanting to tear each other's clothes but can't. But no, I often see them planning for the battle and having too many internal monologues of how they feel and what they want to do. As I said, the conflict of Death and Reaper being together is shadowed by that battle. Don't get me wrong, I love the battle, I think it's really well done, and I think this battle has been brewing since the previous books. The ending is too clean for me. The battle's ending was gore and it was awesome but I'm talking about Erith and Cael. It's too convenient that something happened just so Erith and Cael can be together. This is not a spoiler because I'm sure you're already expecting a happy ending for the couple Overall, this is a fine read, and like I said, I may not be the right person to review this. But hope my review helps. :)I was provided a copy by the publisher/author via Netgalley. Thank you.
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  • Julie (Jewls Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    Holy Hades! I have been dying to have Cael and Erith’s story for forever it seems and Grant delivered beautifully! The leader of the Reapers and Death herself finally getting together after centuries of secretly eyeing one another with unfulfilled desire I might add?! Um, yes please!! Bonus points for finally getting a battle worthy wrap-up regarding Bran and his Dark Fae army too, but I’m shamelessly admitting I’m all about the romance between Cael and Erith!Cael was brilliant at strategy and p Holy Hades! I have been dying to have Cael and Erith’s story for forever it seems and Grant delivered beautifully! The leader of the Reapers and Death herself finally getting together after centuries of secretly eyeing one another with unfulfilled desire I might add?! Um, yes please!! Bonus points for finally getting a battle worthy wrap-up regarding Bran and his Dark Fae army too, but I’m shamelessly admitting I’m all about the romance between Cael and Erith!Cael was brilliant at strategy and protective like any good guy and I loved how he never hesitated to step back and let Edith do her thing. He never felt threatened by her power, rather he was proud of her and what she could do. So when Erith fully re-embraced all of herself as Death and Mistress of War, shouldering the mantle of her true power, it was pretty cool to see Cael step back and let her take center stage. However, seeing them together sharing equal power and working as supportive partners was downright awesome! As I mentioned above, Cael and Erith’s book also wraps up the battle with Bran-finally!-while leading into another storyline with a few pesky characters who just won’t fade into the woodwork! The story took a couple of twists I was not expecting, keeping my anticipation high, and Grant delivered everything I wanted and then some! Great fights, muddled secrets, one blistering hot romance, and some mixed news from the battlefront has me curious to see where the next story will lead the hodgepodge of allies-and enemies-the Reapers and the Dragon Kings have amassed! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Finally! I’ve been waiting for the Erith/Bran showdown for-freaking-ever and it did not disappoint. This was everything I wanted it to be with action galore, lots of feels, and some sweet sexy times.Erith’s story held some surprises that I in no way expected. It was heartbreaking and answered so many questions I had and some I didn’t know I wanted answers to. Her character arc was amazing, and she ended up being someone with one hell of a redemption story.As for Cael, I don’t think there has eve Finally! I’ve been waiting for the Erith/Bran showdown for-freaking-ever and it did not disappoint. This was everything I wanted it to be with action galore, lots of feels, and some sweet sexy times.Erith’s story held some surprises that I in no way expected. It was heartbreaking and answered so many questions I had and some I didn’t know I wanted answers to. Her character arc was amazing, and she ended up being someone with one hell of a redemption story.As for Cael, I don’t think there has ever been a more loyal, steadfast, and heroic hero. He laid it all on the line not only for his Reapers, but for Erith as well. He checked all my boxes. I’d wondered how he’d be alpha enough to be paired with death herself and not get overshadowed, but goodness me, he proved he was.This was an action heavy book, with lots of intrigue and a little heartbreak. The romantic aspects took a backseat to the war between the Reapers and Bran but this didn’t bother me at all.I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Alpha’s Awakening. It was one of those books that had me so engrossed; I picked it up every chance I could, even if it was only for a few moments. This was definitely worth the wait, well, except for that cliffhangerish ending. One war down and one just beginning. I can’t freaking wait to read what comes next!Rating: 4.5 Sexy, Sweet, and Action packed StarsI voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    So I have been so invested in this world Donna Grant has created. I have been a fan since Dangerous Highlander. I have loved every single character and I am just so in love with everything about this series and all the ones before it. I feel like I have been waiting for this book in particular for such a long time. Death is such an interesting character. I wanted her story from the first Reaper book and I was not at all disappointed. If you haven't read this series I highly recommend it. This se So I have been so invested in this world Donna Grant has created. I have been a fan since Dangerous Highlander. I have loved every single character and I am just so in love with everything about this series and all the ones before it. I feel like I have been waiting for this book in particular for such a long time. Death is such an interesting character. I wanted her story from the first Reaper book and I was not at all disappointed. If you haven't read this series I highly recommend it. This series is technically a spin off of the Dark Kings series and I absolutely think they should be read in the correct order. Plus like I said this world is fantastic and you really don't want to miss out on a single word Donna Grant writes!
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting for Cael's and Erith's (Death) story since the beginning of this series. I have no doubt everyone who has been reading this series has felt the same way. And, I have been awaiting the villain's (oh, and he was SO evil) comeuppance as well. Oh my! Ms. Grant nailed it! I was a wreck. And, it was oh so worth the wait! Fantastic!
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  • Chantale Canadian Book Addict
    January 1, 1970
    Dark Alpha's Awakening is book 7 in the Reaper series by Donna Grant and boy is it a good one. I have been enjoying this series and yes I love this book as much as the others. This story got me hooked from the very beginning and I just couldn't put it down. It is so darn good.I give this 5 out of 5.
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  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    True rating 4.5 stars! Finally! This is the book that I have been waiting for! Everything has been building up to this point and I just loved how Dark Alpha’s Awakening played out! Death has always been such an enigma but now that is true no more! So much about Erith, aka Death, aka Mistress of War, was explained in this story and getting to know her as more than Death was such a treat. I loved knowing her inner emotions and struggles with her past as well as her future. She is just an amazing c True rating 4.5 stars! Finally! This is the book that I have been waiting for! Everything has been building up to this point and I just loved how Dark Alpha’s Awakening played out! Death has always been such an enigma but now that is true no more! So much about Erith, aka Death, aka Mistress of War, was explained in this story and getting to know her as more than Death was such a treat. I loved knowing her inner emotions and struggles with her past as well as her future. She is just an amazing character.Well, as you can tell I was very excited to know Erith better but there was more to the story than just her. There was Bran, an ex-Reaper, who had been causing much havoc since he broke out of the prison to that was designed just for him. What was worse was that he had somehow found a way to and had been draining Erith’s powers from her for himself and that was making him a powerful foe. Everyone wanted Bran dead but he was practically untouchable. There was only one person who could deal with him but she had been putting it off.Erith had been very passive in regards to Bran’s assault because she was afraid of who she needed to become in order to defeat him and she didn’t want to endanger the Reapers. Unfortunately, she had been weakened to nearly the point of no return and she finally had to make a choice. It was the knowledge of what Bran would do to the Reapers as well as to all the Earth’s inhabitants that finally spurred her into action. Once Erith came to terms with her choices, the story was fast and furious and there were some amazing battles that took place!There was a romance angle in this story that will excite every fan of this series! Erith’s biggest supporter has always been Cael, who has been the head of the Reapers for a very long time. There has been tension between him and Erith for some time now but it was due to both of them trying to deny the feelings that existed between them. This denial created some serious sexual tension between these characters, especially as they reached a point where they could no longer deny what they felt for each other. All I can say is that it was 1) about damn time and 2) so completely worth the wait! Overall, Dark Alpha’s Awakening was a fantastic read that was exciting, swoony, and has me thrilled about what is in store not just for the Reapers but for the Dragon Kings as well.This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Find this review and more at The Genre Minx Book Reviews
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  • ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme
    January 1, 1970
    No one escapes Death, even when they try to steal her power. This book is fantastic! The Reapers lead by Erith have been mysterious and lethal. Just the kind of sexy dangerous which lures an adrenal junkie in! This final showdown between Death aka Erith and Bran is a long time coming. The focus of this book is battling Bran, Death's first reaper who is wreaking havoc. There is so much more in this book. Ms. Grant weaves a rich tale of jealousy, betrayal, rage, sacrifice and loyalty. It is an epi No one escapes Death, even when they try to steal her power. This book is fantastic! The Reapers lead by Erith have been mysterious and lethal. Just the kind of sexy dangerous which lures an adrenal junkie in! This final showdown between Death aka Erith and Bran is a long time coming. The focus of this book is battling Bran, Death's first reaper who is wreaking havoc. There is so much more in this book. Ms. Grant weaves a rich tale of jealousy, betrayal, rage, sacrifice and loyalty. It is an epic fantasy tied together with love. Cael is a fae warrior whom Erith sees years before her first reaper creation. His loyalty, intellect and dedication is what captures her attention. Watching him over the centuries she grows more and more fond of him, even after she's created her reapers. Cael's addition to the group is late in coming which is a good thing in that he was not betrayed until very late. A bad thing because Bran becomes envious of Cael's attention. Most of this back story is explained rather than experienced. What is happening now, is the final confrontation between Erith and Bran. Or really, Cael and Bran. When it comes to love turned into hatred, cruelty springs to the forefront. Bran is sadistic and hot headed as he destroys and tears down everything and everyone Erith holds dear to her.I loved Erith. In my mind, she looks like Death from Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. Erith is a female of unknown orgins with immense power. When she throttles herself back, I feel for her. Because as a woman, many times we have to hold ourselves back to prevent people from either turning on us or from freaking out about our power. What is different in this story is that Erith family she's created doesn't want to her to hold back and revels in both her past and present. Erith may have been a bringer of chaos and bloodbaths, but she's grown up from it and she is now in a different place. Shall we say, enlightened? Her growth and searching for her meaning is a universal path that speaks to all.To find a male who can appreciate Erith and also be able to be a partner is difficult. Ms. Grant does a lovely job of creating the situation to allow for this to happen. This romance is sweet and at long last here. I thought it would never happen for Erith. The action is nonstop starting from the very first page. The alliances are tricky and the tie ins from Dragon King series weave a complex tapestry filled with subplots. I love it. This paranormal romance is thoroughly enjoyable conclusion to the Reaper Series. Recommended to romance lovers who enjoy drawn out love affairs that end in happily ever after.*provided by NetGalley
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  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.DARK ALPHA’S AWAKENING is the seventh book in the Reapers series. Grant has built a really fascinating world that I have enjoyed reading a lot, but this book kind of feels different than the other books in the series.Firstly, it takes a while for the book to warm up because Grant kind of does a recap of the origin of the Reapers and really what t I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.DARK ALPHA’S AWAKENING is the seventh book in the Reapers series. Grant has built a really fascinating world that I have enjoyed reading a lot, but this book kind of feels different than the other books in the series.Firstly, it takes a while for the book to warm up because Grant kind of does a recap of the origin of the Reapers and really what they are all about. I’m sure this was meant to really create drama and make this story feel larger than life, but at the same time, I think it created some pacing issues. I find this especially true if you’re a loyal fan of the series because most of the first half is stuff that readers already know. Grant writes this book to make it feel like the end. But if you know, Grant’s writing and her series style, then you also know what none of her series really truly end. They are all connected somehow so I really don’t see a true end coming from this one either.All that being said, I think this book is a good book, but it’s not my favorite of the series. I kind of felt like this would have been a good beginning book in the series if that makes any sense, but it really does feel like the origin started here. Nevertheless, I do recommend this series and this book as a whole.*ARC provided by publisherReviewed by Annie❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤
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  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! I think I want to collect this series in paperback in the future!This is the 7th book in the Reaper series, and I’d recommend reading them in order because otherwise you are missing events. And because this is a spin-off from the Dark Kings, I’d read both series in the order writt My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! I think I want to collect this series in paperback in the future!This is the 7th book in the Reaper series, and I’d recommend reading them in order because otherwise you are missing events. And because this is a spin-off from the Dark Kings, I’d read both series in the order written because there are references to things that happen in both series. You can read them just fine not in order, but you’ll get more if you read them all and your invested in the world and characters.This is Death and Cael’s love story with a conclusion to the Death and Bran issues. I was pulled into the story and didn’t want to put it down, but I do love all the Reapers. There were no Kings in this book, but you still have Rhi, Balladyn, and more from the previous books, and a baby! So much going on in this book, but you should be aware there is some torture. I don’t want to give anything away though. This world is complex and intense with drama, treachery, fighting, and romance. I can’t wait to see what happens next!I highly recommend to any paranormal fans who love mixed worlds filled with magic, fae (both light and dark), reapers, Death, love, betrayal, loyalty, and so much more! I really love Donna’s books!
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  • ⚜️Trea
    January 1, 1970
    FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY. I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW! I have been eagerly awaiting this story ever since I dove into the middle of the Reapers series! I am pleased to say that it didn't disappoint!This story was action packed, if a little rushed at times, which made the story suffer a bit fo FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY. I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW! I have been eagerly awaiting this story ever since I dove into the middle of the Reapers series! I am pleased to say that it didn't disappoint!This story was action packed, if a little rushed at times, which made the story suffer a bit for me. The recap and origins story at the beginning of the book didn't help much either. When things got going, though, they hit big! I loved how much of the plot lines got resolved, while adding new mysteries and trials for the characters!Speaking of the characters, I loved that Cael and Erith finally got together and how they did so! Cael demonstrated that he was Erith's equal in every way, and never lost sight of his love for her. I loved that Erith stopped denying that she had also had fallen for Cael. I liked the fact that Erith wound up a bit of a submissive in the bedroom, as it was something I had trouble reconciling in my mind regarding her.If the series ended right now, I think it would be in a good place to do so, as long as the lingering plot lines would be tied up in other Dragon Kings books, but I'm hoping to see a few more books from this series yet!
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  • OpenBookSociety.com
    January 1, 1970
    http://openbooksociety.com/article/da...Dark Alpha’s AwakeningReaper, Book #7By Donna GrantAuthor’s Website: http://www.donnagrant.com/Brought to you by OBS reviewer HeidiErith aka Death has made mistakes in her life. She regrets her past as the Mistress of War when her bloodlust caused her to destroy realms. Since that time she is in constant fear of reverting back to that vicious creature. And after a night with the man she’s lusted for since the moment she saw him, hundreds of years ago, one http://openbooksociety.com/article/da...Dark Alpha’s AwakeningReaper, Book #7By Donna GrantAuthor’s Website: http://www.donnagrant.com/Brought to you by OBS reviewer HeidiErith aka Death has made mistakes in her life. She regrets her past as the Mistress of War when her bloodlust caused her to destroy realms. Since that time she is in constant fear of reverting back to that vicious creature. And after a night with the man she’s lusted for since the moment she saw him, hundreds of years ago, one of her biggest regrets is waiting so long to be with him. However, her most recent mistake may be her most detrimental. Instead of killing Bran like her Reapers wanted after he killed Theo, she imprisoned him. He escaped and now has found a way to drain her of her powers and life source. She is slowly dying and she won’t be able to defeat Bran until they can figure out how he’s siphoning off her power and put an end to it!Cael is over the moon to finally have Erith in his arms. However, it all may be short-lived when his Reapers fall into one of Bran’s traps. Cael offers himself in exchange for Neve and Talin, and Bran greedily accepts. He tortures Cael with a poisonous magic that Cael has never seen, but causes him unimaginable pain.Erith gathers her Reapers, embraces her Mistress of War side, and starts to form a plan to save Cael and end Bran’s reign of terror once and for all. But will they make it in time to save him?I’ve really struggled with all these interconnecting series for some time now. So, I didn’t have high expectations for this book. And, the storyline did drag quite a bit. However, by the end, it was slightly better than the last several books have been. That may not be a glowing endorsement, but I suppose it’s progress.I did find it odd that they kept putting off looking for Xaneth. They were supposedly going to look for him after the battle, but it didn’t cross Erith’s mind until three days later. Then, she starts gathering everyone to search for him only to be distracted by another big event and nobody went looking for him. I actually enjoyed Xaneth and I would be interested in reading his story. This book also brought me back to Balladyn a bit. After I wrote him off a book or two ago, Grant keeps pulling me back to him. Hopefully he will eventually be able to find his happily ever after, even if it’s not with the one he loves currently.*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Eva Millien
    January 1, 1970
    The seventh book in the Reaper series is an explosive thrilling read that readers don’t want to put down. Finally, the one that readers have been eagerly awaiting, Death and Cael’s romance is packed full of sizzling chemistry with a magnetic pull that defies gravity. The relationship is not an easy one that’s for sure and readers cannot possible imagine the heat and the passion that explodes from the pages when this couple finally give in to the attraction that they have denied for so long, in f The seventh book in the Reaper series is an explosive thrilling read that readers don’t want to put down. Finally, the one that readers have been eagerly awaiting, Death and Cael’s romance is packed full of sizzling chemistry with a magnetic pull that defies gravity. The relationship is not an easy one that’s for sure and readers cannot possible imagine the heat and the passion that explodes from the pages when this couple finally give in to the attraction that they have denied for so long, in fact that passion singes readers with its intensity and the emotional depth of their relationship is one that captures readers hearts forever. The fast paced and smooth flowing plot gets the adrenaline pumping right from the start and keeps readers biting their nails and holding their breath in expectation and anticipation of what will happen. The thrilling events and the suspense filled story keeps the excitement flowing throughout and there is never a dull moment to be found anywhere in this book. Not only is the Reapers going up against their enemy in a major way but they are joining forces with unexpected allies and things are happening that one would never have expected would happen which really makes the story more realistic as the group gear up for this huge battle that they know may just cost them their lives, a battle that is fantastically depicted by the way. Donna Grant always spins her tales in a way that ensnares readers and keeps them spectacularly entertained but Dark Alpha’s Awakening is so much more that there is just no way that readers can remain detached during the unfolding events that take place throughout this gripping, explosively thrilling and memorable story.
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  • Cathy Geha
    January 1, 1970
    Dark Alpha’s Awakening by Donna GrantA Reaper Novel #7This book begins with the beginning...the beginning of Death or Erith or sometimes SHE...it tells of her past and how she came to be and why the sword was hidden and then picked up again. From there we move to a dream Cael is having of how Death came to him and turned him into a Reaper. From there we move on to dealing with Bran...once a Reaper but definitely fallen from Grace. He must be thwarted and to do so Erith has to pick up her sword a Dark Alpha’s Awakening by Donna GrantA Reaper Novel #7This book begins with the beginning...the beginning of Death or Erith or sometimes SHE...it tells of her past and how she came to be and why the sword was hidden and then picked up again. From there we move to a dream Cael is having of how Death came to him and turned him into a Reaper. From there we move on to dealing with Bran...once a Reaper but definitely fallen from Grace. He must be thwarted and to do so Erith has to pick up her sword again. Cael and the other Reapers (now two teams of them) will be there at her side as she makes her move. Cael and Erith have danced around one another for...well...almost forever. In this book the dancing pace picks up and moves on to and beyond seduction and...it was well worth waiting for. Cael and Erith SO belong together. There are fights and captures and torture and pain and angst and drama and...LOVE...getting to see the other reapers and their women and hearing about the first birth of a Reaper child was so much fun! I am not sure where this series will go next and having NOT read all the other threads dealing with this marvelous world filled with dragons and warriors and kings and reapers and faeries and...probably other beings I am unaware of it made me wish I had started with book one of the series and not book one of the Reapers to really immerse and know everyone mentioned in this book. That said...this was a superb read and well worth waiting for! Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press-Swerve and InkslingerPR for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
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  • Up All Night With Books
    January 1, 1970
    5 starsReview by LeahLate Night ReviewerUp All Night w/ Books BlogThis is Erith and Cael’s time to shine. Erith is so strong, almost to the point of being bullheaded at times. The way she is written, you also see she is every woman meaning she is the protector, the provider, the nurturer, trying to control too much, yes I just admitted that. And she is not technically human, but that is beside the point. She is the Alpha Heroine. Heck, she is Death and the freaking Mistress of War but we get to 5 starsReview by LeahLate Night ReviewerUp All Night w/ Books BlogThis is Erith and Cael’s time to shine. Erith is so strong, almost to the point of being bullheaded at times. The way she is written, you also see she is every woman meaning she is the protector, the provider, the nurturer, trying to control too much, yes I just admitted that. And she is not technically human, but that is beside the point. She is the Alpha Heroine. Heck, she is Death and the freaking Mistress of War but we get to see what is beneath that in this book. Add her abilities to being an overprotective female, look out Bran! Cael is the leader of one of the two Reaper groups. We already know he is as deadly as they come. Cael has been in love with Erith for years but due to Erith being their leader and also the one that made the rule “no one falling in love”, Cael has never acted on that emotion. Until now, hallelujah! Talk about the ultimate power couple. The battle between the Reapers and Bran, between dark and light, is full of twist and turns. It is full of spies and turncoats leaving you wondering who is on whose team? There is no predicting in this book. One minute you are rolling along and then out of nowhere you take a left or you get pissed off like I did for a bit. Ok, I am just gonna say it: I love you, Donna Grant! This book brings adventure, revenge, love, angst, suspense, heck even tears. I was pissed for a little bit but I should have known better. The magic that is in Donna Grant's head is just amazing! Just how she spins every story, blows my mind. If you ever see a book with her name on it, pick it up.*** ARC received in exchange for an honest review***
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  • Missy Fern - BFD Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really good read. If you have also read her Dragon King series, this will make you happy. There is a crossover between the Reapers and the Dragon Kings. No spoilers, no details but it ties up some loose ends.Cael has been in love with Death/Erith forever. I have been waiting for this book and his story. As Erith began to lose her powers in prior books in this series, she distanced herself from Cael only to have to turn to him for help.Bran (big bad guy throughout the series) and Erith This was a really good read. If you have also read her Dragon King series, this will make you happy. There is a crossover between the Reapers and the Dragon Kings. No spoilers, no details but it ties up some loose ends.Cael has been in love with Death/Erith forever. I have been waiting for this book and his story. As Erith began to lose her powers in prior books in this series, she distanced herself from Cael only to have to turn to him for help.Bran (big bad guy throughout the series) and Erith finally face off. Cael is tested in this battle alongside Erith. Good outcomes and some issues resolved but there is more to come. Weirdly, there’s a cliffhanger but not so much with this couple. What does this mean? More stories!Erith’s character is intriguing. You learn more about her origins. She’s death but she’s also a woman. She leads and makes the Reapers but is at her most vulnerable in this book. Some spicy scenes, but this book was really a showdown between Bran and Erith. Hard to put down, it was worth the wait - 7 stories into the Reapers series.
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  • Trish R.
    January 1, 1970
    OMG! This book was soooo good I can’t believe it. For those of you who read Donna Grant’s Reaper series you’ll know exactly what I mean.Xaneth, the Fea Queen Usaeil’s nephew and Balladyn the Dark Fea King joined with Cael and Erith and the other Reapers battle Bran. Holy crap, I was so tired of that guy. Glad he finally got what he deserved. Now, it’s Usaeil’s turn. She did capture Xaneth so I’m hoping he’ll be alright until he can be rescued. *Sigh* and I’m so happy that Erith and Cael finally OMG! This book was soooo good I can’t believe it. For those of you who read Donna Grant’s Reaper series you’ll know exactly what I mean.Xaneth, the Fea Queen Usaeil’s nephew and Balladyn the Dark Fea King joined with Cael and Erith and the other Reapers battle Bran. Holy crap, I was so tired of that guy. Glad he finally got what he deserved. Now, it’s Usaeil’s turn. She did capture Xaneth so I’m hoping he’ll be alright until he can be rescued. *Sigh* and I’m so happy that Erith and Cael finally got together. They’d been hiding their feelings for one another for thousands of years, him being the leader of her Reapers and her thinking she didn’t deserve anyone’s love because of what she did in the past. This was the best of all the Reapers’ love stories.There was explicit sex in this and Fek was used 20 times in place of the F-bomb.As to the narration: Victoria McGloven has come a long way since the beginning of the Reapers series. AND I do love the voice of Erith/Death. Plus, her men’s voices have gotten much better. NOT a 2 star narration this time.
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  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    I’m so glad to find out Cael and Erith’s stories, learning about their backgrounds and their roles in the battle with Bran and his army. The build-up to the battle is not without challenges to the protagonists. Cael’s mettle is truly tested throughout, but especially during the battle. Without giving away any spoilers, I was both surprised by and pleased with the outcome of this novel. While certain themes in this series seem to have been resolved, it has a real cliffhanger ending, and I’m ferve I’m so glad to find out Cael and Erith’s stories, learning about their backgrounds and their roles in the battle with Bran and his army. The build-up to the battle is not without challenges to the protagonists. Cael’s mettle is truly tested throughout, but especially during the battle. Without giving away any spoilers, I was both surprised by and pleased with the outcome of this novel. While certain themes in this series seem to have been resolved, it has a real cliffhanger ending, and I’m fervently looking forward to the next novels in this paranormal series to learn what happens next. Donna Grant has shown once again her ability to create characters and situations that keep you eager for more. I enthusiastically look forward to her upcoming novels. Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Katherine Yearwood
    January 1, 1970
    Dark vs. Light! Good vs. Evil! Who will win in this deadly game!!!In Dark Alpha Awakening is the seventh paranormal romance novel by Donna Grant’s Reapers series. This will be my first book in this series, so I can’t say how this book rates with the other titles in this series. But I can say this book can be read as a standalone. Ms. Grant gave ample back story before she hit you with the other characters. Going into this book my expectations weren’t set too high, though I did find the synopsis Dark vs. Light! Good vs. Evil! Who will win in this deadly game!!!In Dark Alpha Awakening is the seventh paranormal romance novel by Donna Grant’s Reapers series. This will be my first book in this series, so I can’t say how this book rates with the other titles in this series. But I can say this book can be read as a standalone. Ms. Grant gave ample back story before she hit you with the other characters. Going into this book my expectations weren’t set too high, though I did find the synopsis interesting.The plot focuses on a brotherhood of elite assassins who wages war on the Fae at Death’s orders. Now, the hunters have become the hunted. Even with their collective skills and magic, it might not be enough to deal with what may be coming; especially with Death’s powers being slowly drained.I was amazed, how much I enjoyed the story. The story was fast-paced and stayed on par with the synopsis. The action is what drove this story, and not the love story between the two leads. The secondary characters played a prominent part in this paranormal; I most certainly will be picking up a copy of the other books in this series. I am dying to read their history. Overall, Dark Alpha Awakening is sure to please. I definitely recommend that you add this book to your collection.
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  • Torie
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. Donna Grant's writing pulls you in and you are instantly hooked.This is Erith's and Cael's book. Erith is also known as Death and the Mistress of War. Cael is one of the Reapers. This series has been building up for a showdown between Erith, her Reapers, and Bran. Bran is a power hungry dark fae. Besides the fighting you get a love story. I didn't want Erith to end up with a character from this series. As I turned the pages my ideas about who she should end up with changed. I I loved this book. Donna Grant's writing pulls you in and you are instantly hooked.This is Erith's and Cael's book. Erith is also known as Death and the Mistress of War. Cael is one of the Reapers. This series has been building up for a showdown between Erith, her Reapers, and Bran. Bran is a power hungry dark fae. Besides the fighting you get a love story. I didn't want Erith to end up with a character from this series. As I turned the pages my ideas about who she should end up with changed. I am happy things ended up the way they did.
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  • Donna Maguire
    January 1, 1970
    Review will be live on my blog and added to Amazon on 5th February 2019 - publication day!I had read the previous six books in this series and this is the one I had been waiting for!!I read the book in one sitting and LOVED it, I really felt for Death and her Reapers in this one. It is a longer novel that some of the others in the series and with that you get a more complex story that had twists and turns and just the right amount of detail to keep you fully engrossed, gripped and entertained.Fo Review will be live on my blog and added to Amazon on 5th February 2019 - publication day!I had read the previous six books in this series and this is the one I had been waiting for!!I read the book in one sitting and LOVED it, I really felt for Death and her Reapers in this one. It is a longer novel that some of the others in the series and with that you get a more complex story that had twists and turns and just the right amount of detail to keep you fully engrossed, gripped and entertained.For me this story is superb, Donna Grant is an excellent storyteller and this is the best Reaper book in the series so far by quite a way - and taking in to consideration that I have given the others all 5 stars, that is saying something. I thought that the plot was brilliant, so well developed and I loved how it all came together at the end. The book is left on a bit of a cliff-hanger so I can't wait to see what happens in the next book and where she takes the characters - the only downside is the wait for the book!!Five stars from me, no hesitation and could easily have been six or seven stars - I am really looking forward to the next book in the series - I love the Dark Kings series but the Reapers is right up there for me, I love the characters
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  • *Flora*
    January 1, 1970
    You can read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...So, what did I like about it?I think I can now class myself as a fan of Ms Grant’s books as I’ve read a few of them. I find her writing style easy to read and I like the way she paces the development of the plot. I love the fantasy world that Ms Grant has created and that her characters are not black or white, good or evil but allowed to be complex souls with a multifaceted mix of positive and negative traits. I connect to a sto You can read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...So, what did I like about it?I think I can now class myself as a fan of Ms Grant’s books as I’ve read a few of them. I find her writing style easy to read and I like the way she paces the development of the plot. I love the fantasy world that Ms Grant has created and that her characters are not black or white, good or evil but allowed to be complex souls with a multifaceted mix of positive and negative traits. I connect to a story more if the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and can look after herself; I wasn’t disappointed here. Erith is an amazing character and I loved learning about her history and how she found her purpose. I liked the way that all of the characters in this story were written - even the villain of the tale – none of them were flat 2-dimensional creations, they all felt very real.Based on the books that I’ve read so far, I realise that Ms Grant loves the romantic aspect between her lead couple to be concluded by the end of each book; I love Happy Ever After endings too. Woop! Woop!This book isn’t just about the romance between our main couple, there are various aspects weaved together in this book and I liked that we were a fly on so many walls, getting to learn what drives the characters to do what they do while trying to piece together the mystery before Cael and Erith.Dark Alpha’s Awakening managed to surprise me a few times, had me reaching for a tissue or two *sniff*, growling in anger and holding my breath on the edge of my seat worried what would happen next but fear not dear reader there was also plenty of banter to put a smile on my face and enough building passion to titillate anyone’s fancy. I found myself desperate to find out what would happen next, staying up late to finish just one more chapter, in other words I was gripped!So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?I really loved Dark Alpha’s Awakening but here’s where I have to be completely honest and tell you why my rating was 4 stars rather than 5. You may think I’m being mean, but it’s mainly because of how the epilogue ended. Dark Alpha’s Awakening features a few existing background story arcs that have been ongoing through the series and continues through this story and beyond and that’s OK because I feel that the current situation was concluded to my satisfaction - the girl got her man and the villain was thwarted but what I hate is life-or-death cliffhangers, hooks yes but cliffhangers like the one here, even those relating to supporting characters, is a big no-no for me!So, basically what I’m saying is...I really enjoyed this novel; it was a tale that kept me reading from start to finish – I was hooked! Dark Alpha’s Awakening has everything that I look for in a good story; adventure, mystery, action, great characters, some humour, romance and a sprinkling of passion. Due to the graphic nature of the violence and sex scenes, I would only recommend this book to adults who are not offended by this sort of content. If you enjoy paranormal romance tales with a multi-layered “against-the-clock” backstory that keeps you turning the pages from start to finish with honourable alpha heroes and heroines with plenty of gumption, lots of action alongside beautiful romance, oh and enough titillation to make you blush on the bus, then this novel is definitely one for you.So, before I go, I want you to know that I was given a digital version of this book for free from the publisher (St Martin’s Press) in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Celeste
    January 1, 1970
    WOW I am absolutely thrilled to read Deaths story!!!! This was fantastic, finally the ending I've been reading towards with all the awesome characters from previous books. I can't even think of one thing that would have made this any better. Absolutely perfect!!!
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been waiting for Erith’s story!! So happy to see her find her HEA. But then on the flip side that means that the final battle, with The Dragon Kings, is coming closer. I received an arc and my full review will post near release day.
  • Karen Machamer
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All I can say is OMG, yet another great book in The Reaper series by Donna Grant. Just love reading her work and I recommend her to friends and family.
  • Karen Machamer
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All I can say is OMG, yet another great book in The Reaper series by Donna Grant. Just love reading her work and I recommend her to friends and family.
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