A sweet, uncomplicated, enjoyable read from a ‘new to me’ author…
Author: Sophie Bonaste
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christy Caughie
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Death is in a lonely business. Since the beginning of time he’s been reaping souls then returning home to his little condo in the sky. It’s not a bad job. There are perks. But Death would kill to meet his soul mate, no pun intended.
Tommy Neilson is the next human slated for death. But when he can see Death, Tommy turns his whole world upside down. Curious, Death seeks Tommy out. The chemistry between the two is immediate and soon an unlikely romance starts to form. While Death may not be lonely anymore, he isn’t allowed to interact with humans. Consequently, he must make a choice: billions of souls or the one that makes being immortal worth
This is a love story with a twist, one of the protagonists is ‘Death’. I thought with the title’s premise this story would be silly, but it wasn’t. The relationship between Tommy and Death is sweetly believable and some parts even made you realise that death was, in some circumstance, not the worst thing that could happen. Death is adorable and wears comic T-Shirts, jeans and red plain lens glasses because he’s too pale. As no one can see him it doesn’t matter what he wears does it…until someone sees him.
I felt quite sorry for Death he doesn’t really like his job; he doesn’t understand why God and the Weather Department cause so much havoc and misery. Imagine being around for 200,000 years and nobody on Earth has ever seen you. He doesn’t mix with immortals and he’s very lonely. He has a nice white condo and doesn’t age or get ill, but he doesn’t get a lot of down time either.
Tommy is the only one who has ever seen him and can talk to him and their relationship is lovely. Tommy doesn’t have much of a social life and is looking for love too and then he meets ‘Death’ literally and metaphorically. One particular scene resonated with me and was so full of joy;
…it was easily the best night of my life. Not that I’d much competition, what with the mass killings every night. But this was special. I can’t even describe how amazing it felt to just walk beside him and know he was there.
In this scene they are just walking and talking in Central Park…and it was a true representation of romance. There is sex in the story but it fits in and is not gratuitous. There are problems of course, what does one call Death in the throes or orgasm?
The author does introduce some of the big questions, but wisely never attempts to answer them, rather leaves them for the reader to ponder. I love her portrayal of the divine being in this story, ‘God’ is not an easy characterisation for an author to attempt, but Sophie Bonaste manages a very intriguing interpretation, which I loved. Can a relationship with death end well? You’ll have to read this story to find out.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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