Author: AJ Rose
Publisher: The Grim Writer Press
Cover Artist: Elizabeth Mackey Graphic Designs
Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/12/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Fantasy, Gay, Horror, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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?
First of all, this is supposedly the beginning of a new series. I couldn’t think of a more enticing one, even though knowing this is meant to be continued took away some from the course of events at some point, at least for me. Still.
Full of humor of the most morbid kind, this was a supremely entertaining read. Mitch being a reluctant Reaper – despite all the perks that come with the job – made him so human and utterly approachable. Because who hasn’t, a time or two, loathed their day job, even if it’s a usually well-liked, self-chosen one? And Mitch didn’t have a say in the matter; becoming a Reaper at the age of 24 is a family legacy. Or a course, literally and if you listen to Mitch anyway, since Mitch feels condemned to a lonely life by the necessary secrecy that comes with the fact. Regardless of his ancestors managing just fine, but then, they weren’t gay men, right? And then, finding a significant other just isn’t that high on Mitch’s list anyway since he’s still got his hands full with learning the ropes of his trade. After all, he’s got a lot of time ahead of him.
Well. And then Noah Koehn crosses Mitch’s path. Noah is everything Mitch ever dreamed of in a man and then some, AND there’s evidence that seems to suggest that Noah might be even more compatible than Mitch could’ve ever hoped for. However, just when he’s about to allow himself an attempt at happiness, disillusionment strikes and leaves him worse off than before. Or so Mitch thinks. But he didn’t take Noah’s stubbornness into account.
Noah paled a little bit in comparison to Mitch, even though POV’s alternate between the two, but I think that was mostly due to the fact that Mitch’s mercurial, willful personality outshone just everyone else. Not that the other characters weren’t well drawn too, especially Tate and Katherine.
The worldbuilding, namely Mitch’s Reaper lore was very imaginative and complex; so complex, in fact, that some previously stated Reaper roles ended up pretty bent over the course of the story. Which was one of my only points of criticism with this story, the other the occasional legthy passage–only one or two, actually, and not enough to ruin the generally well-paced plot.
All in all, this was a very entertaining read full of adorable tongue-in-cheek moments despite the implied melancholy of it’s main character’s nature. Warmly recommended.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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