Title: Dark Alpha’s Night
Series: Reaper #5, Dark World #31
Author: Donna Grant
Format: Kindle (158 pages)
Published: March 6th 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: ASIN B0746MXCHS
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Dark Alpha’s Night is a brand new paranormal romance in the Reapers series featuring a brotherhood of elite assassins from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.
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...
To some Fae, I am their worst nightmare. For I do Death’s bidding. But for all our strength and skill, a powerful enemy has risen up. Finding Ettie could change everything. The Half-Fae is our one chance. She’s sharp and strong and fierce. She steals my breath every time I'm near her. And looking into her eyes is like a bolt of lightning right through me. She’s what I’ve been waiting for my long, dark existence. But for us to be together, we must first stay alive…
The fifth exciting installment in Donna Grant’s Reaper series!
Dark Alpha’s Night is the fifth exciting installment in Donna Grant’s Reaper series. This series shares a timeline and multiple characters with her Dark Kings’ series. I do not recommend it, but if you absolutely insist, you could read this as a stand alone as the romance is self-contained within this tale. That said, there is an overall series’ arc along with tie-ins to the author’s Dark Kings’ series which add together to make the series best read both in-order and in-tandem with the Dark Kings’ series. I am inhaling both series and, trust me, the way Donna interweaves the two makes for a richer reading experience.
IF you are new to this series and the Dark Kings, just know that this series is about Reapers, who are elite fae assassins who answer to Death, a mysterious and beautiful female. The Reapers are on a series-long mission to save Death who is in dire straits, stop the traitorous Bran, and stop an upcoming war. Fans of the series will enjoy catching up with previous favorites as all the Reapers make appearances in this story. Readers may also expect many long-held secrets to be revealed.
As this tale opens, the Reapers are desperately searching for Bran’s descendants who may very well hold the key as to why Bran’s dark powers are growing so rapidly while Death’s are mysteriously ebbing threatening her very existence. Emphasizing the importance of this mission, Reaper Daire has been pulled from his assignment shadowing Rhi. He finds three half-fae sisters on a family farm on the outskirts of Killarney, Ireland. Unfortunately, one - Ettie - appears to already be under Bran’s influence. Can Daire convince Ettie that she’s in danger and that she should not follow Bran’s bidding?
Ettie is a big sister who has raised her two uniquely-talented younger sisters, Carrie and Jamie. Even though Carrie and Jamie are now full-grown, Ettie still feels responsible for them. Their father trained all three sisters to be ready to protect themselves and combat the evil fae, but, he failed to explain why that may occur making the whole scenario seem to be nothing more than a father’s fanciful fantasy. Ettie’s family situation makes things very interesting for the Reapers as they must discover and then cope with the diverse needs of all three women instead of just one. Can Daire and his fellow Reapers figure out why the sisters are of value to Bran before it’s too late?
Daire’s and Ettie’s chemistry is off-the-charts hot and steamy! I love that Daire has found his mate and how they interact. She’s definitely no wallflower! Daire originally captured my heart as he stealthily followed Rhi in the previous books. He certainly has earned his HEA – but it won’t be easy. Donna makes him work for it!
Villainous Bran is prominently featured in this book as he shows off his acting skills portraying someone he is not. He certainly demonstrates that he feels no remorse ruthlessly utilizing innocents to further his wicked revengeful plot against Death and the Reapers. In the past, I felt some sympathy for the way Bran and his love was treated. No more - as it’s blatantly obvious that everyone and everything is expendable to Bran.
Following please find a few of my favorite lines from Dark Alpha’s Night:
Ettie knew the best thing to do would be to put some distance between her and Daire. Being so close to him was making her feel… all sorts of wanton, lustful things.
“Don’t you want to experience the world? Find a man? Have sex? Because, I really, really want to have sex.”
“I’d be a fool to turn you away.”
His smile was slow, and entirely too sexy. “And you certainly aren’t a fool.”
This tale is not quite as action-packed as the previous books have been, but, at the same time, there seems to be more disclosures related to the series’ arc which just has to be reaching a crisis point. I sure hope that Donna moves the plot quickly from here as it’s painful to watch Death as her powers wane. Next up is Dark Alpha’s Hunger releasing August, 2018.
Suggested Reading Order:
DARK ALPHA'S CLAIM (Book #1)
DARK ALPHA'S EMBRACE (Book #2)
Dark Alpha's Lover (Reaper, #4)
Dark Alpha’s Hunger (Book #6)