Author: Jennifer Malone Wright
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published Date: 9th August 2014
****At time of writing this, the book was FREE to get at Amazon UK - please be sure to check before clicking to buy! ****
When her father died, Lucy Mae Estmond inherited the family business. She has known all of her life that she would be in line to watch over the souls of the recently passed, keeping them safe from the Reapers.
The soul eating Reapers have been a plague upon the Earth, stealing souls and leaving the Keepers as the only thing that stands between Heaven and Hell. The factions despise each other and have warred for generations.
Then Lucy discovers an ancient legend predicting the arrival of the Chosen One, destined to bring forth an end to the Reapers. The surprises continue when she realizes she is that person. For Lucy, being the Chosen One doesn’t change much. Fighting Reapers is just another day in the life of a Keeper.
When she meets Jack Walker, they both realize they have an insane, mutual attraction. Too bad that he’s been sent to prevent the prophecy from coming true. His only mission: to kill the Chosen One.
Having read the series "the vampire hunters daughter" , I liked the style of writing of Ms Malone Wright, so when I saw the copy was free on Amazon I thought I'd try it and give it a go!
In all honesty- I actually preferred this over the VHD series! It felt a little more adult, with stronger language, sexual scenes and just generally more beefed up.
I'm not sure how it's going to go as a series, but this first book did keep me happily turning the pages.
So the title gives most of it a way.
Reapers. In our case it's Jack. A reaper who is a bit of a playboy, would rather drink and screw around and get his intake of soul by kissing a girl mid orgasm rather than taking a soul to prevent it from crossing over.
But he's been sent to a sleepy town to kill a Keeper that has been prophesied to end the reaper line.
Only problem is....there's a whole family of the Estmonds and just one of him.....
And when he DOES find out which he has to kill.....something bizarre and completely unheard of happens.......he can't kill her.......literally.
Lucy is a keeper. she protects any souls around from reapers, thus saving them from not being able to pass over. her dad has just passed away, and she has inherited the graveyard that he used to be the keeper of.
But...even knowing all about having to deal with everything before you die, doesn't stop him from holding one secret...thereby coming back as a sort-of-ghost to Lucy. To tell her of her destiny.
In her sisters bakery the unknowing reaper stumbles in and immediately she's on the attack as trained. But something strange happens........
Normally when a keeper and a reaper touch they burn. literally. Whichever part of them touch, burns quickly and painfully. But neither Lucy or Jack are. Shocked, they both try to brush it off....
Jack resolves that he can't kill her......So the empress sends someone who can......he has to protect her.......
Then plans change.....for some reason the empress wants her alive........
But where was she taken.......why does Jack know? What's so important about him in all this? And why oh why can he not stop thinking about the forbidden keeper!!!
A good solid read. I enjoyed it!! If the next book is as good, I'll be happy!!!!
Thank you again Ms Malone Wright!!!