Review: Reaping Havoc by A.J. Rose

 Series: Standalone (as of now?)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Paranormal, Romance

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: I love the Death-tag

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: none

Description: 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?

Review: Please excuse my fangirling, but omg the world-building! It’s one of the best I’ve ever read I think? Modern day reapers at their best. You even get an explanation why Mitch is a grim reaper. And what is even greater, is, that the ‘normal’ humans are not stupid like so often. There is no ‘something supernatural happens right before my eyes, but I don’t see it’ in this book. They know something is fishy. Please people, take lessons by A.J. Rose on world-building.

I really wish the relationship between Mitch and Nate would have been as greatly developed as the setting. Sadly everything happens rather fast and it was a little bit lacking in my eyes. Both main characters were still very interesting. And Tate as well. She made me snicker so often… well done.

Most of this novel is rather anti-climactic. A nice, rather funny read. And then suddenly all the drama! But not the way I had imagined it, so again, well done. I really loved how Mitch’s doubts about a romantic relationship aren’t cured in seconds. A second installment would be very much appreciated (I think I read a tweet or something from someone, that it might happen? But back then I hadn’t read Reaping Havoc yet so I didn’t care much about it. Shame on me).

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