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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Review: Reap and Repent (The Reaper Series Book 1) by Lisa Medley

Reap and Repent (The Reaper Series Book 1)
by Lisa Medley
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Reapers, Demons, Angels, Sex
Words 84K
326 pages
They see death. Can they share a life?

Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

Deacon has been a reaper for about 200 years and feeling like he needs a long vacation or retirement (they actually have a retirement plan for these positions?!). In his grumblings about the heat and long hours he bumps into a young lady that attracts his attention...(isn't that always how it goes?). He is obsessed with finding out who she really is since she showed no aura. He discovers her name is Ruth and she is a latent Reaper....and so the story goes.....he of course takes her under his wing and becomes her mentor.

The romance builds quickly as Ruth is now without both her parents and estranged from most of the extended family. I was a little confused about the reason the author had for making her an adoptee who knew nothing of her real parents, that tidbit of information was never expanded on in this story.

Deacon and Ruth have many harrowing experiences while Deacon tries to mentor her in the ways of a reaper. Poor Ruth had to learn most of her skills on her own because every time they went to reap souls, deacon's friend Kylen, a now demon inhabited the reaper, finds a way to almost mortally wound either Deacon or Ruth. They were always having to be brought back from the edge of "never never" land! They were lucky to have Nate, an EMT friend who just happened to be a witch. Nate helped using normal healing practices with a little exorcist abilities thrown in for good measure! Perhaps there is even more to him than even he understands. Although he had known Deacon for a while, I am sure he was thinking "what the hell?!" When he saw the true abilities and dangers that came with being his friend.

For a novice, Ruth quickly learned how to navigate the supernatural pathways around a city and even took a tour of Hell to save her new found mentor/lover. Wow, culture shock! She had spent all of her life avoiding people and social situations because she didn't know how to handle all the "auras". I think one of my favorite perks of being a reaper is the fact that they could eat 10 times the calories of a human and still not gain weight.....sign me up!

If you are looking for a book about "boy finds girl, falls for girl, tries to protect and mentor said girl then that same girl finds her moxie and becomes boy's champion" you will enjoy this ride through life, death, purgatory and Hell with all it's dangers.

I give this book 4 sheep.

Jeanie G.

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Lisa has always enjoyed reading about monsters in love and now she writes about them, because monsters need love too.

She adores beasties of all sorts, fictional as well as real, and has a farm full of them in her Southwest Missouri home, including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees, and a guinea pig.

She may or may not keep a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times, including a machete. Just. In. Case.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today and the lovely review! Reap on.

    1. Thanks for checking in Lisa! And Thanks for the great read! And LOVE the cover!

      Jeanie G.

  2. Sounds like it might be an interesting read. Have put it on my Amazon wish list for later - thx!