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Monday, 10 October 2016

Happy Release Day Celia Aaron! The Reaper's Mate



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This job. Boring is too colorful a word for it. I’ve been escorting humans to the afterlife for millennia. I’m over it. But when you’re the son of the two greatest reapers of all time, reaping is in your blood. My latest appointment is with one Annabelle Lyric, a twenty-eight year old New Orleans party planner. Snoozefest. But there is one bonus to this assignment: it’s Halloween night. In New Orleans. And she’s attending a posh party whilst unaware of her impending demise. I’ve been tasked with taking Annabelle’s soul right after the masked ball. The good news? I’ll fit right in with all the costumed partygoers. The bad news? That hits me when I realize Annabelle is much more than my next victim, she’s my fated mate.

Note: This is a short, sexy Halloween tale of true love.

“I’m going to claim you now, angel.” He pushes back from the bed and stands. With his gaze firmly on me, he unbuttons his black pants, revealing more of his pale skin and the tantalizing trail of dark hair. When he pushes his pants to the floor, my eyes grow wide. His cock is thicker than anything I’ve ever had before. A swirl of fear is tempered by the rush of desire his naked form creates in me. He is a living statue, perfect, hard, and masculine. And I’m just … me.

I glance down at my body, and the difference hits me hard.

“What is that?” He stares at the air around me. “Why are you unhappy?”

“How?” I cock my head at him. “How can you tell?”

“Your aura changes. Have I displeased you?”

“Displeased me? No. You were, that was … you were amazing. It’s just that I’m not…” I can’t figure out how to say what I’m feeling, and I start to slide my legs closed as embarrassment creeps in.

He’s on top of me before I move an inch. “I’ve never wanted anything more than I want you right now. You are my beautiful, perfect angel.”

I see no duplicity in his eyes, only warmth. His words instill a confidence in me that I’ve never experienced. I run my palm down his cheek and press my lips to his. He kisses back with so much emotion that I can’t catch my breath. Goodbye heart.

“I want you, too.” I close my eyes and try to inject confidence into my words. “I want you to claim me, like you said. Make me yours.”

My Review
*****Five Stars*****

What's not to love? A little bit dark, tick. A lot hot, tick. 

The Reaper's Mate is a Halloween short about a reaper going about his everyday job of collecting souls and escorting them to the afterlife. Mathieu makes his way through the crowds of people attending the Halloween party being hosted by his latest soul when he realises that she is more than just his paycheck. She is his mate. She belongs to him, and he to her. It is fate. If only she wasn't destined to reach her demise in mere hours.

What I love about this story is that our leading lady isn't a stick thin, model-like waif. She has curves and softness. She is a confident woman, but when it comes to her body, she is a little unsure. I love how real this is, and how hearing someone tell you you are beautiful when you don't feel that you are, can make such a difference in how you see yourself. I was able to relate to this as I'm sure a lot of women will.

I love that there is an element of dark, mixed with steamy sexiness. There is love and lust, pain and fear. There are promises made and rules to be broken. There is a bit of everything that I love to see in books. 
As always, Celia has delivered a fantastic book, filled with descriptions so clear, you can picture every last detail. Emotions so real, you can feel them alongside the characters.

Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Celia Aaron is the self-publishing pseudonym of a published romance and erotica author. She loves to write stories with hot heroes and heroines that are twisty and often dark. Thanks for reading.

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