The Reaper's Mate by Celia Aaron
My rating: 5 of 5 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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