Title: Death's Lover
Series: Eternal Lover's Series Book #1
Author: Marie Hall
Genre: Sci-Fi Fantasy, Romance, Erotica
Blurb: Eve Philips thought she could never love again. After her husband died in a hit-and-run accident, Eve poured her heart into her potions shop, Witch's Brew, and hasn't given any man a second glance-until Cian. As soon as she locks eyes with him, Eve knows she'll never be the same. Gorgeous and mysterious, he incites a passion in her that she's never felt before. And it's almost otherworldly . . .
Cian knows Eve is special the minute they lay eyes on each other. He's a supernatural being with a dangerous duty, and being seen is not part of the job description. But when he meets the kind, beautiful Eve, all the rules go out the window. Now that his superiors have gotten wind of it, he has a wicked enemy on his tail. Yet all he cares about is Eve: loving her, protecting her-and finding the right time to tell her his dark and terrible secret, a secret that threatens both of their lives . . .
Thoughts: For some reason this book was listed as Erotica (at least in Netgalley). I didn't really see it as an erotica novel myself, more of a paranormal or sci-fi/fantasy romance. I really liked the author's unusual take on the grim reapers and how they are actually fae whose duty it is to come and harvest the souls. I thought the idea of their hand and arm turning skeletal when they sense the dead or dying was really original. I liked the development of the story, however the ending was a bit far-fetched and 'let's just make up something totally out there to achieve our happily ever after'. It was just a little too convenient.
Other than that, my only complaint is a lack of connect with the book itself and the characters. I can't really pinpoint exactly why, I mean the book was good, I just didn't get caught up in it or invested in the story like I thought I would. Again, I'm not sure why - Hall is a good writer, there are enough twists to the reapers to make it interesting, the storyline is one I enjoy, etc. It just didn't all come together for me.
I have read one other novel by Hall, and I must say out of the two I much preferred this one. Overall, a good book, but not one I was up all night clamoring to finish. But a solid read nevertheless.
Review by: Sarah