Book: Reaping Havoc (Reaping Havoc 1) by A.J. Rose
Release Date: November 12th 2015
Tags: Fantasy / Paranormal / Supernatural / Grim Reapers / Death / Souls / LGBTQ+ / Homosexual / Romance / M/M Romance
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?
Reaping Havoc is a book that follows two guys that meet and fall in love with each other. That sounds so simple but with a title like Reaping Havoc you know that it is not going to be. See Mitch is a reaper. Which means, that next to reaping some souls, he also gets to live longer than the average human.
I had high hopes for this book. And in part it was met. But not enough. Reaping Havoc is a fun, sweet and very quick read that focuses mostly on the romance portion of this book. And I could have lived with that had we had a bit of a stronger plot and world building surrounding that. Something that could truly suck me in. But as it was the plot in itself concerning the reaping business was quite weak and the world building was just barely scratching the surface. As it was there just isn’t enough for this book to truly stand out from the crowd. To be remembered. Not for me.
I understand that it is very convenient to have a character who literally also knows exactly nothing about his own life and profession because that way there is very little to get in the way of continuity. But it doesn’t create a very compelling or believable world. The ending was also predictable and convenient. I rolled my eyes so hard, I saw it coming a mile away.
Having said that however, I did truly enjoy reading the story because of our two main characters. Both Mitch and Nate are endearing in their own ways. They have had their own hardships and have found each other amidst that all. I loved how their relationship was so respectful of one another and banked so much on support. And clearly Mitch’s dad was their biggest cheerleader along with Nate’s sister, haha. I loved that.
Just for their relationship it is worth reading it.