Title: Don’t Fear the (Not Really Grim) Reaper
Author: Carole Cummings
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 11th 2019
Genre(s): Humor, Romance, Paranormal
Page Count: 62 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When unassuming college student Emery Sutton wakes up in the morgue, it takes him a few minutes to remember he has magic (superpowers, damn it!) and free himself from the refrigerated drawer. And the body bag. (God.) It doesn’t take long, though, for him to remember the hot guy with wings he ran into just before a city bus ran into him.
Junior Reaper John must explain to his supervisor how his first solo assignment went so wrong. All he knows is that he happened upon Emery quite by accident, that Emery saw John when he shouldn’t have been able to, and when they accidentally touched, a bus came out of nowhere and plowed Emery under. (John really does feel bad about that.)
Hot angels, annoying demons, hijinks, absurdity, drunk siblings, a dash of silly romance, an inordinate attachment to wings, and a highly disorganized bid for world domination—Don’t Fear the (Not Really Grim) Reaper follows Emery and John down the rabbit hole where they find that moms are scarier than demons from hell, a goat is not a puppy no matter what Emery’s sister says, and awkward romance can happen anywhere.
Really cute, funny as hell, with a dual POV, and while it ends a little bit abruptly it still manages a HFN ending.
Mostly though I loved the humor and pop culture references.
“Hey, I could’ve killed him with my brain!”
“Whoa, okay there, River, settle down.”
“Well, I could’ve.”
“Dude. You cried when Artax sank in the Swamp of—”
“That was very traumatic for a kid’s movie!”
“You saw it when you were fifteen.”
I’d love to see Emory and his angel in a longer-length story and how, and if, their relationship grows.