Don’t Fear the (Not Really Grim) Reaper (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Don’t Fear the (Not Really Grim) Reaper
Author: Carole Cummings
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 11th, 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Humor
Page Count: 70
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 1 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.

This was the type of read that I absolutely needed right now. I laughed and sighed and fell in love a bit.

Emery Sutton was just walking across the street when he saw the man of his dreams…and then he saw the wings. Yeah, that was weird.

Waking up in the morgue, he doesn’t feel dead. Well, he must have died, but he’s no longer dead. So he gets up, metaphorically dusts himself off and goes about his business, only to find the Reaper has come back. And when he touches Emery again, ugh. Dead.

Now that this has happened a few times, it seems like Heaven and Hell both want a say in what’s going on, but nothing can compare to the wrath of a mother scorned.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the HOOOT reaper. Emery sure hasn’t.

This book was so fun and likeable and every character was great. I loved Emery’s sister, who wanted to walk in his footsteps. I loved his dad who was more worried about the minions from hell wrecking his lawn than he was about their actual presence.

I’d totally recommend this and I’d read it again. I just wish there was more to the story… *sigh.

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Galley copy of Don’t Fear the (Not Really Grim) Reaper provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday


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