Series: Transplanted Tales #1.5
Published by eKensington on 2014-04-17
Genres: Paranormal Romance
You reap what you sow...
Saying Nate Grimm has a dark past is an understatement. Fortunately, no one's bothered to look too closely at the Fairytale Management Authority's lead detective and part-time Reaper. And that's the way Nate wants to keep it. For after centuries of torment and loneliness, he's finally found happiness with the hot and hard-charging love of his life, Tess "Red" Little.
Of course, his love for Tess is the reason there's a posse of Reaper judges after him, led by a sadistic bastard acquainted with Nate from once upon a time. Now, Tess will pay the price for Nate's transgressions unless Nate severs his ties to the transplanted Tales--and Tess--forever. His enemy has the advantage in speed, malice and brutality. But the Reapers have underestimated the depth of Nate's love and devotion. And the fury of his wrath. . .
FTC : I requested this book for a fair and honest review.
This is a novella so it will be a brief review. I loved this little tale and will be picking up the others in the series; it’s like Once Upon a Time with a Grim Reaper kick and it was so much fun!
The main premise is that Nick, a Grimm Reaper, is sent to get the soul of Tess “Red” Little. He doesn’t, after falling in lust at first sight, and he ends up saving her, having a relationship with her and taking a new role in protecting her and the town she lives in with the other “Tales”. The problem is, he broke the rules by saving her and he has to pay over and over again for it. Even with this, there are other Reapers that think he got off too easily and they want to make him suffer. The one thing they definitely want to do is reveal all the secrets he has kept well hidden and it remains to be seen if Red will be able to forgive him for them all…
The characters were incredibly well written with an amazing amount of character development for such a brief read. Nick was a hot, brooding, romantic who was a fantastic hero with a dark side. Red was a kick-ass heroine who was a perfect balance for the broodiness. The chemistry between the two of them was believable and kept the story driving forward with a page-turning pace. I couldn’t believe how fast this story was over as I couldn’t stop reading.
The mythology of this world is probably one of the best things about it. I loved this dark twist on a fairytale land, although I do think that I need to brush up on some of the more obscure tales, and I loved matching the characters to the fairytale: Humpty Dumpty, Dracula, Little Miss Muffet, Aladdin all make appearances over the course the 100 pages of this twisty-turny plot. They all have a role to play in the way that the path to true love takes and the child in me squealed in joy.
This is a paranormal romance with a fairytale twist and it hooked me in from the first page. I didn’t read the first in the series and, although I am going back to read it now, I think this is a good place to start with the series to see if it works for you. Recommended.