Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Reaper Series Boxed Set by Lisa Medley

The Reaper Series Box Set
Reap and Repent
The Reaper Series
Book 1 
Lisa Medley

Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Publisher: Big Cedar
Date of Publication: March 3, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9908856-2-7
Number of pages: 328
Word Count: 84k
Cover Artist: Sweet and Spicy Designs
Book Description:
They see death. Can they share a life?
Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.
Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.
A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

My Review

This is the story of Ruth, the woman that has always been able to see people’s auras and Deacon, a reaper that prefers solitude. They meet when Deacon reaps Ruth’s mom. Their meeting sparks questions from both of them. He wonders why can she see him and she wonders why he has no aura. Their chance meeting begins a chain of events that changes both of them forever. Is it possible Ruth is a reaper and doesn’t know it?
I liked this story, but something about it didn't seem to fit. Sudden unexplained powers, abilities that shouldn’t have been, but were now suddenly wielded expertly. It was all too convenient. Maybe there were details that are filled in in the later books, but in this one there was no hint to why these things came to be.
I'm going to give this one 3.5 stars because of how things didn't seem to fit, but I'm going to finish the series with hope that the next two books will tie things together.
Reap and Redeem
The Reaper Series
Book 2
Lisa Medley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
 Publisher: Big Cedar
Date of Publication: March 10, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9908856-4-1
Number of pages: 326
Word Count: 80k
Cover Artist: Sweet and Spicy Designs
Book Description:
He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?
After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.
Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

Reap and Reveal
The Reaper Series
Book 3
Lisa Medley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Big Cedar
 Date of Publication: April 5, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9908856-6-5
Number of pages: 302
Word Count: 78k
Book Description:
By day he saves lives in the city he loves. Can he save souls too?
Nate is an EMT, a witch and a newly inducted member of the Reaper Authority Force. What he's not is a reaper. With unexplained abilities, his true nature lies somewhere in between the angels, demons and reapers he finds himself involved with. When he's paired with the reaper Maeve, he struggles to find his place in the rising war to save the souls of Meridian and the world.
Maeve has tried to hide her reaper handicap--her toxic reaper energy--from her colleagues. But when she's possessed by a fallen angel and forced to poach souls for Hell, her greatest weakness might be the only thing that saves her.
Nate uses his growing powers and his innate magic to find Maeve. He'll do whatever it takes to save her, revealing more than he ever imagined in the process.
About the Author:

Lisa has always enjoyed reading about monsters in love and now she writes about them, because monsters need love too.
She adores beasties of all sorts, fictional as well as real, and has a farm full of them in her Southwest Missouri home, including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees, and a guinea pig.
She may or may not keep a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times, including a machete. Just. In. Case.

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