Novel: Reap & Repent
Series: The Reapers – Book 1
Author: Lisa Medley
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Romance
2nd Place Winner:
Best Urban Fantasy Novel
3rd Place Winner Best Urban Fantasy Series
2014 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards
All her life Ruth Scott, has been able to read the energy of every person she meets. She can read their auras. Each color represents a different emotion, yellow is happy, green is peaceful, and the worst is white, which means death. Now she finds herself in a hospital where her mother, her last living relative is dying. All her life Ruth and her mother have been at odds. When she first told her mother about seeing other people’s auras, her mother turned away from her.
When Ruth lost her father, she lost the only person who really loved her. Since his death she and her mother have been estranged, but she will not let her mother die alone. After her mother dies, she leaves to make arrangements for her funeral when she knocks into a man, Deacon Walker, a reaper and on the way to retrieve Ruth’s mother’s soul. It hits her right away that the man has no aura and she isn’t sure what that means. In the meantime, Deacon realizes Ruth is more than a human since she, too, has no aura. It is possible she is a reaper like him, but is totally in the dark about what she is?
Deacon ushers souls to purgatory, at the same time he battles demons who try to poach souls to take to Hell. He has to find Ruth and figure out what she is. If she is a reaper, he has to train her. With more and more demons showing up, they can use all the reapers they can get. When Deacon confronts Ruth, she realizes her life will never be the same. When Deacon discovers Ruth was adopted, it becomes clear why she was never told about what she is.
Deacon takes Ruth on her first trip to purgatory to indoctrinate her about her new position. While there, they run into Kylen. Kylen and Deacon were once best friends, until Kylen made a deal with a demon. He was willing to allow the demon to inhabit his body if the woman he loved, Kara’s, soul was sent to purgatory instead of Hell. When she was killed, the demon managed to procure her soul before Deacon or one of the other reapers could. He made a deal with the devil, and now he is lost to Deacon. Deacon has never given up hope he can save his friend.
Deacon and Ruth enlist the help of Nate, a witch who is able to place a protective shield around Ruth’s house. Once Kylen discovered Ruth’s importance to Deacon, she became a target. Deacon and Ruth fall in love, but they are constantly fighting off demons. When Deacon is taken to Hell, Ruth knows she needs Nate and Kylen to free him. But first they have to free Kylen from the demon. Ruth has a lot ahead of her and she needs to learn about being a reaper very quickly, because time is not on her side.
I loved this story and especially the characters. There was romance, sex, demons, angels, reapers, and even a witch. It was a constant battle of good against evil and war is on the horizon. In spite of it all, there was always a touch of humor. There were also some tense scenes, especially those that take place in Hell. The author does a great job of scaring the heck out of you with her description of Hell. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to start the next one. There is no cliffhanger, and to that I say HOORAY!
Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team