Friday, January 11, 2019

Release Day Review: Don't Fear The (Not Really Grim) Reaper by Carole Cummings

Title: Don't Fear the (Not Really Grim) Reaper
Author: Carole Cummings
Release Date: January 11, 2019
Category: Paranormal
Pages: 62

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.

3.5 Stars!

Emery Sutton sees a hot guy with wings right before he gets hit by a bus and wakes up in the morgue. He doesn't really know how he's alive again, but figures it has to do with the other odd things about himself. Junior Reaper John really doesn't need his superior unhappy with him, but being told to track Emery down makes things so much better.

I thought this story sounded cute from the blurb and it is. I will admit that it took me a while to appreciate the way the book started. I found myself wanting to know more than the characters clearly did and so I missed out on some of the humor early on in my quest to understand just what was going on. The climax scene of this book was hilarious and by the time it got to that point, I wanted the book to be longer. The dynamics of the whole situation and everyone in it were funny.

Emery is a sweetheart and his family is a blast. I seriously would not want to be on his mother's bad side. John has a great heart, and I can only hope that his time with Emery will provide him with the pieces he feels are missing.

If you're looking for a cute story with laughs with a slightly sappy ending, this book is for you. Just be sure to relax and enjoy the ride.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requiremen
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