Reviewed by Ami & Nikyta
Title: Don’t Fear the (Not Really Grim) Reaper
Author: Carole Cummings
Heroes: Emery & John
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 62 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 11, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Emery Sutton keeps dying whenever he touches (or being touched) by this gorgeous Reaper – but don’t worry, he also keeps coming back. Of course, Emery knows that he has magic superpower since he’s a little boy, but he never really thinks that one of them is being able to return from the dead. Meanwhile, John, the Reaper, is being tasked by his supervisor to find out why Emery doesn’t stay dead…
The author immediately “warns” the readers that this novella will be a farce – so I did jump in expecting comedy and absurd situation. I loved ALL the characters here – they are all funny, well, except John, he’s quieter than the rest of the casts. But I guess having one of his charges keep coming back makes one loses all speeches *laugh*. My favorite MVP will be Emery’s mother though, she’s a bad-ass.
I cannot spoil what has been happening to Emery that makes him immortal. This is something that readers must find out themselves. All I can say is Don’t Fear the (Not Really Grim) Reaper is wildly quirky and HIGHLY entertaining. This is my first book of Cummings, since the rest don’t really fall in my usual genre, and I am quite satisfied with what I read.
Ami’s Overall Impression: I really liked it
I haven’t read Carole Cummings in such a long time so when I started this one, I remembered why I loved her stories. Her writing style always draws me in and she has such a way of creating her characters that I can’t help but adore them. This one was no different. As soon as I started it, I was drawn in and couldn’t put the story down. Even though it’s not very long, I felt like we got to know Emery and John quite well. I loved their chemistry and I loved the humor thrown in. I won’t give away too much of the story but I will say that I loved discovering not only what Emery is but John realizing that he’s more than just ‘John’.
I only wish it had been longer! I loved Emery and John together and seeing how John would touch Emery but it was always the Touch and caused Emery to die. I’d have liked to see where things go from here though. I loved seeing Emery’s family and how fierce they all were but I still want to see what happens next! Does John go to college with Emery? Does Emery stay in college? What happens next! LOL
All in all, though, I absolutely adored this book. As soon as I started, I was enamored with it and couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t get enough of John and Emery and discovering who they really are. I hope this isn’t the last we see of them because I’d love to see where things go from here.
Nikyta’s Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*