Published by Pocket Genres: Fiction, Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo
In award-winning romance author Erin Quinn’s exciting new paranormal series, a woman who can’t die meets the man destined to kill her. She cheated death... All Roxanne Love has ever wanted is to be normal—marriage, kids, the life of June Cleaver. She tries to fit in but can’t conceal her ability to defy death—not from the world, not from the darkest creatures of the Beyond and not from the Reaper determined to destroy her. Now Roxanne is on the run, her only ally a compelling, dangerous detective with secrets of his own. Against her will, she’s drawn to his quiet strength and heated touch. But can she trust him? ...until she felt death's kiss. Incognito as guilt-ridden cop, Santo Castillo, the Reaper’s plan is simple: get close to Roxanne, uncover the secret of her immortality and cut it at the source. Yet with this borrowed body come emotions the Reaper hadn’t expected. Now nothing is clear but his conflicted desire to protect the woman he came to kill. As destiny forces them to face an enemy hell-bent on using Roxanne to wipe out all of mankind, she and Santo must choose between love...and salvation.
Roxanne Love is one of the co-owners of Love’s a bar and restaurant with her brothers and sister. But that isn’t the most interesting thing about Roxanne, the most interesting thing –to at least some people- is that she has cheated death several times already along with her twin brother Reece. Roxanne is feeling very edgy one night while working and can’t quite put her finger on what’s going on. Then a dark and extremely sexy man enters the bar and into Roxanne’s life and it makes her even edgier, but maybe not for the same reason.
The Reaper can’t believe that one woman has escaped him not once but three times so far. Now he has a plan; Reaper is going to be right on the spot the next time Roxanne meets death and this time he is going to reap her soul and do his job. In order to make this plan work, Reaper needs a body and a guilt-ridden man and cop by the name of Santo Castillo is just the man to help him out. Reaper shows up just a Santo is about to die and takes over his body just to complete his mission.
However, when Santo meets Roxanne there is an instant attraction that confuses Santo. That night both Roxanne and Santo learn that someone much deeper is after Roxanne and wants her dead and to stay dead this time. Santo and Roxanne are on the run trying to figure out exactly what just happened and why. Santo figures it out before Roxanne, but only because of his knowledge of the Beyond and those that inhabit it. While Roxanne and Santo search for their answers, they are also picking through the minefield of attraction and passion that will not be denied. What seemed like a simple mission to Santo has become very complicated and has changed; now keeping Roxanne alive at all costs is the mission, even if Santo must give her up when this is all over and go back to the Beyond himself. When Roxanne learns the entire truth about Santo, she is more than determined to stay alive, defeat those after her and to keep the man she loves with her. But when Hell comes to call and death is the calling card, can Roxanne and Santo not only defeat their enemy but find a way to keep the love they found?
A woman who cheats death meets a Reaper, a love match made in Heaven or Hell? Roxanne and Santo learn the answer to that question in The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love. I was intrigued by the blurb and even more intrigued as I watched Roxanne and Santo dance around the attraction that hit them hard all while looking for who is after Roxanne for a very nasty reason. I loved watching as the Reaper who became Santo learned not only what emotions were but also how to deal with everything Santo felt. I felt for Roxanne, first so confused by the attack on the bar and then with the realization of what was actually happening. Roxanne and Santo just about steamed off the pages even before they actually gave into the passion and flamed hot once they did. I will say there is one very sad part at the end but I say that the love Roxanne and Santo found will give her the ability to overcome even that. The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love is gripping from the beginning and filled with deadly suspense and hot passions, just what else could you ask for?