This RITA® Reader Challenge was written by Plaatsch. This book finaled in the Paranormal Romance category.
Plot Summary: Half human, half god, Dagan Krayl is the Underworld’s most powerful soul reaper. When one of his brothers is murdered, Dagan must use every ounce of his power to hunt down those responsible for his brutal death. But he must move swiftly—and carefully—if he’s to have any chance of resurrecting his brother.
Yet that resurrection could wreak havoc on the mortal world. As an Otherkin, Roxy Tam has sworn to protect the human race, and it’s her mission to stop Dagan. But when she sees him face-to-face, she realizes that she has seen him once before—a meeting that changed her life forever.
Neither Dagan nor Roxy expect to join forces for the sake of mankind. Or to have their loyalties tested as they struggle against the potent desire that threatens to consume them both.
And here is Plaatsch’s review:
There was way too much going on in this book. All the Egyptian mythology backstory, all the secondary characters with points of view, all the set-up for the series-wide story arc of one brother’s murder, all the Otherkin stuff.
And what is an “Otherkin” anyway? It’s never explained. Not even one sentence as to who or what might be Otherkin.
I kept getting thrown out of the book, sometimes by graphic violence: the soul reapers don’t just harvest evil souls, they punch into the bad guys’ chests and rip their hearts out, the god Sutekh (AKA Seth, the god of evil and chaos) has a book made out of people skin, the serial killer has boiled heads in his fridge.
But sometimes I was thrown out by little things: The hero ties back his long hair with a scrap of leather. Where do all these bad-boy-heroes find leather strips? Shoelaces? From fabric stores? Online? And he lives in the Underworld, so does he have a PO Box on Earth, or can the USPS find him?
I never did figure out what the mortal cultists who followed Sutakh were doing and what they had to do with the story.
And what are the Daughters of Aset (Isis) supposed to do, anyway? I mean, what is their purpose? So the heroine didn’t know much because she was low in the hierarchy, even though she had been working for them for ten years, but still there should be some purpose to the group, shouldn’t there?
And then they had hot, hot sex. And then they all knew who the traitorous minion was. Then the minion died at the hand of the shadowy deity who was behind the whole plot. The end. Wait. What?