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Gabriel's Hope

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Author: Lizzy Ford

Published: January 9th 2013 by Guerrilla Wordfare (first published December 28th 2012)

Format: Paperback , 266 pages

Isbn: 9781623780678

Language: English


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The continuation of the Rhyn Trilogy saga. Death Finds Love. Recently appointed as Death, Gabriel’s life can’t get much worse. His underworld is in shambles, and he’s racing demons to collect souls in the human world. To add to his mess, he discovers that his predecessor raised an unwelcome Immortal from the dead, one who threatens the Immortal Council that his friend, t The continuation of the Rhyn Trilogy saga. Death Finds Love. Recently appointed as Death, Gabriel’s life can’t get much worse. His underworld is in shambles, and he’s racing demons to collect souls in the human world. To add to his mess, he discovers that his predecessor raised an unwelcome Immortal from the dead, one who threatens the Immortal Council that his friend, the Ancient Rhyn, is trying to hold together. When the underworld shuts Gabriel out, he’s convinced he’s hit rock bottom. Until he meets her, and he realizes things can get worse. Much worse. Now in human form, Deidre – Gabriel’s predecessor and long-time tormenter – is dying from a brain tumor. Rather than mourn, she decides to enjoy the rest of her short life by checking off every box on her bucket list. Little does she suspect that a weekend getaway to the beach will throw her into the hands of Death himself and overturn everything she knows about her world. Deidre has no idea who she was in her past life, but she must learn fast, or she’ll never understand why the Immortals, demons and Death alike are after her. The secret is buried in her head, and the only way to uncover it will kill her. To survive, she must reach the wounded man behind the mask of Death and show him that the world is filled with more than tragedy and pain.

30 review for Gabriel's Hope

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    GAHHH!!! Where to start, so Gabriel is now Death and Rhyn is now head of the counsel. Lizzy does a great job at updating us on where all the characters are now in their lives, I was especially happy to see the update on Rhyn and Katie (my fave couple from the series) "Dude, you have no f***king idea. I'd take a herd of demons over this shit. One day she's begging me to f***k her every five minutes. The next, it's my fault she gained twenty pounds. I told her to lay off the ice cream. Been on the GAHHH!!! Where to start, so Gabriel is now Death and Rhyn is now head of the counsel. Lizzy does a great job at updating us on where all the characters are now in their lives, I was especially happy to see the update on Rhyn and Katie (my fave couple from the series) "Dude, you have no f***king idea. I'd take a herd of demons over this shit. One day she's begging me to f***k her every five minutes. The next, it's my fault she gained twenty pounds. I told her to lay off the ice cream. Been on the couch for a week..." Even tho the story isn't about Rhyn he's just funny so of course I'd have to put a conversation he and Deidre have in my review! "What'd you do to piss him off?" Rhyn asked, "He's a raving lunatic out there right now." "Piss him off?" Deidre repeated. "He killed my boyfriend! Chopped his head off right in front of me." Her throat was too tight to say more." "Good man. I would've done the same." Gabriel is always getting right to the point of things like he NEVER beats around the bush but this I found so funny I almost peed myself. "I'll make it easier. Do you want me to make love to you or hug you?" When Deidre is pissed she is a spitfire I'm telling you I love this girl, and hopefully Gabriel can find it in his heart to do so as well, since they're kinda mated for like eternity and all. "Doesn't seem like rocket science. I find out I was a socialpathic deity. You issue me an ultimatum I can't live with and then make out with some lady at the lake. Oh and I picked up someone else's soul last night." She said. "yesterday was not a good one. We're through, by the way Gabriel." One thing I truly disliked was once again the cliffhanger that Ms. Ford is famous for, now I need the next book like yesterday to find out what happens. I'm also not happy about something else that happens but that would mean giving away a spoiler.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carly

    Death is the most universal experience possible, true, but it's also the most personal. There's nothing else on the planet that forces you to really see and accept who you are as the day your doctor says you're dying. You have to make a choice that day: to continue living or to start mourning," she started angrily. The stranger was silent, gaze riveted to her. "Death lets you see the stars and the moon instead of how dark the night is. It teaches compassion, because sitting on the bus, I know th Death is the most universal experience possible, true, but it's also the most personal. There's nothing else on the planet that forces you to really see and accept who you are as the day your doctor says you're dying. You have to make a choice that day: to continue living or to start mourning," she started angrily. The stranger was silent, gaze riveted to her. "Death lets you see the stars and the moon instead of how dark the night is. It teaches compassion, because sitting on the bus, I know the person beside me is someday going to have to search his soul the same way I did, so I don't mind that he's spilling his coffee on my shoes. My new shoes." She grimaced at the memory. "Knowing what's coming, I've never felt more alive than I do now." When she stopped, the sound of waves filled the quiet. "I made this awkward again, didn't I?" she said, embarrassed once more by the passion she put in her speech. "Not for me," he replied. His eyes were warm, his features losing their gravity as he gave a genuine smile. "I don't know why our paths crossed tonight, but I'm glad they did." "Really? I'm not freaking you out?" "I admire your spirit and your passion. You make me feel human again." "Good, I think," she replied. They gazed at one another, the tension growing thicker. "Is kissing a stranger on the beach under the full moon on your bucket list?" he whispered. Definitely. Warmth bloomed within her while her heart beat with more excitement than a moth outside a lighted window. Surprised by her body's eagerness, Deidre said nothing. "I'll take that as a yes." If I'm remembering correctly, I jumped ship on this series after this book. But not because it's not a good book. It's a bit confusing, and I think I was just going to take a break from it and the next thing I know, weeks had turned to months. Then one day, unfortunately a few years later, I'm scrolling through Goodreads looking for my next book when I remember, oh, yeah…I loved Rhyn and Katie…oh shit, whatever happened to Gabriel and Deidre? And that brings us to present. Unfortunately, it had been so long I couldn't remember jack shit about the story line, which prompted the re-read. Fortunately, I love Rhyn and Katie just as much the second time around. I love Gabriel and human-Deidre, too. Plus, I feel like I have a much better handle on what the fuck is going on. Because it's…a lot. There's familiar faces, new faces, old deities, new deities, dead-dead Immortals coming back to life…there's just an awful lot happening. But it's a good read and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next. "We're watching, but it's not easy balancing the Council, demons and a pregnant mate." Gabe smiled at the look on Rhyn's face. "I need to visit more often." "Dude, you have no fucking idea. I'd take a herd of demons over this shit. One day, she's begging me to fuck her every five minutes. The next, it's my fault she's gained twenty pounds. I told her to lay off the ice cream. Been on the couch for a week. I don't know where you're going, Gabe, but take me with you." Gabe laughed. Despite Rhyn's frustration, there was affection on his face as he talked about his mate. "I admit, I'd rather deal with the shit I'm dealing with than a woman," Gabe said. "Still with Harmony?" "Yeah." "Hmmm." Rhyn was studying him again. "Don't look at me like that. She's a good girl. Stable and…" "Boring?" "I was going to say drama-free," Gabe replied. "Whatever." "Like you know shit about relationships." "I know that you'll know when it's right," Rhyn shot back. "I've been fucked since then, but I've got my Katie. You need your Katie. You're driving yourself into the grave." "Good one," Gabe said, appreciative of his friend's humor. Finding a mate wasn't a priority, not when he was trying to fix his world. ~ "I knew you'd come," Fate said. Gabe studied the deity gazing up at him. He wasn't expecting Fate to crack a joke. Past-Death and Fate had been at each other's throats for as long as Gabe could remember. He'd never met the enigmatic deity, but he'd heard Past-Death go off about this man after every interaction. "You didn't find that funny." "I did," Gabe said, allowing a trace of a smile to slip free. "I don't know why I'm here." "Because you're single-handedly destroying the universe. No pressure." Fate patted the sand beside him. Gabe lowered himself into a crouch a few feet away, recalling the last time he'd been on a beach. He wanted more of the woman he'd sat with yet guessed he'd kill her if he was allowed. Or make love to her again. Or both. "I'm doing something wrong, aren't I?" Gabe said. "I'd say so. You've been fighting me since you took over." "Not on purpose." "That's what they all say," Fate replied. "Sometimes you need to acknowledge the path at your feet and just go with it." "Fucking deities speaking in riddles," Gabe muttered. "Maybe it's easier than you're making it out to be." "Or maybe you all should consider making instruction manuals before dumping your duties and walking away." ~ "What'd you do to piss him off?" Rhyn asked. "He's a raving lunatic out there right now." "Piss him off?" Deidre repeated. "He killed my boyfriend! Chopped his head off right in front of me!" Her throat was too tight to say more. "Good man. I would've done the same." Deidre had the sense of being late to a conversation. She wasn't able to catch up, though, not with the absolute weirdness of it all. Alcohol buffered her from her all-out panic, enough so that she was able to sip coffee without dropping the mug. At the strong flavor, she glanced at Daniela, who winked. The coffee was half-filled with brandy. "Gabriel is Death," Rhyn said. Deidre looked up. "You said he was alive." "Death, not dead. Soul collector, grim reaper, death-dealer, assassin, Keeper of Souls. Death," he said. "That's why he wears the trench coat all year round. The underworld doesn't have direct sunlight." "I'll play along." She held her face in her hands. "He wants to kill me, because he's Death and that's what Death does." "Oh, no." The man's chuckle was terrifying. Daniela slapped him on the back of the head. "Goddammit, woman, I heard you the first time!" he snarled at the nun. With an annoyed shake of his head, he addressed Deidre again. "He'll have to tell you that story. Anyway, now, by Immortal law, you're his mate, so he legally has to protect you instead of get revenge. That's why his name is on your back, by the way. You have a list of enemies longer than mine, and he's obligated to protect you." "Of course," Deidre said, fighting tears. She chugged the coffee. "You're handling this better than I expected." "Rhyn," Daniela said with a sigh. "You're clearly terrifying the poor girl." "She needs to learn her place fast." Deidre dropped her head into her arms, sobbing. Nothing they said made sense. All she could do is hope she passed out and awoke in her bed or on the beach or not at all. Her body grew heavy, and she slumped. "You spiked her coffee," Rhyn accused Daniela. "And drugged her. She'll be out in two minutes, but she should be…manageable when she wakes up. Now, catch her before she hits her head. She needs to rest." ~ "You look like you're about to pass out," Hannah said. "Rough week," Deidre whispered. The kids were talking to her, but she was having trouble focusing on anything outside of keeping the buzzing in her ears from pushing her beyond tunnel-vision into the darkness. Everyone knew her somehow or about the Immortals, and she was lost. Hopefully, I'm dead in three months. One of the kids handed her a handful of cotton balls while another put a doll in her lap. Uncertain what to do with either, she kept them. The kids seemed entranced by her pink hair. Someone brought her a colorful picture book. "Read!" the little girl demanded. Deidre struggled to focus. "What Humans Eat," she read the title. "Really?" The girl nodded. "Okay. Why not." Deidre flipped to the first page. The little girl pushed the pages until satisfied, and Deidre didn't have the mental power to tell her it wasn't normal to start mid-book. "Do humans eat plants?" she asked, eyes on the illustration. "Yes!" a couple of voices chorused. "Yes, humans eat many vegetables, like lettuce, broccoli, and carrots," she read and turned the page. "Do humans eat rocks?" "No!" the kids replied. "No, humans do not eat rocks. You should never feed a human a rock, even by mistake. Good advice," she muttered and turned the page. "Do humans eat…uh…demons?" Unsettled by the image of a cheerful demon on a spit, she flipped to the next illustration. "No!" more voices joined in. "No, humans do not eat demons. But demons do eat humans," she read, grimacing at the image of a cheerful man on a platter surrounded by demons. "What kind of children's book is this?" "Technically, they're not kids," Hannah replied. Deidre's head was pounding. The girl in front of her began speaking. "Humans eat plants and macaronis and-" "Meatballs!" "Chocolate." "Oooohhh chocolate!" several kids echoed. "The little angels have a thing for chocolate," Hannah explained. "Sure," Deidre murmured, near fainting. "Someone get Deidre a juice box!" Hannah ordered. Three were thrust at her. Deidre took one and sipped. The cool liquid felt good on her throat. She never should have left Wynn's. In fact, if she'd stayed away from the beach this weekend altogether and had dinner with her doctor instead of causing her boyfriend to be eaten by a demon, she wouldn't be facing an Immortal mood beast or teaching Immortal children not to feed humans rocks. ~ She'd never felt as secure or protected as she did in this moment in the arms of the person who would claim her soul soon. They sat in silence throughout the afternoon, until the sun sank far enough out of the sky to perch on the ocean. Gabriel adjusted whenever she shifted but never let go, his strong arms wrapped around her possessively. With sunset came a chilled breeze. Deidre pulled her knees up and pressed her back into Gabriel. She buried her feet in the sand to keep them warm. He said nothing, even as the last finger of light faded from the horizon and starlight replaced the sun. She didn't expect him to sit with her for hours; she definitely didn't expect him to stay solely for her comfort without trying to force anymore Immortal bullshit down her throat. He made it clear he didn't have to curry her favor, not with the Immortal Code on his side and the arrangement he proposed. What did it mean that he didn't have to be there but chose to? "Can you be away from your…underworld this long?" she asked at last. "The dead aren't going anywhere." Deidre snorted but forbade herself from laughing. "You wanna know something?" "No more secrets that make me cry," she warned. "Trust me, it won't. I'm doing such a shitty job as Death, I got locked out of the underworld," he said, amused. "That's the other issue I've been dealing with, when not hunting you down to make you cry." "Seriously?" "Yeah." "So you're a lost soul, too, like the rest of the lake and me." "Pretty much," he replied. She shivered at the memory of her interaction with a single soul. What would it be like to have the duty to protect billions of them? "Why did you choose today for me to learn about Wynn?" she whispered. He was quiet for a moment before responding. "I didn't realize things were bad enough between you and me that you'd trust the man who hurt you over someone trying to help you." "Now I don't trust either of you." "I can recover. He can't." She wasn't going to admit out loud he was right. There was nothing Wynn could even do to make things right. She'd always known there were deep, dangerous levels of potential with Gabriel, if he ever figured out whether he wanted her or not. "I feel lost," she murmured. "You're not." He squeezed her. "Think of me as your anchor. Something you want badly to shove overboard." "You're so not funny!" she said, unable to stop the laugh that slipped free. "We have a similar sense of humor, I think." "You're locked out of the underworld, herding lost souls into a lake and yet you're here trying to win over the woman destined to be your mate by divine laws but who doesn't trust you," she summarized. "Is it working?" "You've taken the first step on a very long path. At this rate, I'll be long dead before you succeed." "I'm one step ahead of where I was this morning." "You took that as encouragement, didn't you?" She twisted to meet his gaze, frowning. Gabriel smiled. "Aren't you worried?" she asked. "About the souls and your issues? I mean, why spend the day with me?" "I'm where I need to be," he replied simply.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Not bad, I just wish the romance was held together by something more than the thinnest of strings. Ie: (view spoiler)[ mates. I mean they did have good sex once, and a similar sense of humor, but beyond that I didn't really get anything special from their romance that would warrant the level of angst going on between them beside having a mate connection. (hide spoiler)] Not bad, I just wish the romance was held together by something more than the thinnest of strings. Ie: (view spoiler)[ mates. I mean they did have good sex once, and a similar sense of humor, but beyond that I didn't really get anything special from their romance that would warrant the level of angst going on between them beside having a mate connection. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This is 3.5 stars because though it did not make immediately interested it did catch me. The plot is interesting when you realize that what you are dealing with are immortals, and just any immortals but those who have been a part of our mythology for generations. Gabriel has just been appointed as Death and he has no idea how to handle his elevated status. He has been a hired hand for countless years and now he is expected to take the reins and make sure that all souls are collected as they shou This is 3.5 stars because though it did not make immediately interested it did catch me. The plot is interesting when you realize that what you are dealing with are immortals, and just any immortals but those who have been a part of our mythology for generations. Gabriel has just been appointed as Death and he has no idea how to handle his elevated status. He has been a hired hand for countless years and now he is expected to take the reins and make sure that all souls are collected as they should be. When he is sent out by Fate to collect a soul he runs into someone who may change his life in unexpected ways, Diedre, she has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and has only months to live. While Gabriel tries to fix the problems in the underworld he finds that his heart is being effected by a human who he does not want to lose. This story was entertaining but could have been so much more. While I liked Deidre, she was so conflicted at times that all I wanted to do was hit her. She started as a strong woman and then became this frail little then went back to being strong. I get that she needed a range of emotions but sometimes less is more. There is a cliff hanger ending and if nothing else that makes me want to read the next entry because now I want to know what happens next.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Mandy - Lace Vintage ♥

    Gabriel's Hope flowed so effortlessly on from Rhyn's Redemption it it was hard  not to be totally swept up into the fantastical world of Immortals, Demons, Deities & Bood Monkeys! I must admit After devouring all the books in the Rhyn Trilogy multiple times, i went into it being sure there wasn't anything i didn't know or character I hadn't Totaly worked out but in true Lizzy Style she shook it all up until all I could do was sit back  & enjoy the Ride... & what a ride it was! I was squealing with Gabriel's Hope flowed so effortlessly on from Rhyn's Redemption it it was hard  not to be totally swept up into the fantastical world of Immortals, Demons, Deities & Bood Monkeys! I must admit After devouring all the books in the Rhyn Trilogy multiple times, i went into it being sure there wasn't anything i didn't know or character I hadn't Totaly worked out but in true Lizzy Style she shook it all up until all I could do was sit back  & enjoy the Ride... & what a ride it was! I was squealing with excitement when some of my favorite characters reappeared, I laughed out loud so much people around must of though me crazy!...lol “Dude, you have no fucking idea. I’d take a herd of demons over this shit. One day, she’s begging me to fuck her every five minutes. The next, it’s my fault she’s gained twenty pounds. I told her to lay off the ice cream. Been on the couch for a week. I don’t know where you’re going, Gabe, but take me with you.” Gabe laughed. Despite Rhyn’s frustration, there was affection on his face as he talked about his mate." I actually slammed my kindle in frustration (thankfully on the couch, so all's good) &  got all lovey Dovey at the sweet parts.. "Their one night together made her feel alive, and his dark gaze alone was enough to make her body hot from the inside out." I got to see Characters, I Loved, Hated & despised in a new Light, and even meet new one along the way, but most of all I was swooning over Gabriel  ...oh Gabe!  Basically Take every tall dark & handsome man you can think of then morph then together and your'll  be left with Gabriel.  I picture him as a mix of Chris Kluwe's Body & Johnny Depp's Sexy as Hell looks +  = One sexy Death! Oh & the ending Totaly knocked me flat on my arse, I knew it was coming, lizzy is the Queen of "Cliff Hangers" after all but seriously how the heck am I supposed to wait until god knows How long for the next Novel, Dedrie's Death! in the mean time i will just have to do the clique thing and hassle people who haven't read any of these fan-f**king-tastic novels until they do! So if you haven't read The Rhyn Trilogy or Gabriel's Hope..do it! Right now, at least for mental state!..Lol  I'm kidding but serisouly there Awsome book & there all Favorites of mine & once you read a lizzy ford novel I promise you'll be Hooked!  To Read this Review & others Vist Lace Vintage Book Reviews

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I'll admit it. I found Lizzy Ford on BN.com last year during a time of desperation for books having read everything I was interested in at the time, grabbed "Katie's Hellion" for nothing and was hooked. Since then I have read her entire Rhyn Trilogy, War of Gods series and a stand alone called Rebel Heart. Wow. I want more. This is a woman I admire - she can write good books FAST, and she publishes them herself allowing her fans the opportunity to satisfy their hunger for her characters and stori I'll admit it. I found Lizzy Ford on BN.com last year during a time of desperation for books having read everything I was interested in at the time, grabbed "Katie's Hellion" for nothing and was hooked. Since then I have read her entire Rhyn Trilogy, War of Gods series and a stand alone called Rebel Heart. Wow. I want more. This is a woman I admire - she can write good books FAST, and she publishes them herself allowing her fans the opportunity to satisfy their hunger for her characters and stories as quickly as they want. Well, that's her goal. Reality is that once you start getting a big following and you realize that there is more to putting out a good book than a great story with fantastic characters - that you really need to also focus on marketing, editing, cover design, interior design, publicity, etc., etc., etc. - that your deadlines will slip more than you want them to. Which means I have been waiting for this book since early summer 2012. In fact, this is the first book in the two series I was reading that has come out since July 2012 - so I have been waiting far longer than I was expecting. But boy is it worth the wait! Yes, it is a popcorn book. It is a paranormal romance, not exactly a book I would typically pick up to read. Speculative fiction - absolutely. Romance - not so much. Add in that it is formulaic and I can promise you I avoid those like the plague. I am not someone who likes knowing what is supposed to happen when. But Lizzy Ford takes the formula and adds incredibly rich stories with fantastic characters who I just want to get to know on all levels. No matter how much I may like or not like the characters she has created, I tend to root for them by the end of the first act of the book. "Gabriel's Hope" is no different, except that I have gotten to know Gabriel as a secondary character through the series preceding this one, The Rhyn Trilogy. Gabriel, who is an iteration of Death rather than a fallen angel, has inherited his job from his former passive-agressive bitch of a boss. Thing is she really screwed him - both literally and figuratively. Literally - for 1,000 years she forced him to be her lover, talk about sexual harassment on the job. Figuratively - when she quit being Death she broke A LOT of rules creating havoc in the underworld. She also didn't leave a users manual for the job making things even worse. But one day, one particularly bad day, Gabriel happens to be on a beach where is meets a pixie girl with a blue face, painted like the Picts for fun, who captures his heart. The rest of the story is just so inventive you have to read it for yourself. But read The Rhyn Trilogy first. Don't worry - they are all fast reads and worth their (really low) price tags.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Danae Ringsby

    I have read books by Lizzy Ford before and I can tell you that she is amazing! She knows how to capture her audience with each word that she writes and let me tell you Gabriel’s Hope is no different. We start out with Deidre who is very sick with a tumor in the doctor’s office, where Dr. Wynn lets her know that she has always been more than just a patient to him but there is the matter of her boyfriend Logan, she lets Dr. Wynn know that she is headed down the coast and will be back after the wee I have read books by Lizzy Ford before and I can tell you that she is amazing! She knows how to capture her audience with each word that she writes and let me tell you Gabriel’s Hope is no different. We start out with Deidre who is very sick with a tumor in the doctor’s office, where Dr. Wynn lets her know that she has always been more than just a patient to him but there is the matter of her boyfriend Logan, she lets Dr. Wynn know that she is headed down the coast and will be back after the weekend after she has broken up with Logan she will let him know about the dinner Dr. Wynn wants to take her to. However things don’t always go as planned. Deidre who just happens to be past-death who left the immortal world to become mortal has made several not so good deals with immortals who just aren’t willing to let the past go, they demand payment and will stop at nothing to get it. Enter Fate, handsome (in my mind’s eye) who wants to know what is going to happen to Deidre so he summons Dr. Wynn who just happens to be formerly dead-dead. It seems that past-death made a deal with him and he wants to know about her wellbeing as a mortal, it just seems that there are several others who want to know about the patient as well. However Fate is more than willing to remind the Dr. that he is close to messing with the future but won’t give any pointers on what the good doctor should do, but Fate warns Dr. Wynn that her destiny lies with Death. Enter Death, Gabriel, who can’t figure out why mortals that are on the list to be collected are not the ones that his assassin’s keep coming back with, he needs to figure out what is going on and fast, so as he tries to salvage what is left of the underworld he cancels all remaining contracts until this situation can be fixed. Enter Rhyn head of the Council That Was Seven, who seemed to be in a matchmaking mood when he tells Gabriel that the council has found his mate the one that he can’t let any harm come to no matter what. When Deidre and Gabriel meet for the first time the attraction to one another is not something that can easily be ignored no matter how much Gabriel wants to he can’t, so when demons try to kill Deidre Gabriel must step in and save her even if it is against his wish. For those of you who want a spicy romance with grab the arm chair drama and roller coasters then this is the book for you! I can’t wait to read more from Lizzy Ford and I will be on the lookout for more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Steph at Starry Night Book Reviews

    I loved Gabriel before when he was in the Rhyn Trilogy and I’m so happy Lizzy Ford gave him his own book! Gabriel is pretty bad ass in this book! He takes over for the former death who by the way left him with a huge mess to clean up. Demons are taking souls before they can get to them in the human world and he also finds out his predecessor raised an Immortal from the dead. An Immortal who no one was too fond of. If that’s not bad enough Rhyn is trying to hold together the Immortal Council. Whe I loved Gabriel before when he was in the Rhyn Trilogy and I’m so happy Lizzy Ford gave him his own book! Gabriel is pretty bad ass in this book! He takes over for the former death who by the way left him with a huge mess to clean up. Demons are taking souls before they can get to them in the human world and he also finds out his predecessor raised an Immortal from the dead. An Immortal who no one was too fond of. If that’s not bad enough Rhyn is trying to hold together the Immortal Council. When Gabriel Finds himself locked out of the underworld he’s convince he has pretty much failed at being death. That is until he meets Deidre and everything really goes to hell. She is a human dying from a brain tumor. She is strong and won’t let dying get in the way of finishing her bucket list. She has things to do before she dies. Little does she realize the person she met in the dark on the beach is Death himself. Poor Deidre has no idea who she was in her past life, but she must learn and learn fast because there are those who never did like the former death because she screwed everyone over. The secret is buried in her head, and the only way to uncover it may very well kill her. Loved this book! The beginning was a tiny bit slow but once you get into it you really get sucked into the story. Gabriel is really left with a mess and then he’s struggling with his feelings for Deidre. This poor guy’s life is all messed up right now but he slowly starts to get things in hand. That is Until Lizzy Ford leaves us with the worst cliffhanger ever!!! Now I’m dying for book 2 because I really need to know how things end. The story is really well written and captures your interest after a few chapters I think for those of us who have read read the Rhyn Trilogy we know a bit more about who Gabriel is and what’s going on with Rhyn and the council but it’s really not needed to read this book you can still read it without reading the other but I still recommend reading the Rhyn Trilogy first to get the back story. All in all it was a great read! I have to stay Lizzy Ford has nailed it again!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Deb Carroll

    So, You've got 3 months or less to live what you do? You make a bucket list right? Well that's just what Diedre did. On that list of things to do? Have sex that includes her being on top, her luck Death who happens to be named Gabriel is in the right place at the right time and she gets to cross off many things from her bucket list. Her bad luck? The next morning she has a tattoo with his name across her back and he thinks she is his ex past-Death and now he is morally obligated to protect her. So, You've got 3 months or less to live what you do? You make a bucket list right? Well that's just what Diedre did. On that list of things to do? Have sex that includes her being on top, her luck Death who happens to be named Gabriel is in the right place at the right time and she gets to cross off many things from her bucket list. Her bad luck? The next morning she has a tattoo with his name across her back and he thinks she is his ex past-Death and now he is morally obligated to protect her. Turns out she doesn't remember who she was and Gabe who had a previous love/hate relationship with past-Death is falling in love with this Diedre. What follows is almost to sad to watch. Turns out this Diedre is really a human made in the likeness of the past-Death who happens to be the tumor/soul in her head. At the end of the book we see past-Death Diedre and human - Diedre been split apart by Darkyn who is now the Dark One! We see human Diedre suddenly being Darkyn's mate and past-Death suddenly getting wanted she wanted all along and that's Gabe, or does she? Darkyn has a surprise left for past-Death before she can leave hell and for me it's the one bright spot at the end of the book! This story will continue on in Diedre's Death and I guess I will just have to wait and see what happens and so will you. I honestly don't know what to think of Gabriel at this point but I may have more to offer on that after the next book. As for past-Death...well...a story like this needs the people we love and the people we hate to make it work and to keep it going. I mean look at the walking dead I was rooting for Rick but I really wanted to see Laurie suffer....get my drift? Oh and Lizzy, I am totally getting that Died is player here! But I don't know him from Adam! :-)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Merisha28

    I bought this book on amazon. Gabriel's Hope by Lizzy Ford WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!! This is the first book read by this author and I'm literally blown away. Feeling speechless and on edge from the fabulous ending that leaves you hanging for the next book!!! I am dying to know what is going to happen to Deidre!!!! I am definitely reading the other books that this author has put out. This book has become one of my favorites and looking forward to re-reading it again. I have fallen in love with the charac I bought this book on amazon. Gabriel's Hope by Lizzy Ford WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!! This is the first book read by this author and I'm literally blown away. Feeling speechless and on edge from the fabulous ending that leaves you hanging for the next book!!! I am dying to know what is going to happen to Deidre!!!! I am definitely reading the other books that this author has put out. This book has become one of my favorites and looking forward to re-reading it again. I have fallen in love with the characters, especially Gabriel (who wouldn't) and Deidre. Gabriel embodies the dark mysterious handsome stranger to a T!!! Deidre is our independent and stubborn damsel trying her best to not rely on anyone but herself. The character's show so much passion and emotion that it is hard not to embrace them. There are many deals, betrayels, twists, and OMG moments. This is a have to -want to read!!! Story is amazing!! Gabriel is the new DEATH and the past-Death dumped a big pile of crap on him before she left. Now Gabriel has to fix the underworld and doing so will help him become a better deity. One evening on a beach, Gabriel gets his world knocked out from under him. Will he rise up and meet the challenge or will he cower in the shadows? I give this book and amazing 5 star review!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ginelle Blanch

    Wonderful first installment to the spin off of the Rhyn Trilogy!!! I LOVED this book!!! Excited to FINALLY be able to learn more about Gabriel, whom I have been wanting to hear more about since I read the book Katie's Hellion. It was great to see him come into his own and be comfortable in his skin in this book. I really enjoyed meeting a different side (to what we have seen before...)of Deidre, she is so super in this book, courageous, humorous, loving!!!! I felt a personal connection to her, a Wonderful first installment to the spin off of the Rhyn Trilogy!!! I LOVED this book!!! Excited to FINALLY be able to learn more about Gabriel, whom I have been wanting to hear more about since I read the book Katie's Hellion. It was great to see him come into his own and be comfortable in his skin in this book. I really enjoyed meeting a different side (to what we have seen before...)of Deidre, she is so super in this book, courageous, humorous, loving!!!! I felt a personal connection to her, a childhood friend of mine died of the same health issues she has throughout most of the book. It was great to get to see more of the characters that I have come to love from the Rhyn Trilogy such as Rhyn, Katie, Toby, and the brothers. And, meeting new characters such as WYNN!!!! SO MANY story avenues for Ms. Ford to explore with all the different characters. This book really has it all to keep us wanting more!!! Hope, humor, betrayal, danger, passion, love...yep, it's ALL there! Hope to see more of the characters in MANY more books to come!!!! CANNOT WAIT to see what Ms. Ford has planned next!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! A great spin off to Rhyn Trilogy! Gabriel's Hope the first installment to Rhyn Eternal Series was a real page turner...I loved this book! Gabriel now Death are putting all the pieces together left by his predecessor...and I meant he got a big mess. Lost souls he needs to collect, an immortal raised from the dead, a traitor among his assassins and on top of it all...Gabe was shut out of the underworld. DO NOT ENTER! Meanwhile past-Death is now living in the human world, AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! A great spin off to Rhyn Trilogy! Gabriel's Hope the first installment to Rhyn Eternal Series was a real page turner...I loved this book! Gabriel now Death are putting all the pieces together left by his predecessor...and I meant he got a big mess. Lost souls he needs to collect, an immortal raised from the dead, a traitor among his assassins and on top of it all...Gabe was shut out of the underworld. DO NOT ENTER! Meanwhile past-Death is now living in the human world, diagnosed with a brain tumor. Three months to live, Deidre have a bucket list to check off. Little does she know, one night with DEATH will change her life forever. I enjoyed this book immensely and didn't want it to end. I was so engrossed into it until I reached the last two chapters. OMG! I was screaming Deidre DON'T DO IT! My husband's mantra was so fitting and reminds me often of these words "Women are stubborn, hardheaded and causes so much trouble!" I cannot wait for book 2...highly anticipating it. Is it Fall yet?!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    Another great book! I love Gabriel's character and fell in love with Deidre! I can't wait for the next installment!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ownsbey

    oh my od book is geat loedt frm sta to fish the coer was awesome to i dont have a favortie chartewr i like rthem all

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mandy - Lace Vintage ♥

    Gabriel's Hope flowed so effortlessly on from Rhyn's Redemption it it was hard  not to be totally swept up into the fantastical world of Immortals, Demons, Deities & Bood Monkeys! I must admit After devouring all the books in the Rhyn Trilogy multiple times, i went into it being sure there wasn't anything i didn't know or character I hadn't Totaly worked out but in true Lizzy Style she shook it all up until all I could do was sit back  & enjoy the Ride... & what a ride it was! I was Gabriel's Hope flowed so effortlessly on from Rhyn's Redemption it it was hard  not to be totally swept up into the fantastical world of Immortals, Demons, Deities & Bood Monkeys! I must admit After devouring all the books in the Rhyn Trilogy multiple times, i went into it being sure there wasn't anything i didn't know or character I hadn't Totaly worked out but in true Lizzy Style she shook it all up until all I could do was sit back  & enjoy the Ride... & what a ride it was! I was squealing with excitement when some of my favorite characters reappeared, I laughed out loud so much people around must of though me crazy!...lol “Dude, you have no fucking idea. I’d take a herd of demons over this shit. One day, she’s begging me to fuck her every five minutes. The next, it’s my fault she’s gained twenty pounds. I told her to lay off the ice cream. Been on the couch for a week. I don’t know where you’re going, Gabe, but take me with you.” Gabe laughed. Despite Rhyn’s frustration, there was affection on his face as he talked about his mate." I actually slammed my kindle in frustration (thankfully on the couch, so all's good) &  got all lovey Dovey at the sweet parts.. "Their one night together made her feel alive, and his dark gaze alone was enough to make her body hot from the inside out." I got to see Characters, I Loved, Hated & despised in a new Light, and even meet new one along the way, but most of all I was swooning over Gabriel   Oh Gabe!.... Basically Take every tall dark & handsome man you can think of then morph then together and your'll  be left with Gabriel.  I picture him as a mix of Chris Kluwe's Body & Johnny Depp's Sexy as Hell looks.. +   = One sexy Death!  Oh & the ending Totaly knocked me flat on my arse, I knew it was coming, lizzy is the Queen of "Cliff Hangers" after all but seriously how the heck am I supposed to wait until god knows How long for the next Novel, Dedrie's Death!  in the mean time i will just have to do the clique thing and hassle people who haven't read any of these fan-f**king-tastic novels until they do! So if you haven't read The Rhyn Trilogy or Gabriel's Hope..do it! Right now, at least for mental state!..Lol 

  17. 4 out of 5

    Larissa Lee

    This author's writing style was delightfully detailed and well planned. I cared about all of the main characters and never felt lost in this highly complex situation our heroine found herself thrown into suddenly. I'm definitely reading Lizzy Ford's other books!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Relta

    Really good I can’t wait to read more. Past Death was a girl !!!! but she’s a bitch why does she have to be a bitch. Hopefully she get what she deserves in the next cuz she bitch mega ( Toby voice) I love that Angel

  19. 5 out of 5

    Antoinette Lewis

    I like the concept and all Gabriel had to do when death walk out on her job. Poor Gabriel (who's now Death) was trying to clean up the mess she left behind.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Punkin

    Ends at 85% Seriously tangled mess. Understood enough despite it being a spin off with barely any background. . . . . .

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    I found this on play books and didn't realize this was a continuation of the Rhyn trilogy or I would have read that first. I still really liked it though

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bookworms Devouring Words

    Gabriel *Sigh* Gabriel’s Hope picked up right where the Rhyn Trilogy ended. Now as Death, Gabriel is struggling to put the underworld back together, and fix the disaster that past-Death left behind. But there is a lot of pressure he is under with trying to figure out how to put everything together on the outside of the underworld that he and his soul collector is now kicked out of but then Rhyn advise him to check out a dying woman (Deidre) in Atlanta. So he did. He was immediately attracted t Gabriel *Sigh* Gabriel’s Hope picked up right where the Rhyn Trilogy ended. Now as Death, Gabriel is struggling to put the underworld back together, and fix the disaster that past-Death left behind. But there is a lot of pressure he is under with trying to figure out how to put everything together on the outside of the underworld that he and his soul collector is now kicked out of but then Rhyn advise him to check out a dying woman (Deidre) in Atlanta. So he did. He was immediately attracted to her due to her kindness and free-spirited attitude and how death doesn't scare her. After having a conversation about her life and what she wants to do on her bucket list one of them being: Having a one night stand with a stranger, and she asks him if he wants to, Gabriel isn't fazed by the offer and agrees. Gabriel was shocked the next morning when he saw who the dying woman (Deidre) was and his name was tattooed on her back. It meant only one thing...he is now mated to the one women he loved and hated more then anything for taking his heart and stepping on it more times then he's willing to admit. Will Gabriel fix what needs to be done in order to get back to the underworld and take his place as Death? Will he ever forgive Deidre and finally see she is no longer the women he use to know? So many questions that needs answers. I died when I read this book and wished Gabriel showed up at my door step after reading this! I must admit it, I loved the Rhyn trilogy but after Gabriel showed up in the series I was dying to hear more about him!! I finally got what I wished for and more!!! The ending completely had my mouth hanging open and cursing in rage but it was a good feeling because I now want MORE!!!! But the best about this book is that it never strayed from the point of where the author was going with her characters and the story-line by adding to many sex scenes or to much drama between the main character but add the right amount kickass action scenes, keeping things mysterious, being very detailed about her characters and the settings that had my imagination running wild!! I'm very excited to complete this series and find out what happens next!! Now I seriously recommend this book to lovers of the supernatural and who loves a every tall & handsome man who looks like he can take down the world with his assassin sword and is one sexy lover but also who loves action a few sexy scenes and some gruesome scenes. You did amazing Lizzy can't wait to read more of your books!!! WANT TO SEE MORE OF MY REVIEWS? Extreme Bookaholic's Blog

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Marie Warner

    Gabriel's Hope (Rhyn Eternal Book 1) No spoiler alerts!! I am enjoying this series I cannot put the books down, I feel bad for Gabriel he can't seem to catch a break.. lol.. but he has a lot going on and LIfe hiring him at every direction... I am sure "Fate" will eventually get it right... I definitely would recommend this series!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    D.

    Let me start off by saying sqeeeek Lizzy Ford I love you!!! This book I just finish was perfect!!!! It flowed so well with the Rhyn Trilogy, I can not even explain it. So many times “spin off’s” are often hard to comprehend or follow at first but not this one. This was absolutely designed precisely to go with the Rhyn Trilogy perfectly! I remember when I first seen this cover, the first thing that came to mind and out my mouth was I so desperately wanted to polish his "Scythe" with my (looks aro Let me start off by saying sqeeeek Lizzy Ford I love you!!! This book I just finish was perfect!!!! It flowed so well with the Rhyn Trilogy, I can not even explain it. So many times “spin off’s” are often hard to comprehend or follow at first but not this one. This was absolutely designed precisely to go with the Rhyn Trilogy perfectly! I remember when I first seen this cover, the first thing that came to mind and out my mouth was I so desperately wanted to polish his "Scythe" with my (looks around and whispers) tongue. But people right now I would like to polish a lot more then just his "Scythe" if you know what mean :) If you didn't love him in the Rhyn Trilogy, you will definitely love him now....who knows you might even lust him...*wink* Once again we are filled with secrets, love, action and discoveries. Oh YES and surprises....wait till you read who is in this book. The way Lizzy Ford utilizes the past, present and future by twisting and turning them to make a story full of events with a magical explanation for everything. Did I mention that I am enthralled with Fords books hahahhaa!!! One thing I did notice in this book, that it flowed flawlessly. The words were blended with such a wonderful smoothness, you were at the end of the book before you realized it. I love how she continually keeps Rhyn and Katie in the story. Well in fact she keeps all the same characters in this book. Adding big surprises throughout the book that you will flip your wig over! Did I already mention how yummy Gabriel was in this book Or the fact that I am totally aching to read more about him <3 As always Ford also throws in her teeth clenching endings, that makes you want to strangle her. I simply adore Lizzy Ford and her amazing story telling. I will be a dedicated follower till the end of her journey as an Author, putting her books on my first to buy list, first on my read list!!! So if you want amazing, gripping, powerful, suck the life out of you READS, buy her books!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nickyrian

    Gabriel's Hope is the spin off of Rhyn's Trilogy. If you have not read the series, allow me to give you a recap of it. Rhyn is half-demon/half-immortal who is mated with Katie, a human. The odds are against them. When the Dark One (the Lord of Hell) has learned that Katie's blood can be used to build incredible armies and will help him rule both immortal and mortal realms, he has plotted many ways to have Katie and eliminate her mate. With this, Rhyn is in rage and his power is destroying everyt Gabriel's Hope is the spin off of Rhyn's Trilogy. If you have not read the series, allow me to give you a recap of it. Rhyn is half-demon/half-immortal who is mated with Katie, a human. The odds are against them. When the Dark One (the Lord of Hell) has learned that Katie's blood can be used to build incredible armies and will help him rule both immortal and mortal realms, he has plotted many ways to have Katie and eliminate her mate. With this, Rhyn is in rage and his power is destroying everything around him. With the help of Gabriel (Rhyn's best friend and Death's first-in-command assasin) and mega-b Death, Rhyn and Katie have beat the odds. Rhyn has become the head of the Cadre of Seven (a council that protects the mortals and immortals). In Gabriel's Hope, Gabriel became Death when his predecessor abandoned her (Deidre) position and ran away to hide in the mortal realm. As many would say, you could not beat fate. You might take different paths/courses, but the consequences would still lead you to the same fate. This was what happened to Gabe and Deidre. Gabe had loved Deidre in the past, but it diminished when hatred built up in his heart because of her impossibility and cruelty. Since Gabe is the Soul Collector now, Rhyn had advised him to check out a dying woman in Atlanta. So he did. He was immediately attracted to her due to her kindness and free-spirited attitude. The dying woman (who had pink dye on her hair and looking like a water sprite) was conveying to Gabe her bucket list. One of the things on her bucket list was to have a one-night stand with the stranger. So it happened. Gabe was shocked the next morning when he saw who the dying woman was and his name was tattooed on her back. It meant only one thing...he's now mated. Chaos had come upon his doorstep once again. :) I enjoyed reading this book. The cliffhanger had left me hanging in the air. I can't wait for the sequel to be released.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Stoyanoff

    I don’t even know where to start. I guess first off, if you haven’t read the Rhyn Trilogy yet, then I would recommend reading it before diving into this awesome treat of a story. Gabriel’s Hope picked up right where the Rhyn Trilogy ended. Now acting as Death, Gabriel is struggling to put the underworld back together, and fix the disaster that past-Death left behind. Gabe was great before, but in this book he was absolutely yummy. He’s dark but caring. Serious but has a sense of humor. Oh, and of I don’t even know where to start. I guess first off, if you haven’t read the Rhyn Trilogy yet, then I would recommend reading it before diving into this awesome treat of a story. Gabriel’s Hope picked up right where the Rhyn Trilogy ended. Now acting as Death, Gabriel is struggling to put the underworld back together, and fix the disaster that past-Death left behind. Gabe was great before, but in this book he was absolutely yummy. He’s dark but caring. Serious but has a sense of humor. Oh, and of course he’s a hottie. I loved being in his mind. He went from the dark and mysterious stranger that I only got small glimpses of, to the perfect man that I couldn’t get enough of. I loved watching him struggle, and loved it even more when he started to pull it together. And then there was Deidre … hmmm … I loved her, and at the same time I didn’t really like her. I had very mixed feelings. There were a lot of similarities between her and past-Death, but there were also a lot of differences. I just can’t decide which one I like better. But the crazy cliffhanging twist at the end does have me rooting for her. Aside from Deidre (which had a perfect explanation by the way), Ford didn’t change the characters at all from the ones I fell in love with in the Rhyn Trilogy and she didn’t change the awesome world either. This book flowed smoothly, and even though it carried on with a different story, it felt like a continuation of the last. The only thing I would have liked was to see more of Rhyn, but maybe he’ll pop up more in the next book. But then, I love Gabe so even if Rhyn doesn’t make a big appearance, I’d be okay with it. I just picked up Deidre’s Death, Book 2 in the Rhyn Eternal series, and cannot wait to get lost in this world again. I definitely recommend this one as a must read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)

    As the synopsis tells you, this book is the continuation of the Rhynn Trilogy. I haven't actually read any of the Rhynn Trilogy although they are waiting for me on my kindle. This small but significant fact did NOT mean that I couldn't read and thoroughly enjoy this book. Yes, there are comments made about how Gabriel helped Rhynn and Katie but nothing that will either ruin their story when I read it or could be anything but back story for Gabriel. So moving onto Gabriel's Hope itself - Deirdre i As the synopsis tells you, this book is the continuation of the Rhynn Trilogy. I haven't actually read any of the Rhynn Trilogy although they are waiting for me on my kindle. This small but significant fact did NOT mean that I couldn't read and thoroughly enjoy this book. Yes, there are comments made about how Gabriel helped Rhynn and Katie but nothing that will either ruin their story when I read it or could be anything but back story for Gabriel. So moving onto Gabriel's Hope itself - Deirdre is dying of a terminal tumor and confused. She doesn't know who she can trust and who to avoid. Even her boyfriend turned out to be dead after she'd had sex with him. She has to find out about herself and who she was before she can move forward and have any kind of life, for at least the next three months. Gabriel can't believe that after everything he went through with Deirdre (one of those things I haven't read about yet but doesn't impact too much as everyone else tells Deirdre what she was like so you find out too), she is his immortal mate. He is none too impressed with this knowledge and tries to figure out a way around it. On top of that, the Underworld is in chaos and he has got to put it to rights from 'our side' before the portals will open and allow him back to the Underworld. This story is fast-paced and funny. The reactions of both Deirdre and Gabriel as they come to realise that things are different now are a joy to read. Poor Deirdre has the hardest time as she can't remember who she was before and has to learn some not very nice truths about Past-Deirdre. This book ends on a cliff-hanger that immediately leaves you wanting to move onto book 2. Definitely recommended.

  28. 4 out of 5

    a_tiffyfit

    I am so glad I joined this book club this year and am reading along with others weekly. Before you pick up this first book in the Rhyn Eternal trilogy, I really do suggest you read the Rhyn trilogy. It enhances these books and the cameo appearances by Rhyn and Katie, and gives a background to Gabriel's character, as well as Deidre's. The Rhyn trilogy, if you do not get the omnibus or if the omnibus is no longer available, is comprised as follows: Katie's Hellion, Katie's Hope, Rhyn's Redemption. I am so glad I joined this book club this year and am reading along with others weekly. Before you pick up this first book in the Rhyn Eternal trilogy, I really do suggest you read the Rhyn trilogy. It enhances these books and the cameo appearances by Rhyn and Katie, and gives a background to Gabriel's character, as well as Deidre's. The Rhyn trilogy, if you do not get the omnibus or if the omnibus is no longer available, is comprised as follows: Katie's Hellion, Katie's Hope, Rhyn's Redemption. This book picks up right where we left off at the end of Rhyn's Redemption. Gabriel is the new Death, HMFIC of all souls and the assassins sent out into the world to collect them. He's having a helluva week, trying to clean up past-Death's unfinished laundry, getting locked out of the Underworld, his own domain, and now dealing with what looks to be his lifemate, a tiny dying little human who just happens to look like his bitch ex-lover, past-Death...because she is, sort-of. Darkyn is there and ready to make trouble, there are rules of conduct and the code he must abide, people coming back from being dead-dead, traitors in the midst, and sexual tension that makes you purr. I am really enjoying this series, Rhyn's comments (and Toby's) especially about the Immortal Mood Beast are hilarious and touching all at once. Can't wait for next week's DEIDRE'S DEATH.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Finally, a romance novel that focuses on character development and conflict instead of constant, graphic sex and easy solutions to problems. The main female protagonist, Deidre, has a very literal fatal flaw-- an inoperable brain tumor-- that even immortal deities like Death can't heal, remove, or otherwise cure. It is refreshing to break from the pattern of "I have this horrible problem smut suddenly I find my mate and I'm cured and suddenly super-powered!" that a lot of romance novels espouse. Finally, a romance novel that focuses on character development and conflict instead of constant, graphic sex and easy solutions to problems. The main female protagonist, Deidre, has a very literal fatal flaw-- an inoperable brain tumor-- that even immortal deities like Death can't heal, remove, or otherwise cure. It is refreshing to break from the pattern of "I have this horrible problem smut suddenly I find my mate and I'm cured and suddenly super-powered!" that a lot of romance novels espouse. Instead, Deidre turns down Gabriel's offers of a civil arrangement instead of whirling romance, she waffles between the hope of surviving cancer and ending it all. She and Gabriel have an actual adult conversation about making a relationship work and the steps to achieve it. Most romance novels don't have that, instead going from a night of steamy sex to immediate, deep love. I enjoyed the conflict between them, as well as the issues they were dealing with on their own time (hello, the Grim Reaper sucking at his job and not being able to usher souls to the underworld? That's a problem). The characters are dynamic, interesting, and multidimensional. And for once, a romance novel that does not end with a happy ending!-- but one hell of a cliffhanger all the same. I may just pony up the funds for the second book soon.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    The continuation of the bestselling "Rhyn Trilogy" saga. Death Finds Love. Recently appointed as Death, Gabriel’s life can’t get much worse. His underworld is in shambles, and he’s racing demons to collect souls in the human world. To add to his mess, he discovers that his predecessor raised an unwelcome Immortal from the dead, one who threatens the Immortal Council that his friend, the Ancient Rhyn, is trying to hold together. When the underworld shuts Gabriel out, he’s convinced he’s hit rock The continuation of the bestselling "Rhyn Trilogy" saga. Death Finds Love. Recently appointed as Death, Gabriel’s life can’t get much worse. His underworld is in shambles, and he’s racing demons to collect souls in the human world. To add to his mess, he discovers that his predecessor raised an unwelcome Immortal from the dead, one who threatens the Immortal Council that his friend, the Ancient Rhyn, is trying to hold together. When the underworld shuts Gabriel out, he’s convinced he’s hit rock bottom. Until he meets her, and he realizes things can get worse. Much worse. Now in human form, Deidre – Gabriel’s predecessor and long-time tormenter – is dying from a brain tumor. Rather than mourn, she decides to enjoy the rest of her short life by checking off every box on her bucket list. Little does she suspect that a weekend getaway to the beach will throw her into the hands of Death himself and overturn everything she knows about her world. Deidre has no idea who she was in her past life, but she must learn fast, or she’ll never understand why the Immortals, demons and Death alike are after her. The secret is buried in her head, and the only way to uncover it will kill her. To survive, she must reach the wounded man behind the mask of Death and show him that the world is filled with more than tragedy and pain.

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