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Reap and Repent  by Lisa Medley
Publishers: Big Cedar
Published: March 3rd, 2015
Pages: 326

They see death. Can they share a life?

Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.


“Ruth, my name is Deacon. You might have noticed that I have some rather unusual 

abilities. For one, I’m very fast when I want to be. For another, I can affect your mood by touch, 

which I did just now to calm you. I don’t want to hurt you, but I do need to know a few things. 

What are you?”

What am I? Uh, a girl would be a good start. What the hell?

She shook her head side to side, indicating “No.” 

“No, you don’t understand? Or no, you don’t know what you are?” he asked, obviously 

growing frustrated.

She shook her head again.

“Okay, this isn’t going to work unless you speak. I don’t read minds, you know.” 

Good to know, she thought. What came out was, “I don’t understand.” 

“When we ran into each other at the hospital, you had no aura. What are you? Are you a 

reaper? An angel? Christ on a crutch, you aren’t a valkyrie, are you?” he asked, running a hand 

through his hair, pushing it away from his face. “I’m betting no on the angel front because the 

Reiki energy doesn’t seem to work on angels. So what are you?”

“A student. Or, I was a student. Now I’m just... I don’t know what you’re talking 

about—angels and reapers and valkyries. I’m...human?” 

“You are more than human.” 

“I’m not. What do you want with me?”

“I want answers. In the hospital, I sensed something about you when we met... Your 

mother was Mary Scott. Correct? She died in that hospital room while you were there?” 

“I didn’t do that. It wasn’t my fault,” she blurted out.

“Okaaay,” he proceeded cautiously. “Did you touch her before you left?” 

She considered him, her mouth going dry. She had touched her. She’d given her that final 

kiss on the forehead.

“Yes,” she whispered. 

Ruth couldn’t look at him as she began to realize what all of this might mean. Had her 

bizarre handicap really killed her father, and now her mother, too? 

She was a killer. 

“You’re not a killer,” he said, rolling his eyes.

“I thought you couldn’t read minds!” She sobbed, tears choking her throat closed. 

It’s my fault. I AM a killer.

“You’re not,” he insisted. “I think you’re a reaper, like me.”

Her heart starting beating faster and her vision started to go blurry around the edges. The 

whole room sped down a black chute into darkness. She was going to pass out. She was going to 

pass out with a strange supernatural man in her house. 

God help me.

About the Author
Lisa has always enjoyed reading about monsters in love and now she writes about them, because monsters need love too.

She adores beasties of all sorts, fictional as well as real, and has a farm full of them in her Southwest Missouri home, including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees, and a guinea pig.

She may or may not keep a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times, including a machete. Just. In. Case.

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