When I read the blurb for Reaping the Benefits, I actually had a moment of hesitation before I requested the book. Paranormal novels are not usually my first reading choice. The idea of one of the main characters being the immortal Head Minion of the “Grim Reaper” seemed like a very…unique story idea, and one I wasn’t sure I would like. Then I remembered that the author is E.J. Noyes. That was good enough for me, and I requested the book immediately. I am so glad I did.
This very unique story-line turned into a beautiful story that had me experiencing a multitude of emotions, from humor to heartbreak and everything in between. The paranormal aspect works beautifully in the novel. Ms. Noyes made the supernatural aspect of the story seem like a normal part of life in this book.
The characters are well developed. I connected immediately with Morgan and Jane. Even Death herself (she likes to be called Cici) seems nice, though she obviously wields a great deal of power. The ideas of life, death, and the afterlife are handled in a manner I would have never thought about, but which works well in the book.
I am so very glad I ignored my moment of hesitation, and read this book. It is funny, sad, romantic, and uplifting. This novel is in my favorites list (with all the rest of Ms. Noyes’ novels), and has a five star rating from me. Get this book. I think you will love it just as I did.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.