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Reap & Repent

(The Reapers #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  593 ratings  ·  98 reviews
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

ebook, 2nd Edition, 326 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Big Cedar (first published January 1st 2014)
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Reap and Repent is the first book in the Reaper Series. It is an urban fantasy series about reapers and about a new mysterious untrained reaper. I love the concept of the book, and I think the rest of the series has potential, but the first book was a little bumpy for me. I still liked it, but I didn't love it as much as I initially hoped that I would. I read another book (I can't remember the name) about a girl that
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am reviewing these individually because I feel that is fair to the author as she has taken some time writing these awesome books. I never in my life thought I would enjoy books that involve grim reaping but I did. This story did have a bit of inst-love but hey I have personally had some insta-love with a hot male before so I can't really fault someone for falling for Deacon now can I?

This book did a great job of story development right from the beginning. Right from the first three pages we w
Oct 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Well that was an okay read. Some parts I loved some were just mere moments. I liked the concept and the world. I don't like the fact that she had no real training compared to other reapers but could basically do everything. I'm interested to see how this develops later on in the series.
Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels
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I decided I wanted to review this novel because I was intrigued by the concept of reapers, and I have always been pretty interested in books about them. I remember there was a TV show called Reaper back in the day that I followed just because the idea fascinated me so much. I also read and enjoyed Amber Ben
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
His gut told him Normal was a town he’d never see again. 5 stars

HOLY! Now that was a HOT story! *snicker* I thoroughly enjoyed this book and absolutely cannot wait for more! Even though this story starts off sad and blue, I was very quickly drawn into it. While I can’t say that I can relate to Ruth or her situations, or to Deacon or Nate or, well any one or their stories, it is a very “real” story. By this I mean that there are enough normal or regular life stuff happening to give this story an
Angie Elle
Reap & Repent was an interesting story of a girl who’s lived in chosen solitude for most of her life and the reaper who is going to train her to fulfill her purpose.

Ruth has essentially shut herself off from getting close to anyone after realizing she has an unwanted ‘gift.’ She can tell what mood a person is in and if they’re close to death by seeing their auras. After a few failed attempts at dating and the devastation of realizing her father’s white aura meant death, she’s had enough.

When Dea
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
In Short: Deacon is caught off guard when Ruth barrels into him in the hospital hallway. Being a reaper generally means the normals don't pay him much attention, if they see him at all. She is also aura-less. Only reapers lack an aura. Is she new? A rebel maybe? She certainly forgot to do her job when she left this woman's soul lingering near her dead form. Ruth is very used to being alone. Her father passed when she 12 years old. She isolated herself at a young age when she figured out not ever ...more
Maghon Thomas
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun new story! It's definitely clearing a path for a great series. This one is about Ruth and the discovery of who she is and Deacon learning how to relive again. And the world of reapers and angels and demons.

Ruth lost her dad at a young age. Her and her mother didn't see eye to eye. But now she lost everything. And on top of that she's always seen a light surrounding people. Their auras. But she knows when someone's mad, sad, dying. Yeah. She when her mother dies and she runs
Jess F. (From Me to You ... Book Reviews)
"4 out of 5 stars! All her life Ruth has known she was different, especially with her ability to see other people’s auras. However, since she was twelve-years-old, when she witnessed her father’s death, she has been alone keeping herself away from people and afraid of her ability. Now, an adult with a PhD Ruth’s life dramatically changes after her mother dies and Deacon—a two hundred and six year old reaper—inserts himself into her life to show her that she is a reaper too. Yet, as their time to ...more
Fiona Marsden
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a trilogy of books featuring a new but increasingly fashionable species in the paranormal world. Ruth is an undiscovered and untrained Reaper, and she thought she was just a little weird and possibly dangerous.

She meets Deacon when he comes to Reap her mother's soul and he realises Ruth might be a number of things, but none of them plain straight out human. When he comes to find her, she is drawn into an alternative reality she didn't realise was out there. All her life she'
Christine Rains
Jul 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Ruth Scott has kept herself isolated from the rest of the world because she can see the aura of every person, and she knows when someone is about to die. Yet when she meets Deacon Walker, he has no aura. Turns out the gorgeous stranger is a reaper, and he offers to help her realize her true nature. Their desire for one another is awakened along with her powers, but will she be able to learn to use them in time to save them from a demon invasion?

This exciting paranormal romance brings us into the
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Ruth Scott has been able to see people's auras since she was young so she tries to stay away from people.

Deacon Walker is a reaper and has spent years focusing on his work ushering souls to Purgatory but then he bumps into Ruth.

Deacon helps Ruth develop her skills as a reaper and Ruth helps Deacon focus on more than work but when danger arrives will Deacon be able to keep Ruth safe.

Or will Ruth be the one doing the saving.

I haven’t
Mar 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on-book
DNF @10% yup!

Not sure what to say....I was 10% into the book and all I kept thinking was bloody hell book move on already. Ruth's inner monologue is like a drone. The book is in both Ruth and Deacon's POV which I liked. However, Ruth's inner monologue is tiresome. There was really no personality to her. Maybe, things change eventually I don't know. However, it was hard to keep on going for me. I hate books where the inner monologues make the majority of the book. I do like dialogue exchanges bet
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
How stinking amazing would it be, if you were different and alienated all your life just to find out that you are this awesome amazing being?? I want to meet Deacon Walker... it's so not fair! LOL
This is an amazing and creative book!
Ruth sees auras and because of that, she doesn't have a lot of social interaction that isn't negative. Deacon is a reaper and he has no aura- they are drawn together because as it turns out.... so
Brianna West
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
So, I just finished Reap & Repent! It's an amazing story that I was almost completely in love with if not for two small, itsy-bitsy things--the fact that the main characters literally kissed the first time they met and a whole lot of "thinking" that wasn't actually vital to the story. It was all explained in due course, but I tend to need waaay more development, or at least some sort of reference to why it's what I call insta-love (a love that happens at first sight).

However, the writing style
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really wasn't sure what to expect with this book. You have reapers, a witch, the Powers, demons and so much more. Ruth is an untrained reaper who didn't have a clue what she was. Deacon is a veteran reaper who has decided to train Ruth. Then you have Nate who is a witch but he may be something more. He has unknown talents they have yet to explore. Poor Kylen is a reaper that has been possessed by a demon. He willingly let a demon possess him to save the soul of the women he loved. Deacon is de ...more
AK Mama Reads
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
The Reaper Series brings us into the world of reapers, death, grim and gory and in the flesh, mostly. Each of the three books follows a different reaper, so they can actually be enjoyed individually as well as read together as a series.
Book 1, Reap and Repent, introduces us to Deacon and Ruth. They each have their secrets and their own battles to deal with, but when they meet one another things start to click. As you might expect, there are certainly rules about Reaper/mortal entanglements, but
Brandy Nacole
REAP & REPENT is a great read that's full of action, romance, demons, angels, and of course, reapers. Lisa does a phenomenal job with keeping the fantasy aspect of the story on a real basis. Ruth and Deacon are a fun team and the build up between them is, I think, at the right pace. I'm looking forward to the sequel and already know it's going to be amazing!

I strongly recommend REAP & REPENT to all paranormal/urban fantasy lovers who are looking for something fun, action packed, that's full of s
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The world building in Reap & Repent is richly conceived and deftly executed. I immediately empathized with Ruth and fell in love with Deacon. Medley's paranormal vision is grounded firmly with realistic characterization in the midst of adventurous twists and turns that are as believable as they are breath taking.

I enjoyed Reap & Repent because it felt real even while delving into the fantastic... and the desire-filled relationship at the center of it all made me sigh!
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me by the author and Paranormal Romance & Authors that Rock for an honest review

The action in this book is non stop, reapers, angels, lost souls and demons abound. Definitely a different take on the "Grim Reaper" theory. Some tastefully written sex scenes and I enjoyed the other side characters too. A must read for paranormal lovers
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series starts off with a bang! I'll definitely be reading the next book soon. Ruth and Deacon are a sizzling hot couple with great chemistry, and the paranormal playground they haunt is a dark and mysterious place that I can't wait to visit again. If you're looking for well-balanced fantasy, horror, and romance that will keep you on your toes, don't pass this one up!
S. D.  Keeling
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
REAP & REPENT by Lisa Medley is such a fun book! I love the world of reapers, angels, demons and other monsters Medley has created. Steamy romance, high-stakes action—there’s a lot to love here. I can’t wait to see what develops in the sequel. ...more
Nelly Ramos
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reap my soul

Just perfect. Deacon and Ruth make a wonderful couple. Both of them are reapers but she didn't know she was one. Until on night Deacon appears on her home. I love stories about reapers and this one didn't disappoint me. It's a must read.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally enjoyed this new series. Great world building and great flow to the story. Immediately bought the next books in the series after reading the first one.
Samantha Glass
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A different take on the world of reapers, supernormal beings, and religious ideas. Ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, but just makes you want to find book 2 quickly.
Jestice Love
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
"You know it's a bad turn of events when you would rather go to Purgatory than have a hard conversation."

Though I kinda wish they had that hard conversation. The story was really cute and I enjoyed it. The book was worth the try and I would recommend it, but I think I am not going to continue on. I don't have a real close connection with any of the characters and I am not too interested in where they are going in life. By not reading the series I will leave the few unanswered questions lingering
Ronnae Stately
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A reaper love story that makes you think what really happens to your soul when you die? What is hell like? In this tale you find out about reapers, demons, and witches. How they can manipulate traveling from one space to another just by thinking about it. Ruth is a newbie reaper and Deacon is her teacher. They run into each other due to the passing of Ruth’s adoptive mother. Kylen is a reaper who has been possessed by a demon to protect the soul of his dead girlfriend who was killed by said demo ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: okay
Couldn't get into the story or caring about the characters. The story line felt rather random. I finished it, mostly by skimming the final 15% of the book, but I have absolutely no desire to find out what happens next.

Chantal Farmer
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gets right to the point and doesnt beat around the Bush lol, I love a fast romance , it was suspenseful I couldn't put it down till I was done just had to know what happens ! And for once the girl is the hero in a way not the guy!
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