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Reaper: A Dystopian Romance (Secret of Alba Book 1) by [Winsemius, Lindsey]
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The world has changed. My story begins nearly a century after humanity created its own apocalypse. In our new, safe city on the western coast, we are all civilized and upstanding citizens. Except sometimes, I need to breath. I need to escape and live outside of the rules.

But today, my obsession with freedom might cost me my life. And my executioner may very well be the man of my dreams. Only now, he could become a nightmare...

In the first book of the Secret of Alba series, discover a city rebuilt from the ashes of humanity's technological obsession. A city of serenity and peace that is threatened by old secrets and new enemies. Discover this series, called "More than just a romance", "Exciting, fast-paced" and "Romance with a Dystopian Adventure!"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2300 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: ApogeeINVENT (27 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012UF4YYU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #341,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new series! 30 January 2016
By D (Royalty Readers Blog) - Published on
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What a fantastic book! I loved reading about Marcus and Aerina and the Virmortus. I loved practically everything about this book. This is such an underrated book that more people NEED to check out.

Be prepared, because the story starts with a bang. You jump right into the action from the very first page. This is a fast-paced story that never had a dull moment. I didn't even realize I had reached the end until I flipped the last page on my kindle.

The story is told in third person and set in a dystopian world. Our main characters, Aerina and Marcus, must discover the truth about Alba before it is too late. The romance, mystery, and action was executed flawlessly and I am very impressed.

"Nothing matters but your job"

Marcus is the deadly Alpha Virmortus, who is a combination of an assassin a, a commander, and the police. He likes to be in control of everything-the Virmortus, his emotions, and even Aerina. But he is not your typical "I am male, hear-me-roar" alpha. He doesn't try to control everything about Aerina, just when it comes to her safety. In other words, he doesn't suffocate her, just protects her. Marcus is actually a vulnerable guy. He doesn’t feel worthy of love and Aerina, because of his past. He struggles with his loyalty to the Consul and Alba and his need to protect Aerina. Marcus is a very complex character and he felt very real to me.

"This is all your fault"

It is very difficult to find a female lead that is strong and smart, but doesn’t come off as stubborn and naive. Aerina is that type of character. She doesn’t cower and hide from the truth, but she tries to unravel it. She is independent and fights for what she thinks is right even when others disagree, but isn't afraid to ask for help when she needs it. One of my favorite things about this book is that Aerina does not hide her feelings about Marcus. From the very beginning, she admits to herself and him, that she likes him and pursues him, even after he rejects her. There aren't many female leads that actually go after the guy instead of have the guy come after her. Her relationship was Marcus was so delightful to read. She also doesn't hide anything from Marcus, which is nice relief. I know they have past, so I hope we get to read more it in the future.

I picked this book when I was browsing through Amazon and it sounded interesting and it was free so I thought I would give it a chance. Boy, am I glad I did, because this is a great dystopian story that I think does not get enough attention. I can't wait for the next book!
5.0 out of 5 stars Checkmate! 27 February 2017
By Coyote14223 - Published on
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This is the first book that I've read by this author and I will be reading more! I loved this book! There are more in this series, but this is the first book and can be read as a standalone. I'm not sure about the rest, but I will let you know, when I'm done reading them. This book is about a post-war era, and is set in the City of Alba, in California, which is on the ocean. There are people who are high society that live inside the walls of the capitol, and then others that live close by, like merchants, and farmers, which all are considered Alba citizens, but have different bracelets so they can only go to certain places. The Virmortus or Reapers, are the protectors of Consul (almost like a President), soldiers of Alba, and executioners. Now that you have the basics, lets get into the good parts! There is an attempt to assassinate Consul Julius on Founder's Day. The Virmortus takes care of the problem, but there's one issue, a Senator's daughter is accidentally caught up in this. A Reaper ends up just knocking her out to let the Consul deal with her fate. Aerina Delacroix lives in the walls of Alba, and is of the high class called Patrician. She's the daughter of a Senator and she's very feisty, but never feels like she belongs anywhere. Marcus Trent is a Reaper, he also lives in the walls, but like all in his job, his house has/is a bare minimum. He is also the Virmortus Alpha Leader. When everything goes down at Founder's Day, Aerina is an outcast, which leaves Marcus as her friend. Except Reapers don't have friends, feelings, emotions, and/or anything that can impact there duties. Still he can't turn her away, but he does keep insulting her to get her to leave. However, she can take it and give it back. Due to both of their pasts, his is unknown, hers is known, plus their class, they can't be together. He wants better for her, not knowing how she's treated. She doesn't care about anything, except being with him, which is forbidden and his class can't marry. That's just part of it. The bigger part, someone is out to assassinate Consul Julius, frame Aerina (which would lead to her execution), and kill anyone who may know. There's also outside groups who are thieves and drive "Mad Max" type vehicles. Also, there's another huge city called the Southern Empire. There's a lot of secrets, twists and turns, and why the original war started. Is everything happening now, to start another war? Will Aerina and Marcus even survive to think about a future together? One thing is for sure, not everyone will make it, if this war occurs! Who can anyone trust, other than themselves?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Story and Characters! 6 August 2015
By Beth Lanser - Published on
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I enjoyed this book very much. When I got home from work I could hardly wait to read it. The characters in the story drew me right in and I found myself reading one chapter after another without paying attention to the time and how late it was. I am so eager to read another book from this author. I highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved!! 17 February 2017
By melissa - Published on
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I was given this book to read before knowing anything about it I loved it so much I bought it myself and plan to read the rest of the series. I have not read anything by Lindsey before. Her writing style is one to love she created this lifelike world that comes to life before your eyes. And characters you can relate to. Had a but of a Divergent feel to me and I loved it!! Can't wait to finish the series and see how it all ends!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Read! 3 August 2015
By Kelsey - Published on
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One of the best books I have read! I loved the characters and how I felt I was in the story, right in the action and feeling the relationship between the characters. Aerina and Marcus' relationship gave me goosebumps on the flirtatious and humorous dialogue. Aerina has a great personality and tries to be independent and assertive with Marcus, one of the most feared men. I cannot wait for book 2 in the series!