Book description :
Death is Sad, love is agony.
Max was her next job. She got his name just before he died and it was for her to lead his soul to heaven. She was a Bringer.
Then Max started pleading ( as they often do), but not for himself, for his son, James. Would she look after him, would she comfort him as he grieved for the loss of his father? James was a sensitive young man. He would take his father's death very hard.
Well, Bringers don't do that sort of thing; their exclusive role is to usher souls to heaven. They are not allowed to get involved in earthly affairs.
However, when she saw James, she felt something she had never felt before - an emotion, a shock. She was a Bringer. Bringers do not have emotions. And she fell in love. For a Bringer, that is a terrifying fall.
The Bringer by Samantha Towle, is a unique concept about what happens after one passes. Even with this fresh concept, the gist of this paranormal romance is nothing we haven't seen before. In her story the "Beings" that greet us after death are not angels but Bringers. Devoid of any emotion or feeling their job is to convince us that it is time to enter Heaven. They are beings caught between Heaven and Earth, not allowed any contact with Humans or Angels. This story follows Lucyna, whose existence of nothingness is obliterated with the feelings of emotion for James, the son of one of the people she escorted to Heaven's Gates.
The story is told from Lucyna's point of view as she deals with going from nothingness to a world of emotions when she enters James's life. Both of their worlds are turned upside down with one decision. Much of the story is inside Lucyna's head and the plot moves at a very slow pace that is consistent through most of the book. It isn't until the end of the book that the plot starts to take shape and actually gets really interesting with the twist at the end that I didn't see coming.
The characters through out most of the book are very one dimensional and only start to take on depth at the very end of the story, which really left me wishing it would have happened sooner. The relationship between Lucyna and James seemed a bit flat. However throw Arlo into the mix and you finally have a story. It is a shame that we did not get to see Arlo's story fleshed out more. He was my favorite character in the book and could be an entire story unto himself. The book was very well written and the editing was great. With that said if you get through the first part of the book you will enjoy the ending which is why I give this book a 3.5 stars.
Reviewed by Witchofthemists