I received this special edition copy in my Fairyloot subscription. So far, I wasn't terribly pleased with most of the books because they really lacked romance. When I grabbed this one, I wasn't expecting much different.
Boy was I surprised!
This year, I've come to learn that quirky romcoms are my absolute favorite. If it has something magical or other about it (in this case, demigods and zombies), I am IN!
Hart is a marshal, working in a borderland to keep drudges at bay. There is a particular skill one has to be a marshal. And that doesn't include being socially adept.
Mercy is an undertaker in a failing business. Her mother died over a decade ago and her father has medical issues that keep him from performing the duties of Birdsall & Son, leaving Mercy to take over. Whereas in other stories, the main character would probably hate being responsible for the family business, Mercy is actually really good at her job and she enjoys being able to send people off on their final voyage.
When Hart dispatches drudges, he delivers their corpses to one of the many undertakers, but there's one in particular he dreads: Birdsall & Son. That's because Mercy--whom he nicknamed Merciless--is sharp tongued and doesn't like him. Not so adoringly, Mercy calls him Hart-ache, and the two have hated one another since they first met.
On a particularly lonely night at work, Hart pens a letter to "A Friend." He puts his feelings down on paper and places the letter in a mail box, never expecting a reply. Until he gets one.
Mercy has the world on her shoulders, so when she receives an anonymous letter from a lost soul like herself reaching out, she can't help herself but to reply.
I. Loved. This. Book.
The first thing I did was check to see if this author has any more adult publications. Unfortunately, they do not, but I will be one of the first to read it when she does.
I can't tell you how much I adored this story. It was witty and funny, it had just enough of that other element that I got sucked right in and the romance was *chef's kiss*.
Read this book!