Thursday, January 3, 2013

Release Day Review: Grave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg

Grave Intentions
by Lori Sjoberg
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication date: January 3, 2013
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Purchase*: Barnes and Noble/Amazon


He’s handsome, reliable, and punctual—the perfect gentleman when you want him to be. But this dream man is Death’s best agent—and now he’s got more than his soul to lose…
One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper—an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good. Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This skeptical scientist can’t be influenced by his powers—even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humor reignite his reason for living—and a passion he can’t afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he’ll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah...and gamble on a choice even an immortal can’t win.
Holy hot reaper, Grave Intentions was a fun, sexy start to a new paranormal fantasy. Sjoberg introduces us to souls who have been enlisted to serve as Reapers. I loved the world building and the fleshed out characters.  It looks like each book will deal with a reaper and his romance. I quickly consumed this as I laughed, giggled and swooned.

We meet David Anderson he has been a reaper since he died during the war. His job is to help souls who die from tragedy cross over. His boss is fate, and because of some fluke in the universe; souls that meet a tragic end need guidance to cross over and do so though a reaper. It is a hard job, arriving just before death and being helpless to stop it. In order to handle the emotional toll of the job, David cuts all of his emotions off. That is until his path crosses with his neighbor Sarah Griffin. She is different than most humans and he is astounding when he cannot plant suggestions in her mind. The tale that unfolds kept me enthralled as I waited to see what fate had in store for this couple.

David is smexy, built like a solider with the sexiest grey eyes you have ever seen. *swoons* He does not regret the act(s) that caused him to become a reaper but after sixty years he is starting to lose some of his humanity. He is training a newbie named Adam. Who is cute, loves dog and was a police officer before he died. I cannot wait for his story. Sarah is interesting, and her family history and paranormal abilities were fascinating. I loved the slow building relationship between her and David. It felt genuine and oh so hot!! Other reapers and David’s superior Samuel added to the tale causing problems. All of the characters had unique voices.

I really enjoyed Sjoberg’s take on reapers and cannot wait for the next book. David’s story was fascinating and his anguish felt real. I loved Fate and her interference. The story flowed at a wonderful pace and the climatic last few chapters completely removed me from reality. When I finished I immediately searched out information on the next book. Thankfully, there is a sneak peak in the back of this book, but it only says coming soon and isn’t yet titled..Grrr hope it’s soon!

I recommend Grave Intentions to fans of reapers and paranormal romances. I am super excited about this series and have added Sjoberg to my list of authors to follow.

I want to thank Kensington for sharing this ARC with me in exchange for my unbiased review.

Four cups of dark chocolate coffee out of five
Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimba The Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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29 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM , Anonymous Bookluvrs Haven said...

Waahhh I wanted to request this one, but I have a few to get through Netgalley and don't want to seem to greedy. Glad you liked it. I look forward to reading this one a little later on.


- Lily

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM , Anonymous Bookluvrs Haven said...

Ohhhh noooooos!!! Pushing the Limits was FABULOUS! I hope you have that on your to read list at least.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM , Anonymous Barbara Walker said...

*pinches arm* There must be something wrong with me. You just sold me on this one halfway through the review and I don't even MIND. I have such a weak spot for reapers (weak, w e a k), especially topless ones. ;) You and your lethal weapon reviews, you. :D

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM , Anonymous Pnrurbfantasyreviews said...

I have this to review and now I'm super excited for it. I mean the cover already had me, but you sealed the deal!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM , Anonymous Aurian said...

Nice review Kim, thank you. I have added this to my wishlist.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:47 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I have a copy *eyes TBR pile *

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:47 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Ha...i have been there and done that Lily, I passed on Splintered and Pushing the Limits *facepalm* all because I was trying to be good!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:48 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This was a fun one, hope you grab it!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:48 AM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

I am so glad you liked this one Kim! I think I may have to pick it up now. I am always looking for a new good PR.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:48 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This was fun Nick, and I love me some Reapers!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:48 AM , Anonymous Nick said...

Wohoo! Sounds like you had so much with this book, Kim. I love reaper books because they are always so interesting. The characters in Grave Intentions (Love the title! So much awesomeness!) sound very well-developed. And yay for slow-building romances! What is this I'm seeing, Kim? You're swooning over a hot reaper? ;)
Lovely review, Kim! Your enthusiasm for the book really shows! :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:52 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hehehe my reviews are like CRACK!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Candace :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous Candace's Book Blog said...

Oh I remember seeing this one around! I'm glad it ended up being really good!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Diana this was a fun read!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous Diana Leigh said...

Wow, David's job as a reaper sounds stressful. No wonder he cuts off emotions. David and Sarah's story sounds like a good one!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yes you do!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

Oh, oh, oh... I need to read this!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Sweet, enjoy it Aurian!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you are naughty!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

I thinks he need a bigger tool..oh that sounded dirty, lol

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

cool, glad you liked it too!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It was fun!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Oh..grey eyes... *swoons* Sounds like a fun cute series!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Awesome and the cover would make a yummy Tops of Tuesday?!?

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

Oh yes it is :) :) :) Part of the appeal LOL

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

He was, I love those strong silent types!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous brandileigh2003 said...

David sounds hot and sexy! Glad you enjoyed.

Happy reading,

Brandi from Blkosiner’s
Book Blog

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

Oh goodie! This is one of the few that I agreed to review before the beginning of the year. I am glad to see that it is good :)

 

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