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Grave Intentions (The Grave Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lori Sjoberg
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Book Description

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.

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"Grave Intentions is a highly enjoyable, intelligently written story." - New York Journal of Books

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  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1601832001
  • Publisher: eKensington (January 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009T9SCDA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A sweet and softer side to the dark Grim Reaper! April 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
David Anderson was a soldier on the battlefield on the verge of death when Fate intervened, making him immortal to serve Death himself as a Grim Reaper. David is destined to usher lost souls to the after life to atone for his past mistakes. The life of a reaper has finally taken its toll on him, leaving him broken and jaded, until he meets his neighbor Sarah Griffith, a scientist who spends her days in a lab, working on a cure for dementia and evenings visiting her eccentric grandmother. Just when things are starting to look up for David, Fate comes knocking, asking him to make a difficult choice that puts his newfound love in danger.

Grave Intentions is a fun and sweet romance that brings two lonely souls together with some unexpected and unfair hurdles to overcome. David is a tortured hero (my favorite) who is given a second chance, one that comes with a price of losing his humanity to all the violence and death he sees in his line of work. Reapers are sometimes portrayed as heartless, but that's not the case with David, his pain and emotions are clearly felt through the pages of the story and inspire compassion.

Watching David play the big brother role to his new trainee Adam, shows a playful side he often keeps hidden and the dark humor only a grim reaper could possess. He's the perfect dose of an alpha, he's honorable and protective but not in a suffocating way. Sarah and David's personalities are evenly matched and while there's no lack in chemistry, I wanted more of a spark between them to love them more, just my opinion.

Sarah is a smart and sassy leading lady that is instantly likeable. She is practical, outspoken and independent, so it was a lot of fun to watch her interact with David, epecially when she discovers the supernatural world around her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent read January 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have not really read many Reaper books, so I found this to be an interesting read. Nor have I read this author, Lori Sjoberg. I will be looking forward to reading more of her Reaper books as I really liked the characters in Grave Intentions.

Sarah is a scientist who is skeptic about believing in anything she can't figure out on in a scientific way. So she always thought her mom and grandma where crazy because they could talk to the dead. Until the day she seen her new neighbor, David, harvesting a soul. She wasn't suppose to be able to see him do it, nor was she to know that he was a reaper. It is so against the rules. Even though he is an immortal man who harvest souls, there was a connection to David that Sarah couldn't fight. As a scientist these things shouldn't exist but sometimes you just can't explain things away. It also brings her comfort to know that her mom and grandma where not as crazy as she thought.

David, is a handsome reaper who has shut off all emotions. Something that he had to do to last sixty years as a reaper. Then one day he met Sarah and all his rules went out the door. He tried to fight his feelings but eventually he decided he was tired of fighting them and gave in. He found that being able to talk to Sarah about his day sort of made his job easier. Then he broke the biggest rule of all when it comes to fate.

I really liked the two main characters Sarah and David, but I also enjoyed the secondary characters like Adam, Ruby, Grandma Pearl and even Samuel. (Though I wanted to smack Samuel a few times, as he is the guy you love to hate.)

If you like romances then I think you will find this to be a nice read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great New Series January 10, 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a sucker for books about death gods and grim reapers -- stemming, I'm sure, from my fascination with the myths of Hades and Persephone. So books like the Charley Davidson and Alex Craft series... I suck them down like candy. Thus did I have high hopes for Grave Intentions, a recent release from Lori Sjoberg. I'm delighted to report that those hopes were well met.

It's a fun quirk of plot that David and the other reapers have to conduct their work without being seen or found out by regular people. I'm used to such characters being incorporeal and/or invisible with a wealth of secret superpowers. These reapers, in contrast, are remarkably mundane. Sure, they have a few upgrades, but upon first blush they come across as largely human. If one ignores the fact that they're dead. They bleed, eat, get their eyebrows singed off... er, you'll see when you read it. This approach is definitely different from its brethren out there in the world. In many ways, this is more fun. Instead of swooping in on a cloud of mysterious, inky shadows, David and crew have to creep about like repo men, taking care of business with none the wiser. Yes, definitely more fun.

The characters are another high point. For example, our leading lady Sarah has a nice, realistic feel to her. It makes her an appealing protagonist -- easy to relate to, to invest in. David, meanwhile, maintains a wonderfully grumpy demeanor that adds a bit of zing to the play. (I dislike affable heroes; Boy Next Door does not do it for me.)

The relationship between Sarah and David is remarkable in its lack of melodrama. There's an initial spark of attraction, a growing connection, the inevitable union... You can really feel the development of their feelings for one another.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise Ending
Well written...good grammar. Fast paced with believable characters.

Those who have died are given a choice of reaping souls lost through accidents, murder, or suicide... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for more
The characters are all so awesome in this! There are ones you love to love and ones you love to hate! I can't wait to read more...
Published 2 months ago by M. Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars totally unique
I was looking for something new and I found it. This is fantastic and I can't wait to read mire from this author.
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Grimaldi
4.0 out of 5 stars Really nice surprise
Oh man, I love it when a book comes as a surprise. And not just a surprise but a really, really pleasant one. Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. Wheaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book was very good and well written not exactly what I typically read but was overall very well written.
Published 5 months ago by amy
5.0 out of 5 stars If you thought Reapers were grim and uninteresting, think again !
I saw this book, read the blurb, and it seemed interesting, I read the sample, and I had to buy the book ! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Monique D
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read!
This book was well written and interesting with a different type of plot. A nice change from the usual fare.
Published 6 months ago by C. Gonyea
4.0 out of 5 stars A worth while paranormal love story. Must read!
I liked the authors style of straight forward writing that is smooth and not overly flowery. Intimate scenes were not over the top and believable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a series
I really enjoyed this book. It is well-written and highly entertaining. The plot is a little predictable but overall, a great start to a series I will certainly keep reading. Read more
Published 7 months ago by cmvaldes
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 - Enjoyable but predictable
3.5 Stars

Grave Intentions is adorably predictable. It follows the traditional paranormal romance story arc where boy meets girl, they have insta-lust, they learn things... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Laura Little Read Riding Hood
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Lori Sjoberg is the award winning author of GRAVE INTENTIONS. She lives in Florida with her husband and four-legged fur baby.

Growing up the youngest of three girls, Lori never had control of the remote. (Not that she's bitter about that. Really. Okay, maybe a little, but it's not like she's scarred for life or anything.) That meant a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy. Star Trek, Star Wars, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits - you name it, she watched it. It fed her imagination, and that came in handy when the hormones kicked in and she needed a creative excuse for being out past curfew.

After completing her first novel, she joined the Romance Writers of America and Central Florida Romance Writers. Now she exercises the analytical half of her brain at her day job, and the creative half writing sensual paranormal romance. Grim reapers are her specialty, but she loves to write about all creatures of the night.

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