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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

Product Details

  • 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: #4,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great New Series January 10, 2013
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taking the 'grim' out of this Reaper January 6, 2013
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In his job as one of the Grim Reapers working in Florida, David, has been collecting souls for over fifty years trying earn his redemption for 'crimes' he committed while he was a soldier in Korea. Over the years David has tried every means available to blot out the tragedy and ugliness he's seen while collecting souls, and has finally settled into a self preserving numbness until the Fates step in and put lovely Sarah in his way.

I thought Grave Intentions was pretty good. For some reason I am sort of a sucker for Reaper Romances - I like the idea of love being even more powerful than Death. And the romance was pretty good, both of the characters are likable and it was entertaining to see Sarah, who has used logic and reason as a shield against the woo woo stuff that runs in her family as she learns to see the world in a different way and as she helped the jaded Reaper lose some of his 'grim'ness. There are also some interesting players in the background making up the rest of David's fellow Reapers.

For a story that keeps on bringing the reader in contact with deadly situations, the story had just a touch of gruesome but no overt gore in describing the events which precipitate the need for the Reapers to do their pickups (I am sort of twisted but I could almost picture a Dead Like Me thing going on but I guess that would have erased the hero's need to detach from his job and his newbie apprentice's plight as well.) I did have a minor nit with the story in that thought that there were holes in the way that what was going on at Sarah's work ties off, but despite that Grave Intentions was still a decent b-list read and since Grave Intentions is the start of a series, I will have to keep an eye out for the next 'Grave' novel which has lady Reaper, Ruby, in the lead.
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6 of 7 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book but with a predictable ending.
I read this on kindle unlimited, which is a good option price-wise. I thought the ending of this story was predictable, but I also thought that the characters were sweet and... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by notashell
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW,
I enjoy grim reaper stories and this is a different take on it. David is one of seven grim reapers in the Orlando area....and he's training a new one named Adam! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ginny
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This was a great read. I really enjoyed it and would have given it 5 stars but there were some parts that were kind of disjointed and the end was abrupt. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars David
I loved Sarah that girl had diarrhea of the mouth, "threw up. Barfed. Blew chunks. All over my boss's shoes. Guess I shouldn't have eaten that second doughnut. Read more
Published 1 month ago by andrewsheath
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 6 months 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 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 10 months ago by Monique D
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More About the Author

Lori Sjoberg is the award winning author of the GRAVE SERIES. 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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