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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Main characters well-developed. Never a dull moment! Can't wait to read number two of the series.Published 27 days ago by elaine muràno
Grave Intentions is book 1 of the Grave series. This was a great story. I couldn't put it down till the end of the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Misty Gee
I love the crazy twists and turns this story took. The characters drew me into the story. I would read more from this author.Published 3 months ago by K.Dunst
I always want some books about the duplicity of the human and fantasy love. And this book satisfied that expectation.Published 5 months ago by Cedric Grace
I loved this book. I can't wait to read the others in the series. 😍Published 5 months ago by Deanna Buzzard
The story premiums series is great, but there are no spaces where there should be. Please, edit the book. When you switch from one character story to another. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Talk about.....WOW!! Definitely NOT how I thought it would end!! Good job!! My fellow readers, be sure u have a few tissues handy!! But it was still a good read :)Published 6 months ago by Victoria Maynard
I really enjoyed the reaper storyline and the rules of this world the characters were fun if a little predictable will read more in this seriesPublished 6 months ago by SkyAngelZ
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