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Grave Intentions (Grave Series #1)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  182 ratings  ·  74 reviews
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 morta...more
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Published January 3rd 2013 by Kensington Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Douglas Meeks
Grave IntentionsGrave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book took me by surprise, first of all since this is "paranormal" as obviously a book about Grim Reapers would be it is in reality a character driven romantic drama. The second thing that struck me as I read through the book was that for 80% or more of the book, the paranormal aspects played little if any part (except for the reapers having to show up at the scenes of the deaths). There is a bit of action in the story and the author ha...more
David Anderson died a tragic death, but right before his death an act of mercy changed is fate. He is now working for Death as one of the Grim Reaper. You see, even though David is in a physical human form, he can’t die, he doesn’t age and his job is to go around and collect souls that have lost their way to the after life. Seeing tradegy every day for 60 years has a way of hardening your heart, until the fateful day Sarah Griffith moved into his building.

Sarah Griffith is a scientist working to...more
Kathie (katmom)
Thank you, NetGalley and Kensington Books, for the opportunity to read GRAVE INTENTIONS by Lori Sjoberg.

David is a reaper. He guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. He has to do this for an indeterminate amount of time. His handler likes to threaten with extending the sentence. He just wants some peace. As the leader of the local reapers, he assigns the reapers to where the souls will breathe their last.

He's also training a new reaper, Adam. He rather hopes this one is going to take...more
Beth ♥Addicted to HEA♥
3 Grim Reaper-y Stars

David has been dead for a long time. As a punishment for a sin he created while he was alive, he's been made into a Grim Reaper. He has to continually, day after day, watch people die. He sends them to heaven or hell. His afterlife really sucks.

And then he meets Sarah. She's alive and life also sucks for her too. She works as a medical researcher. Every day, she's met with protestors. Also, her boss is sexually harassing her, and threatening to ruin her career. Also, she has...more
The last thing David Anderson needs is an unhealthy attraction to his neighbor Sarah Griffith, after all what could a reaper have in common with a mortal? Quite a bit actually and the more David gets to know the more he wishes for a different path, but his life is sealed and souls need collecting. An interesting thing happens when Fate sees David at a crossroads and his decision could change everything he believes will happen.

I thought this was highly creative and loved the kind of dark humor th...more
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
Who doesn't think that death is an interesting subject? Especially in today's fascination with vampires, shapeshifters, demons and all the other undead or long living creatures, it's hard to think of death solely in the context of sadness. Nope, death makes an interesting life choice these days, presenting fantasies of eternal life. So it's no wonder when I came across this series that deals with reapers who collect souls for Fate, I was very very intrigued.

This time we're not talking about crea...more
Oh, how I love this cover! Chest, abs, arms, sickle - all the requisite sex symbols! But more importantly I also loved the story. I believe this is the author's first published work, and Lori Sjoberg will be an author to watch. Her style is confident and consistent, the plot is tightly written and the pacing brisk. The characters are so fleshed out and realisticI feel like I know them.

David is my favorite kind of hero. He's strong, conflicted, stoic and brooding. After 60 plus years of reaping...more
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
In case you don’t know I love the Paranormal Romance genre. So when I read the synopsis of Grave Intentions I was really intrigued. There have been a few grim reaper books that I have read and have fallen in love with so I hoped this would be another one of those kinds of books.

It is! The plot moves at a wonderful pace and takes you on an adventure with David Anderson whose job is a Grim Reaper. He had died quite a while ago in a war and was brought back to help souls who died by a tragic endin...more
Michelle Hauck
This is just a fun, fast read. The writing flowed without a hitch, making it a pleasure to turn pages. Main characters,David and Sarah, were believable and likable. It was easy to care about them. The reaper world caught my attention and going along on assignments with David and Adam was always an adventure.
i laughed, i cried..i loved me a reaper ;)
Qwill / The Qwillery
Grave Intentions is Lori Sjoberg’s debut. It features, as main characters, a grim Reaper and a very skeptical Scientist – David and Sarah. Both are trying to do their jobs while facing difficulties. They are drawn together and face seemingly insurmountable odds of being together (as one expects in a Paranormal Romance). What makes Grave Intentions stand out is the Reapers' mythology and rules and the well done character building.

David and Sarah are both extremely likable. They don't experience i...more
David is a reaper. Although, he isn't what you would normally thing of when you picture a reaper. When he was alive he made some sins but was found redeemable and thus was brought back to earth as a human in order to help souls pass over. With ever soul that he reaps, he is one step closer to paying for his sins. Over the 60 years that he has been reaping, he's pretty much seen it all. Helping souls pass isn't an easy thing and in order to keep his sanity he has managed to lock down all of his e...more
GRAVE INTENTIONS is a the beginnings of a paranormal romance series featuring grim reapers. It's a cute book with likeable characters. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it but it didn't work its way onto my love list because it's a fairly standard paranormal romance.

In Lori Sjoberg's world, dead folks become reapers when they have a debt to repay. David has been reaping since the Korean War and he's lost most of the joy in his life, going through life fairly mechanically. He chafes at the ru...more
Rating: 3 out of 5

David is a reaper. Reapers are humans who have died who did some wrong in their human life. Each reap brings them further from Hell. Sarah, his neighbour, works in a lab doing biomedical research. She is a big believer in having a scientific explanation for everything.

There was nothing inherently wrong with this book, but it was a slow read and not entirely engaging. There were some aspects that were banal. Also, I found that the characters lacked depth. While there was a littl...more

David Anderson is a reaper and one of Death’s more experienced agents. He’s been given the task of training a new reaper to collect souls.
Sarah Griffin lives in the same apartment building as David and is responsible for her grandmother, a psychic who lives in a home. Sarah doesn’t believe in things that go bump in the night or her grandmother’s visions. She works at Cava Technologies where she conducts trials and searches for cures for diseases like Alzheimer’s.

With my love of paranormal rom...more
Brooklynn N.
If death came for me, and he was a really hot blond with a six-pack (who can totally kiss, btw), I would willingly go!

Becuase thats what David is; an agent of death, Grim Reaper. Whatever.

The book stareted out confusing at first, but when it finally clicked after a few chapters, it was a really smooth read. The characters were unique and quite funny at times. Its no Sherrilyn Kenyon book, but it was pretty darn spectacular.

The eye candy on the front should sway just about any female to this bo...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Review originally published on Romancing the Dark Side:

A sweet and softer side to the dark Grim Reaper!

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 he...more
Marked By Books
I almost never like the main characters. They're usually so naive and helpless, never having much of a story to tell unless someone else is willing to tell it for them. To me, the minor characters are the ones to watch. Their history is rich with imagination, and they can afford to be kind and selfless where the main characters cannot. They have the greatest personalities because they're not the ones trying to stay in the proverbial spotlight. They don't need to.

Grave Intentions really surprised...more
Always collect your appointed souls. Do not alert humans to our presence. Do not question Fate. And for the love of God, do not alter destiny.

David is a reaper. He roams the earth collecting souls from a list he is presented weekly, enduring the recurring experience of unnatural death as he uses his body as a gateway from his world to the afterlife. He will continue to reap souls until he has atoned the sins of his past -- the lives he took, so long ago, when he tried to end the suffering of hi...more
David has spent the last 60 years working as a reaper, collecting souls and helping them find their way to heaven as a way to atone for the sins he committed before he died. The only souls who need the help of a reaper are the ones who didn't die of natural causes so he has seen the worst kinds of accidents and murders throughout the years. Every reaper has a different way of coping with the things they see and David's has been to close off all of his emotions. He doesn't let anyone close, not e...more
Nightstand Novels
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I stepped out of my comfort zone with this book and tried a genre that I don’t normally read and I am so glad that I did. I loved this book. I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading but something about the cover and the blurb drew me in.

I was surprised that other than the main character being a reaper, the paranormal aspect took a backseat to the romance in the sense that it didn’t play such a significant role in the sto...more
Christi Snow
My Review:
I really enjoyed this first book of this new series. The story line wasn't completely new and original, but that didn't keep me from enjoying the reading of it at all. It was really well written and I stayed fully engaged with the story from page one.

David's a grim reaper. He collects the souls of people minutes after they die. He's been doing this for over sixty years and it's not the easiest job in the world. He's constantly watching people die, many times those are gruesome deaths a...more
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
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 about one another that shouldn't be possible, they hook up, something tears them apart, they live (?) happily for now.

David is emotionally closed off. But unlike most heroes, I actually understand why, and don't think he is being stupid, or immature, or any of the other things I usually think about emotionally stunted men. He is...more
David is the senior Grim Reaper in the Orlando Florida area, working his way toward salvation one soul at a time. Sarah has thrown all of her efforts into scientific research to battle her fear of becoming as crazy as the rest of the women in her family.

Sarah and David’s story is romantic and fun with a healthy dish of impending doom. What would a book about the grim reaper be without at least a little doom? The story is an easy read that will keep you turning pages and rooting for love.

Sarah w...more
Heather Felder
**My FULL REVIEW here**

After reading the synopsis for Grave Intentions, I thought it looked "okay". I am happy to report that it was definitely more than just "okay"!

David is the ultimate professional; having been on the job, so to speak, for 60 years, he has gotten very good at it. When you are a Grim Reaper, you really can't mess around, ya know? While he is busy doing his job, he is also training the new guy, Adam. Together they collect souls, helping guide them to wherever it is they are d...more
Brandee Price
I like reaper stories and I enjoyed this one. Grave Intentions provided a fresh spin on how reapers move among us and I'm always tickled to find a new spin on a supernatural being. :) I thought Ms. Sjoberg did a great job on creating something unique in that respect.

Sarah is a scientist and although she grew up around events that couldn't be explained - like being raised by a grandma who could talk to spirits - she shies away from anything that can't be scientifically or logically proven. But as...more
Those who've watched Dead Like Me on TV will find this storyline easy to understand. David, and his group of friends, are Reapers who collect the souls of those about to die. He's been doing it for so long that he's become numb inside to the pain and horror he sees every day. The day he meets his next door neighbor, who has a unique ability of her own, is the day he finally starts feeling alive. With her ability to see ghosts, Sarah finds David's job fascinating and is fully accepting and soothe...more
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Grave Intentions is normally the kind of book I enjoy but it took so long to get going that I found myself bored instead of entertained.

I just couldn’t connect to the characters at all. David was alright but the silliness (and sometimes bizarreness) of the Reaper mythology put me off. I liked Sarah less when I found out she was a scientist who tested on animals. Luckily it was not mentioned often but It was always in the back of my mind, I know it probably...more
I received this book from the Publisher for an honest review.

I hated the cover, but LOVED the book! The cover was too much "Show them abs to sell a book" for me, but please oh please do not let it deter you from reading this book, yourself!

I am a sucker for a good romance book; especially when it involves some huge hurdle that can not be overcome. This one was no different.

We have a cold and distant reaper and his goofy trainee, we have the brainy upfront woman who has a sucky boss and a hot n...more
Monique Daoust
I saw this book and it seemed interesting, I read the sample, and I had to buy the book ! It is so different from anything else, whether you buy paranormal or not, you must read it ! I was an instant fan ! I had been waiting for her second book like I waited for Harry Potter books way back when. It's intelligent, well-written, totally original; a total delight ! You will not regret one penny you spent, it's so much better than a lot of what's out there. Read the sample, and you will want it. I p...more
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