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Aiden Grant has a killer kiss. Literally. And it’s not every reaper who gets to work with the Sixteenth President. Sure, Honest Abe likes to throw out history lessons with reaping assignments, but when you’re favored by the ancients, grim reaper life is pretty sweet for a newly dead seventeen-year-old.

Then things get messy.

Aiden is assigned to reap the soul of Bee, the onl
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Paperback, 265 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by WiDo Publishing (first published February 13th 2013)
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Melanie
This copy was given to me for review/ blog tour purposes, the tour stops by at my blog YA Midnight Reads on April 3rd 2013! Get ready for giveaways, reviews and much more!
Told in the point of view of the male lead character, Aiden Grant, Cuevas takes readers into a world of gruesome Grim Reapers and what really becomes of someone's afterlife. Deadly Kisses promises a beautifully written story with action, cute romance and some unthinkable sacrifices.

The creation of this review required much t
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Purr More, Censor Less
3.5 stars - Dying with regrets and not being able to let go of them is how someone becomes a grim reaper. At seventeen, Aiden became a grim reaper because he was full of regret and guilt for the accident that caused his death and that of his best friend, Sabrina, who is also Bee’s cousin. He was content enough to go on with his afterlife as a grim reaper (or rather a Reaperling in training) until he was “tested” with an assignment to reap the girl he loved in life, albeit an unrequited love. The ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Apr 03, 2013 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing
Deadly Kisses was a great story. I just love paranormal stories with grim reapers. I have only read two other grim reaper stories and I loved them. This one took me by surprise with the twists and turns in it. Kerri can write a story like no one's business and how she unfolded the story had me at the edge of my seat.

Aiden Grant has a killer kiss. Yes you read right Aiden can kill anyone with his kiss. See he is a grim reaper and he reaps souls. He is dead as dead can get and he loves his job. Th
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Kandice Dover
Mar 26, 2013 Kandice Dover rated it it was amazing
Big thanks to Kerri Cuevas for the book. :)

Aiden Grant is a grim reaper. He welcomes the newly dead folks and he's damn good at what he does. But when his boss, Abraham Lincoln, gives him his next assignment, Aiden gets stuck fighting his emotions. His assignment: the only girl he's ever loved. Bee. After his kiss of death goes wrong he's stuck fighting to find a way to unravel their intertwined souls.

This book was amazing. I really didn't know what to expect with this. I honestly don't know whe
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Farrah
Apr 02, 2013 Farrah rated it really liked it
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

A sweet YA romance. Deadly Kisses was a great read that was a mix of cute romance and thrilling magic.

I liked the characters in this book. However, I had one issue with them. I got frustrated with them occasionally because their actions didn't feel realistic. And they felt flat, not like dynamic people.
Nonetheless, I still liked them, though I wish the character development had been deeper.

Aiden was a great hero. He
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Jadie Jones
Feb 13, 2013 Jadie Jones rated it really liked it
Summary: Aiden Grant is your typical teenage guy: loves music, not a big fan of taking orders, and has a crush he has no plans of discussing. There’s just one problem: Aiden’s dead. Not glittery, vampire undead, but dead-dead, a decaying reaper of souls, black cloak, scythe, and gondola to boot. The life he left and the eternity he’s fated with collide as his boss, none other than past-president Abraham Lincoln, tests Aiden by ordering him to take the soul of Bee, his aforementioned secret crush ...more
Delia Remington
Mar 04, 2013 Delia Remington rated it it was amazing
As a paranormal YA book, Deadly Kisses was refreshing, full of surprises, poignant, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Kerri Cuevas has created strong and fascinating characters, and her narrative style is captivating. As I read,I was reminded of the television show, Dead Like Me, but the attention to detail and deep understanding of human nature made this novel much more engaging. This book has the right balance of love story and action, making it a killer combination.

I give this book five star
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The Book Harbor Reviews
May 14, 2014 The Book Harbor Reviews rated it really liked it
Review:
A. Pros:
- This is told from the guys point of view instead of the girls which i find refreshing. This is told from Aiden's POV.
- Honest Abe was very amusing. He was always giving Aiden a history lesson. Which was hilarious. And god forbid Aiden break a rule.
- The Ancient Grim Reapers concept is new one for me in these types of stories about grim Reapers. I like it because they are the greatest villains in this story which I find made it work so much more.
B. Cons:
- Reina. I hate Reina an
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Michael Coppola
Mar 27, 2013 Michael Coppola rated it it was amazing
Excellent!! Not my usual genre but I am already looking forward the the sequel!
Kyra Dunst
Jul 28, 2014 Kyra Dunst rated it it was amazing
This was a truly well written story about love after death. Aiden, aka one of the grim reapers, has a final test before he can remain as a reaper instead of ascending to heaven. He has to reap the soul of the one girl he loved more than life itself. He refused to ascend just to be nearer to her, and now he has to send her on to heaven. Beatrice has a few tricks up her sleeve, though. Add in some rogue reapers with their own agenda, and well, things get interesting really fast. I loved the story, ...more
Bekka
Apr 16, 2014 Bekka rated it liked it
Small press and self-published books are not usually books I work with. There has been a lot of drama in the blogging community with small press/self-pubbed authors, and I try to avoid it. But I couldn’t pass up on Deadly Kisses after reading the synopsis. Poor President Lincoln has been used and abused a LOT in recent titles, but in this instance it was a lot of fun without being disrespectful. I was also a big fan of the overall quirkiness of the plot and world Cuevas built, so as soon as the ...more
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“Deadly Kisses” appealed to me because it was a story told from not only a male POV, but from a Grim Reaper male POV. Aiden is an 17 year old teen boy who died tragically in a car wreck with his best gal friend Sabrina. Regrets from life kept Aiden here as a Grim Reaper & Sabrina went to Heaven. When I found out Abe Lincoln was Aiden’s “boss”, top hat and all, I was pretty jazzed. Abe adds comedic relief to the story and I couldn’t help but to love his personality. A little salty, grumpy, st
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Laurie Treacy
Apr 05, 2013 Laurie Treacy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
(rating:3.5) Within a six-month long stretch I have read a handful of books featuring reapers. Most have made their versions humorous and light. Deadly Kisses is the second reaper book featuring a male chracter's pov which is always a welcomed change. Aiden Grant is a good guy with a strong voice. He reaps by kissing the person he is there to claim and sucks their soul out. Though some of the 'reaper-ology' was similar to that of other tales, author Kerri Cuevas added this 'deathly kiss' and the ...more
Crystal Collier
Feb 15, 2013 Crystal Collier rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you had to choose either the pearly gates, or immortality on earth? For Aiden, there was only one option—even though it means reaping other people’s souls. It’s not all bad. This whole guarding people’s spirits into the next realm is a service, and he’s good at it--despite having to take orders (and history lessons) from the sixteenth president (honest Abe). At least he’s still alive...sort of. But when he’s assigned the task of taking a girl’s soul, the one girl he’s always ...more
Adriana
Apr 30, 2013 Adriana rated it liked it
She's Got Books on Her Mind

Aiden Grant is dead. But, he still walks the earth. He's able to walk the earth still because when he died he held on to his regret which made him a grim reaper. He brags that he's a pretty good one too. Then he gets his next assignment from his "mentor" Abraham Lincoln, and it's Bee. Bee, the girl he once looked at with eyes full of love. Now he has to take her soul. He's resolved to do his job but when he tries to take her soul away she flat out surprises him by figh
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Lola
I got a copy for review in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of those books that starts pretty good, but then halfway through i just lost interest. Also i think the cover doesn't really fit the story. I just think I expected something different and while I was pleasantl surprised by the beginning it just fell flat for me around halfway through.

The story starts off immediately capturing my attention. There were some original twists to the whole reaper idea, like the fact that some reapers
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 CCAM&GZM
Apr 06, 2013 CCAM&GZM rated it it was amazing


“I believe we have a date with death”

For book like this one I will love and I always read Young Adult genre.
Deadly Kisses entwines in a beautiful and harmonious way the innocence, love, family love, despair, resignation, hope and power to take hard decisions.
Since the beginning I liked Aiden for how he communicates with those he must reap. He’s funny and yet he uses a warm and empathic tone. I was also very curious to know how he looks. You receive apparently contradictory bits of information t
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Ana
Apr 01, 2013 Ana rated it liked it
Aiden died with regrets and now he’s a grim reaper. Bee has a few secrets of her own but she’s alive and well…for now anyway. Unfortunately, she’s Aiden’s next job. He’s got to prove himself as a reaper and that means reaping Bee’s soul. The problem? She’s the only girl he’s ever loved and he doesn’t know how he’ll be able to make himself take her life.

So, what does this mean for the reader? Well, it means you need to be prepared for some emotion. Aiden is torn between doing his job which, coinc
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Annie
I definitely love reaper books. They have a certain appeal to them, and, combined with a male POV, Deadly Kisses was such a cute book!

Aiden is a reaper for Abe Lincoln. No seriously. That Abe. After dying 2 years ago, he was granted the kiss of death, and he’s pretty darn good at it. That is, until he receives an assignment to kill his childhood love, Bee. Bee is the only girl he’s ever loved, and he’s the only girl he’d give up his existence for. Turns out that this assignment is much harder th
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Jenea Whittington
Mar 16, 2013 Jenea Whittington rated it really liked it
After reading the premise for this, I was hooked. Aiden who is a reaper with a deadly kiss, um yes please! I had to know why and how Bee played into all of this.

Aiden has held onto some heart-wrenching guilt, causing him to not move on after his death, thus becoming a reaper. Aiden is a sweey guy, did I really just say that. He’s a reaper, and a good one at that, but he does really have a sweet side. Bee is his new assignment, how can he reap the girl he loved before his death. Don’t envy him fo
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Angie
Deadly Kisses sure was something different! Male POV? Check. No insta-love? Check. No love triangle? Check. Dead president reapers? Check! The story follows Aiden, a relatively new Grim Reaper as he works on his most recent assignment. It’s his toughest reaping yet, since he happens to know the girl, Bee. Bee also happens to be able to see the Grim Reapers. Why? Aiden and his boss have no idea. Then the reaping goes all wrong, getting their souls entangled in each other’s bodies. Now Aiden and B ...more
Michelle  novelsontherun
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 4TH APRIL 2013:

Gondolas , Grim Reapers and Abe Lincoln, yes that is right , Abraham Lincoln the 16th President, Aiden, Bee ( as in the insect ) and of course some Ancient villains make up some of the character’s in Kerri’s tale.

Seventeen year old Grim Reaper Aiden Grant, guitar player, is bonded through death to one of the biggest names in American History, Abe Lincoln aka Top Hat.

Aiden gets a text message from his boss that will change his ..errrr....undead life.

Bee
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Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
As I start writing this review, I suddenly had this funny thought:
There is already a book where the protagonist has a lethal touch and it’s one of those best-selling stories and now I get to read another story where the protagonist has another lethal power – a lethal kiss.
What’s next? Lethal hug? Lethal pinch? Lethal sneeze? Lethal belch or stuff like that? : D Just trying to lighten the mood a little. Now on to the review…

Regrets are expected for us humans.
We regret a thing that we have done an
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BookHookup
Apr 01, 2013 BookHookup rated it liked it
Aiden died with regrets and now he’s a grim reaper. Bee has a few secrets of her own but she’s alive and well…for now anyway. Unfortunately, she’s Aiden’s next job. He’s got to prove himself as a reaper and that means reaping Bee’s soul. The problem? She’s the only girl he’s ever loved and he doesn’t know how he’ll be able to make himself take her life.

So, what does this mean for the reader? Well, it means you need to be prepared for some emotion. Aiden is torn between doing his job which, coinc
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Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

I actually really liked this book. After I read a few chapters, I didn’t think I would, because the part of Abe Lincoln being a Grimm Reaper was a little too much for me.
But I kept reading, and was able to get into the book. I was grossed out on the whole flesh falling off part of Aiden aka Ad. But, that does change, won’t say why, lol

I think it is an interesting story. Bee is a great character I think, and was loving her spunk. I don’t want to give too much away, but wanted to mention its reall
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Michelle Book Briefs
Apr 04, 2013 Michelle Book Briefs rated it really liked it
Deadly Kisses is a book about reapers. I still remember a time last year when I hadn't read a single reaper book at all. Now I have read a handful of them and I can honestly say that I like them but that there isn't too much variation between each of them. What I really liked about Deadly Kisses was that Kerri Cuevas actually didn't try to make reapers super attractive. This book is told from a guy's point of view, and she didn't make him traditionally good looking, which was really refreshing a ...more
Satarupa
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.
Firstly I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this book.
Well, as you all know from the blurb that this is a YA paranormal romance where we get to see Aiden, who is a reaper and in good books of the ancients until he is given the task of reaping the soul of her lifelong love Bee with the help of his deadly and fatal kiss but miraculously his kiss doesn’t k
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Momma
Mar 20, 2013 Momma rated it it was amazing
Deadly Kisses was a refreshingly good YA book. I was drawn in from the beginning to Aiden (or Ad as he goes by in the 'afterlife') and his character. Here is a boy who held onto his guilt and regret of the way he & his friend died which leads him to deny himself Heaven and instead become a grim reaper. The good news is that he's kick @ss at it - a killer kiss and the fulfillment of safeguarding souls to their final destination is reward enough. The bad news is that his final test is to reap ...more
Jessica (Stuck in Books)
Apr 05, 2013 Jessica (Stuck in Books) rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

I wanted to read this because I liked the premise. It sounded a) seriously cool and b) seriously swoon-worthy. So I jumped into this book ready to SWOON. I expected it to be fun and funny and I'd be a happy camper. And now that I've read it, I admit that I am definitely a happy camper. This was a fun book to read. BUT it didn't live up to alllll of my expectations. Darn well close, though.

First of all, I LOVELOVELOVE the Abe Lincoln thing. I kid you not, good ole Honest A
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Novels On The Run
Apr 04, 2013 Novels On The Run rated it liked it
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 4TH APRIL 2013:

Gondolas , Grim Reapers and Abe Lincoln, yes that is right , Abraham Lincoln the 16th President, Aiden, Bee ( as in the insect ) and of course some Ancient villains make up some of the character’s in Kerri’s tale.

Seventeen year old Grim Reaper Aiden Grant, guitar player, is bonded through death to one of the biggest names in American History, Abe Lincoln aka Top Hat.

Aiden gets a text message from his boss that will change his ..errrr....undead life.

Bee
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Kerri Cuevas was born in Rhode Island, but now resides in New Hampshire, where the country air has sparked her imagination. She is the author of Deadly Kisses (Book 1 of the Deadly Darkness Trilogy). When she’s not writing she’s enjoying hiking, fishing, canoeing, music, watching horror flicks, or doing crafts with her kids. You can visit her website at kerricuevasbooks.com
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