Time for another guest review from Doug Meeks. I like it when the books he features are from authors that are a little less known, since we all probably already know about “the big ones”. Sometimes finding the hidden jem is more fun. This time around, Doug as reviewed Grave Intentions from Lori Sjoberg.
Lori Sjoberg My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
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.
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 has to spend some time introducing all the secondary characters which I am guessing will become the subjects of future books. Just for info they only have to show up for violent deaths, apparently dying in your sleep requires no help
The main story is character driven and the required bits of angst and self loathing that seems to be part of many novels in the recent past are here . To be honest this book reminded me quite a bit of early (really good) Dark-hunter books. This is a story of a very lonely man and a woman who worries that she is going to follow her family history of dementia and the author weaves a compelling tale that brings them together.
Almost any real 5 Star novel has a few things in common, this one is no different. You have the flawed but destined couple, noble sacrifice and hoped for ending that makes you close the last page with a sigh and the feeling all is right with the world.
If I have any complaints about this book it would be that one character did not get the justice he so richly deserved but I am a revenge junkie so that might not be as big a deal with many readers.