FINALLY, I'm joining Felicia, Christi and Amanda in their forays into shirtless man covers. Woot! Don't you just love Top Off Tuesday?
GRAVE INTENTIONS by Lori Sjoberg
294 pages, ebook
Available now (January 2013)
Publisher: Kensington Books
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
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 one definitely fits with Top Off Tuesday, too! It's a double-shot. Though I'm not sure where the man's nipples are. They seem to have been chopped off. Ow. At least he has his abs to keep him warm. And that scythe (though that could be dangerous. Roll over at the wrong time and...snip, snip!).
While this story felt quite familiar, it was a good kind of familiar, like a cozy blanket and a sweet cup of tea. David (that's the studly one on the cover) is a reaper who's job is to guide souls into the afterlife. He's got himself a trainee who annoys the crap out of him and he's working his way towards redeeming his soul.
But along comes Sarah and she's worth risking his soul for.
Angsty characters, love-lorn looks, and risking everything for love may not always add up to the fastest-paced story or the strongest romance in the world but as long as there's a happily-ever-after that actually makes me happy, I'm all good. And this book delivers a nice ending.
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