Grave Vengeance by Lori Sjoberg

January 19th, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 56 Comments

19th Jan
Grave Vengeance by Lori Sjoberg
Grave Vengeance
by Lori Sjoberg
Series: Grave #3
Published by: Kensington
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Publisher
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Handsome and haunted, he's a reaper who prefers to work alone. But Fate has other plans for him and the sassy secret agent who shot him in another life—if their pasts don't catch up with them first. Dmitri Stavitsky has never played well with others—a Soviet KGB spy in life turned reaper after death, his work of bringing souls to the other side is best done alone. But orders from the top soon place him alongside fellow reaper Gwen Peterson, the American counter intelligence agent who took his life so many years ago. Now, as a ghost from Gwen's past resurfaces with the power to steal reapers' souls, the two have no choice but to set aside their differences and apprehend the rogue together. But their cross-country mission soon ignites feelings Dmitri thought he was no longer capable of—for the woman who helped destroy him. With an ancient force and a small army against them, he'll have to let go of old grudges or risk his future with Gwen...as Fate hangs dangerously in the balance.

Grave Vengeance is the third book in the Grave series by author Lori Sjoberg. Each of these paranormal romances deals with a new reaper who works for Fate collecting souls and stopping evil. Grave Vengeance features the haters to lover’s trope. Action packed with swoon-worthy moments, suspense and delicious banter I had a blast on these dates.

Caffeinated dates with Grave Vengeance

Set-up: Each book in the Grave series features a character who upon their death was offered a chance to clean their soul by working for Fate as a Reaper. They have never met Fate, but deal directly with Samuel, he is a stiff and by the book suit. Scenes with him always make me giggle a little.

First Date: Dmitri Stavitsky was a former Soviet KGB spy. He is a bit of a loner, but recently took on a team of Reapers to supervise. A new case and orders from Fate have him working alongside reaper Gwen Peterson. In her former life, she was an American counter Intelligence agent and the two have a complicated shared history. The banter, snark, and disdain bouncing around, have alerted me to the fact that we are in for one heck of a ride. You can feel the chemistry between them and they may call it hate but I am seeing sparks. A Reaper has gone rogue and is somehow clocking their location from the higher ups. Their mission is to locate him.

Second date: An ancient artifact, danger and unusually circumstances have these two working side by side despite their shared animosity. *snickers* I am loving the banter and little digs these two keep sharing. Dmitri keeps speaking in Russian. Who knew it was such a sexy language. I am flipping the pages, as the action gets intense. I love how Sjoberg balances out couple development and the actual case. Nightmares, injuries and a snowstorm have Dmitri and Gwen calling a truce and pop-tarts and fish are starting to sound like romantic meals.

Third date: Eep! Feelings, answers from their past and conversations above and below the sheets have me completely caught up. I like Gwen and feel completely connected to Dmitri emotionally. Their history was well developed and fascinating. Things get intense and it gets a little dark here. The mythology with the artifact was an interesting twist and as we got closer to the climatic ending, I was holding my breath, and even shed a tear.

Whoo-wee what a date! Grave Vengeance was fun, action packed and I do love the haters to lover’s trope. It always makes things interesting. If you are looking for a light, paranormal romance that weaves in suspense this series is a lot of fun. I really enjoy that each book works completely as a standalone, despite the overall arc between them.

About Lori Sjoberg

Lori was a born a coal miner’s daughter. No wait, that’s not right. Actually, she was born a carpenter’s daughter. Her mother was a housewife/homemaker/stay-at-home mom – whatever the politically correct term is these days. Basically, she made sure Lori didn’t get into too much trouble, a task easier said than done. 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 manuscript, she joined the Romance Writers of America and Central Florida Romance Writers. Now she exercises the analytical half of her brain at work, and the creative half writing paranormal romance. When she’s not doing either one of those, she’s usually spending time with her husband and children of the four-legged variety.

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56 Responses to “Grave Vengeance by Lori Sjoberg”

  1. Melliane

    Oh this one sounds interesting! I love how the character sounds! Plus, I’m always so intrigued by reapers stories and I don’t think I know this one or I don’t remember but I definitely want to try!!! thanks for the review!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      The overall arc is cool with Fate involved and I love that each has new characters.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Banter is always welcome and their past history made this fun

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I enjoyed book one but this has that haters to lovers tension, so you may have better luck

  2. Carmel

    I’m constantly on the look-out for books that feature reapers because they have a way of bringing something new to the genre, plus some of my favourite characters sport scythes. It’s cool that this series features a different Death protagonist in each installment. I like variety!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like the variety too, and the new case. Yeah..i have a thing for Reapers

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, while each has a common thread they are totally standalone and fun

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is pronounced the same, I think it is just spelled that way because of his background. In my head he has a delicious accent. Yes to banter..always a good thing

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Exactly Katherine. I love the cases and the chance at redeeming one’s soul

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Probably because they only come out once a year..Grave Intentions and this were my favorites, but an enjoyable series 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Sophia, I love romantic suspense with paranormal aspects and this was fun

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Glad you enjoyed book one..the releases are once a year and I think in this genre it makes it hard to remember. I love a good reaper story.

  3. Ramona

    This concept of being offering a deal to avoid death is very interesting. And this book in particular sounds like something light and fun, easily consumed by the fire one evening (it’s still bitterly cold here…) Thanks for recommending it, Kimba, I’m saving this one for consumption on a cosy evening 🙂
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  4. kimbacaffeinate

    It is the type of a read you can devour in a single evening. The concept isn’t so much as avoiding death but of cleaning the soul to avoid damnation.

  5. Bookworm Brandee

    Oh, this sounds so good! I read #1 in 2013 and really liked it. I can’t believe there’s a #3 and I haven’t read #2! I’m happy you enjoyed Gwen and Dmitri’s story. I bet the political tension really did make for some fun! 😉
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      She releases one a year making it easy to miss..since the publisher does soft release. Enjoy!