Grave Attraction by Lori Sjoberg

May 16th, 2016 kimbacaffeinate Review 43 Comments

16th May
Grave Attraction by Lori Sjoberg
Grave Attraction
by Lori Sjoberg
Series: Grave #4
Published by: Kensington
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Author
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He’s a reaper who works by the book. But a sexy shifter will have him changing the course of fate just to be with her—if a killer doesn’t get to her first...

After four years as a reaper, helping souls cross into the afterlife is a job Adam Javorski has finally gotten used to. But when he arrives at the site of a serial killer’s latest victim, finding a living—not to mention gorgeous—hostage is the last thing he expects. The young woman captivates him in a way no one ever has—so much so, he breaks rule number one by helping her escape…

Marlena Walther doesn’t remember the man who rescued her. But when she sees Adam again, she recognizes him instantly as her soul mate. While the two work together to track down a killer determined to finish what he started, their undeniable attraction draws them even closer. Now Adam is the only one who can protect Marlena from a vengeful murderer—if he’s willing to sacrifice everything for her.

hot mystery ROMANCE SUSPENSE

Grave Attraction by Lori Sjoberg is the fourth book in the romantic suspense series Grave. While we learn about the overall world of Reapers throughout the series, each book features one couple and will works as a standalone. Witches, Shifters, Reapers and Demons OH MY!

Cappuccino Review of Grave Attraction

One of the most popular espresso drinks, a cappuccino is equal parts espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk. I’ve broken down the book into those key ingredients.

  • Espresso: The characters are the heart of this story. Adam Javorski was a Chicago police officer in his former life and now works for FATE as a reaper. Just as he did in life, he plays by the books until he helps a victim escape a serial killer. Marlena Walther is a shifter who was kidnapped on her morning run. Adam erased her memory of him helping her escape her captor, but when he shows up to visit her daughter a witch her memories of him and more come back to her. Adam and Marlena were once mated in one of his earlier lives. It made for an interesting second chance romance. Adam is a reaper and quite swoon-worthy. The man owns a pit bull so right away I was soft for him. Marlena is kick-ass, confident, and clever.  I loved the thread with her daughter the witch. Dmitri, Cassie and Samuel, Adam’s boss who reports directly to FATE are heavily involved in all the threads.
  • Steamed Milk: Grave Attraction delivered several suspenseful mystery threads that kept me engaged. Sjoberg did a successful job of weaving them all together and involving our couple. The first involves a serial killer who is attacking for a specific reason. When Marlena escapes, he fixated with finishing what he started. While this thread introduces the couples and had some creepy elements it faded in and out of the story as other issues arose. The second thread, which I found most fascinating, involved Samuel. Most of the reapers, heck most folks think Samuel is an arrogant ass but I like him, and Sjoberg shares aside of him our characters do not get to see. His thread is not mentioned in the synopsis so I shall attempt to be vague. Samuel is in trouble and Adam ends up helping him. He calls in Dmitri and Cassie to help. This thread pulls in Marlena’s daughter the witch. Let us call it the hand of fate pulling these two soul mates together. The third thread is the second chance romance. I loved learning about their shared history and tying other characters into their past lives. Sjoberg weaved these threads together, made some interesting reveals,and updated us on characters. All of these elements left me craving more Grave books.
  • Foamed Milk: The second chance romance between Marlena and Adam was sizzling and  sweet.  Their shared past made me weep and I loved all the details. Despite the mating bond, the romance began slowly but once the fire ignited between them the heat was off the charts. I enjoyed their playful banter and the respect they held for one another. It was fun having a shifter introduced and the way the tale wrapped up delighted me. Adam was determined, sexy and at times downright adorkable. Despite some obstacles I found myself rooting for these two.

While I would classify Grave Attraction as paranormal romance, it does have a nice urban fantasy vibe. Those looking for a quick, satisfying tale with heat will enjoy Grave Attraction and the Grave series.

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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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43 Responses to “Grave Attraction by Lori Sjoberg”

  1. Sophia Rose

    I like your new coffee drink format. Fun to follow.

    Oh and the book does look like it would be a winner with me. I enjoy a blend of paranormal and mystery. The UF vibe would be a definite plus.
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  2. Katherine

    I like paranormal romances but haven’t read much urban fantasy so maybe a book that’s classified as both would be a good pick to start with! This does sound interesting though like a lot is going on! I’ll definitely have to check this one out. Great review!
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  3. Bookworm Brandee

    I love the cappuccino format, Kimberly, and Grave Attraction sounds equally as fulfilling as the drink. I’m a sucker for a second-chance romance and it’s a bonus when it involves a reaper! 😉 I read the first one in this series and enjoyed it and I have the 3rd one on my to-read list for this month! 😀
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, I wanted to add a new review format to mix with the ones I already use but stick with my caffeinated brand and this ended up being totally fun to do 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed. So glad to see everyone loved the Espresso breakdown 🙂 I will be breaking down books into coffee recipes once or twice a month now 🙂