by Lori Sjoberg
Series: Grave #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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.