Published by WiDo Publishing on 2013-01
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Source: ecopy from Author
Aiden Grant is seventeen, has a killer kiss, and a boss who used to be President, back in the old days. You see, Aiden is a grim reaper and his kiss welcomes the newly dead. But Aiden’s pleasant grim reaper lifestyle is in jeopardy. And it’s not only because Honest Abe keeps throwing out history lessons with reaping assignments, just to confuse him. It’s because Aiden’s next assignment is to reap the soul of Bee, the only girl he has ever loved.
When Aiden’s kiss of death fails, intertwining their souls, Bee is still very much alive and they are both in trouble. The ancients want Bee, who has special powers of her own, and they’ll do anything to get her.
Some rules are meant to be broken—even if that means Aiden must bargain with his own soul to save Bee. Who knew the afterlife could get so complicated?
Deadly Kisses is a book about reapers. I still remember a time last year when I hadn’t read a single reaper book at all. Now I have read a handful of them and I can honestly say that I like them but that there isn’t too much variation between each of them. What I really liked about Deadly Kisses was that Kerri Cuevas actually didn’t try to make reapers super attractive. This book is told from a guy’s point of view, and she didn’t make him traditionally good looking, which was really refreshing actually. He didn’t like his own looks and Bee even described him as bony and gross at the start. So right away, I knew this was going to be a slightly different take on reapers.
Like I just said, this book was told from a guys point of view, and I have such a soft spot for this. I just love the sneak peak into their heads. I can’t help it. I liked Aiden a lot. I loved how internally emotional he was. He really seemed torn about his decisions and I could tell that he really thought about things. I loved seeing his thought process throughout.
Bee was a spit fire, that’s for sure. She is so feisty and I loved that about her but I loved even more that Aiden liked that about her. Even when she was being difficult, he liked it. I liked the two of them together, but it just seemed like there were so many circumstances outside of their control rooting against them. I felt kind of bad for them, but I still really enjoyed the progression of Aiden and Bee throughout the story.
Kerri Cuevas is great at building anticipation and she never rushed anything in the plot. I really appreciated that. I have to say that there was one thing I just couldn’t get past. I couldn’t stand that the grim reaper boss was Abraham Lincoln. It just bugged me. I was a history major and I actually studied Lincoln a lot. (I wrote my history thesis on him) so it just really rubbed me the wrong way that he was boss of grim reapers, but that is the only major critique I have. The book overall was enjoyable and a nice story. I liked getting to know the characters and I thought there were a few good surprises places throughout. (nope, I won’t be telling you what they are. You will just have to read it for yourself.) If you like reaper books, paranormal romances and/or books from a guys point of view, you should check out Deadly Kisses!
Kerri went to college for Early Childhood Education but now writes books for young adults full-time. Her storytelling stems from watching too many horror flicks as a teen, but she no longer needs to sleep with the lights on.
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I too have now read several reaper stories or series. I loved them– so tickled to find a new one.
This sounds like an awesome read. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks 🙂
Interesting twist on the reaper.
I do love reaper stories although to be honest I’ve only read one or two YA, most have been adult. I like that this is from a male pov and darker. Wonderful review:)