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Monday, May 11, 2020

Book Review: Grave Humor (A Magical Romantic Comedy) by R.J. Blain

Grave Humor (A Magical Romantic Comedy)
by R.J. Blain
May 12th 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Paranormal, Romance
Most days, Anwen regrets working at a funeral home despite the good pay. With the residents no longer inclined to stay in their coffins where they belong, she’s got her hands full making sure everyone follows the rules:

In the funeral home, there is no screaming, no murdering, no mutilation, no possessions, no kidnappings, no resurrections, and no cursing of any type. Be quiet and stay polite.

The day Old Man McGregor decides to take a walk and disturbs her peace, Anwen learns there’s a lot more to the basement in the funeral home than a vampire and a handsome gentleman on ice.

If she’s not careful, she’ll learn first-hand why ‘eternally yours’ is the most potent of threats.

Warning: this novel contains romance, humor, bodies, shenanigans, and mythological puppies. Proceed with caution.

Rather a wild ride for me with this author. I loved the hook and was intrigued from the first couple chapters. Then it took a turn and I thought....What?! Was confused about the characters and even where this read was headed.

I almost thought of quitting but instead took a break and did a little investigation of R.J. Blain’s other publications and reviews (not really fair but oh well.) They were 90% glowing reviews on this series and most of her books. I thought to myself...”Self, you need to go back and read the rest”. I AM SO GLAD I gave myself that advice.

Now I understand that this author is a snarky whimsical paranormal fantasy guru for those that enjoy nonsensical and straightforward writing that seems like she’s making it up as she goes along! Ha.

I don’t find it a laugh out loud type of funny but there are bits that have you chuckling in your mind. Mainly it’s a story about a destitute 18 year old high school drop out with deadbeat parents. Trying to stay afloat and put food in her stomach, she finds her employer (funeral director) has masterminded a plot to use her as a sacrifice for an “ancient” being that is kept in the basement at the funeral home. She goes to the basement thinking she is to clean and finds herself locked in with a dangerous vampire and an “ancient” who knows what.

From there she decides she has nothing to loose so, holding her own, she tells them she might be better off dead anyway. (This is about the time I thought....WHAT?!). Instead she befriends both and enslaves herself to the “Ancient” and is tasked with educating him in the ways of the era they are now living in. That’s where the cuteness comes.

I am very glad I decided to persevere. It’s rife with cuteness and lighthearted romance. I think you should give it a try and see if it strikes your fancy. I for one will pick up another!

Getting 4 weirdly romantic sheep.


About the Author:
RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until satisfied.


Tour-wide giveaway (US only)
$50 Amazon gift card 
and a signed collection of 13 magical romantic comedy (with a body count) books: 
💘Playing with Fire 💘Hoofin' It 💘Hearth, Home, and Havoc💘
💘Serial Killer Princess ðŸ’˜Whatever for Hire💘Owl Be Yours💘  
💘Last But not Leashed ðŸ’˜Blending In ðŸ’˜Fowl Play💘 Cheetahs Never Win💘  
💘Burn, Baby, Burn💘No Kitten Around💘Double Trouble💘

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  1. This sounds really fun and entertaining overall! I'm glad you ended up liking it! Great review! :0

  2. I've been following R.J. Blain's newsletter for a while so I've been looking forward to this book for a while. Can hardly wait!