Series: Charley Davidson

Early Review – Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5) by Darynda Jones

June 13, 2013 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2013 5 Comments

I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early Review – Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5) by Darynda JonesFifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #5
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 9th 2013
Pages: 339
Genres: Diiiirrrrrrttyyy, Ghosties, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: ARC
Source: the Publisher
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Also by this author: First Grave on the Right, For I Have Sinned, Second Grave on the Left

four-half-stars

Charley Davidson isn't your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She's more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth...but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason. When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma is the serial killer's next target, Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes's help. Arsonist or not, he's the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.

Charley Davidson is at it again in the sexy, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny fifth installment of the New York Times best selling series.

Charley Davidson series

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) {Purchase}
For I Have Sinned (Charley Davidson #1.5) {Free!}
Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) {Purchase}
Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3) {Purchase}
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4) {Purchase}

The dead guy at the end of the bar kept trying to buy me a drink. Which figured. No one else was even taking a second look and I’d dressed to the nines.’

Charley Davidson is, as usual, up to her elbows in work and she’s the only one equipped to handle it. Her apartment has suddenly been taken over by a few dozen ghostly blonde women who show no interest in passing, she almost gets shot after she enlists Cookie to help her in a recent PI case and add to that the ever-distracting Reyes is an arson suspect and he’s officially moved in right next door to her.

“My dad put himself through college by setting up cons and selling moonshine. He was a pretty famous moonshiner, actually.”

“My dad’s pretty famous too.” We all turned to stare at Reyes.

This series never disappoints and has gotten better and better with each installment. Charley Davidson is one of my all-time favorite female leads: she’s hilarious and snarky and totally badass but not in excess. And if Charley is one of my favorite female leads, Reyes definitely earns a spot on my favorite male leads. Fair warning, the steamy is in abundance in this installment! And oh my GOSH that ending! Not quite a cliffhanger but definitely leaves a smile on your face and makes you infinitely anxious for the next book.

“No, your other – Fuck, how many boyfriend’s do you have?”

“Including Herman, the maintenance guy at the Jug ‘N Chug who talks to celery?” If I didn’t know better, I could’ve sworn Reyes ground his teeth. I couldn’t blame him. I mean, who talks to celery in this day and age?

Fifth Grave Past the Light really begins to branch out as far as possibilities for future installments… and let me tell ya, I like the looks of it. This installment really spoke of the future development, the purpose and the potential of Charley Davidson. Darynda Jones has been slowly maturing and expanding on Charley’s character taking her past the snarky girl that we’ve all grown to love and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where she continues to take it. This series is a highly entertaining and sexy supernatural mystery that is incredibly easy to fall in love with.

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Book Review – Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4) by Darynda Jones

November 1, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2012 2 Comments

Book Review – Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4) by Darynda JonesFourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #4
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 30th 2012
Pages: 368
Genres: Funny-ha-ha, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: First Grave on the Right, For I Have Sinned, Second Grave on the Left

four-half-stars

In Darynda Jones's Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. The more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. He is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved. Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans.

Charley Davidson series

Considering I have a ton of ARCs I should really be catching up on, and considering how much I love Charley, I really should have known better than to tell myself, “Just one chapter!” But it didn’t even take a chapter, I was hooked by the opening paragraph.

‘I sat watching the Buy From Home Channel with my dead aunt Lillian and wondered what my life would’ve been like had I not just eaten an entire carton of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy with a mocha latter chaser. Probably about the same but it was something to think about.’

Oh, Charley. I missed you.

Charley was funny and full of snark (as usual) but after the incident from the last book she has a new sense of reality. She’s still fragile and recovering mentally and hasn’t even left the house in two months when the book begins. It takes a lot of work from everyone close to her (and a few margaritas) to get her close to normal, or as normal as Charley has ever been.

‘Surely my macking on some guy in an insane asylum wouldn’t hurt him. He’d been living with his stalker, for heaven’s sake.’

Her love life is full of drama as usual and Donovan makes a (small) appearance to complete the love triangle going on. Strangely, this is one love triangle that doesn’t cause a negative reaction from me. I’m quite fond of both boys. 🙂 But, it was just a small appearance and Reyes is front and center in her life (as it should be.) The two butt heads for a short time until Charley can forgive him for his actions from book 3. He had an attitude problem for the vast majority of the book but he made amends for that. And then some.

Charley’s sister Gemma plays a larger role this time around and I loved what she brought to the story. Charley and Gemma have finally made amends and for the first time in their life they’re actually acting like sisters. One of their funniest moments was when everyone was concerned that Charley wasn’t sleeping so Gemma and Cookie resort to drinking margaritas (Cookie-a-ritas). The morning after conversation between Gemma and Charley:

“Have you seen my pants?”
“Speaking of which, how did you get home without them?”
“I borrowed a pair of your sweats. I ran into a convenience store with them on. I talked to neighbors out in their yard when I pulled up. And only after I got inside did I realize they had ‘Exit Only’ written across the back.”
“You stole my favorite sweats?”
“I wanted to die.”

I think I just died of laughter.

Charley finally gets some answers in this installment! What she’s capable of, why she’s here on Earth, and even why Reyes calls her Dutch which has bugging me FOREVER. I won’t ruin it for you but it was quite enlightening. Really opens up future storylines and how it’s going to go. As usual, this is one series I’m constantly pining for and cannot get enough of. Start the countdown for book 5 “Fifth Grave Past the Light” due out July 9th, 2013. Only 9 months. *sigh*

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Book Review – Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones

August 19, 2011 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011 0 Comments

Book Review – Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda JonesSecond Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #2
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 16th 2011
Pages: 307
Genres: Diiiirrrrrrttyyy, Funny-ha-ha, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: First Grave on the Right, For I Have Sinned, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

four-half-stars

If you hang around with dead people, life can deliver a whole world of trouble.

Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time P.I. and full-time Grim Reaper. The deceased find her very sparkly. Demons find her irresistible. And one entity in particular wants to seduce her in every way possible…

When Charley and Cookie, her best friend slash receptionist, have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally.) has left his corporeal body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty.

Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Can she keep those she loves out of harm’s way? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel her as she does?

Charley Davidson series

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones {PurchaseMy Review}

Well, it’s official. Charley Davidson is one of my most favorite book characters of all time. Oh my gosh I love this girl. Yes, I’m having a silly fan-girl moment where I end up saying things like, “I’m going to be Charley Davidson for Halloween!” She’s not just funny, she is absolutely hilarious and I cannot get enough. If you’ve read the first novel (which you definitely should before reading this one or you’ll be super duper confused) then you’ll remember laughing practically every single page. I’ll admit, this one wasn’t AS funny, but I still wasn’t disappointed… I had to make sure to keep from drinking liquids when my eyes were on the pages for fear it would come out my nose. 🙂

I started this book the day that it came out and due to my current crazy schedule it was hard for me to find time to read… I still managed to read it in 2 days though. A bit sleep-deprived? Yes. A bit backed up on work from too many breaks? Yes. Was it worth? Oh heck yes!

‘Second Grave on the Left’ picks up right where ‘First Grave on the Right’ left off with a brand new mystery (or three) to boot. Darynda Jones? You’re an amazing writer and I kinda love you. You’ve now written two amazing novels that, well… I can’t get over how much I love these books. I totally dig a good grim reaper novel, I’m always up for a good laugh, throw in a mystery to keep me guessing (please do!), and then there’s the way you describe Reyes. To quote Charley: “Holy mother of banana cream pie.”

”He was like the desert, stark and beautiful, harsh and unforgiving, with the promise of treasure behind every dune, the allure of water hidden just beneath the surface.”

And if you need a visual? Whoever posted that picture on Goodreads of ‘Reyes Farrow’ totally hit the nail on the head. Lol

I’m not going to go into details about the plot or anything because I don’t want to give anything away to the non-readers of book 1 and because all I want to get across with this review is to say that you really need to read this series. If you’re looking for a serious mystery, this probably isn’t the novel for you. It’s one of those books that I’m sure if you spent a lot of time critiquing the story you’d find some holes but it’s such an enjoyable read that I don’t personally see a damn thing wrong with it. Not so much a cliffhanger ending but I most certainly cannot wait for January to roll around. And that cover? Awesome.

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Short Story Review – For I Have Sinned (Charley Davidson #1.5) by Darynda Jones

July 16, 2011 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011, Short Stories 2 Comments

Short Story Review – For I Have Sinned (Charley Davidson #1.5) by Darynda JonesFor I Have Sinned by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #1.5
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 12, 2011
Pages: 77
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Freebie
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Also by this author: First Grave on the Right, Second Grave on the Left, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

three-half-stars

 

 

Darynda Jones revisits the sexy, suspenseful world of supernatural shenanigans she created in her Grave series with For I Have Sinned.  In this Charley Davidson story, Charley helps a woman find out how she died and gives her the closure she needs to pass through to the other side.

 

 

Charley Davidson series

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1)

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) {Purchase}

After finishing First Grave on the Right I was still craving a bit more Charley and Reyes so I jumped right into this short story. For I Have Sinned tells the story of Jo Anne Montgomery, a recently deceased woman who is having trouble remembering how she died. Charley helps her find the answers she requires in order for her to fully be at peace and pass through.

I was a little disappointed compared to First Grave on the Right and it wasn’t just because of the short length. I didn’t much care for the story being written from Jo Anne’s point of view. I think because I had just finished First Grave on the Right I was used to it being in Charley’s POV so I missed that… I also missed her hilarious commentary. Nonetheless, I did enjoy it, and will anxiously await the next in this series.

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Book Review – First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones

July 16, 2011 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011 8 Comments

Book Review – First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda JonesFirst Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on February 1, 2011
Pages: 336
Genres: Funny-ha-ha, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: a Giveaway
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Also by this author: For I Have Sinned, Second Grave on the Left, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

five-stars

First Grave on the Right is the smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That's right, she sees dead people. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light." But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

This is a thrilling debut novel from Darynda Jones, an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

Charley is a grim reaper. Or THE grim reaper. She is the portal that allows the deceased to pass through to the other side. Charley is also a private investigator and in addition to helping the deceased pass through to the other side she also helps them tie up loose ends whether it be passing on a final message to a loved one or solving the mystery of who murdered them. Plus, Charley is hilarious. She’s this super snarky and fabulously funny chick. She also has a mysteriously handsome supernatural stalker named Reyes Farrow. He’s certainly something. 🙂

This book had me rolling with laughter, so if you’re in that kinda mood, this is so the book for you. I had to stop myself from doing about a gazillion status updates just to share my favorite quotes; so instead, you get some of my favorites in my review!

“What twirly nugget are you from?” (Okay this one is taken out of context, so it might not make sense, but just on principle it’s funny!)

Because my apartment was roughly the size of a Cheez-It, it didn’t take me long to feel my way to the kitchen in the dark.

Maybe if I hovered over the pot, it would develop an inferiority complex and brew faster just to prove it could.

• “So, then, what are you?” I wondered if your worst nightmare would sound silly.

“You rented the apartment with a dead guy in the corner?” I shrugged. “I wanted the apartment, and I figured I could cover him up with a bookcase or something.

Okay, so here I am stopping myself again. Because those were my favorite lines from like… half of the first chapter. I’m writing a review here not a novel. Suffice it to say, I loved this book!

I don’t recall having ever read a novel about a grim reaper before, so I don’t actually have something to compare it to, which is nice. When I first read the summary of this book it made me think of the HBO series ‘Dead Like Me’ which I was a super big fan of. The lead characters are both girls, both grim reapers, bot hilarious, and they both have boy names. (George and Charley). Hmm… just realized that. Anyways!

Darynda Jones wrote a fabulous story, it was extremely intriguing, had me laughing inappropriately at work for two days straight, and I absolutely CANNOT wait for the second book.

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