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The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson Series #10)

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by Darynda Jones
 

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If one door closes and another one opens,
your house is probably haunted.
—Bumper Sticker

As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before

Overview

If one door closes and another one opens,
your house is probably haunted.
—Bumper Sticker

As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murdering the daughter of a degenerate gambler, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/31/2016
Bestseller Jones's 10th Charley Davidson novel (after The Dirt on Ninth Grave) opens with an arresting sentence: "Ignoring the dead girl standing next to me, I crossed my bare feet on the cool windowsill, took a sip of piping-hot coffee, and watched the emerging sunrise from my third-story apartment window." For the uninitiated, Davidson soon reveals herself to be a deity. She's married to the worst of the three gods of Uzan, Reyes, who "destroyed worlds and obliterated life wherever he went." In addition, Charley's own daughter is "destined to defeat Satan and save the world." Providing contrast with the high stakes of this backstory and the eventual mystery plot are snatches of snarky humor (for example, Charley refuses to be friends with the archangel Michael because he once tried to kill her). And despite Reyes's reputation for evil, Charley can't keep her eyes or hands off his "perfect ass." This mix of romance, mystery, and the supernatural may be an acquired taste, but series fans will be enthralled. Agent: Alexandra Machinist, ICM Partners. (June)
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Praise for the Grave!
“Sexy, sassy…Jones’s characters, both living and dead, are colorful and endearing.” —The Associated Press on First Grave on the Right

“Jones makes a truly memorable debut with her unique tale that is sexy, mysterious, and sarcastically fun!” –RT book Reviews on First Grave on the Right

“Jones perfectly balances humor and suspense…Will leave readers eager for her next installment.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Second Grave on the Left

“Charley continues to fascinate.” –Booklist on Third Grave Dead Ahead

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet continues to blend paranormal, romance, and mystery better than any other contemporary work out there.” —Heroes and Heartbreakers

“Jones has hit on the perfect recipe for a wisecracking, wickedly funny romp that is edged with truly chilling danger…sexy and mysterious.”—RT Book Reviews on Fifth Grave Past the Light

“Übertalented Jones keeps stirring the pot and throwing in crazy new developments, guaranteed to keep her characters and readers zanily off balance.” –RT Book Reviews on Sixth Grave on the Edge

Seventh Grave and No Body is Charley at her finest!” –Fresh Fiction

“Crafty Jones shakes things up in a most diabolical way. As always, there is plenty of the weird and wacky, but there is also a heaping dose of high-stakes drama and poignancy. This is one fantastic read!” –RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on Eighth Grave After Dark

“[T]he romance delights. Jones continues to make her Grim Reaper into a layered, fascinating heroine.” –Booklist on The Dirt on Ninth Grave

Library Journal
01/01/2016
As if being a Grim Reaper and sometime private investigator weren't enough, Charley Davidson must somehow dispatch three gods sent to Earth to kill her daughter. Alas, she's long been in love with one of them, but will he forgo his fearsome destructive bent and loyalty to his brother gods to side with her? Tenth in the New York Times best-selling series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250078193
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/28/2016
Series:
Charley Davidson Series , #10
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
97,090
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

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The Curse of Tenth Grave


By Darynda Jones

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2016 Darynda Jones
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4668-9051-0


CHAPTER 1

Charley Davidson:
Maybe she's born with it.
Maybe it's caffeine.


Ignoring the dead girl standing next to me, I crossed my bare feet on the cool windowsill, took a sip of piping-hot coffee, and watched the emerging sunrise from my third-story apartment window. A soft yellow scaled the horizon and stretched across it like tendrils of food coloring suspended in water. Ribbons of pinks and oranges and purples quickly followed, the symphony a slow, exquisite seduction of the senses. Or it could have been if there weren't a dead girl standing next to me.

She jutted out a tiny hip, anchored a fist onto it, and let loose a lengthy sigh of annoyance for my benefit. I continued to ignore her. There were few things in life more irritating than other people's children. Hell, perhaps. Been there, done that. But for the moment, the only thing complicating an otherwise serene morning was a tiny blond-haired, blue-eyed beast in Strawberry Shortcake pajamas.

"Are you going to read it to me or not?" she asked, referring to our recent ventures into Harry Potter land.

I stopped what I was doing, which was basically trying not to drool into my cup. As a master mixologist, I felt the need to experiment from time to time on my morning elixir. To liven it up. To create new concoctions of greatness to which others could only aspire. This morning, however, I'd done good just to push the right button on Mr. Coffee. At least I think I pushed the right button. I could have started a nuclear war, for all I knew.

"I've already read it to you 7,843 times."

She pursed her bowlike lips, causing dimples to emerge on either side of her mouth. But these weren't happy dimples. They were dimples of disappointment. Dimples of frustration and irritation and fury.

I hung my head in shame.

Just kidding!

I turned back toward the window and ignored her.

"You've read it twice."

"Which is two times too many in my book," I said, focusing on the spectacular display before me, realizing that, to the everyday passerby, my apathy toward the tiny creature might've seemed cold. Aloof. Cruel, even. But I'd just come from an all-night stakeout that involved a woman, a.k.a. my client, who swore that her husband was sneaking out at night and meeting his personal assistant for some very personal assistance. She wanted proof.

After showering, the only thing I wanted was to drink the key to life itself, enjoy the colors bursting before me, and figure out how to tell my client that her husband was not cheating on her with his personal assistant. He was cheating on her, in a sense, with the college kids who rented out their above-garage apartment. He snuck out to play video games and enjoy a little plant-based medicinal stress relief. After getting to know his wife, I could hardly blame him. She turned high maintenance into an extreme sport.

Now I just had to figure out how to tell her what her husband was up to. Even though there was nothing sexual about her husband's exploits, a woman like that would still feel betrayed. If, however, I could put just the right spin on it, I could lessen the sting when I gave her the news. So, instead of my original plan of saying, "Your husband is escaping you for a few blissful hours of recreation because you are cra-cra and he needs a break," I figured I could say something like, "Your husband is sneaking out to tutor the struggling college kids who rent out your apartment. He counsels them on how to stay focused no matter what life throws at them (or who throws it), advises them on how to shake off a bad day (or a bad marriage) and push through. He even cautions them about the dangers of illegal drug use."

Yeah. I nodded my head, quite proud of myself. That's the ticket. By the time I was finished with her, she'd see her husband as a paladin of the pawn. A defender of the downtrodden. A savior of the suffering.

A hero!

I took another sip, ignored yet another sigh coming from the irreverent beast beside me, and let myself slip. Just a little. Just enough to see the other side. The supernatural one. Because there was nothing more spectacular than watching the sunrise in the mortal world, the tangible one, from the vantage of the immortal world. One seemed to affect the other. The raging, powerful storms of the supernatural realm grew even more vibrant. Even more brilliant. As though somehow our sunlight spilled into the domain of the preternatural.

Made sense. Preternatural inhabitants tended to spill into our world as well. On occasion.

The marvel that I could shift from one realm to the other was not lost on me. For a month, I'd lived on the crux between the two worlds, having no idea I could control where I stood in each.

In my own defense, I had amnesia at the time. Had no idea who I was. What I was. The fact that I was a god from another dimension who'd volunteered to be the angel of death in this one, to be its grim reaper, was the furthest thing from my imaginings, and even as an amnesiac, I was pretty darned imaginative.

Now that I had all my memories back — both good and bad — I saw my mission as a celestial version of the Peace Corps. Volunteer work for the good of another people and, in turn, for the good of all.

That was a week ago. I'd been back in Albuquerque a week. I'd had my memories back for a week. And still I felt disoriented. Unbalanced. Like a Weeble that wobbled but wouldn't fall down. That couldn't fall down. I had too much to do.

My best-friend-slash-receptionist, Cookie, was worried. I could tell. She put on a happy face every time I walked into her office or strolled into her apartment unannounced, an action my uncle Bob, a.k.a. her new husband, did not appreciate. But one of the advantages — or disadvantages, depending on one's point of view — of being from the supernatural side of things was that I could feel others' emotions. And I could feel the worry that ate at her every time she looked at me.

She was right. I hadn't quite been the same since I got back, but for good reason. Three, actually. Three main ones, anyway.

First, my daughter had been taken from me when she was barely two days old. It was for the best. To keep her safe, we had no choice but to send her away. But that didn't make it any easier. Probably because the fault lay at my feet and my feet alone.

I was apparently made of this bright-ass light that lured the departed, those who did not cross when they died, to me. Cool beans, right? I'd always considered the light a pretty nifty side effect of being grim. But that was before I had a child who was destined to defeat Satan and save the world. Now that same light worked only to lead our vast and powerful enemies straight to me. And in turn, straight to my daughter.

Thus, it wasn't so much that we had to send Beep away to be safe. It was more that we had to send her away from me to be safe. Her mother. Her matriarch. The woman who bore her. At the bottom of a well, no less. Long story. So the torment of heartbreak I felt was a constant weight on my chest and, unfortunately, my mood.

Second, in an attempt to restore my memories, my departed father crossed through me. When people cross, their lives flash in my mind. When my father crossed, I was flooded with memories of myself through his eyes. I saw the love he felt every time he looked at my sister and me. I felt the pride that swelled his heart to twice its normal size. But as wonderful and surreal and life affirming as all that was, I'd still lost him. He was now safely tucked on the other side of this dimension, a realm to which I had no access. None that I knew of, anyway.

But his crossing was only the predecessor of the second reason for my melancholy state. When my father's life flashed in my mind, he also made sure I saw what he'd learned since he died. In an instant, I learned secrets of an underworld I never knew existed. Spies and traitors. Anarchists and heretics. Alliances lost and nations won. And wars. A thousand wars that spanned a million years. But the most salient thing he wanted me to see was the fact that Reyes — my husband, my soul mate, and Beep's father — was a god as well.

A god.

But not just any god. He was one of the three gods of Uzan. Three brothers who knew only death and destruction. Who devoured millions. Who ate worlds like others ate corn chips. Worse, he was considered the most dangerous of the three, the most bloodthirsty, before Satan tricked him, trapped him, and used the god's energy to create his son, Rey'aziel. Otherwise known as Reyes Alexander Farrow.

So my husband was a god — an evil god — who'd destroyed worlds and obliterated life wherever he went. Who was known across a thousand dimensions as the Razer. And I was married to him.

But there was still so much I didn't understand. I'd had no idea I was a god. Not really. Not until I learned my celestial name. When that happened, all the memories I had as a god came rushing back to me. I wasn't supposed to learn my celestial name until my earthly body passed. Until I died and took up my reapery duties. But an unfortunate series of events forced a friend to whisper my name into my ear. Now I had the power of creation itself at my fingertips and only an inkling of what to do with it or how to control it, a fact that set Jehovah, the God of this dimension, a little on edge. This according to His archangel Michael.

Michael and I don't really get along. He tried to kill me once. I refuse to be friends with anyone who's tried to kill me.

But Reyes has heard his celestial name. He's even met the other two brothers. Was lent out by his father to fight with them side by side during a particularly nasty war between two realms. Does he know he is a god? Does he know the most important ingredient his father used while creating him, the one that made him so powerful, was a god? Even if he doesn't, how much of the god Razer controls Reyes's actions? How much of him is god? Demon? Human?

In a nutshell, is he good or evil?

All evidence would point to the latter. It was hardly his fault. He was forged in the fires of sin and damnation. Did that affect him? Did the evil that forever burned in his home dimension leach into him as he grew up? As he fought to survive the cruelties of being raised in hell by a bitter fallen angel? As he rose through the ranks to become a general in his father's army? To command legions of demons? To lead them into war and sacrifice?

After all this time, after everything we have been through, I thought I knew my husband. Now I wasn't so sure.

One thing I was sure of was the fact that I needed to learn his true godly name. It couldn't be Razer. That term had to be an interpretation of his true name. Or perhaps a nickname. If I knew Reyes's godly name, I could do what Satan did. I could trap him, if need be, in the god glass I kept with me always.

I shifted back onto this plane, patted the pendant in my sweats pocket, and turned to the girl beside me. The one who clearly had no intention of leaving.

After forcing my biggest and brightest fake smile, the one made of irritation and paint remover, I asked, "Why don't you have Rocket read it to you?"

Rocket was a mutual friend who'd died in a mental asylum in the fifties. He was also a savant who knew that names of every human being on Earth who'd lived and died. Ever. Strawberry crashed with him and his sister, Blue, though I'm not sure the departed actually sleep. I hadn't seen Rocket in weeks, and his place was first on my list of places to hit for the day, now that my one and only case was almost over.

Strawberry crossed her arms over her chest. "He can't read it to me."

"Why not?"

I was expecting her to say, "Because he's dead, and he can't turn the pages." What I got was, "Because he can't read."

I finally leveled a semi-interested gaze on her. "What do you mean, 'he can't read'? He writes the names of the departed all over the walls."

That was his main gig. Rocket scratched thousands and thousands of names into the walls of the abandoned asylum, all day, every day. It was fascinating to watch. For about five minutes, at which point my ADHD kicked in, and I'd suddenly have places to be and people to see.

She rolled her eyes. "Of course he can write names. Duh. It's his job. Doesn't mean he can read them."

That made about as much sense as reality TV.

"They aren't there for him to read, anyway," she added as she picked at the sleeve of my T-shirt that read MY BRAIN HAS TOO MANY TABS OPEN. "They're for her."

As intrigued as I should've been, intrigue was not as intriguing as one might imagine at six o'clock in the morning. Especially after pulling an all-nighter. I took another sip. Studied the steam rising out of the cup like a lover. Wondered if I should use my powers over the next twenty-four hours for good or evil. Evil would be more fun.

Finally, with the patience of a saint on Xanax, I asked, "For who, hon?"

Her large irises bounced back to mine. "For who what?"

I shifted toward her. "What?"

"What?"

"What did you say?"

"For who what?"

I fought the urge to grind my teeth into dust and asked, "If not for Rocket, for who — whom — are they written?"

She pursed her lips and went back to lacing tendrils of my hair into her tiny fingers. "For whom is what written?"

I'd lost her. And I suddenly had a raging desire to sell her on the black market. It would do me little good, though. Poor thing drowned when she was nine. Not many on Earth could see her. My luck I'd have to take her back and give the buyer a refund. Then I'd have to mark the perv's soul for hell for trying to buy a child on the black market. Seriously, what the fuck?

I took another sip for strength and then explained as simply as I could. "The names Rocket writes on the walls of the asylum. If he can't read them, who are they for?"

"Oh, those!" Suddenly excited, she tried to disentangle her fingers and took half my scalp with her. She spread her arms like wings and began running in circles around the apartment making engine sounds. No idea why. "Those are for Beep."

I paused mid-scalp-rub. "Beep?" A tingling sensation racing over my skin. "My Beep?"

She stopped just long enough to shoot me a look of exasperation before flying around the apartment again. Not literally. "How many Beeps do you know?"

I blinked at her for a solid minute with my mouth slightly agape. Drool slipped from one corner as I tried to wrap my head around what she'd just said. If only I had more brain cells at 6 A.M. They didn't even begin to amass until around 7:12, and the all-nighter didn't help.

As I sat pondering Strawberry's statement, the son of Satan walked in from our bedroom wearing only a gray pair of pajama bottoms and a sleep-deprived expression. The bottoms rode low on his lean hips. The expression darkened an already dark face. Black hair sat at charmingly unnatural angles. Thick lashes hooded sparkling brown irises. The boy defined the popular phrase sex on a stick.

But I had to remember what he was. It was bad enough that his father was public enemy number one, but to be an evil god from another dimension? That was a lot of evil to pack into one body, no matter how succulent.

I should have guessed long ago that he was more than met the eye. Even barely awake he had a powerful stride. Sleek. Graceful. Like that of a big cat. I slipped into the outer edge of the supernatural realm and saw the darkness billowing out of him like a cloak to cascade over his shoulders. To wash down his back. To pool at his bare feet.

The fire that bathed him in yellows and oranges and blues licked over his smooth skin like a layer of sin. It dipped between the valleys of hard muscle. Shifted with every move he made. As though it were as alive as he.

Strawberry noticed none of that. Her harried little mind, like her body, spun in circles as though she hadn't just dropped a bombshell on me. Why would those names be meant for Beep? It made no sense.

"What do you mean, hon?" I asked her, suppressing a giggle when Reyes spotted the little beast coming in for a landing near his rubber tree plant. It wasn't like she could actually knock it over.

Instead of answers, I got, "I love cotton candy. I'd marry it if I could." She swooped in for a landing, taxied just long enough to catch a second wind, then took off again. "I can smell it sometimes. There was a house on fire once, but I couldn't smell it. I can't smell perfume or paste or oranges, but I can smell cotton candy. Only sometimes, though. All pink and fluffy. Do you like cotton candy?"

I'd been busy watching my husband head for the kitchen, trying not to let the soft grin he tossed me ease the turmoil roiling inside me.

"Cotton candy daiquiris," I said, unable to take my eyes off him.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. A born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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The Curse of Tenth Grave 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome can't wait till next one comes out .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it, favorite series of books. Can't wait for the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved every minute of the book... I swear I spent the entire book trying to figure out who did what before Charley did! ;) Already dying for the next book in the series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series always leaves me wanting more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for the next one!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this series! Darynda Jones writes one hell of a story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. I have enjoyed the entire series and this was just icing on the cake. Charley always manages to get herself in a lot of things all at once. Reyes is usually there to help out but not so much this time. They had their own problems to deal with. The storyline was entertaining from the beginning to the end. And how can you not love all the characters? Just a great series that the author just keeps pushing with great success. Highly recommend this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such great characters in an amazingly unique story. Love Charleys snarky attitude
CarolASM More than 1 year ago
To all those who said I could not do it I say "Hah!!!" I forced myself to NOT read it in one sitting. (Almost impossible - but I was DISCIPLINED - and my eyes were playing up - but that's besides the point!) This was not another rehash of the previous books. The story claimed new dimensions and highlighted new characters. Although, I must say I love what the future holds for a major recurring character. (Not telling) Also, a bit nervous about someone new (Or old....depends on how you look at it) that she seems to be getting ready to pick a fight with. Totally deserved...but EEK! Loved, loved, loved the whole book.
MJLuckett More than 1 year ago
Whoooo Hoooo Charlie is back... and I am thrilled.... I absolutely LOVE Charlie and the gang...... I think that we are moving forward and getting some answers.... There are a whole new set of questions but that's what keeps us coming back for more... The fact the Reyes and Charlie actually sat down and talked all night long, well talked and other things... Shows the growth in these characters.... Reyes has always been closed off, and kept most things close to the vest.... They still have their secrets.... But they are making so much progress.... I can't wait until book 11 is released....
Tara83 More than 1 year ago
I think this series gets better and better as it goes!!!
ReadaholicsAnonymous More than 1 year ago
The Curse of Tenth Grave is another gem in the Charley Davidson saga! Darynda Jones will take readers to new exciting heights. Charley and Reyes sizzle off the pages with both their passionate and gut wrenching moments. Once again you think you know, but you have no idea. Darynda Jones will pull the rug out from under you. Chances are you will never see it coming. Filled to the brim with intoxicating descriptions, narratives, action, and mystery, The Curse of Tenth Grave will keep you on the edge and up all night. Charley and Cookie are off the hook. Their friendship shines and allows readers to experience the bond of friendship right along with them. Oh, and did I mention there are ghosts, demons, and gods for your reading pleasure? For every question answered new and exciting discoveries are made. I am on the edge of my seat for Eleventh Grave in Moonlight this coming January.
MayaTheBookExplorer_Blog More than 1 year ago
Yay!!! Reyes and Charley are BACK!!! Man, I just love this series! I can't get enough of it! Mystery + action + hilarious scenes + bad*** characters, what's not to love, right? I know some say that the plot is always the same with Charley solving crimes but she's a private investigator so...it's kinda her job, people! I love that in each book we get that and more. Sure, crime solving is fun but the best part is for sure seeing more of Reyes, at least that's how it's for me. He's just so perfect and damn Charley for snatching him up before I could *sad face*. But oh well, they make an awesome team, so it's all good. The other fun part of this series is always the cool and funny (even sometimes true) memes and sentences that you wish you had on your T-SHIRT. I love them. They make me crack up and even when there's tension in the plot because someone wants to kill Charley and Beep again. Of course they always fail but hey, you can't say they didn't try. And that's something, right? Anyway, the whole plot is awesome. You get two murders (or so it seems), one insane god who's up to no good, the funky Cookie, some near death from Osh (not only once, the poor fella), crazy guys with EMFing and of course lots of Charley and Reyes. Their scenes together were so cute and sexy. Oh right, there might be a second child from Reyes, but who cares about details. There always seem so unimportand. Yeah...on the other hand, that might be a lot to take in but I loved it anyway. We get to know some crazy secrets that both Charley and Reyes have been keeping from each other and from the rest of their friends and lets just say they are HUGE!!! Also, we lose one beloved character and I'm sure gonna miss her. But I do have a feeling we'll see her again. All in all, the continuation of this series is what I'm used from Darynda and she definitely did not let me down with this story. If anything, now I'm even more curious what's in story for the next chapter in Charley and Reyes's lives. Can't wait for the next book!!!
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
Title: The Curse of Tenth Grave Author: Darynda Jones Genre: Urban Fantasy Format: Ebook Pages: 352 Rating: 5 Heat: 5 Thoughts: Wow, part of me wishes that I could spend all my time immersed in the world of Charley while the other part of me can't put the book down until it's done. Even 10 books in, there's always something new that we learn about Charley or Reyes (swoon.... he is so drool worthy). What's even more amazing is that it's so unexpected, it comes out of left field and leaves you reeling. Major book hangover! And as usual, cliffy.... argh!!! I demand to know what happens next, right now!!! Oh, but it is so worth the wait! I love all the characters in this series! They each bring their own uniqueness to the story that will make you laugh, sigh, cry, scream or just sit back in awe. I love how Charley still calls her daughter Beep, and I can't wait to get to know her as she gets older. I hope she's just as funny as Charley. Reyes (still not sure how to pronounce it lol) is still one of my favorite book boyfriends, even though he's the son of Satan. All the crazy ideas that Charley comes up with always amazes me that they work, granted it's usually with the help of others but somehow she makes it happen (I know, it's a book.... of course it's going to work. But still, it's not always obvious how it will work). If you haven't started this series yet then I suggest you do! Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Charlie was a P I but more importantly she was a Grim Reaper. Charlie had lost her memory for a month and had only been home for a week. Her best friend/co worker Cookie was now married to her uncle Bob. Charlie could feel others emotions and if they were lying as long as the individual knew they were lying. Charlie was still feeling out of sorts even though she was home and now had her memory back, but there were a couple of reasons for Charlie feeling this way. First: her new born daughter had been taken to a safe place and being raised away from Charlie and Reyes when she was only two days old. Charlie was a bright light that attracted souls of dead people that had not crossed over. Charlie and Reyes daughter had been fated to take out Satin and save the world when she was older and needed to be kept safe. Charlie is a God as is Reyes her soulmate and husband Reyes so that weighed on her. Also Charlie had lost her father not too long ago but he had passed through Charlie and he had revealed alot she had not known. Another great story I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought at first Charlie may have to go against Reyes and that broke my heart but didn’t happen so I was real happy as far as I am concerned I don’t want to see Charlie and Reyes never apart for any length of time. Charlie and Reyes belong together. I had problems putting this story down. It was like visiting old friends : Charlie, Reyes , Cookie. Pari, Uncle Bob, Osh, Rocket, just like I am right there with them all again. My heart broke a little when Charlie and Reyes had to leave beep after so little time but we knew why. So story and plot was great. Characters were great I loved all the twists and turns they went through especially Charlie and Reyes. I loved all the twists and turns in the story. I highly recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Love Darynda Jones and Charley Davidson! I can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Awesome book. Awesome series.
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Can't wait for part eleven to come out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darynda Jones is my absolute favorite!!!! <3
ruthmarie94 More than 1 year ago
Darynda Jones did it again! This series is awesome and this book is right there with the rest. (note: If you have not read the other books in the series I would start at the beginning so you have the entire back story.) When you are a part time PI and the grim reaper life is never what Charley dull. Now Charley has learned one other thing about herself, she’s a God. Now her newest adventure is that she needs capture 3 other Gods that were sent to kill her daughter. To save her daughter Charley has others watching her and does not know the location for her safety. If the other Gods win the world will be destroyed. If she can then the world is safe and she can have her whole family together again. However, there is just one little problem. Her love is one of the other Gods and she is not sure if he knows or not. If he doesn’t know she doesn’t want to be the one to tell him. Charley also has her PI job that is to find the killer of a girl. The man the police have for it didn’t kill her, so who did. There is a lot of guilt in the way to find this woman. Charley also found a runaway that says she is sick. Charley wants to help her and finds out the girl is not sick. So she wants to find why other kids at the home she ran from died and why she was sick. So Charley needs to find a killer, clear a man’s name, help heal a girl, find out who or what is killing children at the home of kids, and stop a God from killing her daughter. That all should be easily done, Right?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another Fantastic Book in this Series! Love to see the old gang back in there regular environment. Of course can't get enough of Reyes and Charlie. Another all around great read. This story was fast paced from the very beginning through the end. Can't wait to see what happens next with Reyes, Charlie and the rest of the gang.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I have had the hardest time actually sitting down to write this review. I have put it off multiple times, always finding some reason why I didn't have the time, energy or brain power to write it. Although I'm not exactly sure why. I mean, at first glance, this was another great story in the Charley Davidson series. Full of all the snarky Charlie and darkly sexy Reyes that we have all come to know and love. And yet... Yeah, there's that 'and yet'. This is the after Charley gets her memory back after giving up her child. After having her father cross over through her, compounding the trauma of his death. This is the story that takes place after finding out more about Reyes origins and the true depth of the deceptions and manipulations that are happening. Charley vacillates between her earlier persona where she was so uncertain of Reyes and where their relationship was heading, spending time brooding over him, and this new, harder persona where she is so seemingly casual about what amounts to torture to her friends and allies. Overall this was a great book, though darker in it's theme. I don't think we are done seeing the lengths Charley will go to to get her daughter back. This book stayed with me and kept me thinking about more than the cheap laughs that it is know for. I gave this book 5 stars, for being an amazing read. Netgalley and St. Martin's Press provided me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
10 books in and the stories are still so fresh, exciting, funny as hell. I can't get enough of this series. Read it immediately!!! I read each one in a day because I just can't put it down.