Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #5
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: July 9, 2013
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’ 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.
Okay, okay … I was told that Fifth Grave Past the Light was the best one in the series, and I can now confirm that this claim is indeed true. It is without a doubt my favorite installment so far! I’ve loved all of the books, but Darynda Jones stepped it up even more with this one.
Guess what – it has happened, Reyes and I are finally on good terms. I can tell you the exact moment he and I became bffs … it was when Charley was frisking him after a certain incident. That is when I realized that he truly gets her humor and goes along with her shenanigans. I know, that seems like such a weird reason, but it allowed me to really see what he feels for Charley. The fact that he appreciates her quirky personality made him 10x better in my eyes. There are a lot of things that Reyes did in this book that made up for all of my uncertainty, but that was our major moment.
My gosh, Charley and Reyes are a-freaking-dorable and so damn sexy together. I love it so much how they can play around and laugh during such intimate times. Oh, and I want to know what kind of “correspondence classes” he took – whew! Reyes really does feel all new to me – better. There are so many moments in this book that I truly felt their connection, and the feels … oh, the feels!
Charley is always getting in trouble, and that’s no exception in Fifth Grave. Because of that she has a moment with Ubie that about broke my heart. We also get more Garrett and answers about what’s going on with him. All of that news had me on the edge of my seat. Literally. There is more insight to what Charlie is and her … “job,” which is fascinating …
Ugh, every time I try to write a review for these books I feel so overwhelmed, wanting to discuss everything that happens, but then I have to restrain myself so I don’t spoil anything. Darynda Jones fills each book with so much awesome, that it feel like it’s coming at you from all directions, making it hard to stop once you start talking about it. So I’m just going to repeat myself again: this series freaking rocks! Read it, love it, and bask in all its glory. 😉
Also, Darynda has two short stories on her website that take place after Fifth Grave. Do not read them until after reading this book, but do make sure to read them eventually.
Charley Davidson Series
First Grave on the Right (#1): Review | Goodreads | Amazon
Second Grave on the Left (#2): Review | Goodreads | Amazon
Third Grave Dead Ahead (#3): Review | Goodreads | Amazon
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (#4): Review | Goodreads | Amazon