Sunday, November 13, 2011

Darynda Jones--Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2)

Paranormal romantic suspense

When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.

Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his 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? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?

{5 stars}
OMG, Charley what have you done?

As usual, Charley is neck-deep in drama, injuries, and cases. She just can't get a day off. This book picks up where the first left off, running full sprint into another complicated case, while Charley is still searching for Reyes. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. I'm 100% hooked into this series. It has so much going on, you can't possibly get bored. Charley's cases, much like her life, are multi layered. Following the trail of Mimi, while trying to locate Reyes' body is a fulltime effort. Not to mention the mix of bad guys thrown in, from the ones after her Dad to the ones trying to stop Mimi from sharing her secret. I really love it when I can't guess the end or who the bad guy is, it makes the puzzle that more fun and captivating. Not to mention all the extra details we learn about Reyes along the way, and without giving any spoilers away, all I can say is "Charley what have you done?" I don't know how I'm going to be able to wait for the next book!

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