Friday, February 3, 2012

Darynda Jones--Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson series)

Paranormal Romance-suspense

Charley Davidson—grim reaper extraordinaire, private investigator . . . meh—is practicing her profession under the influence, caffeine and copious amounts of it, due to an extreme desire to induce insomnia. Every time she closes her eyes, Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan, is there. Only thing is, he’s a tad peeved. She did bind him for all eternity, so it’s hard blame him. But 13 days without a wink is bound to bring out the crazy in a girl. So, when a man hires her to find his wife, Charley accepts the job with one goal in mind: Put the man behind bars, and not the wet kind. She can sense the guilt waft off him and vows to find the woman’s body and prove he’s a murderer.

In the meantime, Reyes is back in prison and none too happy about it . . . so Charley thinks, until she is carjacked by the dark-haired rake, who swears the very man he went to prison for killing is not only alive, but close by. And he wants Charley to find him.

While a visit to her old friend Rocket sheds no light on Reyes’s situation, Charley finds out the man’s wife is still alive and time is running out. Finding her before she dies would be a miracle, but she has to try. Together with the help of a fashion-impaired receptionist named Cookie, Charley sets out to bring the bad guys to justice. She just hopes Reyes is not one of them. And that she’s not hallucinating from her self-induced bout with insomnia.

{5 stars}
Have you ever read a series that leaves you emotionally hung-over afterwards? There have only been a few for me, and this series is one of the top 3. Whew! What a ride. We go from ROFLMAO (with tears) banter between Charley and Cookie, to several near death experiences (with tears) only Charley can get her self into (and out of) on a daily basis, to the emotional extremes of sadness, loss and betrayal. This book has them all. Plus, we get a few new characters introduced (one who seems quite yummy). And in true Darynda Jones fashion, she throws us off the ride scratching our heads wishing we had the next book in our hands because I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT! A complete emotional rollercoaster for me. 3 books into this series, and I can't think of ever putting them down. So without giving away any spoilers, I would tell everyone, give this series a chance. Start at the beginning, you won't regret it.

And I'm still on team Reyes.......

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