Friday, July 12, 2013

Darynda Jones--Fifth Grave Past the LIght (Charley Davidson #5)

Paranormal Romance

Charley Davidson may not look like your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper, but she has vowed to reap grimness wherever she goes despite this unfortunate fact. Sadly, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. As he is the main suspect in her arson case, she is determined to stay away from him until she can find out the truth. According to her therapist, however, she lacks conviction.

When dead women start appearing in her apartment - lost, confused and terrified beyond reason - Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes's help, especially when it becomes apparent that her own sister Gemma is the serial killer's next target. With his ability to observe incorporeally, surely he can find out who's responsible. And even if he can't, he is 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…

{5 stars}
The synopsis never tells you the whole story....that Charley is flat out funny too. That is what captured my attention when I first started reading this series. No matter what trauma or trouble Charley gets into, she manages to find humor in it. Add in Cookie, her assistant, and you have the absolutely perfect balance for the darker aspects of this series.

Charley can't ever catch a break, take a vacation, or just "hang out" at her apartment. There is always a dearly departed hanging out needing attention, or a guardian Rottweiler (also departed) watching over her. And now, Reyes lives next door (I would never be in my apartment if he lived next door). In this book, Charley has a serial killer to catch, a cheating husband to set up, and to get Cookie in a class so she doesn't accidentally shoot someone. All in a days work, right? I'm exhausted just thinking about all the things that go on in Charley's life. Wow, but to come home to Reyes every night.....dream come true.

This series just keeps getting better and better. I really wished each book was a little longer, or Jones was able to write/publish them faster. I know, I'm addicted, can't help it......stalking the preorder lists now for the next one..

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