I did not care for the narrator. The June Cleaver voice delivering the wisecracks of a smart-ass detective was definitely at odds. I also did not appreciate the early part of the story in which the narrator at 15 years of age is basically molested by a teenage boy. She then develops a lifelong lust for this character.
I have no interest in pursuing the rest of the rest of the series.
While the story was okay, not necessarily original but decently interesting, what a terrible choice of narrator to read this frisky and frolicsome novel. She was stiff and clipped in her delivery, which was an unfortunate contrast to the comedic writing. As well, her timing was stilted and uncomfortably "off" on every line, every quip, everything. In contrast, I can think of two women who could easily have pulled this off, Karen Cass and Caroline Lee. Both readers show amazing engagement and tempo building, exactly what this novel was begging for.
I got maybe one-third of the way through before I had to stop. I couldn't listen another minute.
A wonderfully written book with clever writing and funny deliveries. Completely unexpected. I purchased this book among a few others in an Audible sale and so far I have been so disappointed with my selections that I did not even want to listen to this one. Until about 30 min into the book and then I was hooked. Just know if you purchase this book you will not have an ending. I hope this is not going to be one of those series where you have to read all before the hero and heroine finally end up together. For now I can not wait to read the next book in the series.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a really good story. I've always been a fan of these types of urban paranormal fantasy/romance series and have been wanting to start this one for a while. I'm pleased to say that I really liked the start to the series and plan to continue with it (this is my first book by this author).
Charley is the grim reaper and was born with a vision of the personification of death greeting her at her birth. Her mother died in childbirth and she was the first person that Charley helped over to the "other side". Charley's dad married another woman soon after and Charley's step mother was a cold witch who hated Charley for her unusual gifts. At the age of 5, Charley's dad started to believe in her gifts when started helping him solve cases (he was a cop). Now that Charley is grown she has her own private detective business but still uses her powers to help out the police on cases.
The story is very interesting...starting out with explaining Charley and who she is and what she can do as she's sucked in to a case where 3 lawyers are all killed on the same night. Charley helps her uncle (who's a cop) investigate but she does it with her (trademark it seems) sarcasm and attitude paving the way. Charley tends to be rather sarcastic and has an "I don't care" attitude because she's gone through hell most of her life due to her powers. No matter that some people accept them, most don't and tend to regard her with suspicion and anger because she can do things they don't understand. Charley faces the hate and distrust with a dry wit and attempts at levity which give the story a humorous feel at times. It's not usually a LOL humor but there's a definite undertone of humor in the story. There is a romance storyline with Reyes but he's a mystery when the story begins (even to Charley) so it takes a while to figure out how things will go between him and Charley. The story definitely shows a strong connection between them and I liked where things are going but the relationship is still in a state of flux at the end of the book. The action plot gets wrapped up nicely though and things are looking promising for Charley and Reyes so I was pretty happy with the end (even if it wasn't a HEA).
I really enjoyed this story. I liked Charley a lot and found her to be a very interesting and fun character. I liked the secondary cast of characters as well and the author's writing style so I'm looking forward to trying more of her work. Overall, this was a really good urban paranormal romance. I'd recommend it. :D
Paranormal novels come in two general flavors; those which take the heroine and romantic interests relatively seriously (think Laurel K. Hamilton and her ilk) and those which adopt a lighter, more traditionally chic lit approach with lots of frothy dialogue, breathy descriptions of the male romantic interest, etc. First Grave to the Right belongs to the second group.
Charley Davidson is a grim reaper who collects souls and sees (you guessed it) dead people, which might sound serious but isn't in Ms. Jone's novel. This particular grim reaper has bestowed individual names on her breasts and ovaries, one of which is (I kid you not) 'Scotty.' If you can read that sentence without having a gag reflex induced, then you're probably good to go for the entire novel with its lengthy descriptions of heavy breathing with the love interest Rais (an entity of unknown providence) as he makes her 'girl parts' tingle.
There is also lots of emoting as Charley blames herself for the bad behavior and foolish choices of everyone even remotely associated with her. Her stepmother's cruelty and the demise of a woman she had rescued from her abusive husband who decided she had to go back to her house one more time for a baby blanket are all viewed by Charley as her fault and a general indictment of her failures. Speaking as someone who's been around long enough to know that it's difficult to get people to take responsibility for the things they actually did, Charley's overactive conscience not only seems over the top but also tiresome. For a child to take her stepmother's cruel words about her paranormal abilities being somehow wrong or proof of Charley's essential badness is understandable; for an adult to do the same thing is merely pathetic.
The narrator Lorelei King does a very good job with the novel and is the only reason I was able to persevere to the end. Bottom line: chic lit and romance novel devotees will probably love this novel (and judging from the reviews do); those who like their paranormal adventures spiced with a little irony or whose blood sugar is likely to be overcome by too much cuteness should make another choice.
If the threat of rape wasn't the first encounter the two love birds had in the story.
The relationship between Charly and Reyes is superficial and without depth. I don't see why you want them to be together.
The main character, Charly, she doesn't have any depth to her and wines about everything, I'm not sure if that was the point of her character or if the narrator did a bad job of interpreting the story.
I wasn't impressed with this love story part, the paranormal part is a great concept. I didn't feel like Charly and Reyes should be together and that I should root for them. The author tried to make Reyes an unlikely hero, the bad guy that is really good. I don't like Charlies first encounter with Reyes and I don't see how she can be head over heals for a guy who threatened to rape her when they first met then just basically did via her dreams. I don't know if I want to see how their story pans out, the beginning is bit to nuts for my taste.
I got this book because so many people have raved about this series so I caved and bought it. I didn't enjoy it. The narration was good, but the storyline just wasn't that interesting to me.
The story was about a women, Charlotte "Charley" Davidson who escorted souls over and she was kind of interesting. I just didn't see what was so funny or entertaining. I didn't see this compelling relationship with Reyes. I don't care enough to listen to it again.
Just a book fool.
While this book is quite charming (in parts) and occasionally "laugh out loud" funny, at the end of the day we just didn't click. The actual plot line is a little weird and sometimes difficult to follow.
I have zero interest in book two or three or any other book that might be related to this one. NO, I did not hate it, and I might even recommend it. This book just wasn't my thang.
The story sounds interesting, woman who can talk to the dead, etc. after about 20 min into the story, starts the sex scenes. it almost seems like the author just threw it in to have a sex scene, it didn't really add to the story. I love a great sex scene, however, this story felt like all of the innuendos and lustings were just added for the effect, but didn't add to the story itself. I think that the storyline would have been great to follow the dead, the crime investigation, etc without the main character having to indulge us with her continual lustings. I felt as though the main character was immature and not that interesting. She made cynical comments that also didn't seem to always fit the story, I felt like those things were just put in later to try to make the novel more interesting to the consumer. I always try to read the ratings and the reviews before buying an audiobook, and this one was less than what I expected. Not one I would listen to again or recommend when there are too many great novels out there...