Never underestimate the power of a woman on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high. (T-shirt)
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.
Charley Davidson is at it again in Fifth Grave Past the Light, the sexy, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny fifth installment of the New York Times best-selling series by Darynda Jones.
©2013 Darynda Jones (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
I just love these books. Great series, cant wait until the next one. You laugh, You Cry, then your on the edge of your seat then your laugh and cry some more. These books have it all. You must give them a try.
The best way to read.
Charlie Davidson's humor and flippant attitude and there is lots of Reyes, and the storyline was great...as usual.
Reyes. I think I'm in love. He is so loving and sexy, but a cold and ruthless at the same time. You never really know if he is acting in Charlie's best interest.
Charlie. She is fun, strong and does her own thing. She is not sitting at home waiting for a call from Reyes or following him around. Her feeling she is not worthy of love makes her endearing.
When Reyes kisses Cookie in front of all the women in the bar and later makes it clear that he is Charlie's man. Also when Swopes does the big reveal.
These books are so much fun. I can't wait for the next one.
This series is just plain fun. The characters are funny, the story line is great. It's just like potato chips, you can't read just one.
The reader doesn't take herself seriously, which is a perfect fit for this series.
Say something about yourself!
Read from August 16 to September 01, 2013
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.75
Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: I love Charlie but I am thrilled we got more Cookie in Fifth Grave Past the Light!
Story Thoughts: Poor Charlie! The life of a Grim Reaper is never boring. Her love life is even more complicated that her Grim Reaper job. I am not sure how she maintains her excellent sense of humor but that is what makes me love her. Let's talk about how Cookie played an awesome role in this installment. I loved that she stepped up to the plate in only way that Cookie can (baseball bats, guns, sexy outfits, and snark). She kicked some serious bootie. The story was two-fold in Fifth Grave: the case of the cheating husband and the ongoing arson case. Both were solved but you are going to have to read to find out how. Let's just say that the stakes were higher, the emotions rawer, and the humor over-floweth!
Favorite Parts: Cookie's daughter showing us the sign language she learned. Uncle Bob getting flustered when called on his crush. The very last scene with Charlie and Reyes!
Character Thoughts: I adore Charlie, Cookie, Reyes, Uncle Bob, Garret, and Gemma! They are a great cast that just plays well off of each other. They sparkle, shine, and having amazing wit. I am hoping that we get more of the shrink in the books to come. I also was happy to see Gemma more in this installment. I think we are finally getting to really know her and I like her! Overall the characters are what shine in the Charley Davidson series. I don't think you will be disappointed in them.
Narrated By Lorelei King / Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
Freaking brilliant! I wouldn't do this series in any other way as I think I would miss Lorelei's voice while reading. I highly recommend these on audio. As always, remember to listen to a sample before purchasing an audio book to make sure the narration works for you.
Final Thoughts: I refuse to look at the release date for the next one because I fear it is 2014 *sigh*
In this addition Charley, the Grim Reaper and private investigator, who can see the dead, has her apartment overrun with blonde women who have been dead for decades. They are scared, dirty, bloody and won’t talk to her. Are they the victims of a serial killer? Why are they suddenly showing up now? And yet despite this, the humor is once again over the top.
Meanwhile, Reyes is making himself at home as Charley's neighbor who thinks they “should date." … "You're going to have to go to obedience school for that to happen. You have authority issues." (read the previous books to see who Reyes is) Reyes and his sticky notes are not only sexy but also a riot.
When Gemma's life is in danger, Charley will do anything to protect her ... even sell her soul to the son of Satan. Although she and her sister’s relationship has evolved they are not best friends.
Love Cookie, Charley’s secretary and best friend, who is more than a lot of fun in this book. Will she end up with Mr. Swopes?
Reyes and Garrett are interesting to watch with their male posturing over Charley. Both are protective and possessive.
I can picture Reyes in an apron and nothing else and I am sure that is what his ardent admires are visualizing. Reyes Farrow is definitely at the top of his game in this book with the perfect mix of sexy, sarcastic, and funny with many wisecracks.
Will Rocket's prediction be revealed in the next book, along with Charley's reaction to that last scene of the book?
I want the next book to be out NOW!
The Charley Davidson series are for anyone who wants to have fun & laugh while following a crime investigation. Great mysteries of both the ghostly and human kind being solved by funny and lovable characters you can't get enough of. All that and a roller coaster romance you can't help but root for. Buy all the books now.
LOVED IT!!! But what the hell....how could it just end where it did and we now have to wait until 2014 to find out....that's just mean.....and as usual Lorelei King does a fabulous job!
Funny, sexy, romantic
I've listened to all of the Charley Davidson series narrated by Ms. King, and she is perfect.
Darynda Jones is the best! I love the chemistry between Charlie and Reyes. The characters interact so well and the story line just flows and I feel like I'm actually apart of the book. The wait and anticipation between each book is totally worth it. I am one happy reader/listener!
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