Title: Fifth Grave Past the Light
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson, book 5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 9, 2013)
Source: Review copy from publisher
“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.”
Fifth Grave Past the Light is the fifth installment in the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones.
Having Reyes as a neighbor is a bigger temptation than whatever Charley could have imagined; still, she tries her best to be strong and not succumb to his sexiness, especially when she suspects him of being the culprit behind some fires around the city. The last thing she wants is to get hot and sweaty with an arsonist.
In the best Charley’s style her five-second-attention span goes from Reyes to the ghosts of women that are taking over her house. They all look like victims of a serial killer and Charley knows she needs to find their murderer if she wants them to cross to the other side and leave her apartment and Mr. Wong alone.
Charley also needs to work on her P.I. job. This time, with the help of Cookie she is investigating a cheating husband.
If dealing with Reyes, twenty plus ghosts, a serial killer and a cheating husband weren’t enough Charlie also needs to watch her back because she has awaken the interest of the man in charge of the police precinct where Charley’s uncle works. Captain Eckert suspects there is more to Charley than what meets the eye and is trying his best to discover what it is.
Ok, people let me tell you that Darynda Jones has done it again. This installment was everything I come to expect from this series and more. Why more? Because this time around we get more relationship development between Charley and Reyes. They have had their ups and downs and come a long way, but luckily for us the time to be together without too many complications around them seem close in the horizon.
Charley is still the Charley we love from previous books, she’s funny, loyal and all around a kickass heroine. What I love the most about Charley is that despite all her strengths she has insecurities and knows she is not all omnipotent, this makes her feel more real and easy to connect with.
Reyes! OMG! Reyes! He’s so freaking hot in this book, Hot like panties in a twist hot. We see a new side of him in this book, a side that not only helped to cement my love for him even more but it also made him more real in the eyes of other characters.
As I said before we are in treat in Fifth Grave Past the Light because Charley and Reyes’ relationship is developed more, they passed the angry stage and are coming to terms with what they want and what they feel for each other. Living next door to each other and other things I won’t say not to give spoilers away only helps with this situation.
Charley and Reyes chemistry is off the charts and hot is not enough word to describe when they are together. (Thank you Mrs. Jones)
One of my favorite sidekicks in a book is Charley’s best friend, Cookie and I’m happy to say she doesn’t disappoint us in this book. As well as Charley Cookie is the same funny, caring and loving friend from previous books, the friend we all which we could have in our lives.
In this installment we also learned more about Garret’s visit to Hell and more about Charley and Reyes’ role in the big scheme of things. But that is not all, Rocket also makes a prediction that will leave us with heartache and dying to get our hands on next book in the series, Sixth Grave on the Edge.
As with previous books there is a main plot and some little sub-plots. They all complement each other and have an important part in the main story; they work like clock pieces, the most minuscule thing has an important part in the whole and it makes everything work and move in sync. But Mrs. Jones’ genius doesn’t end there, she also knows how to create a perfect balance of mystery, anguish and humor to keep us glued to the pages, and she does it over and over again in Fifth Grave Past the Light.
In Fifth Grave Past the Light some questions are answered and some new questions come to light and are left to be discovered in books to come.
The end is not a cliffhanger but one that will leave you open-mouthed and dying to get your hands on Sixth Grave on the Edge.
I can’t recommend enough this book and this series in general. If you haven’t met Charley and her gang can I ask you what are you waiting for? Trust me, you are going to love this series. I recommend reading these books in order and not as stand-alones.
Something I should warn you about is that reading this book (this series) in public could make people think you lost your marbles because you will be laughing out loud more times than you can count.
My Verdict: 5 Paws
Other books in the series
Third Grave Dead Ahead
Fifth Grave Past the Light
Sixth Grave on the Edge (2014)
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