Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Book Review: Sixth Grave On The Edge

Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson, #6)Author: Darynda Jones
Publication Date: May 20, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: Charley Davidson # 6

Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it's time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?

Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn't come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear. 

Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she's used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.

“Because I’m versatile. I can multitask like nobody’s business. And I like the way it sounds. It’s so … sporky.”

“Imagine a canvas bathed completely in black. Only black. There is no shape. No purpose other than to bring darkness. Then splash on a brilliant white. Add some reds and blues, some yellows and greens. Suddenly it has meaning. It has a reason to exist. That is what you have done to my world. You brought me purpose. Light and color to fill the void of oblivion. Without you, there is only the darkness.”

With one corner of his mouth tipping sensually, he asked, “Want some coffee?” And I fell. I fell hard.

The sixth book is just as great as the first. I figured I would just start with this. Charley is, as usual, busy with a soulless client, solving a mystery, playing matchmaker with her best friend and uncle, deciding whether or not she wants to marry the devil’s son, and trying to get a grasp on her special Grim powers. Charley is her same crazy, outgoing self, and in this book she has even more demons and soulless beings to deal with than usual. No wonder she can’t start the day without a fresh cup of coffee. This time she faces a demon known as “The Dealer” who feeds off desperate people’s souls. She might need the whole coffeepot!

I love Charley Davidson, don’t get me wrong, but I love all the other secondary characters just as much as her. She spends so much time interacting with all of these characters that it makes for a very fast-paced read. There is literally never a dull moment. She is always trying to figure out the past or history of some soulless person who has attached themselves to her and won’t stop following her around. She will stop at nothing to help those who can’t help themselves.

These books are full of hilarious moments in which I find myself doubled over in laughter. This book starts off with Charley telling readers about the recent ghost that is following her. The catch: he is completely naked. You try reading the first pages and chapters of this book without bursting out into laughter. Not only did I laugh but I also felt sorry for some of the characters and I felt a strong connection to Charley. She really does have a big heart and wants to help wherever she believes there is a problem!

Such an awesome series that I will loyally follow until the end!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest review***

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