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by Darynda Jones
Released: August 16, 2011
Series: Charley Davidson #2
Published by St. Martin's Press
“This is the second installment to Charley Davidson series and each book that comes out gets better and better. Ms. Jones once again delivered an outstanding story.”
~ Under the Covers
Charley Davidson, Private Investigator and Grim Reaper continues to keep us wrapped around her little fingers. She is as addicting as the coffee she drinks!! There’s another crime to solve in Charley’s world but this time, she is helping her BFF, Cookie as her close friend goes missing. As she helps Cookie with this mystery, she of course is still trying to solve her own problems with her Big Bad AKA Reyes. Continuing from First Grave on the Right, Reyes goes missing for the purpose of hiding from her, his corporeal body anyway.
Reyes is definitely a mystery on his own but we get to know him a little more in this book. We see his humanity, how he acted with his sister and friend. We see him more clearly – descriptions of how he looked, how he moved. In fact, if I close my eyes now, I can see him taking a shower his back to me…. Sexaaay!! And we see how protective and how much he loves Charley. The romance is not as strong but both Charley and Reyes’ connection is evident. *sigh*
Charlie, on the other hand is still hilarious. She continues with her coffee addictions, her comical banters, and the silliest comments when she’s in the most inconvenient situations. I think she may have A.D.D. Her mind goes on these tangent thoughts which I find so entertaining. Her t-shirt/shorts/bumper sticker sayings are so funny. And Charley is definitely NOT a kick ass heroine. On the contrary, she gets her ass whooped a few times here, so we get some good action. I do commend her as she keeps getting up, doing what she wants to do. We meet more of her body parts of course. We’ve met her boobs, ovaries and now all her toes! But God forbid, she would never name her fingers. That’s just crazy!
As far as her REAPER side, well, let’s just say she discovers more powers and discovers what she can do with them. In the end, she will do something that Reyes will not be happy with. I’ve got to so say *shaking my head*, I don’t blame him. I cannot wait to read Third Grave to find out how Charlie will get herself out of THAT situation.
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