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Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson Series) Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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Charlotte “Charlie” Davidson hasn’t slept for 13 days. Every time she closes her eyes, Reyes Farrow appears and takes her on a sensual adventure. The problem is, private investigator Charlie is the Grim Reaper, the portal to the good afterlife, and Reyes, son of Satan, is the portal to hell. Reyes is furious that Charlie has bound his corporeal body to his spirit, so for her, their surprise sexual encounters are not only exciting but also a bit terrifying. The saga of the unlikely lovers continues in the same sassy style as Jones’ first two books, First Grave on the Right (2011) and Second Grave on the Left (2011). With Misery, her aptly named Jeep; a 13-year-old ghost spy; a parade of undead clients; and, of course, the silent, elderly Chinese spirit who lives in the corner of her living room, Charlie continues to fascinate. Readers will be dying to know where the fourth grave is. --Shelley Mosley
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Winner of the 2009 Golden Heart(R) for Best Paranormal Romance, DARYNDA JONES lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two sons.
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I always enjoy a healthy dose of Charley, and of course, Reyes and Cookie, too! In Third Grave Dead Ahead, there was a lot going on, both in the overall story arc, with Charley needing to understand exactly what she is, and all she can do. A missing person she needs to find, as well as getting in and out of the asylum now that there is a biker club in residence. One of the things that always strikes me when I read a Charley Davidson story is the strong friendship between Cookie and Charley, and I love how snarky they both are! They can always make me laugh, even when they find themselves in dire situations.
And then, of course, there is Reyes. And he definitely has his own agenda in Third Grave Dead Ahead! Only it takes a long time of Charley to figure this out, and when she does, it’s almost too late. And on top of having more than one investigation going, Charley has to deal with her family – especially her dad – who wants her to quite as a PI and do something that is much safer for her. She really doesn’t have that many people on her side, and I was really angry towards the end! Not at Charley, but at some of the men in her life, I would have gladly help her kick their butt and get them out of the way there.
The overall plot moved along nicely, and while I now know quite a bit more about Charley and her abilities, I have a feeling there is still much to be learned! Both because Charley doesn’t know everything herself yet, and because just enough hints were dropped to make me quite anxious about the next instalment, which I really need to get to very soon.
Written in third person point of view, but still mostly from Charley’s perspective, and in past tense with sarcastic and humorous dialogues, there is never a dull moment in this story. I need to get my browser window open so I can one-click the next book :) and you should get to one-clicking too, this series is amazing.
But Charley and Reyes make up long enough for her to take on the case of the missing, mysteriously not dead Earl James Walker - which ends in Charley being more that a little ticked off at Reyes over the whole second male in my life to use me as bait and not even have the decency to tell me thing.
She meets the Biker gang that owns Rocket's asylum, and Donovan in particular seems like a complication she really shouldn't be leading on given her general reaction to Reyes and his Son of Satan tendencies; but Artemis stole the show and is now my favorite character in the series.
And finally, Reyes again points out that someone who is a Grim Reaper; maybe THE Grim Reaper should be investing a little more energy into figuring out what that means and what sort of cool, neat stuff she can do: "You have to figure out what you're capable of, really capable of, and you have to do it now. No more screwing around with these humans. You need to concentrate on your real job" because a war is coming.
I love that there's not just one plot in the series. In each book, Charley is overloaded with cases and things to figure out, while also trying to help Reyes and figure him out as a person. I love the chaos of it all. In this book, Charley was also severely sleep deprived and living more off of a caffeine than she had been in previous books.
Third Grave Dead Ahead was even more dangerous because Charley was in the middle of so many perilous situations. And what sucks is that people close to her tend to refuse to tell her things to prepare her for dangerous situations, which happened frequently this time. But despite her frustrations, she tends to maintain a carefree façade and manages to crack me up in the meantime.
I highly recommend the series, especially if you're looking for a fun paranormal without all of the dramatic seriousness. Charley can be a bit much at times and super cheesy, but there's something awesome about all of it! I read this book waiting in a hospital waiting room for like 4 hours and it was the perfect book because it kept me entertained and in a good mood. This is definitely an awesome series.