Sunday 24 February 2019

Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light - Darynda Jones

The fifth in this fun and sexy New York Times bestselling paranormal series...

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 has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth.

However, when dead women start appearing in her apartment—lost, confused and terrified beyond reason—Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes' 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 might be willing to pay...

Charley Davidson Series:
First Grave on the Right
For I Have Sinned (Novella)
Second Grave on the Left
Third Grave Dead Ahead
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Fifth Grave Past the Light
Shimmer (Free Short Story)
Glow (Free Short Story)
Sixth Grave on the Edge
Seventh Grave and No Body
Eighth Grave After Dark
Brighter Than the Sun (Novella)
The Dirt on the Ninth Grave
The Curse of Tenth Grave
A Very Charley Christmas (Free Short Story)
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave
The Graveyard Shift (Novella)

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I am falling head over heels with this series and this fifth book was definitely my favourite so far. Charley is back on top form after a bit of a confidence crisis in the last instalment, she's dealt with everything that happened to her and has managed to get her life back on track. Reyes is now her neighbour which leads to a lot of fun flirting via post-it note, for once they're on the same page relationship wise and things are definitely hotting up between them. She's also learning more about her abilities as a Grim Reaper which comes in handy when she almost gets accidentally shot by her best friend.

This book we see Charley's house being invaded by an ever increasing number of dead women, it looks like Charley has a serial killer on her hands but if the murders have been happening for over 20 years why has it taken so long for the victims to show up on her doorstep? Charley will do whatever it takes to find justice for these women but they're all so traumatised that she's finding it difficult to communicate with them so this case is looking more complicated than ever.

I love the humour in this series, hardly a page goes by without me laughing out loud so this probably isn't the best series to read in public but it's definitely one that cheers me up and leaves me smiling. As much as I love Charley and her sarcastic sense of humour I also really love so many of the people around her, her uncle Bob, Cookie, Artemis, even Swopes when he's not being an idiot. Best of all is Reyes though, that man is sex personified and the way he is so totally head over heels for Charley makes me swoon every time. That they have fantastic chemistry has never been in doubt but in this book we finally see them talking more too, their relationship makes huge strides forward here and I loved every minute of it. I can't wait to find out what happens next so I'm going to be diving straight into the next book after I finish this review & I have a feeling I'm about to start another series binge read!

Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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