Just a few Charley Davidson books I read | Pt 1

January 20, 2017 Just a Few Books I Read, Reviews 7

Just a few

Sometimes I just can’t pull off a review, but still want to share what I’ve read. When that happens, I’ll share them in this feature 🙂

As the release of Eleventh Grave in Moonlight fast approaches, I’m struck by the fact this is one of the few series I’m current on. I’ve even read a pre-ARC of Eleventh Grave, but I’ve only shared reviews through book 2! So I’m going to do some catch up here with Just a few Books!

I’ll preface all these reviews with the note that Lorelei King knocks the narration out of the park. I can’t imagine this series without her!

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Just a few Charley Davidson books I read | Pt 1Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson #3
Published by Macmillan Audio, St. Martin's Press on January 31, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Length: 9 hours 51 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Goodreads
Narrator Rating: A+
four-stars

Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the part human, part supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hellbent on murder when the devil’s son just won’t give up?

So my note for Third Grave Dead Ahead says “Oops forgot to mark that I finished this one and moved on to next….” so I’m flying blind here! What I do remember is that (1) Charley’s family was being a major pain – especially her dad who wants her to quit her police work and (2) This one ended on quite the cliff hanger… which explains why I moved on without even marking it. As always, I feel certain that I love the snark and relationship between Charley and her best friend Cookie.

4 stars Pretty Great

Just a few Charley Davidson books I read | Pt 1Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson #4
Published by Macmillan Audio, St. Martin's Press on October 30, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Length: 9 hours 28 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Goodreads
Narrator Rating: A+
four-half-stars

Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. The more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. He is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved. Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans.

I actually stopped to write notes after Forth Grave Beneath My Feet!I felt this one did a great handling of Charley post cliff-hangery incident in Third Grave Ahead! There were also a couple great twists at the end there and I loved the advancement of her’s and Reyes’ abilities.

4.5 stars I loved it

Just a few Charley Davidson books I read | Pt 1Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson #5
Published by Macmillan Audio, St. Martin's Press on July 9, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Length: 8 hours 52 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Goodreads
Narrator Rating: A+
four-half-stars

Never underestimate the power of a woman on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high. (T-shirt)
Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth... but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.
When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma, is the serial killer’s next target Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’ help. Arsonist or not, he’s 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.

I’m sensing a theme… my note on Fifth Grave Past the Light is “Well shit… I’m listening to #8 now so clearly this was so good I forgot to mark it read. Along with the next two…” I usually write a mini-review when I finish a book. The fact that I was so caught up in these I couldn’t be bothered to even mark them read says something. Too bad it doesn’t say WHY I was so caught up…LOL!

But from reviewing the synopsis I remember this one clearly for the fact that Reyes moved into Charley’s apartment building and also started making very bold appearances in her life. I especially loved his appearance at her family restaurant and how good he was for business 😛 I also loved the way we get to see that, above all, Charley feels a commitment to doing the right thing. She wants to protect Reyes, but she also feels a responsibility to turn in the arsonist, which she strongly suspects is Reyes. I love this about her… along with her strength and smart mouth – all three were on display in Fifth Grave Past the Light.

4.5 stars I loved it

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About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

7 Responses to “Just a few Charley Davidson books I read | Pt 1”

    • Berls

      Book 11 came out TODAY! You know you want to stop everything and start binge reading 🙂 {{HUGS}}

    • Berls

      I’m chronically behind at this point… that’s why I’m doing more of these quick reactions reviews, rather than thorough ones. I want to let y’all know if I loved a book, like a book, hated a book, etc… but last year my blogging life killed the ability to review everything well for a while. Maybe someday I’ll get caught up? Probably not! LOL!

    • Berls

      LOL I know! Sometimes I get so swept up in a series that I just jump into the next book without thought or comment. But usually I at least make myself so good notes. Not with this one! The cliff hanger endings are to blame 🙂

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