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.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Four and a half stars: After plenty of snark and ghostly encounters, this one ends with a jaw dropper.
Charley is still bumbling through life as the grim reaper, though these days she is a little more resolute about staying out of life endangering trouble after her last near death encounter. Trouble, however, seems to follow Charley no matter what. It isn't long before she is embroiled in a money laundering/mafia plot, recovering a soul from a soul eating demon, and getting to the bottom of what is going on with her Dad, while trying to finally get Uncle Ubie to ask out Cookie. She also might learn a thing or two about Angel and Mr. Wong. Of course, there is always Reyes the son of Satan who is now her next door neighbor. What is a grim reaper to do with all this chaos?
What I Liked:
- We are now to book six of a beloved series, and there isn't much I can say about this series that I haven't already said before. This is a series that is full of humor, snark, lots of ghosts, one hilarious grim reaper and a rugged and sinfully handsome male lead. If you are a fan of paranormal romance, this is a must read series. It is one of my all time favorites. Picking up a book by Darynda Jones is like settling in with an old friend. It is easy and comfortable, and I can always count on a good time.
- I am pleased to see that Charley is continuing to grow, though not mature. She is still as ditzy and scatter brained as ever, but she is learning to be a bit more cautious after several near death experiences. She is digging to find out more about who she is and what her abilities are, and she is actually finally learning to tap into those abilities, so hopefully she won't get her butt handed to her again. Charley is a whirl wind of chaos and she will make you laugh. She is unlike any other character I have ever read. I know without a doubt she will continue to entertain me with each and every installment. Charley couldn't do it alone, though she has an outstanding supportive cast.
- I liked that in this book I got some long awaited answers. For instance, I have been itching to know more about Charley's precocious sidekick Angel. I got the whole startling story about his past and his death. I also learned a bit more about Mr. Wong, and I am dying to know more. He has long been a favorite of mine, even though he just hangs around.
- This book has a busy story line with multiple story lines. There was a lot to keep track of, but I was pleased that the majority of them moved forward and that I received some answers.
- One of my favorite story lines involves Charley and Cookie cooking up a scheme to finally get Uncle Ubie to ask out Cookie. It was hilarious and I loved the antics. I am most eager to see where things will go from here.
- Reyes... the sexy son of Satan. I admit I wasn't as smitten with Reyes at first as other readers. I had hopes for Garrett, but he has grown exponentially on me, and these days I love him. I can see that he is the one and only for Charley and I like their relationship. It is more than just heat and sex, it is also about friendship and watching each other's backs. Reyes would go to the end of the earth and back to win Charley and if she puts up a wall between them, he has no problems tearing it down. Love this couple!
And The Not So Much:
- Can you say jaw dropping cliffhanger? I thought book five ended with a stunner. Darynda does it again with a final sentence that changes everything, leaving me anxious for the next book! I will say that it wasn't a frustrating fling your book across the room type ending, because I did get resolution on several of the story lines, but it certainly is a shocker!
- This installment reminded me a bit of book one with its scattered story line, and in fact, this plot had so many things going on it made my head spin. There are numerous story threads and some of them bring up new questions and then leave you hanging, for instance, what is the deal with Charley's dad? That storyline was forgotten. What exactly happened with the police chief? This is a book you have to read in a short amount of time, otherwise I think you would have a hard time keeping everything straight. There is so much going on, but thankfully, most of the side story lines reach some type of conclusion. I wasn't a fan of the scattered plot, and that is the reason for the four and a half star rating.
- Alright... the thing with Cookie and Uncle Ubie... when are we going to get the dirt and the details? I have been waiting six books now for Cookie to get a man.
Sixth Grave on the Edge is another exciting and thrilling installment in a hilarious and brilliant series. I cannot recommend this series enough. It is my go to favorite. It is a series I can settle in with and feel like I am home. If you still haven't started this series, please go get the first book and get after it!
"The regular cook had broken his leg trying to ski off his roof. Tequila often gave people the desire to tackle the impossible. It did not however, make the impossible possible."
"He's the deep, dark kind of beauty that you'd sell your soul to have."
"Remember, it's all fun and games until somebody loses and eyeball, and then it's, "Hey! free eyeball!" ---T-shirt."
"On a scale of one to stepping on a LEGO, how much pain are you in?---SIGN IN HOSPITAL"
"There should be one line at every store for people who have their shit together. ----TRUE FACT."
I purchased this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.