If you hang around with dead people, life can get pretty complicated. Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Complicated is her middle name. The deceased find her very sparkly. Demons find her irresistible. And one entity in particular wants to seduce her in every way possible.
When Charley and Cookie (her best friend/receptionist) have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. Cookie’s friend Mimi disappeared five days earlier. Mimi then sends Cookie a cryptic message telling Cookie to meet her at an nearby coffee shop. The coffee is brewing, but Mimi’s still missing. There is, however, a clue Mimi left on the bathroom wall: a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains to them that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old high school friend had been murdered. The same woman whose name Mimi had scribbled on the bathroom wall.
Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty.
Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Can she keep those she loves out of harm’s way? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel her as she does?
First let me just say I love this series and it took me way too long to get to the second book and that won’t happen for the rest of the series. The sarcastic humor that is in the book is just so up my alley that sometimes it is like I am the one talking in the books. I love the witty banter between the characters, I love the sexual chemistry between Charley and Reyes, I love the mystery that is being solved in the book, I just love it. I also love that it is written about the place I grew up so I know the places that are mentioned in the book, it just makes me even more immersed in the story.
I think Darynda Jones has a great writing style and develops the characters in this series well. I love just even the small side characters like Mr. Wong I am like oh hey Mr. Wong you are still around and what the heck is his story?! So it is nice that I care about even the smaller characters that are only there every once in awhile or even those that she meets and helps on their way to pass through her.
Charley and Reyes what can I say! I love that we don’t know his whole story yet and are just slowly piecing it together. It is so cute that he has basically loved her since she was born. I must say though I was sad that there was not more Reyes and Charley time in the book that things just kept getting in the way! Like them arguing! The cliff hanger of this with him not wanting to see him because of binding him broke my heart! It is like I am in this relationship with them and I am like what no why?!!?!
I truly can’t wait to see what happens in the third book and Reyes and Charley better kiss and make up! However, as long as the witty sarcastic humor is in the book I know I am going to love it. Can I just say love the little saying before each chapter that are like quotes or from T-Shirts! Makes it very fun! Definitely recommend this series!
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars