Friday, July 10, 2015

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Release Date: August 16, 2011

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance

Pages: 307 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating:  5 stars

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?

I am in love with Charley Davidson. With each page I go back & forth on if I'd rather be her or be her best friend! She is a strong female character, something that so many books truly lack & she kicks butt. I don't know how Darynda Jones did it, but I don't know if anyone will be able to top this incredible character. I'm constantly wondering what is going to happen next or what funny/crazy thing is going to come out of Charley's mouth next. 

This book was just as good as the first & I can't wait to read the next book!

*I got this book from my local library. Don't you just love a good library find?!?

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