When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.
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. And if they 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? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?
If I have learned anything from Charley during the 600+ pages we've shared together, it's from her lessons in statement writing. So, in honor of Charley's mad writing skills, my review goes something like this ...
I read the book. It was brilliant. Reyes was hot. It was funny too. The end.
... Pretty good, right?
Since the reason for such a simplistic (but also highly efficient) review won't make much sense to those of you who haven't read the story, I'm going to write one that's a tad more detailed =)
I have read a lot of books so far this year (145 to be exact) and this is the only one that I've been absorbed in so completely that I had it finished within a day.
Darynda Jones is an extremely talented author with an exceptional gift for story-telling.
She's creative, she's consistent, she has a wild sense of humor, and she must have supernatural abilities of her own because she's managed to pull Reyes' character right out of my fantasies.
All of the things that had me falling in love with this series are still present here in the sequel.
Charley's sarcasm and inner-monologue are still hilarious. She makes every situation a riot, even when she's in danger.
"I sort of got off on making bad guys sweat. Which was not unlike my love of making good guys sweat, just by very different means."
Reyes was as dangerous and seductive as ever. I was squirming in anticipation each time I knew he would appear. I love how heated and tense and complicated his relationship is with Charley. Their characters are complete opposites, but they fit together so perfectly.
"If you're not going to tell me where you are, if you're not going to trust me to help you, then why are you here? Why bother?"
After the room reverberated with a soft growl, I felt him leave. I felt his essence drain from the room, the cold stillness that lingered in his wake. A split second before he vanished completely, he brushed past me, whispered in my ear.
"Because you're the reason I breathe."
Of all the new developments within this story, I really enjoyed the insight that we are given into Reyes' existence. We learn more about his mortal past and life during prison, as well as some answers to the questions surrounding his supernatural creation. No one can stay mysterious for long when they become the focus of Charley's hardcore investigating skills ;)
There are also some advancements made with Charley's reaper abilities. She learns things about herself that she didn't know possible. And when she does, she comes out looking like even more of a badass!
I can't wait to see where all of the changes in this sequel will lead to in "Third Grave Dead Ahead".
You won't find that this story leaves you with a happy ending. But that's okay with me. I don't need a happy ending. I just need more Reyes and Charley!!
Garrett leaned into me. "Charley, what's going on?"
Reyes glanced at him then back at me. "Tell it to shut up."
And that was just rude. These boys were not playing well together at all.