by Darynda Jones
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Genres: Favorite, Paranormal
Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.
Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.
Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
“Do you have torture supplies?”
“Not on me, but there’s a twenty-four hour Walmart nearby”
Charley’s twelfth adventure in the series is another wonderfully entertaining, laugh out loud, holy-moly what will happen next, adventure. If you’ve never read a Charley Davidson book, please do not pass go, please do not collect $200. This is not a stand alone book and each one builds upon the last. You have been warned. I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum but if you haven’t read the other books, you are in for some surprises. This story is setting up for the big finale in book thirteen and I was on pins and needles reading this one.
Charley, as usual, has gotten herself into a pickle. This is nothing new for our Charley. When last we left our fearless and impetuous heroine, her sexy husband Reyes Alexander Farrow, had entered the God glass in order to rescue those who had been trapped there against there will. Once he comes out, however, Reyes isn’t exactly himself.
“The man before me was not my husband. Not entirely.
Smoke and lightning curled around him. It caressed him like a lover. Obeyed him like a slave If he shifted, it shifted. If he breathed, it breathed. It flowed and ebbed at his will, the lightning flitting over his skin.
He wasn’t in the storm. He was the storm.”
Rey’azikeen has awoken and he is pissed. At everything. but especially at Charley. Or more accurately, at Elle Ryn Ahleethia. In a blink of an eye, he is gone, and Charley is left in a bind. How to get her husband back and how to protect those she loves? When the mutilated bodies of individuals who are sensitive to the paranormal world begin t. In fear that her possessed husband may be behind the murders, she enlists Angel, Garrett and Osh to help her track him down. She quickly realizes that he is after something and he believes she has it and he is willing to do anything to get her to tell him where it is and she’s just as willing to get her husband back.
“It’s weird how you can be in love with someone one day, and hunting them for sport the next. -MEME”
With her team in place and her heart, and the world, on the line, Charley has her work cut out for her. Because when the ones she loves most are in danger, Charley has to make the ultimate choice and it may change the fate of everything.
“Charley, damn it.”
“I keep telling people, Damn it is not my last name. It’s not even my middle name.”
Another hilariously funny, sexy, endearing, and phenomenal read by an amazingly talented author. I swear this series just keeps getting better and leaves me wanting more. Thirteen can not come soon enough, and the promise of a Beep spin off is the only thing keeping me from a full on Charley hangover. I also plan a listening to the entire series again because no matter how many times I have, there’s always some clue that I’ve found and hope that I can figure out what might happen next. Five star read and serious contender for favorite of the year.