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Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, Book 2)

Second Grave on the Left - Darynda Jones Charlie Davidson is back again and chaos reigns supreme. Charlotte, aka “The Grim Reaper” is woken in the middle of the night to help her best bud Cookie find her friend Mimi who has mysteriously disappeared. Sounds like a cake job for a crack PI, right? Yeah, Charlie’s life is never THAT easy! She has multiple mysteries to solve and one of them involves the hunky Reyes Alexander Farrow, aka Son of Satan, all together bad boy and Charlie’s dream lover.

There is a lot going on in this book so the pacing was fast and furious from start to finish. Charlie retains her signature sarcasm from the earlier book; however, at times it felt a bit overdone to me. There is a very fine line for when sarcasm works and when it is just petty and vicious. Don’t get me wrong, I love sarcastic characters. But when that is all they are they get old, real quick. So I hope Charlie will evolve with this a bit in future works.

Between tracking down Mimi’s friend and trying to find Reyes, Charlie is one busy gal. Reyes keeps leaving his corporeal body and haunts Charley with hot sex; tough life huh? But vicious demons are torturing Reyes and using him to draw Charley to them. Reyes is doing his best to warn her and keep her safe, because together Reyes and Charley can form a portal to heaven, which is exactly where the demons want to go.

Overall, this book is witty, funny, with lovable characters and the ultimate bad boy. I’m interested in seeing what direction the next in the series, Third Grave Dead Ahead will go. As far as series reading order, I would recommend reading them in order, since one book does build upon the other.