Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: January 24th, 2017
Synopsis: A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah…demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full time Grim Reaper, Charley tries to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after, after all.
God I love this series! This is the eleventh book in the Charley Davidson series, and it still shows no signs of running out of steam. Seriously–I’m adding Darynda Jones to my list of authors I’m stalking. Um, not that I have such a list!
Eleventh Grave picks right up from where the previous book left off. Charley is still dealing with having to stay away from her baby girl. In addition, she’s trying to deal with all her new powers, which isn’t exactly going smoothly. Luckily she has her smoldering handsome husband Reyes to help her out by doing things likes pushing her off of tall buildings! And if all of that isn’t enough, she’s trying to protect her Uncle Bob, discover who is stalking Amber, the thirteen-year-old daughter of her best friend Cookie, and get the goods on the Fosters, who kidnapped Reyes as a child and sold him to a monster. Yet somehow she retains her incredible sense of humor through all this. Just to give you an idea of how funny these books can be, every chapter heading is a gem such as this one:
I never said I’d die without coffee. I said others would.
But it’s not all fun and games for our sassy heroine and her loyal crew. As the series continues, each book has gotten progressively darker with more at stake. But Jones consistently and brilliantly balances these darker themes and events, with much need moments of levity. The story arc has also gotten increasingly complex. I’m determined to not include any spoilers but in this book alone there are: demons (both good and bad), hellhounds, ghosts, gods, angels and evil religious cults. I’m probably missing something, but I’m sure you get the picture. There is so much going on that by the end of the book I was exhausted, but in a good way.
I’m always amazed at Jones’ adeptness at juggling multiple storylines. Charley’s relationship with her husband Reyes continues to be front and center of the story and their chemistry continues to sizzle, although in this latest installment they were bickering quite a lot in the first part of the book, which I didn’t like and there continues to be a lack of communication between them, although they do address this midway through the story. I’m hoping this this ceases to be a problem in future books because it does get irritating at times. The supporting cast, as always is phenomenal with Cookie, Uncle Bob, and Amber being the focus of much of the story. The ending is a huge cliffhanger which has left me anxiously anticipating the next installment, The Trouble With Twelfth Grave which fittingly is set for release on Halloween. If you’re already a fan of The Charley Davidson series, Eleventh Grave in Moonlight will not disappoint. If you’re a fan of urban fantasy and paranormal romance but haven’t tried this series yet, c’mon! What are you waiting for? I promise you’re going to love it!