Series: Charley Davidson #6
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 20, 2014
Reviewed by: Kate
Several steamy sex scenes
Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it's time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?
Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn't come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.
Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she's used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.
Every time I pick up a Charley Davidson book, I'm concerned that maybe, just maybe, I'm misremembering how good the previous books were. After all, there's no way Charley can be that snarky, Reyes can be that sexy, and Cookie can be that sweet, right? And yet, with every one, my love of this series is reaffirmed, and SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE is no exception to that rule.
Jones takes the reader on an action-packed ride in SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE and I, for one, definitely enjoyed it. Charley is one of my favorite urban fantasy heroines - the combination of sarcasm, backbone, and determination to solve problems along with her sometimes slightly selfish outlook and obliviousness give her a good balance. She's not your average little Ms. Perfect urban fantasy heroine with her special powers and automatic awesomeness, she has to learn how to use what she has and as the series has progressed, we've seen her grow and change as she's gone through the various experiences both good and bad, and it's rewarding and satisfying to continue that. Plus, with Reyes and Charley getting to interact in person more often, we get to see Reyes' super protective side, and his romantic (or slightly stalker-y and creepy- in a loveable way, of course) gestures. And the chemistry between the two continues to be smokin' hot.
My one complaint is that while the formula for the books remains the same - Charley gets and solves a case or two, plus some additional tidbits are revealed about her history or Reyes or something else from the overarching plot line - they're starting to get a little more confusing. As the series has gone on, regular characters have been added and then frequently pop in for sporadic appearances. Unfortunately, this means that there's a lot of characters to keep straight, and there was very little recap on what had happened in previous books. Usually, authors go overboard with repetition, so I appreciate the minimalist approach, but unfortunately, it's a fine line, and Jones misses the mark in that regard. While it would still be an enjoyable book, a reader new to the series may not understand all the interactions, and it may not be as rich an experience.
Obviously I've professed my love for Charley and Reyes, but SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE serves up many of my other favorites too - especially Cookie and Uncle Bob. Plus, Jones' humor continues to delight, and just enough details are revealed that I'm not even annoyed that I now have MORE questions about, well, everything! Luckily, SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY, the next installment in the Charley Davidson series, comes out in a short five months. I think I can wait that long - what about you?