(Charley Davidson Series, Book #8)
by Darynda Jones
With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.
Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.
While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….
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Oh how I eagerly waited to get my hands on this. Debated between the need to read it as soon as I had it in my hands or wait until closer to the release of the next book… Why? Such an awesome story leaves you wanting more and the waiting can be a killer - so it is a matter of deciding on which type of waiting you want to endure?
I waited until the midway point and oh so worth it as it is with anything and everything Darynda Jones. Eighth Grave picks up about 7 to 8 months after the events from the previous book but while not a whole lot has happened you’re brought up to speed just fine so no worries.
There is a big difference between Eighth Grave and the previous books - the pace - there isn’t a lot of action, either and this is attributed to the fact that Charlie is as she said “as big as a house”. So, yeah, she can’t be going after the bad guys as she has in the past. With the slower pace in action we get a bit more story and oh boy. There are a bunch of twists and a few “Oh I didn’t see that coming at all!” as well. This is Charlie after all so yes, she is getting herself into some trouble! That you can always be sure of.
I did jump up with glee when a certain biker appeared. I do hope we get more info/details on what exactly is going on with that.
Ah, Reyes, can’t forget about him. Never! We do get to see a more emotional, maybe even vulnerable side that we haven’t seen until now. He is still his irresistible, sarcastic, naughty self. So we are not disappointed at all with regards to Reyes.
There are a few twists and a few “OMG” moments due to new information that was not expected! In these cases all were awesome, brilliantly written and adds to the story moving the arc along. While some may say the ending is a cliffhanger, I would tend to disagree. I think Darynda ended the story exactly where it should have ended… leaving the reader wanting more.
Rating: 5 Stars - PERFECTION