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First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
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Jan 28, 16

it was amazing
bookshelves: angels-and-reapers, 2011, ebook-second, urban-fantasy, ghosts, ebook-m, ebook, ebook-p, 2016-mods-bad-ass-heroines
Read from January 19 to 20, 2016

“I gotta tell you, Davidson, I'm impressed,” he said, his eyes glued to the screen. “That took balls.”

“Please,” I said with a snort, “That took ovaries. Of which I have two.”
Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance books that are “supposed to be funny” never sit well with me. We don't mesh and I rarely end up laughing. There's very few authors who can pull it off and hit the mark. Molly Harper's Jane Jameson hit the mark, and remained one of my favorite series to make me laugh. Notice the “remained”. Because Second Grave on the Right just blew that out of the water! In fact, I'd put Jones first entry to this series on pare with Nicole Peeler's Jane True books. Yeah, it was that good for me. (Whoa, seems to be a theme with Janes.)

Charley Davidson is my new BBFF (Best Book Friend Forever!). She's genuinely clever, and when she's snarky isn't rude—unless you've ticked her off. She's a well rounded lead and she's been a Grim Reaper for while. So when readers come in she knows what she's doing and we don't have to go through denial and tons of other stupid things. Even though we're coming in late to the game Jones does a wonderful job on blending the current story with what Charley has gone through in the past. That way readers don't miss a beat and can feel completely connected to Charley. It's also charming that despite how strong she is, her flaws are real. Meaning she is very relatable . The life she's led makes me believe what she's thinking and feeling. Even if I don't agree with her on being a failure—mommy issues!

Then there's Reyes. He's the magnetic, enigma haunting Charley's sexed up dreams. (And now currently haunting mine.) I just adore that Charley has a bit of past with him that gives their relationship a foundation. Even better is that the mysterious part is given answers. It bothers me how many series simply let the mysterious man candy go on being that way. Reyes past is given a story. Charley learns about him! Actual answers! Even more answers then I had hoped for. You know what that did? It made Reyes super sexy and an actual person. Thank you Jones. Thank you.

What I enjoy most is that the story starts out simple. Charley is a Grim Reaper. Ghosts are attracted to her and they come to her to move onto the next life. Or tie up lose ends. She's a PI who consults with the police and I love seeing her use that gift. Then as readers get more information about Charley and how her Grim Reaper skills work it naturally ties in to some of the bigger leaps. The simple world that Charley lives in gets even more paranormal. At the end the revelations don't just come out of no where. There's a foundation for them and I was really happy by the end. (I'm being vague so that other readers can enjoy it.)

By page 33 I knew this book was going to be a favorite. Not just a favorite book, but series. It shames me that I took so long to read it. (Though part of it being it was the last book I ever purchased at Borders. Thus making it the last book I have bought in an actual bookstore. The heartbreak.) Part of it was due to heartache, and the other to fear of another “humorous” paranormal read being less than humorous. Jones balances out mystery, the paranormal, sexy fun times, and humor splendidly. If you haven't read this series for shame! I feel that shame and I plan to remedy it fast! This is an excellent addiction—err, addition—to any Urban Fantasy readers' collection.

Sexual Content: Nothing explicit or overly detailed, but there are sex scenes. Some minor dark sexual themes—nothing scary. Plenty of sexual humor!!

5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession!

Originally reviewed at Book Whispers.
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I 'd been having the same dream for the past month--the one where a dark stranger materialized out of smoke and shadows to play doctor with me. I was starting to wonder if repetitive exposure to nightly hallucinations resulting in earth-shattering climaxes could have any long term side effects.
That's the best opener ever!!"
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10.0% "It's official this is going to be a favorite series. Maybe I shouldn't jump the gun, but I'm loving it!"
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29.0% "Holy books this is good! I can't believe it took me this long to read it. I'm obsessed with Ryes? The whole hotness of him and mystery.

I know she said she only saw people who are dead not comas, but maybe he's in the in-between? Or is it going to be a Mediator thing where the main love interest is dead?

So many possibilities!" 17 comments
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Khanh (the Grinch) FUCK YEAH. Charley is awesome.

Shera (Book Whispers) Khanh (the Grinch) wrote: "FUCK YEAH. Charley is awesome."

Ha-ha. Yeah she is!

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