I’m a virgin. But this is an old shirt.
Fifth Grave Past the Light is the fifth book in the Charley Davidson series. I have mad love for this series but as I stated in my review of the previous book, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, I was ready for something more between Charley and Reyes. I felt this series needed to progress and to do that we had to have more from them as a couple.
Like all other Charley Davidson books, Fifth Grave has a lot going on. There is another serial killer in the mix, Gemma is dating someone, Charley is seeing a therapist, Cookie is taking a small arms class, Uncle Bob and Cookie are dancing around each other, more people are starting to question Charley’s abilities and watch her, we get a glimpse at something to with Mr Wong, the arsonist from the previous book is still at large and last but not least, Charley and Reyes are next door neighbors.
Charley has a lot to take care of but first and foremost in her mind is Reyes. He is now a free man and has put most of his energy into pursuing her. Reyes is such a complex character and even though we don’t hear his voice so many facets of his personality shine through in the writing.
He is funny:
“My dad put himself through college by setting up cons and selling moonshine. He was a pretty famous moonshiner, actually.”
“My dad’s pretty famous too.” We all turned to stare at Reyes.
He is sexy:
An electric current shot down my spine before I came to my senses. “Hey, wait,” I said, pulling back, “you are the son of Satan. Maybe we need a safe word.”
His grin morphed into something wickedly charming. “Okay, how about, ‘Oh my god, it’s so big.’”
He is possessive:
“Someday you’ll figure out I’m not like other guys.”
“Actually, I figured that out a while back.”
“Nothing and no one interests me besides you.”
To me, Reyes has always been the steady one in their relationship. He has never wavered in what he wants from Charley. Now he might want everything but he has made no secret about that. Fifth Grave made huge steps forward with Charley and Reyes but he even dares to ask for more. I had several squees of joy when Charley didn’t even blink an eye at what Reyes was asking for. And the end, oh the end. I melted into a giant puddle of happiness. We are left with a bit of cliffhanger but it was one I am absolutely thrilled with.
While we are left with a relationship cliffhanger I am also very curious and nervous about some other things that were not answered. There is one glaring point left unanswered and it makes me a little ill to think about it. Ms. Jones pulled together so many threads in Fifth Grave but she also gave us a look at where the series is going to go. I had wondered what was left but the direction she is taking us has huge possibilities. Swopes, Charley and Reyes have a very enlightening scene where we find out what happened to Swopes during his visit to hell and what he learned. What is revealed is huge to Charley and her future.
Overall, I think this book was the best yet of the Charley Davidson series. Even though I adore this series my angst level was pretty high after Fourth Grave. I needed something to move forward with Charley and Reyes. I wanted progress and oh did I get progress. It feels like we waited five books just to get to this point and now that we are there it is a glorious thing. I have to bow to Ms. Jones and say well played, very well played. Final grade- A
Side note: I notice that the title to the sixth book is Sixth Grave On the Edge . That makes me a little nervous.
“You still owe me a million dollars.” I’d presented him with a bill for proving his innocence and getting him freed from prison. He had yet to pay. Couldn’t imagine why.
“Yeah, I was hoping we could work that out.”
“The interest alone is going to kill you.”
“What do you charge?”
“Three hundred eighty-seven percent.”
“Is that ethical?”
“It’s as ethical as my dating the son of Satan.”