I had a lot on my plate: A naked dead man riding shotgun everywhere I went. A mysterious Asian man hovering in my corner who made of something powerful, whatever that meant. Another man who sold his soul to a demon who was indifferent to the fact that it was for a good cause. A demon who was going around tricking people out of their souls so he could eat them. Which, ew. A rascally neighbor who’d proposed to me and was expecting an answer sometime this century. And an ongoing child-abduction case that had led me to believe that my man might have a brother he either does or doesn’t know about. I was so not good at tying up loose ends. And to top it all off, I was one step closer to getting my BFF slash receptionist laid by my uncle.
Sixth Grave on the Edge is the sixth book in the Charley Davidson series. Book five, Fifth Grave Past the Light, had a killer cliffhanger and readers were left wondering how Charley would answer the oh so sexy Reyes. Ok, anyone really following the series knew that Charley had to say yes at some point. There wouldn’t be much excitement if she were to say no, but we all held our breath waiting for that moment she would answer that simple yes/no question.
Sixth Grave picks up right where Fifth Grave left off and Charley is having problems dealing with her almost death. She is still having nightmares and Reyes is giving her time to get over them. As with most Charley books we only get a handful of pages in before she has several assignments and things to handle. Sixth Grave is similar to the others in that there are multiple story lines happening and only a couple of them advance the main arc. The other mysteries are there as comic relief, something Ms. Jones does very well.
The first half of the book is a mostly a set up for the action at the end. Charley has been forced to take a job finding a woman kept in the witness protection program. Someone broke into her apartment and told her she had a short amount of time to find the witness or her friend would die. Charley checked in on all her friends and can’t figure out who they are talking about but she does what she can to find the witness.
For about 75% of the book this story line worked for me. Then something happened and I started to get annoyed with Charley and her lack of development in any part of her life. I think this quote summed up the last part of the book for me:
Then again, I liked trifling. Trifling was my middle name. Charlotte Trifling Davidson. Let Papa Mendoza bring the fight to me. I was ready. And I had a fab supernatural entity who could sever his spine in the blink of an eye, should it come to that. So there.
Charley seems to be going nowhere. She always relies on Reyes to come and save the day. There is no thought to what she does and no consideration for the people in her life. We saw what happened in the previous book when Reyes wasn’t able to save the day right away and it wasn’t pretty. I had hoped that maybe she learned from that incident but it seemed she didn’t. In this book she pulled out some lame plan that, shockingly, failed almost before it started and ended up getting a couple of people killed. It also led to a moment with Reyes that I am still scratching my head about. I am not sure what happened, why it happened or what the purpose of if was.
In previous books, I have questioned the progression of Charley and Reyes and while they have moved forward in a romantic sense they still have so many secrets. Their secrets even have secrets. There is a new character introduced in Sixth Grave, The Dealer, who is very intriguing but he brought up even more issues that Charley and Reyes have with each other. After six books, I kind of want some answers, I am not asking for everything to given to me but just a little something here and there, and answer or two, maybe. Oddly I never doubt how Reyes feels about Charley but I wonder if it will ever be enough when it comes to the whole save the world thing. I wish I had confidence they will be ok.
It sounds like I didn’t like the book, but I did. Sixth Grave has a lot of laugh out loud moments and it is interesting from start to finish. Reyes is one seriously sexy beast and I could read page after page of his thoughts. I still count this as one of my favorite series and really look forward to the next book as were left with another big cliffhanger with no idea what the repercussions of it will be. Charley and Reyes fans should grab this one up and once read, if you could come back and let me know what you think, I would appreciate it! I am curious how long standing fans feel about this one. Final grade- B-
I lost my virginity, but I still have the box it came in.