Nov 132014
Review: Fifth Grave Past the LightFifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5) by Darynda Jones
Published by St. Martin's Press on Jul 9, 2013
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover from Library
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Rating: four-stars

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Charley Davidson isn't your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She's more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth...but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason. When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma is the serial killer's next target, Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes's help. Arsonist or not, he's the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.

I finally like Reyes! Prior to this book, I was a bit hesitant about him, with moments where I really didn’t like him. But this book showed that he really actually cares for Charley, and really understands her. It was just great, and now I will happily root for him.

I also liked that we got to learn more about Garrett. He’s one of my favourite characters, and I love that he got more page time this book, and also that his secrets are slowly being revealed. It’s amusing to watch Charley and Garrett interact as their relationship is so natural and sibling-like. The fact that Reyes doesn’t quite get it and it makes him jealous is just icing on the cake.

I thought that book four really showed a softer side of Charley, but this one showed her vulnerable side. She’s still very much a strong heroine with firm morals and will, but she definitely faced a lot this time around. It’s enough to make you feel really bad for her at her lowest points. Like Reyes, she doesn’t like pity, but it’s definitely easy to sympathize and be angry with what happens.

Overall, this was a great installment in the series. I love that I finally like Reyes, and I can’t wait to see what Charley gets up to next. I am continually amazed at how much happens in each book, and so it’s always an incredible adventure to dive into Charley’s world.

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