Adult Series · LOL · Paranormal

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.


Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?

Favorite Quote:  He was like chocolate-covered heroin, and I was an addict through and through.

I hated it when I bled internally.  If I was going to bleed, I wanted to see the evidence, revel in the heroics of it all.  

Second Grave takes place a week after the first book ends.  Cookie, Charley’s BFF storms into her apartment in the middle of the night and drags Charley out to look for an old friend, Mimi who left her a cryptic text about meeting to discuss something.  Cookie was worried and called Mimi’s house to ask about the message and her husband informs her that Mimi is missing.  Enter Charley and her PI skills.  After Cookie and Charley arrived at the designated meeting spot, they find yet another cryptic message and no Mimi.  Case # 1.

Now on to the most important part of this book, Reyes.  Oh Reyes, SIGH.  This guy is HOT.  I asked for more Reyes and Ms. Jones definitely delivered.  While Charley is looking for Mimi it seems she also has to look for Reyes who has escaped custody and according to his incorporeal body (he uses this to visits Charley, yum!) he is being held by demons that want to know Charley’s location.  With Charley being the grim reaper, she is the portal into heaven, and (SPOILER ALERT!) with Reyes being the son of Satan he is the key out of hell.  If they keep his body and find her they will have a way to cross from hell to heaven and attack.  One problem with finding Reyes, he doesn’t want her to so that she can remain safe and has resorted to threaten to hurt anyone who helps her or even her so that they can’t get to her and use her for evil.  Case # 2.

If you read the first book you know trouble follows Charley around so as to not spoil the ending or any of the surprises, suffice it to say “chaos ensues” for the remainder of the book.  😛 This was a quick read and a great book.  I liked this one more than the first, though I’m sure mainly for Reyes.  I’m not a fan of the ending and though I won’t spoil it for anyone else, I’m holding hope for book three.  🙂

Can’t wait to see what happens!


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