Series: Charley Davidson #8
Published by St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: May 19th, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.
Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.
While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….
Life is never dull when you are a pregnant Grim Reaper. Especially when you are married to the son of Satan. Literally. After the devastating revelation about Charlie’s father at the end of Seventh Grave and No Body my emotions were all over the place. I’m happy to say that this book starts on more of a happier note View Spoiler »Ubie and Cookie are getting married! « Hide Spoiler as this has jumped 6+ months in the future. Charlie is awaiting the arrival of Beep. Reyes is as sexy as ever but he’s being a little sneaky and things are still very scary. Of course, this doesn’t stop Charlie from doing what Charlie does and that’s basically risking life and limb to help those around her, albeit with a ton of snark.
There is a lot going on during Eighth Grave After Dark and while some details are overwhelming (we are talking about a prophecy, people!) it manages to stay emotionally captivating and fresh. Reyes shows yet again that he is one of the most underrated alpha males in UF/PNR. Whenever he is in the room with Charlie, I swear, my heart goes pitter patter. The relationship between him and Charlie is such a catalyst for what is happening and what is to come that I am equal parts anxious, excited, and scared out of my mind to see what happens next. To say that the end of this book left me in DEVASTATION is an understatement.
Series as long as Charley Davidson always make me nervous. After 7 books it becomes scary anticipating the 8th one to be just as good, if not better, than the one before it. That fear comes from a place of deep admiration of the story and love of the characters. Charlie, Reyes, Cookie, Uncle Bob, etc. are characters that I have fallen in love with over the course of 7 books and I’m happy to say that Eighth Grave After Dark just reaffirmed those feelings. I had NO clue where this story started going once it started but I’m dying to find out where it will go.