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FOURTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET (CHARLEY DAVIDSON, BOOK #4) BY DARYNDA JONES: BOOK REVIEW

by hmhibbit, October 22, 2012

      
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Charley Davidson, Book #4
By Darynda Jones
ISBN# 9781250014467
Author’s Website:  http://www.daryndajones.com/

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, the fourth installment of Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson series finds Charley still struggling after her attack and torture at the hands of Earl Walker.  She has shut herself up in her apartment for the past two months.  She has also moved out of the offices above her dad’s bar after his betrayal.  And, what about the son of Satan?  He hasn’t come around at Charley’s insistence as she still blames him for her attack.  She has found comfort in the home shopping channel though and her credit cards have taken a devastating hit as a result.

Cookie can’t take it anymore and takes a stand, forcing Charley to get out of the house and get back to her life.  And, to return some of Charley’s unopened purchases littering her apartment in hopes of having a paycheck!

Charley takes on a new case.  Harper is in fear for her life with someone leaving dead rabbits on her bed and frightening her.  Her family says she’s deranged and looking for attention, but the more Charley learns the more she believes Harper.

Reyes has respected Charley’s wishes to keep his distance from her, but all bets are off now that she goes looking for him (to give him her bill for her services at the price tag of a million dollars).  Reyes is still protecting Charley and fighting a new threat of demons which leaves her wondering if he’s as bad as everyone thinks and if she can really stay away from him and his sexy body.

I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book and was happy when it finally arrived in the mail this week, slightly before it’s release date.  I had no choice, but to dive right in!

“Jealous?”

“No”

“’Cause you seem jealous”

This one doesn’t have as much action as the previous installments, but what it lacks in that department it more than makes up for in humor.  I was dying laughing at Charley’s internal dialogue and the things she was saying to her friends and strangers alike throughout this entire book; it’s quite the quotable installment.  And, it seems everyone had something funny to say from Charley, to Swopes, to Cookie, Aunt Lil, and even Amber.

“I can hear other things, too. Before you came around, I had no idea a man could make a girl scream like that. Reyes seems very talented.”

And, of course I loved Reyes as always and found myself reading, waiting, and hoping for another scene with him.  I was a bit shocked with his living arrangements at the beginning of the book, even though I knew he was using his roommate.  And, the whole mystery about the sought after apartment was obvious to me, but fun nonetheless.  I hate everyone thinking and saying the worst of Reyes, but I have to believe in him and think he’s good.  I mean did you really expect his dad, aka Satan, to tell Garrett that Reyes was a good guy?  Of course he tells him he’s evil and doing his bidding….he wants to stop him any way that he can.  Besides, if he was so bad then why hasn’t Artemis attacked him???  Hmmm?  And, OK maybe I want to bang him so I have to believe the best of him.  But in my defense, us girls sure do love a bad boy!

“There is a fine line between love and hate, or haven’t you heard? Sometimes it’s hard to decipher exactly which emotion is strongest.”

I raised my chin. “I don’t love you either.”

He lowered his head and watched me from underneath his dark lashes. “Are you certain? Because the emotion pouring out of you every time I’m near you is certainly not disinterest.”

“That doesn’t mean it’s love.”

“It could be, I promise you. Take off that sweater and give me ten minutes, and you’ll believe beyond a shadow of a doubt you’re in love.”

After seeing how sweet Donovan can be, at the end of Third Grave Dead Ahead, I was looking forward to seeing more of him in this one.  I thought for sure Charley would be biding her time during her Reyes strike with him, but it wasn’t the case.  But hopefully we’ll see more of him in the future.  He did promise to come back after all.

I wasn’t sure if this was going to be the last installment of this series or not.  And, honestly I wouldn’t have been able to tell by reading the ending of this book.  There is no big cliffhanger on what to expect next, but it promises good things to come and a possible shift in the relationship between Charley and Reyes.  Although the series could have ended there, I was ecstatic to see that there is a fifth book planned and I can’t wait to read it!

And, I almost forgot the T-shirt and bumper sticker quotes are still going strong!  I have no idea where Jones gets them, but the ones in this installment where some of the best I’ve seen!

“Doing nothing is hard. You never know when you’re done.–T-SHIRT”

 

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