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…
Gah, this book! This series! It's just so freaking good! Just reading this book was a pleasure, it was just such a darned fantastic book! Charley, and the whole gang-including the new addition, Beep, are in for a wild ride in this book!
So much happens in this book! Like the fact that Cookie and Ubie get married! And we learn a bit about Cookie's crazy family! And about Cookie, which was really great! And Amber, because Cookie's family isn't quite crazy, it's just got some supernatural powers!
And Charley has some ghosts hanging around! And spies! And some pretty unlikely ones, and some that were right there, and all of that horrible stuff. Oh, and then a ghost of a nun. Which leads to Charley delivering Beep in a well. Yeah.
Oh, and Charley goes to Hell for a case, which she learns that Lucifer is up and about on our realm, finds a room that they can't see her light, Reyes tries to kill the hell hounds, and hasn't slept for 8 months, and learns her celestial name. And then has to give up Beep to Reyes' birth parents for her safety, because some violent gods from other universes-like she is, millions of year old that she is-are coming after them all. Which really sucks!
But oh, boy, that cliffhanger! We learned so much, and things were just so darned hard, and then it was over, with her without her memory! Where Earl who isn't Earl Any more is! Gah, January can't come fast enough! Just loved this book!
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #8
Read: June 1st, 2015
Reason Why: I love her writing, and this series! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: May 19th 2015