[643]: The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

24154660-1 The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson, #10
St. Martin’s Griffin | June 24th, 2016
Source: ARC via Net Galley
Adult Fiction | Paranormal | Urban Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

As a Part-time PI and full-time grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

Ah…Charley. My love for you and your husband is so complete that there is no possible way Ms. Jones could ever do anything to make me hate you. Save for maybe a sudden introduction of the most annoying plot device in the history of writing (love triangle),  I just don’t see myself ever rating your books less than 5 stars (knock on the wood). I can’t tell you how happy I was when I learned that there were to be two releases in one year for this series. I don’t know why Ms. Jones did that, but I’m not going to complain. If anything, I want to go Kathy Bates on her ass and chain her to her writing desk until her fingers bleed. Sadly, I hear that kind of thing is frowned upon and would apparently land me in jail, so I guess I have no choice but to wait with the rest of the peasants.

back to reality

This is a month after Charley’s memory came back. Back to regular programming. The human race’s  survival rests upon a month-old baby in hiding. And Charley came back with a few secrets – which strains her relationship with Reyes – who, by the way, seems to be avoiding her like the plague. That in itself is a little tough to do considering they’re married. But what was once a very sexually active relationship has cooled down considerably. Charley has no idea why, but at the same time, she’s terrified to ask. Because that would  entail Reyes consequently asking questions of his own.

little bo beep

In the meantime, Beep is still hidden and guarded by a whole army of …well, guardians. Charley and Reyes are attempting to deny their longing for their child, but they both know that they would only be leading their enemies directly to Beep. I’m excited for what this little person could do! At least, from what the story has been leading up to. The possibility of her being more powerful than her parents and her fated romance with Osh. It reminds me of Jacob imprinting on Reneesme, to be honest [insert uncomfortable giggling here], but I don’t really care one bit. I do wonder if there’s going to be a spinoff featuring Beep when she’s a little bit older. Oh, the possibilities!

in retrospect

This is one of those series that I wouldn’t mind reading forever. It could go on and on until I have an entire Charley Davidson-Farrow library. It’s hilarious, sexy, and so much fun. You’re always guaranteed a good time with every installment. Ms. Jones, as usual, has a cachè of fresh sarcasm and wit. It’s never the same so you’re always treated to her comedic brilliance. Keep them coming is what I say!

  • karina

    That was a gorgeous read, I agree! She is such an easy author to love.

  • The Charley Davidson series is one series I have been meaning to pick up… and I can see that I am missing out, damnit! I will put it on my library list!

  • Whoo 😀 Yay for loving this book a lot sweet girl. <3 I love that you love this author so much. Sigh. That is the best feeling 🙂 Thank you for sharing about this one. <3 It do seem pretty good 😀

  • It’s always good when series continually deliver the goods! I’m not up to the tenth book yet. I think I’ve only just read the third but you’ve got me optimistic that this book isn’t going to fade away once I really get stuck into it!

  • Melliane

    yay for a 5 as well! I had such a great time for this one and I’m happy to see it’s the same for you

  • RO

    Love this cover! Even though I’ve not been successful lately with series, the fact that you give this a 5 makes it a must read for my list! Hugs…RO

  • I do love the humor in this series, but I hate it when Charley keeps secrets from Reyes, or when she goes running off into dangerous situations without alerting others. Glad to hear you loved this so much, Joy. 🙂

  • You can always guarantee two types of books that Joy will throw at you, her pulp paperbacks and Darynda Jones. It’s amazing that even after so many books, the storyline still feels fresh and relevant too. I love how much you loves these Joy, your reviews for her books are always super entertaining <3

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I really need to give this series another shot! I picked up the first one and wasn’t a fan of the first few chapters and haven’t returned to this series since but I know it’s such a huge hit among readers and I adore this genre. Glad that this series hasn’t disappointed, especially so deep. Wonderful review, Joy! 🙂

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    For some reason, I haven’t felt the desire to read this just yet. I adore Charlie, but I have to really be in the mood. I made it to the part where she discovers Reyes is paying child support and of course she instantly thinks he has another baby. She annoyed me so I quit until I feel a bit more patient. But like you, I generally adore this series and can’t get enough. I just can’t read it when I’m grumpy.

  • I can’t freaking wait to get my hands on this book!

  • Wow, now I feel ashamed I only read book one. I actually own the whole series, lol. But I find it so hard to read series back to back these days and with blogging. I feel my readers would not be interested in my reviews if they were for the same books, you know? 😛

  • I just finished 9th and cannot wait for this one. Skimmed the review but I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much. I so agree… I could read this series forever!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I STILL need to read these. I’m glad you are still loving them though after 10 books. It really says something about the series. That’s awesome two books are coming out this year.


  • When you’re getting more than one book in a series in a year you never end up complaining, simply accepting what is given to you hehe I am glad you could love another one in this series <3

  • YASSSS! I’m going to add this to my list! <3 I cant wait to try it out and I'll admit that I totally was a judger at first and was going to pass this book up! I first saw this book on My Guilty Obsession from Ali and she was saying how excited she was so YAYYY I'm excited now! <3

  • That thing..the spoiler thing..not a fan of it

  • Jazmen

    I started this series at book 8, it was sent to me and I read it. Probably not a good place to start, but I’m interested in trying the series. Glad you’re having so much fun with this one.

  • One day, I’m going to binge all of these, and it’s going to be amazing.

  • I’m so excited to get this audio very soon. I love this series, but I have to listen. I love Lorelei King’s narration. I’m glad to see that you gave it five stars. You have me even more excited. YAY!

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • kindlemom1

    Yes! I love this series and I saw some bad reviews for this so I was nervous going into it but I shouldn’t have been, it was fabulous! So happy you thought so too!

  • Wow! Lots has happened since I last picked up this series. Married and a kid? Woah! One of these days I’ll get back to this series and fangirl with you and the rest of this series’ fans. I do need to be in the mood for paranormal romance though, which is why I haven’t picked it up just yet.
    Anyways, I’m glad that this was a 5 star hit as well! That’s amazing! 🙂