The Dirt on Ninth Grave Darynda Jones ~Double Review~

In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn't help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she's lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

With no memory and no real life outside of work, Jane struggles to understand this world and the other that no one else seems to see. She feels a sense of deep loss and as if she tries hard enough she can get a glimmer of what she seems to have lost. Jane also has a drive/compulsion to help people. Something within that makes her want to lend a helping had and fix a wrong.

You can read the blurb for a more, but my review from this point on is going to be soley based on my emotions after reading The Dirt on Ninth Grave.

If Charley Davidson had any doubts about the friends and family she has amassed, they have just been obliterated. The sheer love and heartache Reyes emits had me so teary eyed and love struck that it just reaffirms his status as my ultimate book boyfriend.

Cookie, well, EVERY girl needs a Cookie in their life; plain and simple.

Still funny as ever, still thrilling, and still packed with crazy antics. And, yes, still filled with breathtaking sexy encounters that will have you melting in the kitchen.

I was unsure where this series was going after the last book, Eighth Grave After Dark, but worry no more. I feel what will rise from this is a stronger, mightier, sexier unit that no god or monster can destroy.

5 emotionally charged stars!

I really was worried about this installment based on how the last book ended. But, after getting a few chapters into the book I was relieved that we weren't going to miss out on Cookie and the gang. There can be no Charley without Cookie!
There is definitely less steamy time between Reyes and Charley in this one but if you read the last book then it's understandable why that happened. The lack of steam was cleverly replaced with some very entertaining banter between him and Charley when they were "getting to know each other"... I was giggling out loud. I have and always will adore Reyes... one of my favorite male paranormal characters ever. He never fails at making me grin.
I also loved how all of Charley's friends dropped everything and rallied around her to keep her safe and be patient as she finds her way back to the truth. Of course, in true Charley fashion, everyone and their efforts to keep her safe and protected go awry when she goes off on her tangents to solve the latest crimes.
The ghost cameos are always the best part of the books for me personally AND this book probably had the best one yet! I was seriously laughing out loud. Just think "Legend of Sleepy Hollow"... yep, she went there. I can't say too much or it will ruin the LOL moment for you... but, I stinkin' loved it so much. Darynda Jones has the best sense of humor. I never tire of it really.
I do feel like this book had a few too many plotlines, which for me made the ending feel a little crazy and rushed because there was so much that needed tying up. There were several plotlines I would've liked to have seen more developed while others I felt were just completely unnecessary.
But, all in all this is full of what we have grown accustomed too in the world of Charley Davidson. She is a detective at heart and still not quite embracing who she really is and what she is fully capable of doing. And, she always puts others safety and needs above her own. I wonder if we will ever get to see her come into her powers fully? At some point, I would love to see this happen.

4 "I heart Reyes" stars! :)

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