Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Book Series: Charley Davidson #8
Released: 5/19/15 by St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 293 Price: $25.99 Hardcover
Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library
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….
I did not enjoy this book as much the second time I read it as I did the first. I’m not going to change my star rating but if I were to give it a reread rating it would come in at three stars I think.
Why is that you might ask? Mainly because while there were some earth-shattering plot revelations I now know them and some of the shine has worn off of the story. Much of the plot of this book revolves around Charley’s pregnancy and the arrival of Beep and quite frankly I’m just not that into kids.
I’m still glad I reread it as it was nice to have a refresher for all that went down, though. It was fun to witness Cookie and Uncle Bob’s wedding and the end where we have a chapter in Reyes’s p.o.v. was awesome! This time I was a little less satisfied with what went down with the step-mother and wished she could have received a bit more payback.
If I reread the series again someday I don’t think I will skip this book as there is so much that was revealed but it probably won’t ever be a favorite in the series. A bonus with the audiobook was an author interview at the end with the narrator. I was lucky enough to have my turn pop up for book nine so I don’t have to wait to continue on. Did notice that the release date was pushed back for the last book until 2019. Kind of disappointing but should give me plenty of time to work through the entire series before then.
My Rating: 5 Stars (originally)