Friday, August 26, 2022

The Graveside Bar and Grill by Darynda Jones Blog Tour

Sia saved Donovan’s life once. He just prays he can return the favor without losing his heart.

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Darynda Jones comes a new story in her Charley Davidson series…

When Donovan St. James’ precocious charge asks him—no questions asked—to tail the doctor who keeps their ragtag team patched up, he wants to refuse. Not because the saucy teen is getting too big for her britches, ordering him around like a mob boss, but because the woman stirs feelings in him he would rather not explore. However, when evil threatens the doc’s life, he realizes he has no choice. Sia saved his life once. He will try to return the favor. He just prays he can do it without losing his heart.

Running from the supernatural entity that has destroyed entire worlds to have her, Sia thought she’d found a haven on Earth with a motley team of warriors protecting the girl destined to save humanity. But when Sia’s found, she realizes something on this plane is more scrumptious than her: that very teen. So, she runs—and Donovan St. James follows. Nothing is more alluring than a scruffy biker with a lacerating gaze. And she vows to tell him that… if they survive.

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The Graveside Bar and Grill by Darynda Jones

Book 13.7
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“What are you doing?” a smooth, deep voice asked from behind her.

Sia spun around, fear and guilt seizing her lungs, though she couldn’t fathom what she had to feel guilty about. She clutched her phone to her chest, her gaze darting about. Because that surely was a great look on her. “Nothing,” she said after a moment. “What are you doing?”

Donovan’s dark lashes lowered over irises shimmering softly in the streetlamp’s light as he studied her. He tilted his head to one side, causing a lock of dark hair to fall over his brow. “Is everything okay, Doc?”

Forcing a smile at that point in her life was like peeling taffy that had melted and then cooled again off her car dashboard, but she finally managed to do it. “Of course. Why wouldn’t it be?” She tried to cross her arms over her chest and lean against a stack of crates. She failed and almost landed face-first on the pavement.

He rushed forward, but she caught herself and smoothed a hand over her hair. “How’s Elwyn?” she asked, deflecting. Her cheeks burned, and she thanked the powers for low light. Blushing was another human trait she despised.

After a long moment, Donovan lifted a shoulder. “You’d know better than me, you being her medic and all.”

Medic. Wasn’t that a military term? Had he served? Donovan had been the first member of the group she’d met when she walked up to the main house of the Loehr’s compound, the one constructed to keep Charley’s daughter safe. Knowing that Charley wasn’t around to contest her proclamation, Sia had pretended to be a friend of Charley’s from school. She’d told them that Charley had asked her to keep an eye on Elwyn and offered her services. A man named Garrett Swopes, another of Elwyn’s guardians, had hired her on the spot as Donovan watched their interaction.

Coincidentally, Donovan was also the first of the ragtag team she’d treated when he laid down his bike to avoid getting beheaded by a truck that had pulled out in front of him. And yet, even after all these years, she still knew so little about him.

Her phone pinged, and she read the text from Benji. Run, Sia. And believe nothing.



I'm going to have you for dinner now.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 stars of Darynda Jones brilliance

This is another fun novella from the Charley Davidson series, and I would most definitely say that it is a real treat for a fan, but could leave a new reader a little confused. The writing is fabulous, but I do believe that it is much easier to make sense of the scenario if one has the backstory.

I absolutely love all the stories in the series, and am loving that we are getting more... a drip, drip to get us (I am hoping) to another novel in the future! I felt that the first part of this one was a little bit slow, as people need to get up to speed, and then we enjoy the faster pace that really increases the tension.

I am not going to give away any of the story, but we do get to meet up with most of our old friends and have some insight into the upcoming battle.

Oh the joy I felt when learning I could revisit Charley Davidson's world!

I must say I absolutely LOVE the main series, but haven't read any of the novellas that occur after the original series was wrapped up. Having said that, a few of these characters I recognized while others I cannot recall.

This was a small bite, nothing too extravagant, but it was a quick (I definitely want more) story with an interesting situation.

Donovan has been tasked with keeping watch on Sia, who he just so happens to have a wee crush on. He's human, has a toe in the paranormal world, but doesn't have any of the cool powers to defeat evil. Sia is something else... that's all I will say about that.

While I was happy to come back to this world, I will say this seemed a little rushed. I didn’t feel like Donovan was fully developed and wanted more of his backstory. If you're new to Charley Davidson, this is a great "taste" of the paranormal world, of the demons and spirits, and ultimately, love!



The Graveside Bar and Grill. Apropos since it was next to a cemetery.


Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. A born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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