Series: Downside Ghosts, #2
Published by Del Rey
Published on July 6th, 2010
Genres: Ghosts, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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ENEMIES DON’T NEED TO BE ALIVE TO BE DEADLY.
For Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. As an agent of the Church of Real Truth, Chess must expose those looking to profit from the world’s unpleasant little poltergeist problem—humans filing false claims of hauntings—all while staving off any undead who really are looking for a kill. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.
Someone’s taking out the hookers of Downside in the most gruesome way, and Chess is sure the rumors that it’s the work of a ghost are way off base. But proving herself right means walking in the path of a maniac, not to mention standing between the two men in her life just as they—along with their ruthless employers—are moving closer to a catastrophic showdown. Someone is dealing in murder, sex, and the supernatural, and once again Chess finds herself right in the crossfire.
“Nothin show up we ain’t handle, aye? You an me.”
I am officially addicted to this series! This book killed me, but I love, love, loved it! It’s been over a month since I read Unholy Magic for the first time. Since then I have listened to it on audio 1 & ½ more times and also re-read parts of it. It’s that freaking good!
What an AMAZING sequel to Unholy Ghosts! I don’t think there’s anything about this book that I didn’t like. The plot was really interesting and I enjoyed the parts of Chess doing her regular Church debunking job even more in this one. She is given the assignment to check out an alleged haunting of celebrity, Roger Pyle’s home. I was kind of fascinated by the dynamic of the Pyle’s. They are so dysfunctional and messed up and the whole time I really couldn’t tell what was genuine. It was fun to actually care about the case and try to figure things out right there alongside Chess.
Of course, investigating the Pyle’s haunting isn’t the only thing Chess is doing for work. Always caught in the middle of things, she’s still working for drug dealers Bump (& Terrible) on one side and Slobag (& Lex) on the other. This situation has always put me on edge. With her drug habit and personal relationships with both Terrible and Lex… Ughhh… I want to slap Chess sometimes.
And sometime soon—shit, she hadn’t even asked when—she’d be standing around with all of them. Bump and Slobag, Terrible and Lex. Every one of whom thought she owed them something. Not to mention her mysterious friend, the one who’d left human body parts in her car outside her work and followed her through the dark streets. How the fuck had she gotten herself into this one. Did she want to be killed?
A lot and I mean A LOT happens in terms of the relationships in this book. Chess is still having her no strings attached thing with Lex, but we all know there’s no feelings there. But her friendship or whatever it is with Terrible is what gets to me. We all know they want each other! It just lingers there and it’s brutal!
Like playing with forbidden spells early in her training, like the rush of a line of speed she wanted just a little too much, she wanted this. Wanted to take from him and give back, too. Wanted to share something.
Chess and Terrible have their first real argument in this book. Followed by Terrible proving once again how much he cares and how loyal he is. Then comes the kicker, he lays out in front of Chess and all she has to do it grab it. Good god, that speech. Terrible… Oh my god, I don’t think I could possibly love him any more. View Spoiler »
“Shit. I want you, Chess. Make no mistake on that one, dig? Want you bad. So bad I ain’t even can think of any else sometimes, ’cept gettin you under me. Ain’t give a fuck what pills you swallow get you through the day or what happens you ain’t got em, aye? Still want you.” ….
“But I ain’t … ain’t think I can take it, wakin up next to you on the morn, have you fake like nothin happened. Or tell me you made yourself a mistake. Or say, aye, thanks, maybe try that again on the sometime. I know how you run it, keepin it cool and no repeats, and I dig it, aye? Got your reasons. So I figure…” …
“I figure you really wanted me you’d say. Like now, maybe, if you dig. I’ll fuckin carry you down your place on a run, you tell me aye, get you on your back afore the next word comes out your mouth. But you oughta have yourself certain, causen I ain’t lookin for charity, an I ain’t lettin you go after. Once … once ain’t enough for me, dig?”
« Hide Spoiler And here is another moment that I wanted to smack Chess…
Her mouth refused to open, to utter that one small word that was all he needed to hear. Her body was taking its revenge on her, and what a time it picked.
As much as it might sound like I don’t like Chess, I really do. I love her. She’s an awesome narrator and such a complex character. I don’t know how she does it, but even when she’s messing up or making HUGE mistakes, I feel for her the whole time. I know she really means well and to hear how she owns and can admit to her downfalls and flaws is truly heartbreaking at times.
This installment is full of heartache and emotion (and the action is still definitely there, too). Everything comes to a head and it’s incredibly intense. Every time I thought the worst had come, I felt like I was punched in the gut once again. View Spoiler » “How long, Chess?”*SOB* and “Naw,” he said. “Naw, Chess, you ain’t a whore. A whore’s honest.” *DAGGER TO THE HEART* « Hide Spoiler I was sobbing through more than one part of this book. It completely exceeded by expectations and I am dying to jump into the next book.
She wasn’t scared anymore. Being with him wouldn’t be scary. Being without him, being alone again … That made her booze-diluted blood run cold.
See my review for book #1 – Unholy Ghosts ➔ HERE!