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The Trouble with Charley

Posted Mar 21 2012, 7:18 pm

The Trouble with Charley 

Life on the outside, away from the sliding of bars and the monotony of routine, is so foreign, so alien, I’m certain I’ve entered another world. Another galaxy. They told me it’d be that way. They who imprisoned me in the first place. Once they figured out their mistake, ten years after the fact, they released me, but fuck them. Ten years is a long time to pay for something I didn’t do. Before I left they told me that because I went in so young I wouldn’t know how to navigate the real world once I got out. Everyday activities like paying bills and buying groceries would be a challenge. But I don’t need anything. Being the son of public enemy number one has its perks. I can live on nothing but water for months. I could move to Antarctica and survive without so much as a coat if I wanted to.

Then again, she isn’t in Antarctica.

And surviving in the real world might be a bigger challenge than I’d originally thought as well. I shower in a small, rundown hotel room. When I towel off, I catch a glimpse of my reflection in the cracked mirror above the sink and study the dark red slashes that run from my right shoulder, down my torso, to my left hip. The gashes are compliments of a demon that escaped from hell. He found nothing but his own death here on earth, but the struggle to put him down was greater than I’d anticipated. The wounds will heal in a couple of days, but I don’t want her to see them. Not those or the others. I’m enough of a monster without adding disfigured to my résumé.

I look at my tattoos, at the intricate patterns of lines and curves and points. One band taken alone is nothing but a black mark on my skin, but all the lines linked together form a map, a key to the gates of hell—a gift from my father—and if I stare long enough, I’ll fall through. Since I was just released from a prison on earth, the last thing I need is to re-enter one in the netherworld. And I doubt I’m strong enough to escape that place again, so I avert my gaze. I look up instead. Study my face. My eyes are brown. I’ve never considered them anything special, but others, both male and female, seem particularly attracted to them, so I try not to make eye contact when I’m out. Still, their unwavering gazes, their inability to look away, to breathe, is disconcerting, so I blind them. Only for a few seconds. Only long enough to pass. And then their eyes are glued to my back. Hot. Wanting. Begging me to stop. To turn.

I never do.

I stop ogling my human form, so like my inhuman one, and leave my physical body, telling myself I’m just going to check on her. To make sure she’s safe. There are more of my former brethren out there, and they lust for nothing more than her. Than what she has. What she is. A portal. A gateway to heaven itself.

I travel above the streets of Albuquerque. Glad no one can see me. No one can want me more than they want their next breath of air. Their hunger is draining. Their disappointment when I ignore them palpable.

I pull through the walls of her apartment and feel her pulse quicken. She knows I’m here. Because I have yet to materialize, she can’t see me. A good thing, considering what I look like at the moment. She’s standing in front of her bathroom sink in a towel. Long legs spill out from under it like a waterfall of sin. The material concaves around her waist, giving me a glimpse of her hourglass figure. Her hair hangs in dark, wet strands down her spine. Her gold gaze lifts from the floor beside her, falls over a slender shoulder, and rises until she is looking right at me. But she doesn’t know it so she continues to scan the area.

I can’t help myself. I ease forward and brush my mouth across hers. Then I suck in a sharp breath when her tongue darts out to wet her lips, when her fingertips touch the pink fullness, testing it, exploring. She pulls her bottom lip through her teeth. Crosses her arms in that defiant pose she likes to strike anytime I’m near.

“You can show yourself, you know.” Her voice is like a husky wind over my skin.

She quirks a single brow and continues to look around. Waiting. Pretending not to hope. But I can hear the rush of blood beneath her skin, feel the flood of warmth between her legs. Her facial expression is one of slight annoyance, but her body speaks volumes. A betrayal of Greek proportions.

“I’m still mad at you,” she adds.

She props herself against the sink and I can’t help but press against her length. She gasps, tries to push me away, but to her, I am no more than thick, scalding air. I could materialize, but I won’t. Not now. After I heal, IF I heal. If I get the chance. There are more demons, and they want her. This beautiful creature standing before me. She grasps the edges of the vanity and basks in the warmth I’ve surrounded her in. Her head falls back and I lean down to kiss her neck. A soft moan escapes her lips, encouraging me, enticing me to materialize and bury myself inside her until I see stars.

No. Not now. Not like this. I grind my teeth together and step back. The instant coolness causes goose bumps to cascade over her radiant skin. She hugs herself, rubs her arms, and frowns.

When she speaks again, her voice has changed. It’s softer, less certain, and the hurt emanating from her chest makes me regret coming here. “Did you get what you came here for? Did you get the reaction you wanted?”

Since her reaction didn’t involve her screaming as she climaxed, shuddering in my arms, then no. Another time, perhaps.

The trouble with Charley is she stole my heart the first time I saw her centuries ago. Her smile glimmered like a bright star against the black silk of eternity. The universe shifted in her direction, as though all the planets and all the stars and all the moons wanted nothing more than to be nearer her. I knew exactly how they felt. I understood the depths of her attraction long before she was born on this earth. To this world. A world that deserves her almost as little as I do.

And here she stands. Her chin held high. Her large eyes pools of shimmering gold.

“So now that you’ve accomplished your mission, would you mind fucking off? I have a case to solve.”

She turns back to her vanity and runs a brush through the tangles at her back. I wonder if she’ll ever find out who her real father is. How amazing her ancestry really is. All reapers have families, but hers is bona fide royalty. She is a princess among thieves.

No, she deserves much better than the likes of me.

I leave. Reenter my body. Take a deep breath while imagining the demons that have entered this plane to take her. And with a renewed energy, I hunt. 


165 responses to “The Trouble with Charley”

  1. Tina says:

    Awesome! Leaves me holding my breathe for the next installment!

  2. Kristen says:

    AMAZING….seriously need the next book NOW!

  3. rachel says:

    omg wow!!!!!! She is royalty!!!!!!!….wow

  4. Donna Martin says:

    It really isn’t nice to tease with just a tidbit. We need more Charlie and Reyes!

  5. Tanna says:

    WOW!!!! Im reading second grave and like first grave it is amazing. I cant put it down. Love this short as it tells more about Reyes from his perspective. Keep it up Darynda….I love your books!!!

  6. Carole says:

    Damn! That was good. Now that I’m done with 3rd Grave, I want Fouth even more. Thanks for the tease. Maybe run a few of these between now and the next release and I may not have to chew my fingers off in anticipation.

  7. Rhianna says:

    Sexy! YUM! Can’t wait for book 4!!!!

  8. Elizabeth H says:

    OMG!! Her real father????? Oh man!! I hope there is more about that in Fourth Grave!! Awesome mini story!!! Love me some Reyes!!

  9. Marcia says:

    Love it! Wanting more!

  10. Jo says:

    Omg amazing. Great to hear from Reyes.

  11. Mary says:

    I just finished reading “Third Grave Dead Ahead” just about an hour ago and now, with this story, all I want to do is get back to Reyes and Charley. Fantastic.

  12. Miss Deidrr says:

    Love … pure, absolute love

  13. Miriam says:

    Nice little story.Thank you. I love this series so far keep up the good work.

  14. Carla says:

    Sigh. That’s all I got. Just awesome.

  15. aimi says:

    Fucking hell. Reyes, damn bastard and Charley, I need both of them right now!

  16. Nancy says:

    You are such a tease! I need the Fouth!

  17. Laural says:

    WOW. Dont know what else to say. lol

  18. Jasmine byron says:

    Just awesome, I love Reyes and it’s good to get something from his point of view.

  19. Kym says:

    OMG! Loved, loved, loved, hearing Reye’s side of things! So beautiful, the way he feels about Charley.
    It’s LOVE alright! 🙂

  20. Renee Waring says:

    I love this shoirt story Darynda! A fabulous teaser with just eniugh Reyes to keep me interested and wanting more. Thank you.

  21. Kristin D says:

    That was so amazingly awesome!!!! We need the fourth NOW! What a wonderful glimps & delicious tease…cannot wait for the next one!

  22. Lisa Hoang says:

    T__T ahhhhhhh i love reyes!!! i can’t wait for book 4. Thanks for the short story, Darynda. It helps take the edge off of waiting for book 4 :]

  23. Ines says:

    Royalty?? Oh, I really want to know more! A story from Reyes point of view was just what I needed! Thanks! 😀

  24. Maria S says:

    Wow! Held me captive by every word!

    The photo of Reyes is how I picture him!

    Love this series!

  25. jo skidmore says:

    Love it! I need more Reyes!! X

  26. Erin says:

    Sexy even in short form. And of course now I’m dying to know who her real father is!!

  27. Jennie says:


  28. tori says:

    Oh my! I cant wait to

  29. Jennifer says:

    Damn! I’m ALMOST sorry I read that because it’s going to be a while before Book 4 comes out I bet. *Sigh* I love Reyes and Charley. It was nice to see her from Reye’s POV and such infromation!!! I’m going to be trying to guess who her real father is all the way until Book 4 releases and I’ll be looking for hints in book. 😉

  30. Mel says:

    Okay, Ms Darynda, how much grovelling and/or baking/cleaning/foot rubbing would it take to get an advanced copy of 4th grave??? I have no pride when it comes to Charley and Reyes lol

  31. Stacy says:

    There are no words ironically lol! Love your work!!!

  32. Kelly R says:

    awesome! can’t wait to get ahold of 4th grave and read it and now I’m wanting more Charlie and Reyes! Keep up the good work! Love your books!

  33. Courtney G says:

    Hahaha, this is starting to sound like those sites Charley found when she searched Reyes online. XD

    Love the tidbit though! Thanks Darynda and keep up the good work!!! 😀

  34. Stacey Minix Hensley says:

    WOW…Thanks for insight into Reyes and the story, but now I’m wanting more! lol

  35. Michelle Bledsoe says:

    Wow. You just keep the twists coming. Thank you so much. I am eagerly waiting for the next book. Lots of love to you and Charley and the gang.

  36. Shell Carpenter says:

    Love it…keep the tidbits coming til the 4th book! I just can’t get enough of Charlie & Reyes!

  37. Jennette says:

    Makes me so excited for the next book, I want to know More!!!!!

  38. Traci says:

    Loved it!!!! And real father…royalty…I need to know more!!!!

  39. Carla says:

    That was pure awesomeness!!! Loved it D!

  40. Tena says:

    OMG OMG your such a teaser. I hate waiting for the new books. Love the books –want more……

  41. Michele says:

    Pleasurable tease. I want some more!!

  42. Vicki Wilson says:

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

  43. liz says:

    a few more short storis like that we might all make it until 4 comes out. seriously NEED more!!!! book 4 can NOT get here soon enough! sigh

  44. Catherine says:

    Just when I had started coming out of withdrawals, you plunge me back in again after this story! Loved it. You are so talented. Keep them coming. I will handle the shakes until book 4 lol 🙂

  45. Cheryl Sanders says:

    Can’t wait!!! Amazing!

  46. Shannon says:

    Thank you I really needed that! It makes the wait easier to take!

  47. Amanda says:

    Love IT!!! how much longer do we have to wait???

  48. Danielle Gavan says:

    Love it! I’m patiently waiting for book 4 to come out. Okay..who am I kidding. There’s nothing patient going on over here.

  49. Cindy McCune says:

    Wow…so hot reading Reyes point of view! And what a tease about her REAL father. Love, love, love it!!!

  50. Marni R says:

    THIS WAS BRILLIANT! I am so excited for my birthday present (4th Grave) LOL – I can’t wait – kinda scary that I just might be in love with the Son of Satan! *shivers*

  51. Monacco says:

    Glad to see this tidbit. . .I was feeling very worried that perhaps Charley and Reyes were at an end. Keep the ship, I don’t think that they could belong to anyone else except each other.

  52. Sarah says:

    Could use a whole bucketful of Reyes, but I’ll take the teaspoon. : ) Any is better than none. Waiting, waiting so impatiently for the next one…sigh…

  53. Tegan says:

    Love it, I so want the next book now..

  54. Diane says:

    Love love it! Thanks for sharing with us!

  55. Dee Costello says:

    Thank you for this! The WARDen sent me and I’m glad I took her advice. I can’t wait to preorder the next one.

  56. Rosalie K says:

    Never had a truly favorite author until I read your three books. Can’t wait for the fourth!

  57. Candace says:

    Wow! I love and appreciate Reyes POV. Thanks so much for that! He is hotter than Hades and I can’t get enough of Charley and Reyes and all the rest of the characters. Book 4 can’t come soon enough!

  58. janice howard says:

    so good your books just keep getting better and better can’t wait for 4, such a great tease!!!

  59. Candie says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

  60. Tanyaw1224 says:

    Sweet! I can’t wait until the next book. I so want to know who the heck she is and what all she is capable of =) Royalty? nice =) Reyes is so freaking hot. love that bad boy.

  61. Mel Scifi says:


    You are killing me! Charley has a royal family she knows nothing about. Will Reyes ever learn to trust Charley enough to work with her instead of hiding from her?

    Waiting for book 4 is going to be torture!

    Thank you for writing addictive stories.

    Best wishes,


  62. Deb says:

    I really enjoyed reading that. It left me wanting more and more. Can’t wait for the next book. I will be dreaming of Reyes tonight.


  63. LT says:

    Ms D! You sure know how to get an old lady riled up!! Our boy is the epitome of HOT. Thanks again and again for sharing; can’t wait for Fall (#4). Perhaps another short may pop up??? Oh to dream!

  64. Angie says:

    More from Reyes please!! Wow.

  65. Crystal Flanney says:

    I absolutely love the Charley Davidson series! They are some of the best books I have ever read! Loved this short story as well and can hardly wait for more! :0)

  66. Black Velvet says:

    Ahhhh…OMG…So how long do we have to wait until book 4 is out. Where’s the countdown clock.

  67. GLORIA says:

    That was awesome! Thank you for giving us Reyes’ POV. I really can’t wait for Fourth Grave!!!

  68. Sandy says:

    Great!!!! I want more Reyes…and the picture….is perfect!!!!

  69. Danielle says:

    It’s so great to have Reyes point of view. My oh my, he is do HOT! Can’t wait until the next book. The wait is murder!

  70. sha says:

    I too, was holding my breath the whole time.
    Darynda is total Shera!

    Bring on more Reyes!

  71. Erin Metzger says:

    Same here……I never can put your books down!! How much longer till #4 comes out?? I’ll take some more Reyes too!!! Way to go Darynda!!!! You have an amazing talent!!

  72. Thank you guys so much!!!! Fourth Grave comes out October 30th. Woot! So glad you liked the story. I just wanted to do a quickie, just to whet the appetite. LOL.

    Hugs all around! ~D~

    • Sharon Hatch says:

      Good lord woman…more please…just little bits such as this may help me to wait for book 4…you are awesome. Sharon H

  73. kathy Nigro says:

    Love Love the short story. Can’t wait till find out who her family is!

  74. Angela Bukowski says:

    Yaaayyy!! Now I have TWO things to look forward to in October-our fourth baby and the fourth book!!!

  75. Beth ann Powers says:

    I am sitting hear holding my eyes shut and my ears shut becuase I don’t want to read anything about the next book until I have it in my hand. but then it is just there. Hummm Maybe I will read just a little……. Ok, i just read it and now I really am amped up for the next book. That was to wet the appitite? I am starving now. So Oct. ? Good month Halloween our family’s favorite holiday and a good month for the Grim Reaper to let us into more of her life. Take care. and thanks again.

  76. carlos perez says:

    It’s 5:30 in the morning … My eyes fighting to stay awake …. I come to this link … Start reading . ( because I’m hooked on your boooks ) now i am wide awake and wanting more.
    Fantastic writing Darynda . I am so ready for more installments . Love your stories 🙂

  77. Nicole says:

    Very nice! I just wrapped up Third Grave, and then saw this. I can’t wait!! I guess I will be reading For I Have Sinned in a few minutes as well. I am so glad I stumbled upon your first book in BAM that day. I have told so many people about this series, and I cannot get enough!

  78. Diane says:

    I want it sooner! I haven’t been able to purchase Third Grave Dead Ahead yet since I’m actually listening to the books and the audio is not available ta this time; but as soon as it is I will purchase it.

  79. Elisa Beatty says:

    Woo-hooo!!!! So fun, Darynda!!!

    Making you can retell the whole series from Reyes’ perspective…I love it!

    Can’t wait for FOURTH!!

  80. JenniE says:

    I so cannot wait!!!!! I am so anxiously awaiting the next installment. October is just too far away and I need my next Reyes fix like…. now~ 😀 But truly, thanks for giving us his perspective- it’s nice knowing he wasn’t using Charley because he could, but that he actually cares.

  81. Joyce says:

    Please make it possible for me to purchase it for my Nook. I love this series.

  82. Jeri says:

    Thank You for Reyes POV. I Love it !!!!!

  83. Sarah says:

    It is so fun to get a little bit of insight into Reyes’s thoughts! I absolutely loved all three books, (I sat down and read them all back to back because I couldn’t get enough) and I can’t wait for the next installment in the Charley Davidson story! Please tell me it will be soon! But in the mean time thanks for the little tidbits : )

  84. Melissa B says:

    Oh, Reyes….that was like a little snack!

  85. Pam says:

    OMG!!!!! PLEASE get another book out soon! I NEED it! This blog post is such a tease! 🙂

  86. Tanya says:

    I’m proud to say I got 2 friends hooked on your books ….well actually you….hell, let’s be blunt ,Reyes hooked them. One friend started reading them last year, and my other friend started 3 weeks ago. She’s on the third one, and she told me about yr. site and the picture of Reyes. She didn’t tell me about this snippet, this taste which leaves me wanting more as usual. Love you Darynda!

    • Cashea RIgney says:

      I work at walmart in the photo lab by the books and I always try to get people to start reading these books.
      I too am proud that I have helped people find these books.
      Just today I told a lady about these books and she ordered it off line before she left the store.

    • Carol says:

      I have the whole neighborhood – cousins – AND ELDERLY Aunt on these books. WHEN is the forth one coming out?????

  87. Cashea RIgney says:

    this is one of the best short books I have ever read. I wish I could meet me a Reyes!!!!!!

  88. Carol Murphy says:

    Me likie. Me want more. Me sad to wait so long for more. Me impatient, but me will live in exquisite anticipation. ;o)

  89. Carina L. says:

    Are you trying to give us a heart attack woman?
    Jesus, that was good!
    Like someone already mentioned, I was BARELY getting over the withdrawals from Third Grave, and now…well I’m a happy addict to your writting =)
    Can hardly wait for Fourth Grave!

  90. teresa schodorf says:

    I really enjoy Charley’s story, she just wants to have fun and help all the lost souls she can. I’m really in to the books they make me laugh. I was wondering when the Third book will be out

  91. teresa schodorf says:

    when will For I haved Sinned be out

  92. EsterdeLuna says:

    …I know you’ve read a lot of comments Ms. Jones, but i’m sure as hell you haven’t read a comment from me yet… 🙂 I love third grave dead ahead, and this blog enthralled me even more… of all the quotes from T-SHIRT you’ve written in your book, this is my favorite…

    ‘Lead me not into temptation, I can find it myself’ (hope I got it right)… bye!

  93. Micaela.A says:

    OMG you’ve taken my breath away!!! Human or not I’ll take Reyes any which way!! Can’t wait for book four :):):)

  94. Oh, man, Darynda. The angst Reyes suffers. It just slays me.

  95. Debbie says:

    Loved this, WANT MORE!! Please, I’m so hooked on these books, can’t wait till the next one THANKS!!

  96. Sara says:

    W-O-W! That’s all I have to say!! I always give a plug for your books whenever I can!!! Love your writing!!! Would love to see more shorts …. maybe even a book of shorts!!
    CanNOT wait for October 30!!! I have that day marked off!!! I am SO excited and it is hardly containable!!!

  97. Tracy says:

    OMG…please consider writing a book from Reyes’ POV…..this little tease was still amazing!!!

  98. Maxine Johnson says:

    OMG!!! I am hungry for the next installment! When is it due? I can hardly wait! I love Charlie, Cookie, Garret Swoopes… even Uncle Ubie! And, let’s not forget Angel and Rocket! This series is amazing!!! Please please please release the next installment. I have nothing to read now!!!

  99. atapp says:

    Wow! I just read the first three books yesterday and was hooked. I love Charlie! What a character. I guess I should have paced myself since I have to wait until october for #4. Thanks for the snippet. It was nice to read from Reyes’ pov.

  100. Patricia says:

    Real father? As in, yet another guy who can screw her over? Oh darn!

    But a very great tidbit. More, pulease!

  101. dawn says:

    Omg! I am soo looking forward to the fourth book! October is just so far away! Need more Reyes and Charley!

  102. Karen H says:

    I discovered your books this week … And have devoured the first 3 books in 3 days. So much fun! I cannot wait for #4. 🙂

  103. Sherry says:

    I just finished #3. Great stuff. So many possibilities. Thanks for the great read.

  104. Ira says:

    i can’t wait for number 4! pls expedite the fourth book Darynda! I really love Charley! but i love Reyes even more….he ruined me for other man..hahaha

  105. Cashea Rigney says:

    ok, I have decided that the whole Reyes and Charlie books never need to end. Please please dont ever let them end!!!!!

  106. Farisijja says:


    I love Reyes *sigh*

    Can’t wait for the Fourth. The sad thing is, when it come out I will read it in about a day and want more.

    Anyway really can’t wait. I read about 60 paranormal authors so far and you are in the first five of my favourites ;D Along with Km Harrison, LK Hamilton, Karen Chance and Sherrylin Kenyon 😉

    So yeah…. I can’t believe I haven’t heard about you earlier, because your books are truly magnificent 😉 light, with a lot of humour, great plot and fantastic characters 🙂

  107. Mica says:

    Wow i need of more can’t wait for the next book!


    Thank you again! This was a fun story to write. I love me some Reyes.

    For those who asked, 4th comes out October 30th. Woot!


    • wendy says:

      Hey Darynda,

      I just got through reading the 3rd book of Charley and I so cant wait for the next one. Oct seems very far away. love your books, thank you.


  109. Yvonne Escajeda says:

    I’ve read all three and I looooovvvveee your books! I got the girls at my work hooked on your books too, and we sit around talking about the characters as if we know them. =)

    …..but my friend and I are on separate sides she is Team Reyes and I am Team Swoopes, please tell me there is going to be more of him in the 4th book?? Please oh Please!!

  110. Cassidy says:

    I am 100% going with Reyes… I am glad that Garrett is still around… nothing wrong with some friendly competition 😉 I can NOT wait for the next book!! October can not possibly come soon enough for me!

  111. Kaley says:

    So much better then Twilight. There is no comparison!

  112. samantha says:

    I love the books can’t wait for the 4th

  113. You’re killing me smalls =)


  114. Nike says:

    ::Looking at my watch:: October can’t get her soon enough!

  115. Mariska says:

    Wooow! I like this story. Could you write a book just from Reyes point of view. That would be awesome. Not that I like these books. I love them, I am a really big fan. But I think it would be soooo cool to read more about what he thinks.

  116. Iced Coffee says:

    Ouch.. ouch ouch ouch..
    I think I’ll have to learn fishing because my heart sank way deep in my chest.
    I can’t wait for the book.
    I hope you do us a charity and maybe tease us some more? few lines? few chapters? maybe the entire book?

  117. Nereid says:

    OMG that is so hot, I love these books and can’t wait for the next one, I so wish it was time as I would buy it instantly. 🙂

  118. Atzumi_Muishi says:

    OMG!!!!! my heart just stopped, I found this on Facebook, and I thank Mark Zuckerberg for that!!!, and also Thank You Darynda for this moments, Reyes is simply awesome!!!, you are killing us softly with this beautiful details, WE WANT MORE, PLEASE!!! =D

  119. Clair says:

    Looking through the website and found this by accident. Having Reyes point of view was a masterstroke, Genius, heart stopping and left me wanting more.

  120. Brandy says:

    LOVE Reyes point of view. Thanks for this little look into his mind and how he thinks. I can’t wait for the 5th book!

  121. jeanna collins says:

    Poor Reyes. Always keeping at arms length what can heal his heart.

  122. Sonja says:

    You never disappoint.. cant wait for the next book!!!

  123. Bonita says:

    Mmmmmm….. Lovely!bonita

  124. Janet W. says:

    These books have been on my TBR for awhile. After reading this, I know I have to start them , like NOW.

  125. sandra says:

    You are truly an amazing writer. even with this little bit you leave us wanting more.

  126. I can’t get enough of your books, and of course of Reyes. Thank you for sharing this short story.

  127. Sonya says:

    All I can say is “WOW” Now I am lusting for more. 😉

  128. ximena says:

    ahhh mori con este lo ameeee

  129. Stephanie says:

    I’m so ready for Fifth grave!!!!

  130. Wonderful. I love the seeing the story from his POV. I can’t wait until both characters are on stage but we’re viewing through the eyes of Reyes.

  131. Gillian says:

    How did I ever miss this last spring?! Love Reyes POV. Thank you!

  132. Gaynor says:

    Magical, leaves me wanting more stories, more than I have never felt about any other book. The perspective from Reyes is inspirational. Please hurry and write more. Thanks.

  133. Melissa says:

    ugggg MORE!! Love that man!! Waiting impatiently for the next book!!!

  134. Rowan says:

    OMG I love these books so much!! Hearing about Charley from Reyes’ perspective is even more exciting. I promote your books every chance I get! Awesome!

  135. Tracey says:

    D- Glad you posted this… Super sexy thoughts from a beautiful creature! And, his picture is PERFECT! Can’t wait for 5 (& 6 & 7…..!) Will be back out to visit my son in Feb….I’m sure you are writing furiously…. You rock! All the best – Tracey

  136. Lori says:

    You just got yourself another reader! That one little look at a big story through the man’s eyes intrigued me, and got me to read all the blurbs from the rest of the series. I will be buying the books soon, and can’t wait to get to the book where they finally end up together at last. Sort of like Jeaniene Frost’s Cat and Bones’ stories. Oh, that picture is perfect for his part, too. Yum…

  137. Steph says:

    Ah, just the Reyes fix I needed! I love that this is from Reyes’ POV, to see his thoughts about people’s reaction to his presence, both men and women. Reyes’ POV is really special and it’s something Charley can’t explain, except maybe when she’s in his head . . . . His thoughts, concerns, insecurities etc. being conveyed only the filter of Charley’s observations of his facial expressions or reading his moods or through what he says is just so limiting. I would love to see half of one entire book (or a whole book) told from Reyes’ POV! Damn I love these books! AND the Darklight series (Death and the Girl Nexgt Door).

  138. June says:

    Just read book 4. Thank you for the area 51 dismantling! Can’t wait for Book 5! …………. OK waited long enough!

  139. Bennie says:

    WOW!!!!!I can’t wait to read the next book..

  140. Dolores says:

    I am in love with this series!

  141. Qyuana says:

    That was so hot…and i really like to finally get a sneak peak into Reyes point of view of the world and Charley. He knows way more than she does about some things…wonder what he’ll reveal next.

  142. BigFan:-) says:

    Hi!!!! I LOVE this!! I think I’ve read it ten times. Now can you do one from Jared’s point of view!? I’d love to know what he’s thinking about the end of DD&D!

  143. LM says:


  144. K.May says:

    I’ve only started reading the first book yesterday, 55% in and I don’t want to stop!

  145. Jess says:

    Omg amazing! :3 Are there any more scenes from Reyes’s view??

  146. Kristina says:

    Please please tell me where you got this picture of Reyes from?!! Who is this gorgeous man???! Because this is exactly how I pictured Reyes Farrow! Can’t wait till your sixth book!!!

  147. Kristina says:

    Oh also the perfect character for Garrett Swopes would be Daniel Sunjata or Michael Ealy!!

  148. Katherine says:

    Love this short story and great pic!
    Keep up with the great stories,
    Love your work

  149. wildchild1954 says:

    And I seriously have to wait until May 2014 for Book 6??? I believe I will be certifiably insane by that point. So keep these short little stories coming – they’re keeping me sane.

  150. Shannon says:

    I love the Reyes’ POVs! Thank you so much for writing and sharing them. I can’t wait to read book 6.

  151. Pierce Wills says:

    OMG!!!!!! Please for the love of god, let there be books from Reyes point of view, please!
    Isn’t she the princess of light or the sun or something (said in the first book).
    I really need the 6th book, the fact that i am re-reading over and over is seriously worrying and kinda effecting my normal life (and thats not a bad thing)

  152. Olga Guevara says:

    I just stumbled upon this! It was just by chance because I’m going through your website trying to absorb as much as I can from Charley and Reyes! I am in love! This was awesome. <3 Reyes!!!!!!!

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