Summary via Goodreads:
“Life or Death? Not many people would choose death. But what if death chooses you? What if death doesn’t mean the end of your life, but the beginning?
For a Death Escort, death is life. Death is your paycheck. Death is your job.
And Charming is the best Escort the Grim Reaper has ever had.
But when you piss off the Reaper, being the best doesn’t matter. So Charming is assigned a Target who is practically impossible to kill. He knows the Reaper hopes he fails—that he’s counting on it. So Charming vows to prove him wrong. He vows to make the kill.
But someone else vows to get in his way. Someone with a big mouth, a sugar habit, and blond hair. Someone who makes his heart start beating again.
And so Charming is left holding more than one person’s fate in the palm of his hand. He thought the choice would be easy, that there really wasn’t a question at all.
He was wrong.
Life or Death?”
My Review: (5 out of 5 stars from me)
Unforgettable: impossible to forget; very memorable
Song Choice: “Strange Behavior” by Feed Me featuring Tasha Baxter, “I know you care” by Ellie Goulding, “Turning Tables” by Adele, and “Too Afraid To Love You” By the Black Keys so this is where I spend about a good three hours…hehe but not really i pick songs as i go, that i think best to their ability show the tone or some type reflection of the book, so i hope you enjoy the songs i picked, i know i did bwhahaha!!
First warnings: So this is a second in a series, while i suppose if for some reason you are totally and utterly against reading the first one, which i don’t know why in God’s name you would be because the first one is fantastic…anyways if you were really determined i guess you could read these out of order i wouldn’t recommend it because you might be confused, but hey you do what you want, but be be warned this review will be spoiler free of spoilers from this book but NOT THE FIRST. if i let something slip about the first book well i am honestly not all that sorry because well i warned you.
First thoughts: Honestly the moment Frankie and Charming met i was hoping for them to have something more together, and look i got my wish, it looks like wishing stars do work…oh damn i gave away my best kept secret, welp you win some you lose some. Anyways! The point is that this WAS AMAZING. I think i loved this more than the first book, yeahhh i do, apparently Cambria just gets better and better after each read. This was just i don’t even know how to say it other than MAGICAL, fantastic, awesome, mind-numbing brilliant, to quote some random reviewer my friend saw once and read out loud to me, “i want to have a baby with this book” I literally am in love with it.
Thoughts on Plot: NOW when i saw that this book was about 400+ pages i was like, wow really? i mean how much story can these two have? And i will admit i have been spoiled with the shorter reads that at most are hitting the 220 pages, if not smaller, and its wrong to say this ever, but sometimes those move faster because they have too, less space to work with, but oh my friends, or not friends if you hate me already, this book had fantastic pacing. There was a lot happening and when i felt like all was lost, and that there was no way out Cambria shocked us all. I loved the relationship between Charming and Frankie, it was light-hearted mixed with very deadly dangerous emotions. I am one of those people that love the relationships that start with fights and hatred. Oh the chemistry! BUT more importantly this wasn’t just a book about falling in love, this was a book about a very sexy boxer (not a dog, a fighter) learning how to live, how to feel again. I love that while a good deal of the story belonged to Charming it didn’t feel that way, there was enough going on for both of the main characters that it became there story. That is about all i can say about the plot because well spoilers 😉
Thoughts on Characters:
Sooo i am going to do something that i don’t normally do but have been doing it more lately actually. yeah i have conformed a little and started doing the casting thing… sooooo without further ado, may i introduce you to my Frankie?
And the man you have been waiting to meet my Charming:
Kay so you want to know how i feel about these cats? good because i am excited as hell to talk about them!
Frankie: sugar-loving, curvy – and damn proud of it, witty, little spit-fire. In other words: readers meet one of my new favorite girl MCs. She is amazing, truly. She is fearless even when she is scared she does what she thinks is right and she does it with flair. I loved her! She made me laugh, she made me proud, and she was very strong character. Frankie was fierce, but still feminine, and she wasn’t overtly annoying about, i am a strong woman hear me roar! She was vulnerable when the time was right, she fought when she needed too, and stood on her own two feet. But in the those secret moments with family, with Charming she was willing to be open. She was full of life, and practically coming apart at the seams with love, loyalty, and over-all bad-assery.
Here is a Frankie sass for ya (i love this woman by the way):
“I liked the way I looked and I worked hard to maintain the curves that shaped my body. I wasn’t fat, though by today’s standards (which basically said you should look like a stick with a head), some people probably thought I was, but I didn’t really care what those people thought. In my opinion, a woman should have a shape; she should be a body of swells and valleys. She should have something for a man to grab on to in bed—a solid form to hold on to in the night—not some twig that he couldn’t even find between the sheets.”
“My heart would bear the marks from those words, the echo of finality in them, forever.”
(turns out most of my highlights and there were a lot of them trust me, were Frankie quotes…)
Charming: OHHH CHARMING, you are on charming devil…yeah i just made that pun. I mean really is there anything sexier than a man who kills for a living for over 90 years, a boxer, and well a bit of a rebel? No, no there really isn’t. He never claims to be anything than what he is. And in this book there is real character change….i shouldn’t say character change but revealing, there is more than meets the eye, always there is more. And there is sooo much more to his man than a cold-hearted killer and we get to go into the mind of this devilish handsome escort, death escort not the other kind ladies…nice try ;). He was different, while he wasn’t bad to the bone, bad bad bad, he was what he was and he accepted that, and he was fiercely loyal, and loving. He is very convincing as well and when i refer to that, he makes us see him as he sees himself and the one person we tend to lie to the most is ourselves, so be careful with this one he will get under your skin, make you fall in love and then spit you right back out again only to find you can never love another…
Want so Charming quotes? Good cause i want to relive them!
“I wanted to tear my mouth from hers, to kiss more than just one place on her body, but her lips were like a drug. A lethal drug that claimed me with a single dose.”
““Because,” I said, leaning in closer to her, “it’s a lot like you. Larger than life. It fills up the space in front of you as far as you can see. And it can be temperamental.” I smiled when she made a face. “One minute it’s crashing onto the sand with great ferocity, but the next moment the waves become gentle and it laps at your ankles like a soft caress.””
“Tell me you’re mine. Tell me you didn’t bring my heart back from the dead only to make it die all over again.”
So the ending: Good, very very good. Do i think this series is over no. Do I think Charming and Frankie’s story is done? yes. Do I think it was beautiful and brilliant, why yes, yes i do. Fantastic.