Charley Davidson has amnesia. She’s currently living in New York as a Jane Doe working in a bar/restaurant. She’s leaning things about herself (she see dead people, know multiple languages and can tell when people lie), but doesn’t feel she can talk to anyone about these things. Some people think she’s faking the amnesia and thus treat her like dirt. Other people seem to like her, but she’s not sure why. Life isn’t normal, but she’s getting by.
This is the ninth book in the Charley Davidson series and it’s obviously just filler for whatever is going to happen in the next book. The story doesn’t really move forward from the events of the eighth book. However, I didn’t have much of a problem with this because I still enjoyed the book. There’s still plenty of humor, a bit of action, some mystery and um, some steamy scenes. It’s kind of like the first book in the series, which I guess isn’t a good or bad thing. It just is.
The things I didn’t like about this book had nothing to do with it being filler. There are a couple of waitresses that hate Charley/Jane. One is just stereotypical female cattiness and the other…well, there’s a reason, but it’s a dumb one that doesn’t really have anything to do with Charley. I’ve always felt that if you despise someone, it should be because of something they’ve said or done to you or have some sort of connection to and that’s just not the case here. This hatred is just because Charley exists.
The other thing that I dislike about this book and much of the series is the treatment of women by men. As a woman, I’m fully aware of how much misogyny exists in the world, but it runs rampant in these books and is predominantly the sexual/violent kind. Sometimes it feels as if I’m reading Charley Davidson:SVU. Frankly, it’s what stops me from truly enjoying these books. I know it may just be me, which is why I only dock one star, but it would be nice to have a book in the series that doesn’t include this theme. I’d settle for just getting rid of the violent/sexual variation.
Anyway, if you like snark and a bit of slapstick, you’ll probably enjoy this series and this book could be read on it’s own (best to start at the beginning though).