🎧 The Graveside Bar and Grill by Darynda Jones

August 31st, 2022 Kimberly Review 10 Comments

31st Aug

Narrated by Lorelei King, The Graveside Bar and Grill by Darynda Jones is a novella in the Charley Davidson series. Donovan St. James’ is monitoring the doctor at the request of one precocious teen in this heated and suspenseful tale.

🎧 The Graveside Bar and Grill by Darynda Jones
The Graveside Bar and Grill
by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #13.7
Narrator: Lorelei King
Length: 2 hours and 42 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**


I am always grateful for stories from this world and its characters. In this story Donovan St James, biker and owner of The Graveside Bar and Grill, whose one of those tasked with protecting Beep is doing a side job for said savior of the world. Beep has asked him to keep an eye on Dr. Lucia Mirabel. The doctor is the one who took care of Beep after her little worldly trip. Lucia’s real name is Sia, and she’s not exactly human…. well, you’ll see.

I loved the premises of the story and found it fascinating, but would have preferred a full-length story. Sia’s story is interesting, and it was easy to sympathize with her actions and current predicament. Danger is coming and Sia fears for the girl Donovan is protecting.

The audio is just under three hours, but Jones does a good job of enlightening us regarding Dr. Lucia. We first met her in a previous novella. We learned about others like her, which made me curious. For fans of the series, we glimpsed Charley, Reyes and others. The romantic aspect was more telling than show, which is why I would have preferred a longer story. However, Jones made it work, and I enjoyed their story from the suspense to their interaction.

Lorelei King narrates and does a stellar job. While I read the series, I have listened to the most of the novellas. She set the tone, enhanced the conversations and made listening pleasurable. As always, there is humor mixed in the tale and King nails it.

The story left me excited for Beeps series. While this is a standalone, I think fans of the series will appreciate it more.

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About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As 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. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

About Lorelei King

Lorelei King

Lorelei is a multi- award-winning narrator of audiobooks, recording the works of best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Darynda Jones and Patricia Briggs among others. In addition to numerous Audiofile Earphone and Audie Awards, she was voted Performer of the Year in 1999 and 2001 by the United Kingdom APA and Best Narrator of the Year by Audible.com in 2011. In 2017, she was honoured to be one of the first inductees into Audible's Narrator Hall of Fame.

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10 Responses to “🎧 The Graveside Bar and Grill by Darynda Jones”

  1. Katherine

    I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read by Darynda Jones and I love Lorelei King’s narration. I definitely need to pick up the audio of this one.

    • Kimberly

      I love this series from the snark to the friendships and the deliciously hot and humorous romance. I used to plan sick days on release days! LOL

  2. Silvia

    I’m so behind with the Charley Davidson series . . . I have quite a few instalments at home, but I keep postponing the read for some reason! Reading your reviews about it always reminds me that I should revise that 😅 Glad you keep loving the novellas as well, Kimberly!

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