Books of My Heart is hosting a year long read-along of the Night Huntress world books by Jeaniene Frost. COYER has adopted the read-along this year and is hosting chats for each book. You can see the schedule by clicking here. This is my first time reading the series though Halfway to the Grave has been sitting on my TBR shelf since it first came out. I’ve always enjoyed paranormal romance / urban fantasy, and vampires hold a soft spot for me. I’m excited to dive in. I’ll be posting reviews for each book the Friday before the chats. If you’d like to join us, find our group on Facebook here.
Whoops! I’m a little behind on this post….I should have known better with it being February. This month is always busy. Better late than never though, right 😉
Series: Night Huntress #2
Published by HarperCollins on 2009-10-13
Length: 386 pages
Reviewing Kindle from My Book Shelf
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You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide…
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.
Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head – wanted: dead or half-alive – means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever … and Bones won’t let her get away again.
Oh Cat *shaking my head* One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost picks up nearly five years after that heartbreaking ending in book one. Cat is fully immersed in her covert work for the FBI, hunting down vampires and killing them for the government. She has carved out a rather lonely life for herself, using the knowledge she gained from Bones to her advantage (and sometimes her detriment). She doesn’t dwell too much on the past until the past catches up to her in the form of her assignment, a vampire with close ties to the one she has spent five years trying to forget.
I like Cat. She is stubborn and headstrong. Her actions are led by her heart which inevitably leads to more trouble than she bargained for. Her loneliness at the beginning of this book is so sad to me. I understand that she felt she had no choice but to leave Bones behind in book one, but I still wish she’d made a different choice. How different her life would be now!
Despite that loneliness, she has made friends, something she admits that she has never had. I love her team, handpicked and trained by her, even Tate who clearly has an unrequited crush. The dynamic with the team and Cat is great. They have each others’ backs and clearly care for one another. My favorite member of her team is also the newest, untried member. He is a question mark for Cat, but I love how he integrates himself into the team and wins her over.
Bones is fantastic. He is so patient with Cat, even through his own hurt and anger at her choices. His first appearance in this book made me laugh out loud. Cat was unsure if he was there to kiss her or kill her, and she was ready for either situation. There is a lot of broken trust between them, and they spend a majority of this book repairing that. I enjoyed their romance. The infamous ch. 32 made me blush furiously, and as I told the girls I was buddy reading with, of course my kindle would die in the MIDDLE of the chapter 😖
Overall, I really enjoyed One Foot in the Grave. This one serves to set up the series, more so I think than book one which introduced us to Cat and Bones. I cannot wait to see what happens next for them, especially after the end. It will be interesting to see how these two navigate their new bond 😉 If you enjoy paranormal romance and haven’t read the series before, I highly recommend it.
*I read this with Anne @ Books of My Heart and Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter, both rated this one five stars.
Join us for book three, At Grave’s End, on March 11th.
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