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Monday, September 7, 2009

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Series: Night Huntress Book 1

Urban Fantasy




Rating 5 Crowns

Book Blurb:

Flirting with the grave...

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father--the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner--are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her new found status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat - www.jeanienefrost.com


Marry me Bones?? I kid you not I've found a new leading man in the hottest vampire popularity stakes. I cannot believe how long I've waited to start this series (what was I thinking) and I'm now devising ways to inhale the rest of the series so I'm up-to-date with all the Cat & Bones action!

This is one action packed ride as we follow Cat from lone amateur vampire slayer to kick-ass partnership with master vampire Bones. But Halfway to the Grave has so much more than action, this urban fantasy has plenty of laugh out loud moments, hilarious one-liners, a big helping of romance & quite a few steamy scenes where I was seriously at risk of self combustion.

Cat isn't your typical heroine, and I loved that about her; she's moody, brooding, sarcastic, wields a mean stake and has a tough outer shell shielding a vulnerabilty that's believable. Cat doesn't really fit in to either of the world's that have produced her and the complicated relationship with her mother stems mainly from her mother's hatred of all things 'vampire' including Cat's half 'dark' side.

"I'm saying that I'm a moody, insecure, narrow-minded, jealous, borderline homicidal bitch, and I want you to promise me that you're okay with that, because it's who I am, and you're what I need." ...

"Would you mind repeating that?" he said at last, another emotion replacing the strain on his face. "I'm afraid I might have lost my wits altogether and just hallucinated what I've longed to hear."

Bones, *sigh* hot, hot, sexy, leather-clad Bones. Tough, protective, romantic when it counts, sexy British accent & irreverant, sarcastic humour. The scenes where Bones trains Cat not to react to 'dirty-talk' are seriously blushworthy and if your heart isn't racing when Cat & Bones get it on, then you must be dead. I love the fact that it's the hero trying to get the heroine to accept and embrace her vampire side instead of the other way around & I absolutely adore the tender but humourous dialogue between Bones & Cat "Let's go, Kitten, before you kill someone else." "How about I let you floss with my jugular as well?"
Another *sigh*, did I mention I love Bones ...

So if you're like me and a little late getting on the Cat & Bones' bandwagon, take my advice and wait no longer. This is without doubt a new favourite series for me, Jeaniene Frost is uber awesome and she guarantees readers who stick with the series, will see Cat & Bones get a HEA. I'll leave you with these final words from Bones:

"If you run from me, I'll chase you. And I'll find you." ooh please!

Visit Jeaniene Frost's (yes that is her real name) terrific website & blog to find out more about this author and her work.

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Blodeuedd said...

I sure don't wanna wait any longer now, sounds like a cool series and some nice characters :)

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

"if your heart isn't racing when Cat & Bones get it on, then you must be dead" LMAO, now that's a challenge!

Will have to read this very, very soon! Fantastic review Teddyree!

K said...

Sigh. Can't help but fall in love with Bones, can you?
This is my fav series too. The best part is the books get better, as do Bones and Cat.
Loved your review

Teddyree said...

B ~ yep the characters make this one!!

Alaine ~ read it, read it, I can't wait to see what you think.

K ~ now I'm really excited. If you reckon the books get better, self combustion might actually occur.

Ladybug said...

I'm in love already, and I haven't even read the book LOL

Thanks for the great review, Teddyree!

Annie - Princess of the Past said...

OMG Teddyree - I've just bought this from Book Depository based on your recommendation! I want to be reading it already!!!

ibeeeg said...

I so agree with you, as you know!
I love this series. I love Bones and Cat they are terrific characters.
Each book in the series has been great and I have yet to be dissappointed.

Teddyree said...

Ladybug ~ LOL love your comment

Annie ~ I'm so sure that you'll love it, you should have bought the whole series LOL (ooh did I really just say that)

ibeeeg ~ I can't wait to start on One Foot in the Grave, but I don't want Bones & Cat to be apart, please tell me it's not for long! PLEASE!!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Teddyree!

Excellent choice to start this week off!!

I would love to have Bones chase me down, lol. Hot, sexy, alpha male...does it get better? lol!!

I love Jeaniene Frost's world, too much fun to wander around in!!

Dottie :)

Mandi said...

LOL - I love his last words:)

I adore this series..so freaking good..and it only gets better!!!

ibeeeg said...

ahhh...Teddyree...I cannot tell you as I want you to have the full impact of the book! *smile*
I look forward to knowing what you think of the story.

Patti said...

I love this series! In this book I love watching their relationship grow and change....and the scene with the alcoholic ghost made me laugh out loud!

Donna [Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings] said...

I just organized my shelves today, and moved these books to front of the TBR!

The Book Resort said...

I am so excited to move this up on my tbr pile & now can blame you for making me move it to the top. lol.

The Book Resort said...

I just love the cover, too!

The Book Resort said...

Oh, I ordered the entire series last week & will devour it o doubt. lol. Gr8 minds think alike.

Fab review as always!

Teddyree said...

Dottie ~ yeah I'd settle for a chasing if he won't marry me LOL

Mandi & ibeeeg ~ stop teasing!!! I expected book 2 to be here days ago *grr*

Patti ~ that scene was absolutely hilarious, I wanted to put a quote in from that but it's one of those scenes you just gotta read yourself!

Donna & Diane ~ well according to all the comments from the 'up-to-date' fans of Cat & Bones we aren't gonna be be sorry.

Christine said...

I LOVED this book! Wasn't the ending just so ... WOW!?

In fact, I liked it so much, HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE made my TOP 10 books of 2007! I've read the second and liked it, too and only recently picked up the latest two. I can't wait to read them. I miss Cat and Bones!

Mishel said...

Oh my, I thought I was the only one left who hadn't started this series. Well, I guess now I am huh? =) I'm pretty positive I'll love Cat.

I skimmed the review because I'll be reading this soon (finally got myself a copy after winning book four from you <3)

Teddyree said...

Christine ~ I have them all now so I'm super excited.

Mishel ~ LOL that's right. I'm sure you're gonna love them, don't keep waiting like I did!