March 18, 2013

REVIEW: One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2)

One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2), by Jeaniene Frost
Published April 29, 2008
Publisher:  Avon
Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Adult Paranormal Romance

Rating:  5 stars

(From Goodreads) 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.

I honestly didn't think that the series could get any better than the first book. How many times has that happened? The best book in the series is the first one, and they all sort of slowly drop off after that. Halfway to the Grave was so damn good, I honestly thought it couldn't be topped. I was wrong.

*Warning - there may be spoilers from Halfway to the Grave in the review below*

Four years after Cat left Bones in order to protect him, she's a bad ass special agent and a complete mess without him. A chance encounter with a vampire puts her back in his sights, though, and I have to tell you, the reunion was all I could've hoped for and more. It was poignant and funny and unnerving and in a completely inappropriate setting for them to catch up. It was perfect. 

Bones is such a perfect hero. When he is faced with a threat, he is ruthless, lethal and a little crazy. But, my can he be witty and charming when he wants to be. And with Cat, he is sweet and loving. How can one character wear so many faces so believably? 

Cat is pretty much the toughest chick I've ever read about. She willingly takes a beating on a nearly regular basis. She puts herself in harm's way without a second thought, especially if it means that it will protect her friends. It would make her a little too unbelievable, except that she's definitely not infallible. She does some really dumb crap sometimes (like, leaving Bones - um, HELLO??). She says the wrong thing a lot and has a not-so-good relationship with her mother. Frost does a great job balancing the heroics with the theatrics. 

The best part of this series is the relationship between Bones and Cat. There's a lot of give and take there. It's so passionate and raw. I think this is the best part of the series. 

Oh, and one more thing. Chapter 32? WAY better than anything you've read about it. Read it and find out for yourself. 

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