Friday, August 17, 2012

Review: One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2) by Jeaniene Frost

Published: April 29, 2008
Publisher: Avon
Format: Paperback
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Series: Night Huntress
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis 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.

The second book in the Night Huntress series, One Foot in the Grave, proved to be just as exciting and amazing as the first book! When I started this book I really wasn't sure what would be in store for Cat because the ending of the previous book took such a drastic and unexpected turn, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. But what is not surprising is that Jeaniene Frost has once again delivered a well-written, addictive, witty, raw and action-packed novel!

In this installment of the series, it's been four years since Cat has seen Bones--having disappeared from his life in order to protect him and her mother. She's now working for a covert branch of government and her job is to take down certain vampires that pose a threat to society. With her own team of soldiers/agents to command, Cat is doing what she loves: delivering justice to the bad guys. She's the "Red Reaper" and she is fierce. But someone has a contract out on her life, and they won't stop until she's dead.

I was eagerly anticipating Cat's reunion with Bones, and when he made his appearance I was pretty darn excited! Their fiery connection was still very present and Bones' determination to not let her go again was strong. As usual, these two make a fantastic team and they worked together effortlessly to track down clues leading to the person that wanted Cat dead. As usual, Bones is very protective of her and proves to her once again that he's the only one for her. Cat's realization about her happiness and love for Bones was very satisfying, especially because she overcame her resentful mother's influence on the matter. But if there were ever two characters that were meant for eachother, it's these two; and I didn't think that their romantic scenes together could any more intense and seductive, but oh boy, was I wrong!

The secondary characters in this book are definitely worth mentioning as well. Some of the vampires that are introduced, whether they were friends or foe, were pretty interesting. I'm eager to learn more about a few of them in particular. I also enjoyed the fact that Cat has several friends in this book, which is something she didn't have before. She has Bones, obviously, but it was nice that she had such camaraderie with the men she worked with, and it doesn't hurt that they're a humorous bunch! Oh, and I'm so glad to have gotten more of Rodney the ghoul! I don't know what it is about him, but I like him a lot.

There is a truckload of stuff going on in this book, to say the least. Setting aside the romantic happenings and struggles that Cat goes through, she also has to contend with some shocking revelations involving her family, as well as some interesting information about the code and laws of vampires. All of this actually ties in with the conclusion of this novel, which was pretty eventful and awe-inspiring! So naturally, I'm pretty excited to delve into the next book and continue on this journey with Cat, Bones, and her awesome friends.

Here are some memorable quotes I liked from this book:

"Careful, luv. I might be angry with you, but that doesn't mean I don't still want you. So if you do that again, I'll shag you right here, right now, and sod anyone who wants to watch."
Bones took in a long breath. I shivered, knowing since vampires didn't need to breathe, he was inhaling the traitorous scent of my desire.
"Oh, Kitten..." His voice deepened. "Now you're just daring me, aren't you?" -Bones

"Quit it! Tate, enough of the taunts, and Bones, how old are you? Why don't I just give you a pair of my panties to hang around your neck? Then whenever you feel jealous, you can wave them at whoever's pissing you off." -Cat

"Do you know how beautiful you are?" There was a gravelly edge to his voice. "Absolutely ravishing. I'm going to spend hours re-acquainting my mouth with every inch of your body, and I can barely wait to see if you taste as good as I remember." -Bones


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