Halfway To The Grave by Jeanine Frost
Series: Night Huntress #1
Published by Harper Collins on October 13, 2009
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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 newfound 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.
“I’m not afraid of the grave; I was born half in it.”
I’m still working on a Paranormal Romance Top Ten list which means I’ve been revisiting some of my favorite series. Since I’ve been a Paranormal/Fantasy fan since I was a kid, I’m having to weed through a long list. With books like Halfway To The Grave on it, this has not been a hardship at all.
If I was forced to choose only one genre for this book, I think I could argue both sides on whether or not it’s firmly in the Urban Fantasy Genre or if it’s a Paranormal Romance. With Bones as the hero, my vote would go for Paranormal Romance. I love Bones as he’s just the kind of anti-hero that pushes all of my buttons in so many delicious ways. He dominates any room he walks in, he’s sarcastic, rude, and can be very crude. And in the end, he’d burn down the world for his woman.
To say he and Cat got off on the wrong foot would be a huge understatement as he’s a vampire and she hunts them. He quickly sees a use in her so instead of killing her, which no one would have blamed him for, he trains her. And he did not go easy. This is going to piss off some people as things get violent between them, first because she tried to stake him, but mainly because he is trying to give her the skills she needs to stay alive on her hunts.
“You look at me…and you don’t see a man. You see a vampire, and therefore accord me less substance.”
When I say no one would have blamed him for taking Cat out, I meant it. I had forgotten how much I did not like her in the first book of this series. After re-reading it, I can tell you that present-day me would not have continued on in the series because she worked my last nerve. She was prejudiced, stubborn to the point of idiocy and many of her actions were TSTL. And talk about naive! OMG, it’s like she fell straight off the turnip truck.
Her story is a sad one and also infuriating. Her mother was a piece of work and I found myself wishing more than once that someone would stake her. There is no way that woman loved her daughter with the things she expected her to do, much less the crap that came out of her mouth. Bones catapulted himself to Sainthood more than once for his actions toward her, and his inactions too, since he never just wrung her neck and walked away. As for Cat, I didn’t get why she didn’t just walk away with a wave of her middle finger.
But, as much as I disliked Cat, I loved the story. It was full of twists, turns, and suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat. The icing on the cake is that the chemistry between Cat and Bones is combustible enough to blow up a building. When they finally get together…Holy Shamoly, it had me on my seat edge for altogether different reasons.
Ms. Frost built a supernatural world that fascinated me and had me wanting to know more about it. With this being a reread, I also knew that the subsequent books would give me a new and improved Cat who saw the error of her ways and did her level best to not only atone for her sins but also to use her skills and half vampire lineage to keep humans safe.
This is what has me grateful to my previous self for not DNFing the book all those years ago because of my dislike of Cat. I know that from here on out, the books get better and better. Cat and Bones become one of my favorite supernatural couples and they also introduce me to a whole host of characters who I still am fond of. I am doing cartwheels in my head at being able to dive into the next book.
Rating: 4 Edge of Your Seat Stars
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