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First Drop of Crimson

by Jeaniene Frost, Tavia Gilbert (Narrator)
Audio Edition – Read May 23, 2015

Original Release Date: February 9, 2010

Length: 388 pages

Official Description: This is book #1 of the Night Huntress World series

he night is not safe for mortals.

Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows – her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield – and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family’s dark past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness – and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who craves a taste of her.

He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human – even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the demon nightmare together…

Because once the first drop of crimson falls, they will both be lost.

My Take:

This is the first book in the Night Huntress spin-off series. You should not start with this book as the first Frost book you read though. Otherwise, you will be utterly confused. This book falls after book 4 in the original series, and it should be read before reading book 5. There are several events here that are mentioned in the Cat and Bones world. This is Shade and Denise’s story. I knew how it would end, unfortunately, because I did read book 5, however it was pretty is obvious just by reading the story and the description.

We know Spade as Bone’s best friend from pre-vamp days. We know Denise as Cat’s best friend, though she never really stuck out to me, so it was hard to remember her in the previous stories. A lot of the characters pop in, because, well they are in the same world after all. We see Ian, Cat, Bones, Mencheres and a few other characters, as well as new ones. We also throw in shape shifting demons and a family ‘curse’ of Denise’s. If you can get over the very rapid falling in love bit, then this is pretty much as good as the Cat and Bones story. Except it’s super rushed. Where C&B fell in love over years, Spade and Denise have weeks to get to know one another. Plus, the have their past loves to get over. I really did enjoy the story, I loved Tavia Gilbert’s reading, she is a fantastic narrator. Yeah it’s a bit kitchy and formulaic, but I still enjoyed it.

Ok, so I have to admit, my favorite character isn’t Cat or Bones, though I love them as a couple, but I love Vlad. I can’t wait to read his books, his character is just so…I don’t know rich I suppose, and we don’t even get much of him. There were some great tear tugging moments between Cat and Don, so great, so human, which Cat has started to stray away from even more lately.  I love the scene with the Queen of New Orleans, I thought the after effects were really weird though. I mean, it was a bit ridiculous actually. Random characters from previous books pop up, you know the ones you completely forgot about and weren’t all that important.

The book was back to being formulaic, you know how this book is going to go, because it’s just like all the books. However, it was enjoyable. This was not my favorite book in the series, but then again I should have read the spin-off series first. Maybe that would have changed my opinion.

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“Denise clung to the feel of his hands as she pushed at her panic. It’s okay. You’re safe…and this has got to be the ugliest couch ever.”

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This Side of the Grave

by Jeaniene Frost, Tavia Gilbert (Narrator) Paperback Edition/Audio Edition – Read June 10, 2014

Original Release Date: February 1, 2011 Length: 357 pages

Official Description: This is book #5 of the Night Huntress series

Danger waits on both sides of the grave. Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance . . . With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous “ally”; the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war . . . to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.

My Take:

It has been awhile since I delved into the world of Cat and Bones, it took me a few chapters to get back in to the story, to remember what happened in the previous books, so I knew where we were at. It is easy to fall back in to this world, the easy banter that is Cat and Bones, though it is a bit awkward to fall back into it in a sexually precarious position. Here is the thing about this book. It comes after 2 other books that are part of a spin-off series. I felt lost in parts, things have happened that I was unaware of. I don’t know anything of Mencheres girl Kira or Slade and his wife, and they are intertwined into this series. The back story becoming somewhat significant. I just felt lost for part of the story. Don’t get me wrong it is somewhat explained, but it is also somewhat assumed that you’ve read the Night Huntress World spin-off books. So, I shall be reading those in the near future, but I haven’t heard the best things about those books.

Ok, so I have to admit, my favorite character isn’t Cat or Bones, though I love them as a couple, but I love Vlad. I can’t wait to read his books, his character is just so…I don’t know rich I suppose, and we don’t even get much of him. There were some great tear tugging moments between Cat and Don, so great, so human, which Cat has started to stray away from even more lately.  I love the scene with the Queen of New Orleans, I thought the after effects were really weird though. I mean, it was a bit ridiculous actually. Random characters from previous books pop up, you know the ones you completely forgot about and weren’t all that important.

The book was back to being formulaic, you know how this book is going to go, because it’s just like all the books. However, it was enjoyable. This was not my favorite book in the series, but then again I should have read the spin-off series first. Maybe that would have changed my opinion.

Quote: “Premature inflamulation,” he replied. “Happens sometimes. Very embarrassing, I don’t like to talk about it.”

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Destined for an Early Grave

by Jeaniene Frost
Paperback EditionRead May 11, 2013

Original Release Date: July 28, 2009

Length: 355 pages

Official Description: This is book #4 of the Night Huntress series

Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

Gregor believes Cat is his and he won’t stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor’s hold over her. She’ll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she’s ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave.

My Take:

Oh this book nearly killed me…it was hard to read some of it because I’m just overly invested in Cat & Bone relationship. Those two are just so ridiculously immature too when it comes to a relationship and way to illogically jealous, granted neither of them has really had a committed relationship like they have with each other, even though Bones is forever old. I did like this book, everything changes in this one and that is just awesome, we stray from the formula, take things in a new direction, and I didn’t miss Tate, wait I think he’s in there briefly but he is an annoying character. Also, love that Vlad was back, I can’t wait to finish what’s published so far of this series so I can start on Vlad’s spin off. I love the way Ms. Frost spins this tale full of danger and lust and love and she just pulls you into this story, into these characters lives so that you get to really feel everything that’s going on. I don’t like the turn with Cat’s mom, but I’m not a big fan of Cat’s mom either, which I understand is the point, but that was low. Anyway I am glad that Frost broke with the formula and into something a little darker, and little heartbreaking. Makes for some fun reading!

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“That’s what vampires do, Kitten. We always come for what’s ours, no matter the circumstances.”

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At Grave’s End

by Jeaniene Frost
Paperback Edition – Read April 27, 2013

Original Release Date: December 30, 2008

Length: 342 pages

Official Description: This is book #3 of the Night Huntress series

It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.

My Take:

Cat and Bones are now officially one of my top 5 urban fantasy couples, they haven’t topped Mac & Barrons but they are a close number 2. In this book we finally get to meet Vlad, I had been wondering where he would come in since we know that Ms. Frost has started a spin-off series with him. This book kind of continues on with what happened in book two and all the implications of the last book with Cat’s Dad and Bones branching off to his own line. Wow it’s amazing all that has happened in just 3 books. I still love how awesome Cat is as a character, but she’s a bit really cheesy sometimes, but then again so is bones. In all honesty, I’m ready for things to be shaken up a bit, ready for some real peril, make me believe our main characters are in danger. Though yes, we see some sad things in this book, the other things going on kind of overshadow it all. I am not a big fan of Tate, and there are scenes that were just not necessary and things where Tate’s concerned are just weird. Anyway, another fantastic installment, ready to dive into book 4.

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“He’ll learn that many women can satisfy for a short period of time, but when he falls in love, only one will sustain him forever.”

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One Foot in the Grave

by Jeaniene Frost
Paperback Edition – Read March 28, 2013

Cost: $7.25 (As of this Post)

Length: 357 pages

Official Description: This is book #2 of the Night Huntress series

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 him awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline kick 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 she tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever . . . and that Bones won’t let her get away again.

My Take:

Why did it take me so long to find this series? I love it, love, love, love. Where Cat was super whiny and a bit annoying in the last book she’s turned into a bit of a bad ass. Then there’s Bones, not enough Bones, but he definitely makes the book awesome. I mean the writing and story telling and chemistry of all the characters also make this a pretty good book, but still Bones is a big scene stealer and has some of the best lines. What I like about the series is it’s a fluid continuation of things that happened in book one. I mean there are different trials and all that but you don’t have to start over trying to get to know new characters you get to keep on with the journey of Cat & Bones. I like that a lot, I like following good characters as they progress, as long as the story is good and there isn’t stagnation. I loved the humor that tied everything together, the text was dripping with sarcasm, violence and romance. Perfect combination. Now I just wait for the rest of the series to arrive in the mail and I shall devour it all up.

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“I opened my mouth-and had nothing to refute that with. Damn people who argued using logic. Talk about unfair.”

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