Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost: 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 unlikely partnership.
In exchange for help 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 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.
My take on it? I really, really liked this books. Cat is a heroine that I really enjoy. She's tough, she's funny, she's not afraid to use her strengths and Bones really gets to her.
The chemistry between Cat & Bones is great! There's really great dialogue between the two of them. Here's a taste of what I mean...
“What’s your name?”
“Does it matter?”
I glanced to my right and met his eyes. They were so dark brown they could have been black. There was that cool note of challenge in them again, almost a silent dare. It was disconcerting, to say the least. All the other ones had been perfectly willing to chat.
“I just wanted to know. Mine’s Cat.” I exited the freeway and turned onto a nearby gravel road leading to the lake.
“Cat, hmmm? From where I sit you look more like a Kitten.”
My head jerked around and I shot him an annoyed look. Oh, I was going to enjoy this, all right.
“It’s Cat,” I repeated firmly. “Cat Raven.”
“Whatever you say, Kitten Tweety.”
Bones is one hot vampire hero. He's not afraid to use Cat as bait, but he's always there to save her bacon. Their relationship is very complicated, which is my favorite kind.
This book is definitely a romance. Sex is very prevalent throughout the book. Not that that is a bad thing by any means. Ms. Frost writes a very hot love scene. Sometimes love scenes written in first person don't work very well, but she does it right.
My only complaint with this book is that it's definitely sequel bait. You know that there's another book after this one. The book ends kind of on an...I don't know if I'd say it's an unknown ending, but there's definitely a switch that made me mad. If you read the book, you'll know what I mean.
All in all, I 100% recommend this book. It's a nice twist on the halfbreed vampire character.
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