From the New York Times best-selling author of the Night Huntress series comes a breathtaking new journey to the dark side of desire.
The 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 past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness—and a demon shape-shifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who lusts for 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 nightmare together, because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.
©2010 Jeaniene Frost (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Book by book, Frost builds her reputation as an author who delivers only the best.” (Romantic Times)
“[Frost’s] gift for vivid plotting is enhanced by the confident strokes of a writer at the top of her game.” (Fresh Fiction)
I did enjoy this book, and I really like Jeaniene Frost. I would have rated it 5 stars except that I had a hard time even tolerating the character of Denise. She just seemed a little too whiny and weak for the majority of the book. Maybe it's because Cat is such a strong character that it left Denise a little lacking.
I thougth the narrator, Tavia Gilbert did a fantastic job on Halfway to the Grave. After hearing so many high class British accents, Bones was a delightful change once I got used to it. But after hearing Denise's semi-southern accent, I was a little disappointed with FDOC. She sounded sort of southern, but not really, and she spoke too quickly for a southerner. It would have been more believable to me if the speech was a little more drawn out.
Anyway, with all the smaller things that I wasn't crazy about, this book still rates a solid 4 stars and if I were rating the book without the narration, the would be a little higher.
Now, I am off to start Eternal Kiss of Darkness and expect that book to be 5 stars.
This was an exciting listen! Characters well defined and thouroughly entertaining. Excellent narration. I haven't read the first novel in this series, but will go back and do so . I wish it could have gone on longer!
I really loved this book. Once I finished, I started over again. Just found this author...hopefully Audible will add more of her!! Just started "Half way to the grave" and loving it!
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
I loved these two....Spade and Denise, but they still can't top Cat and Bones! This story though similar to others in this genre is very different. A love story with humor and action. The narrator of these series is wonderful, the characters have their own voice and personality...and there are a lot of characters. When I hear Bones speak I still get goosebumps!
I feel like I'm being critical by saying this, but I had a hard time getting past Tavia Gilbert's narration. She has a very clipped way of talking that is annoying and overrode the entertainment of her character voices - enough so that I am not sure I can listen to another book by her. I also found Denise's character to be eye-rolling whiny at times...but despite these flaws the book was still entertaining.
I am not sure why the author believed the weakest and least interesting character deserved her own story. Spade and Denise were not worthy of a separate book. Denise was defined as the quintessential "best friend" and frankly that was more than she deserved in the main series. Her back story and the premise for creating this book was very, very, very weak. I found her character whiny and annoying even through the "emotional growth" in the book. The author failed to bring depth to the character and even bringing in the cavalry failed to make the story interesting. It was the talents of the narrator that kept me listening until the last word.
The Spade character did have a rich background but there wasn't enough focus on it to give it a deep bite. I would think a 257 year old vamp would have quite the back story but the author only teased with bits here and there about his past.
I hope the other tangential stories are more interesting and provide character development.
Didn't read the print version.
The passion of the relationship.
British accent needs a lot of work.
I found it hard to turn it off and finished it in 2 days.
Just as good if not better than the Cat and Bones story.
This book did not sound as if it would work well as a stand alone. Early in the book, we had Spade recalling a Christmas dinner with Cat and Bones. Denise also suffers many flashbacks of what had happened in Book 4 of the Night Huntress series. I also disliked the awkward info dump via Denise. Having "read" the books in the Night Huntress series, it only had me rolling me eyes. This was not the first time.
None of the characters really stood out or resonated with me. I felt so apathetic and bored that even the sex scenes left me, for the most part, unmoved. There seemed to be a lot less humor. Unlike Halfway to the Grave where I had been laughing nearly the entirety of the book, I was just like, "Ehhhh...". I also did not feel as if the author did not handle Denise's PTSD very well, but I don't know whether this was because when the narrator said "PTSD", it just stood out so much that it felt as if the word was just tossed about in a somewhat cavalier manner.
And the narrator. I had really enjoyed her narration (well, mostly) for Cat and Bones, especially in the first few books in the series. I felt her enjoyment of the book and the characters through her voice. But this narration fell completely flat. I did not feel enthusiasm or passion from her narration. While I was fine with her voices and accents for Spade, Denise, Cat, Bones, Ian, and Spade's French buddies, she did a really poor job with a lot of the other minor male characters. The men all sounded like little boys (e.g. Nathaniel, at first, until the narrator got the hang of the voice she was going to do for him, and Oliver) - or women (e.g. Bootleg).
All in all, I found this book to be the worst of the Night Huntress books so far. It was a real disappointment.
Review partially cross-posted from Goodreads.
This isn't the most exciting book, and it takes a while to get a hang on the mythology, but it was a decent read.
I was really excited about this second spin off series. I do like this book, but I am not a huge fan of Denise. I do like the backstory and being able to find out about Spade and his life, but still I felt this book was lacking in some areas. A decent read and I do recommend it, but don't have 'CAT and BONES' expectations.
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