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.
Jeaniene Frost lives with her husband and their very spoiled dog in Florida. Although not a vampire herself, she confesses to having pale skin, wearing a lot of black, and sleeping in late whenever possible. And while she can't see ghosts, she loves to walk through old cemeteries. Jeaniene also loves poetry and animals but fears children and hates to cook. She is currently at work on the next novel in her best-selling Night Huntress series.
©2007 Jeaniene Frost (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Take one half-human/half-vampire female with serious anger and parental issues, add in a sexy ancient vampire with his own agenda, and you have the makings for a truly combustible series. Sign me up for the sequel!” (Romantic Times)
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WooHoo!! I love it when I discover a series that is all out!!! I can not wait to dive into these. This is going to be delicious entertainment for the rest of the week.
Cat is a totally kick butt chick! She takes not crap from anybody! Love all her snark and sass. She is easily up there with all my favorite UF heroines. She has a hard road because of her family, but she does not let it get her down. It takes her a while to accept herself, thankfully she did not spend the time being uber-angsty.
Bones is totally delicious! I love a guy with an accent. He is also incredibly sweet, sure in a tough love kind of way. I am more than half in love with him. He can be a real jerk at times, but it all has a purpose, mostly to help Cat come to terms with herself. And he is has no mercy when it comes to her safety and well being, do not cross this guy!
They have a great dynamic and the whole book is beautifully paced. Such a great world that is detailed and well crafted. I can not wait to see more of this series. The romance is nicely done and felt real. There is a yummy amount of steam throughout. This is one of those UF books that verges on erotic, mainstream story with plenty of detail in the smexy scenes.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Tavia Gilbert, she does a fantastic job. She voices the characters with distinctive accents and makes the story flow. She makes Bones accent super delicious. She is definitely one to search out in the future.
Warning, this is not a HEA ending, but I have faith the series will get there, it damn sure better!! I was understandably upset at the end. I still loved the book and was thoroughly entertained. I am so happy a friend suggested I read this series. Yup, I am hooked and will beginning stalking, uh following Ms. Frost ASAP!!
I'm married with one daughter, just finished my BS in Health Science, and I'm a choosy fiction/romance/paranormal/anything spellbinding listener during my commute.
I've loved other novels by Jeaniene Frost, and Tavia Gilbert's narrations are fine (not bad, just not versatile, and has occasional odd inflections) but this one wasn't my favorite.
Please know that I still loved listening this this story, I was never bored, I just didn't have any burning desire to keep listening (or open this book again on my next visit to my phone's audible app ). Others may simply love this story, and looking back, I should have listened to it at 1.5x speed. The plot of this story was really interesting, and sounded awesome (tough half-breed girl takes down vampires, falls in love with her co-killer vampire, endless possibilities for them in their quest to squash evil, etc.), but either the stunted sentence flow, or the lack of big excitement, ranked this one lower than I expected.
Sorry guys! I know a lot of people loved this one- I fully admit that this was a fun story to listen to, but I wouldn't call it a favorite since I have no urge to ever listen to it again.
I am a teachers aid for work. I am a college student. and I have a small homestead. I love Paranormal Romance while I work in my garden.
It was definitely really funny in places. I felt like the story and the reading were cheesy for some characters like the British accent and the family's voices, were not to my particular tast.
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Perhaps I have been spoiled by the immortal guardian series and Black Dagger Brotherhood...but this vampire world seriously lacked a good background story. For the first time ever I find myself more intrigued with the romance than the vampire world...which was kind of sadly underwriten.
The performance was AWESOME! The narrator had me embarrased for the charachters, and overall I think I had to turn the book off 3 times because I was laughing so hard...the narrator really did the voices and emotions VERY well.
I almost didn't finish this book though because it was just getting way too drawn out...I did finally push through it..and was NEVER going to buy another one in this series...except a charachter that I really liked is making a return in book 2...so I'll give it ONE more shot...I really hope book two is more impressive.
Frost's books are not enhanced or even given their due because of the narrator. Many times throughout the book I would be distracted by thinking of poor phrasing, inflection and accents--her Latino is at times almost non-existent and at others stereotypical. I enjoy Frost's plots and the interplay between characters, but it could be so much better with a different narrator, such as Lorelei King,Jennifer Ikeda, or Johanna Parker.
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I have read and love all the Kindle books from both series. After reading many of the reviews I purchased the audiobooks on sale. I must agree with the negative reviews of the narrator. Her Bones voice is HORRIBLE and her Spanish accent for Juan is even worse! I'll stick to the "printed" version.
As many follow-up books as Jeaniene wants to write, I will read (not listen).
I'd give this a solid 3.5 stars, but I have a hard time giving this 4 stars or for that matter, understanding why this book has so many 4 star ratings. The main character, Cat, was far too annoying for me to give this anymore than 3.5 stars. If I had to rate her alone, I would give her 2 stars. She irked me off and on throughout the entire book and so did her mother. I had sympathy with Mommy dearest in the beginning, but by the end, I was alll for ditching the bitch and running off with Bones. IMO, Bones was the most redeeming thing about this book and frankly, I'd read more of them just to get more of him.
Though I didn't love it, I was intrigued enough by the ending to venture into the next book. Frankly, that last bit of action saved this book from a far more negative review. Way to end it with a bang, Jeaniene! In fact, I already started the first few chapters of the next installment and go figure, Cat has already made me roll my eyes and sigh heavily a couple of times. But I'll see it through, if only to get another couple of glimpses at Bones.
Audiobook review: My annoyance with Cat was mostly due to the way her character was written, but a tad bit of it was also how her dialogue was read. I could identify several places where her emphasis on certain words or her tone when she read a particular line would have made a significant difference (i.e. if I had been reading it instead of listening, I would have said it in a completely different way). But something like that is so subjective and it was so subtle that it's hard to say whether or not it would annoy anyone else but me.
a lot more boring, this is what you would get.
Mind you, I didn't get this book looking for any sort of profound literary experience. I got this book to help me over the fact that this summer we have decided to cancel cable, and that I would not get to watch the current season of TrueBlood on HBO. So I was hoping for a suspenseful story with Vampires, a good dose of humor and some steamy sex scenes. There are indeed Vampires, sex and even some humor in this book, but the suspense is sorely missing. The plot is achingly predictable, which I could bear, but the narrator's representation of Bones (seriously, "Bones"? Really? Hmm... lets take Buffy's Spike and name him after David Boreanaz' new show, why don't we? Oh, look, a brand new character...) is awful. He sounds like a prissy older British woman. So not sexy. Ugh. Will be returning this one.
I loved the story and the romance between bones and cat, my only complaint would be with Bones' awful english accent! It is the least sexy accent I have ever heard.
i think teenagers would appreciate this book more than adults since the main character acts like a teenager through out the book
make Cat act like a grown woman instead of a child. The female lead is a complete childish twit that only teenagers can identify with. I ended up rooting that one of the vampires would kill her to put me out of my misery.
The voice of the male lead sounded like Eliza Doolittle with the cockney accent trying to immitate an australian native. It's very annoying and just ruins the entire mood of the story. Every time the narrator does his voice, I just cringe with laughter...it makes it really hard to imagine him as an manly lead. Then the way she voices Cat makes her sound like a teenage twit. I just want to slap that character in many parts of the book because she comes off so immature and a complete child.
Please don't buy this book unless you are a teenager. Go buy Dianne Duval's vampire series of books...it's just so much better and the characters are more mature than the ones here.
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