This holiday season, join two of today’s most popular paranormal authors for a special look into their worlds, where creatures are always stirring and no one sleeps through the night.... The Bite Before Christmas
The Gift by Lynsay Sands: Teddy Brunswick knows about the immortals among us. He’s worked with them, called them friend - but he never counted on being snowed in with one over Christmas. Katricia Argeneau is a tasty little bundle and she seems to feel the same way about him. Problem is, he’s not sure she feels quite the same way. After all, the snowstorm has derailed her blood delivery, which leaves him the only available meal on the menu....
Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost: Cat and Bones are looking forward to a normal holiday - at least as “normal” as it gets for the combustible vampire couple and their otherworldly friends and family. But their yuletide plans are shattered when a stranger shows up and reveals long-buried family secrets that threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer... and lives.
©2011 Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
I would love to give this a 5 star rating for Jeaniene Frost's part of the book, but The Gift, by Lynsay Sands is awful!
I agree with the other reviewers...Home for the Holidays is well worth the credit for the Cat and Bones fans out there, but don't expect much from the other story.. It was horrible from beginning to end. I ended up skipping over it to get to Jeaniene Frost's story. It was a fantastic short and an important one for the series. I can't wait for her next book!
I'm sorry I tried to listen to the first story but it just seemed to drag on & on. The narrator was ok but still I couldn't take it. Now in stark contrast was the always delivering Jeaniene Frost. Another great Bones & Cat story & I'm so very glade Tavia Gilbert was used for this joint collaborations.,great story. It's worth buying for
I haven't read anything in the past by Lynsay Sands, and didn't really care for the first story, but I was NOT going to pass up Cat and Bones, even if it was a short story. I absolutely love This series and Tavia Gilbert is always a great narrator
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
I'm a fan of both authors and the series' these stories come from. Both stories are well worth the listen. When I got this, I had already listened to the Night Huntress series so the Jeaniene Frost story was the original reason for buying it. I was really glad I did because the story is a great addition to the story line and was very enjoyable. I had never read any of the stories from the Argeneau series previous to buying this but the story included here was good enough that it made me want to listen to more. I've since went back to listen to all the books from the Argeneau series.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
I don't understand why reviewers here hated the first book in this 2 books in one book .
The first book was ok, i kinda liked it, it wasn't a great book, but not a bad one as well, if i had to describe it with one word it will be "Weird" as it was weird .... vamps who are not vamps and so on... it was weird but not bad.. have a listen to it.
But the 2nd book was good.. i liked how it had a good start and the whole book soo goooood . And the most amazing thing in it was the alliance between Cat and...... well can't say who, you have to read it to know.
But if you are a fan of Cat and Bones, then YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS ONE.
Cheers and Enjoy.
P.S. i am giving 5 start for the 2nd book, the first one i'll give it 3 starts.
If you haven't read the Argeneau series or the Night Huntress series, I recommend reading those first before listening to this book. You wouldn't be able to appreciate the stories as much and get spoilers.
The nice understanding town sheriff Teddy who has appeared in the past several Argeneau books gets his own romance in this one. It was short and sweet. I suppose I could complaint it was too short and too sweet and could have had more about him adjusting to becoming a vampire. Despite that I have to say, it is a nice addition to the series.
The Kat and Bones novella is about an appearance of a surprising visit from a long lost blood relation. The last reveal is a bit too convenient but it's a great addition to Frost sensei's Nighthuntress series. To be honest Ian has been least favorite character in this series, but with this story I have to say I saw him in a better light!
While I originally purchased this book for Jeaniene Frost's story, I found that I really enjoyed Lynsay Sands' story as well. I've been a huge fan of Cat and Bones since the very beginning and was delighted to find that Tavia Gilbert was narrating this short story. She has done such an amazing job on the other Night Huntress books. I would recommend this book to everyone, they won't be disappointed.
So both of these are continuations of other series. Probably neither one the best story to start out with if you're a newby. I never liked Teddy all that much on the Argeneau vampire series, but Lynsay Sands really does a great job of bringing his personality out. And Cat and Bones smoke as always. A 'must listen' if you're fans!
Listening to books for me is like going to the movies only the story lines are better Two of my favorite authors are J Frost and R.Mead
it's a great novella in the night huntress world
Tavia is one of my favorite performers she does a great job as always
I was in shocked to where the story went i wasnt expecting any of it
Jeaniene once again did not dissapoint. Although I wasn't really interested in listening to the other story at first, I got hooked in to that one to, good job Lynsay Sands!
The only complaint I had was the extreme difficulty getting to a place you left off when you had to stop listening and start again. Maybe it was just me?
"A tale of two halves - one very bad, one very good"
The first story in The Bite Before Christmas was very poor indeed. Instead of solid plotting it used pornography as a means of interesting the listener - this didn't work. I would rate this part of the book with one star!
However the part written by Jeaniene Frost was very good indeed. Although a short story it was well plotted and very entertaining, and I would highly recommend it, particularly to those already familiar with Cat and Bones. This part of the book I would give five stars.
Unfortunately this has the effect of giving the whole book a three star rating.
"An Argeneau plus A Bones & Cat Story"
It is a reasonable read both stories are a good standard. In my opinion the Argeneau slightly better - maybe.
Wouldn't be in my top ten but it is a book I know I will read again.
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