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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2009 Jeaniene Frost (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Frost’s dazzling blend of urban fantasy action and passionate relationships makes her a true phenomenon.” (Romantic Times)
Destined for an Early Grave holds big changes and many surprises for fans of the series, and should not be missed.” (Darque Reviews)
“Sexy, nonstop thrills.” (Melissa Marr, New York Times best-selling author)

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  • Marla
  • Lakewood, CA, United States
  • 12-26-10

Excellent!!

This series is addicting!!! Highly recommended. The plot is intricate, characters compelling and narration superb. I often forget that I have not seen these in a movie format because once you begin listening you are immediatly emersed into the world of the night huntress - Thank you Jeaniene Frost for sharing your gift.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Nearly put me in one!

I found this to be the highest octane ride off all the NH novels including the NHW ones too. The friction between Cat and Bones and the pace of the action had me riveted on the edge of my seat for a large portion of the plot. I enjoy this series immenseley and the peripheral characters have grown to such a degree that this book only enhances our knolwedge and affection of them. There are some fabulous one liners that had me bursting in to laughter. There are as many locations as a Bond film, tonnes of action, romance, and plot twists and turns. The rules are changing and the scope for Cat seems limitless as does Bones' love..

From the audio aspect I would have to lower the rating a little, as mentioned before in earlier NH book reviews, this narrator does not do Bones well. It is the actual accent and mispronounciation of some words that grate often. Over time it has improved a little or I may have gotten used to it. Cat, however, comes to life and I anchor well to her through this narrator. The other characters are fine.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephanie
  • Mobile, AL, United States
  • 12-23-10

Fantastic!

I've read the print version of this many times but Tavia's reading makes a powerful book even better. You hear the pain, anquish, heartbreak and the love Cat and Bones have for each other.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Aja
  • Garland, TX, United States
  • 12-29-10

This is the best book yet!!!!

This book has been the best of the series in my opinion! It has what the last book was missing, passion, and action from the first page! I absolutely love this series and can hardly wait until the next book is released. Cat and Bones are my favorite lovers/haters/romanitcs/killers I've met so far! I also LOVE the fact that they have used the same narrator on ALL the books. She is good, does good voices and I don't have to adjust to a new reader after every book.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • TRACY
  • HARTFORD, KS, United States
  • 02-28-11

Great series...

This series is a great mix of action and sensual romance. I am not one to bear those mooning romance type novels. Although I found there was a bit of a continuity problem with this book. Bones level of strength is supposed to be unheralded because of the merging with his Grand Sires line, but Cat seems to doubt his strength at every turn. If you’re not a stickler for such minute detail, it is a very enjoyable book.
One bit of advice, although I was excited to see book 5 and rushed to purchase it immediately, I found that there are lots of spoilers for the Night Huntress world books 1 and 2. So I had to stop listening and go back and order those two to catch up.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Reynella, Australia
  • 02-02-11

Another stellar book from Frost

This is another great addition to the 'Night Huntress' series and Frost has yet to disappoint. Strong characters and storylines, good action and romance, and very clever wit and humour. My only disappointment with the narration is the over-the-top Cockney accent given to Bones. In my head he has more class than he has here. Surely if he's over 200 years old he would have lost the thick accent to some degree. If its meant to reflect some of his Australian heritage - we don't sound like that!! Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoy all of these books on audio and hope the new one is released soon.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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YEAH Jeaniene and Tavia!!

I just LOVE this series!! It is, for me, one that I can (and have) listened to several times!! When I don't know what I want to read, I have a few authors I fall back on, and Jeaniene Frost is one of them. I think the relationship between Cat and Bones is REAL! It is sad and funny and snarky and sexy! Cat is a very head strong warrior type woman and has a hard time listening to and taking the advise from Bones and she always seems to get herself into trouble when she doesn't listen. I'm not saying Bones is right all of the time but.........Cat should trust him more. I have already read the whole series, and I must say.....WHAT A RIDE!! and keep them coming.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jan
  • Indiana
  • 12-11-11

A Winning Team!

Frost and Gilbert!
This team continues to make this a strong audio series, that shows no signs of slowing down. There are turning points in this book that open up the possibilities for the future of Cat and Bones. Don't stop reading.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sheila
  • Kennesaw, GA, United States
  • 01-12-11

Must Read!!!

Once again Jeaniene Frost has taken you on a wonderful adventure!!! This is a must read and one of my FAVORITE series EVER!! I love Tavia Gilbert as the narrator as well...

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 09-15-12

Cat and Bones are meant for each other!!!

What did you like about this audiobook?

This is #4 in the Night Huntress series it was really good, but not my fave of the 4 I have read...I liked mostly everything about it, but don't want to say to much because I don't like to give away spoilers.....Read it....If your a Cat and Bones fan, you will love it!!!

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I have devoured this series....I don't think my interest will ever fade....this is my fave PNR series so far!

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Yes SHE does.....she has a true gift, and I am eager to read her other series! She is descriptive, humorous, and truly dedicated in her craft!

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

NOTHING!!!! Tavia does it again!!!!!!

Do you have any additional comments?

Just because this was not my fave of this series, does not mean I did not enjoy it thoroughly.....I did....and am starting #5 right now!!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Maggie Stark
  • 01-24-15

vampires

Great book I've enjoyed this book it keeps you on the edge of your seat

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  • Jane
  • 09-06-12

fantastic series

well read and versed i couldnt tun it off and listened until the book finished ALL DAY

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  • Nikki
  • 05-17-17

surprising twist!

I genuinely didn't guess where the author takes this next installment in bones and cats story. it has definitely kept my interest and I'm looking forward to whatever she'll come up with next for them!

I really love the relationship dynamics in these books, they are frustratingly accurate and had me really frustrated with Cat or Bones or both throughout the book! ok so maybe we don't keep death match traps from our partners lol but the emotional principals of keeping a secret to 'protect' the other and the unintended impact that can have remain the same. frustratingly good because it had me desperately listening and hoping they'd be able to sort things out while also wanting to know what would happen with this installments fantasy story thread - how did Cat make that jump? who would win from the love rivals, what's going on with Don, not what I think I hope?! Yep J Frost has me hooked...

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  • Wendy
  • 01-07-16

Insomnia

Where does Destined for an Early Grave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This series by J.Frost has kept me awake to 1am each morning hoping to get to the end of each book. It is so bad I sometimes resort to listening to the last chapter so I can get to sleep and then listen to the rest of the book later.