I realize many of my favorite books — and recommended series — may not have their first few books reviewed on VBC. It goes with the territory of a blog that I review my latest reads, and only get to the others when doing a re-read (like we did for Vampire Academy or for a group read). But I’d like to get everyone caught up. So, in the coming weeks I’m going to try and get reviews up-to-date on series from two of my favorite authors: Richelle Mead for her Georgina Kincaid series and Jeaniene Frost for Night Huntress.
Rating (out of 5): 5 stars
Note: This review is spoiler-free for this title, but mentions key plot points from the end of One Foot in the Grave. If you haven’t read the first book, please check out this review.
One Foot in the Grave is one of my favorite reads, and the reason goes back to something I said when reviewing the first Night Huntress book: Jeaniene Frost creates a real romance and relationship for her hero and heroine. In Halfway to the Grave she made them work for it. Bones refused to let Cat relegate him to something shameful, to let herself hate the part of her that was like him (vampire). And — I really am going to tell you what happens at the end of the first book, so really, you should have read that warning above — she makes a stupid choice to cut him out of her life out of nobility and love. The smart, tough-girl thing might have been to take a stand, but she just wanted him safe. So she took on the heartache and pretended Bones was killed, then disappeared with the federal supernatural hit squad.
And this is why we love Cat. She makes those stupid choices that we’d make. She may be stronger, faster and generally more badass than you or I, but she makes real mistakes. And when we meet her in One Foot in the Grave it’s been four years since that big mistake. Oh, you read that right. YEARS. And she’s ached and longed and missed Bones, because she truly loved him. She likes her new job, and she’s very good at it, but it’s not the same.
But fate couldn’t keep these two apart. Bones has spent four years searching for her. We all know he’s not really one to let things go. And when they reconnect, there’s no going back. But vampire slayer back with her master vampire boyfriend doesn’t exactly bode ease for anyone. There’s a hit out on Cat (but really, we’re not all that surprised). Expect to see the hit squad in action, get a glimpse at just how powerful Bones is and be reminded why they call Cat the Red Reaper.
To those who have yet to read One Foot in the Grave, you may often see Night Huntress fans making reference to Chapter 32. That infamous segment is from One Foot in the Grave. You may be thinking, “I don’t remember chapter numbers of events.” But this is different. Frost knows how to write action and conflict. And she put them both in the bedroom. Chapter 32 is one of the most scorchingly hot, well-written vampire sex scenes. There are strategically placed bites. (Insert wistful sigh.) It’s unforgettable, and serves a plot purpose.
In short, One Foot in the Grave amps up the action, the love story and even the vampire abilities. Plus, there are always new twists and some of the revelations at the end will have you shaking your heard.
Sexual content: Graphic sex scenes.