Review: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Posted November 19, 2010 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 25 Comments

Review: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
One Foot In The Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #2
Published by Avon
Published on: October 13, 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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You can run from the grave, but you can't hide . . .

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She's still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around him awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline kick of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard she tries to keep things professional between them, she'll find that desire lasts forever . . . and that Bones won't let her get away again.

Halfway to the Grave. The second book in the Night Huntress line-up did not disappoint. In fact, I think it topped the first one in some ways. This novel has all of the same elements that made the first one awesome only this one is loaded with even more vampire goodness.

Cat and Bones are back with a vengeance in this second installment. After four years apart they’re reunited and quickly realize that their feelings for each other are stronger than ever. I was happy that the reunion occurred sooner rather than later. It would have saddened me if I’d had to read half of the book before Bones made an appearance. I would have stuck it out but am relieved that I didn’t have to. There are so many terrific lines in this novel that I thought about compiling a list of my favorite quotes. Maybe I’ll work on that if I read this book a second time. I don’t typically re-read novels but I might make an exception for this series. It’s that good!

Miss Crawfield is now a full-blown special agent and she commands her own team. Meet Tate, Juan and Cooper. At first I was hoping that Cat would quit her job and team up with Bones again but later found that these men were a great addition to the story. They’re pretty badass for humans but in the world of vampires they’re chopped liver. Out of the three, Tate is my favorite. He hates the undead more than anything in the world and constantly has to bend his morals to do his job. He refuses to back down from a fight or a challenge and as a result finds himself walking a very thin line between the living and the dead. I think his sarcastic sense of humor is the only thing that gets him through the day at times.

There are quite a few jaw dropping moments in this book where Bones demonstrates how truly powerful he really is.  Made me happy that he’s on Cat’s side otherwise she’d be in big trouble. Hopefully she doesn’t get on his bad side as this series progresses. Despite all of her skills and training I don’t think she’d stand a chance against her lover. Bones’ sense of humour made me laugh out loud at times. Namely the panties revelation that he made to Cat. If she were a real person, the look on her face during this conversation would have been priceless!

It would be near impossible to write an accurate review of this novel without dedicating at least a paragraph to talk about the sex. What I want to know is where can I get me my very own vampire orgasm machine!? When I finally arrived at Chapter 32 I had pretty high expectations. Regardless of what they were, this chapter blew them out of the water. Unfortunately for me, I read it before work one morning. What a long day that was! I’m now a believer in that it may very well be one of the hottest encounters ever written! Am I exaggerating? You’ll have to read this book to find out! No cheating and skipping ahead like I considered doing. The story and the build-up made it all the more enjoyable.

Last but not least, the ending of this book was jam packed with surprises. All of the pieces finally came together and the results left me in awe. Jeaniene Frost is a master storyteller! New tidbits are also introduced to leave the reader wanting more. I’m left wondering what Frost is going to throw at me in At Grave’s End. I don’t know if she can top this book but I’m definitely going to give her the chance to try. One Foot in the Grave is la crème de la crème of vampire fiction. Oh so good!

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25 responses to “Review: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

  1. “What I want to know is where can I get me my very own vampire orgasm machine!? When I finally arrived at Chapter 32 I had pretty high expectations. Regardless of what they were, this chapter blew them out of the water.”

    Oh, man, you said it!!! I almost DIED after reading that! It was PERFECTION! I don’t think it’s ever topped, but you will still continue to enjoy the series.

    Jeaniene Frost, we salute you.

    -Linds

  2. Glad you enjoyed it. 😉
    I can’t review these, everything I write down just doesn’t seem good enough and I have too many amazings and awesomes and BONES…. *dreamysigh*
    It is the best series out there imo. You should take your time through it though so your not jumping up and down for Feb. to come like me and a ton others. Huuuurrrryyyyyy up February!

  3. DarkBloodyVamp

    Jeaniene Frost is absolutely amazing in how she writes! As you said some scenes were so funny and you REALLY FELT you were watching them in person. The panties comment by Bones to Cat, the catfight between Cat and Annette and CHAPTER 32!

    I agree Chapter 32 is probably the hottest chapter ever written! LOL “vampire orgasm machine” if only BONES was real or if men could learn a lesson or TEN from him and emulate his sex appeal, charm, charisma, flair, humour, confidence, devotion, passion — I could go on. 🙂

    You have to continue reading the rest of the series as Jeaniene never falters from sucking the reader into the world of Cat & Bones.

    So glad you enjoyed One Foot in the Grave and as you said it is one of the best vampire fiction out there! 🙂

  4. I’ve never read this book, but the premise is definitely intriguing, and I appreciate your well-thought-out review!

    Thank you for dropping by my site today…I’m following you now, too 🙂

  5. Michelle Greathouse – I’m hoping it does! Or even just stays consistent would be fine by me.

    bibliophile brouhaha – Thanks for quoting me! You just made my day! I took my time writing this review to try and properly express how much I loved this book.

    Crystal ♥ – Yeah, it’s hard not to turn into an incoherent babbler while reviewing this series.

    DarkBloodyVamp – I really enjoyed our back and forth on Twitter this week. So happy to have met another crazed fan. You made me feel better about my Bones obsession. lOL

    Melissa – Thanks for the comment love and returning the follow!

  6. The first two books in the series were my favorite and hard to top but they’re all good as well as the two spinoff books.
    Thanks for hopping by my blog earlier and have a great weekend!

  7. Karen – Good to know. I plan on reading them all regardless. How could I not after this one?!

    Steph – Thanks for returning the hop!

  8. Yup Ch 32 is the fave! Now its weird because on a discussion board my screenname has that number in it but for a totally different reason! But still LOVE this series!!

    Can’t wait to see what you think of the next two! And don’t forget to check out her Night Huntress World series, but wait til after you’ve read the next two otherwise you’ll encounter spoilers and be a little confused!

  9. Jessica – My TBR pile keeps getting bigger and bigger; you’re partially to blame for that! 😉 Thanks for the recommendations.

  10. Hi, Darkeva here 🙂 As part of the 5-day follow that I do over at Darkeva’s Blog, I’ve chosen your blog to follow this week 🙂 And I’m liking more and more of what I see 🙂

    enjoyed your review — liked “Halfway to the Grave” which is the most recent one I’ve read (I’m still catching up) but I’m glad to hear that this book was so satisfying 😉 I’ll definitely be checking it out 🙂

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts,
    Darkeva

  11. I want a vampire orgasm machine too!

    Great review! I haven’t read this series yet but now I’m going to have to check it out!

  12. I came from Saturday Situation hosted by Lori at Pure Imagination and Candace at Candace’s Book Blog.

    I’ve been eyeing this series for some time now, but because of my humongous TBR mountain, I did not pick it up… you just changed my mind 🙂 ….thank you for sharing your views…

    Cherry Mischievous
    http://www.cherrymischievous.com

  13. Oh, I must pick this up – I’ve read the first one, but I’ve forgotten a bunch.
    Probably a good idea to start the series again right?
    Yearning for a gritty Urban Fantasy this weekend 🙂

    – Dee, hopping from e-Volving Books
    Visit me back!

  14. Great review darlin!
    This book was indeed sooo good!

    I need to start the third one already =/
    Maybe some time next month! lol,
    Have a great weekend. =)

  15. Hi Carmel!

    Great review on this book. I really can’t wait to start this series.

    But as you pointed out on my blog, I’m still stuck with reading The Vampire Lestat, I don’t know why I haven’t finished it yet, lol. It’s a great book, but I just can’t find the time or motivation..

    Anyway, have a great weekend!

    Celine @
    Nyx Book Reviews

  16. Kristina – I know what you mean, but this series is so worth it!

    Darkeva – Thanks for choosing me! 🙂

    Natalie (Mindful Musings) – I’m going to be good and read a few other books before I move on to the 3rd.

    Jamie – LOL! Hope that line won’t get me into trouble with my guy!

    Cherry – Nice! Happy to convert more Frost followers.

    Deepali – Definitely re-read the 1st book.

    smittenskitten – Doesn’t surprise me that you’ve read this one given your weakness for hot men! 😉

    Celine – I really enjoyed The Vampire Lestat, it’s worth taking your time.

  17. Hi, I’m currently following your blog and have just added your button to my site! If you were to have a glance at my blog and follow me (if you wish to) it would make me really happy!

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  18. Loving the cover for One Foot in the Grave! I’ll have to look into picking up the Night Huntress series thanks to your review. It sounds really interesting!

  19. Vampire Orgasm Machine!! (Bones, I mean Batteries not included) Quick, go out and patent that bad boy!!

    P.S. The next book, At Grave’s End is actually my favorite of the series. (I have a soft spot for Tate)

    Kristin
    Nocturnal Bites

  20. ComaCalm — Hey! Thanks for stopping by. I’m on my way to check out youts!

    Kristin – Happy to introduce someone new to Bones!

    Kristin – Haha batteries! You just made my morning. I’m eager to check it out! But I’m being good and reading a few other authors first.

  21. I havent heard much about this series but now that I’ve read your review it sounds super cool.

    Also, thanks for hopping by the other day 🙂

    Have a great week!