Destined for an Early Graveby Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #4
Published on July 28, 2009 by Avon
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger
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 he 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.
Cat and Bones have battled the undead, some scary-powerful vamps, and have had their relationship ripped through by just about every disaster you can think of. So what could be left for them to fight?
Oh right, Cat was already married to a vampire in her teens. Should’ve mentioned that.
At least, that’s the claim the Gregor the Dreamsnatcher whispers to Cat while she slumbers. If that isn’t enough to freak someone out, his continuous attempts to get her back are sure to keep everyone on edge. But it’s not just Gregor that Cat has to worry about. Her relationship with Bones is wearing thin with all the stress and fear surrounding the couple. If this book is anything, it’s tense. Like so tense you need a chainsaw to break through it.
As book 4 of the series, there isn’t much new to say about the characters. Their stubbornness truly is their downfall. A factor in many of their previous arguments scattered throughout the last three books, Cat tends to jump into a situation to save those she loves, no matter the consequence. Meanwhile, Bones is trying to do the same thing and protect her…all on his own. If that isn’t a disaster waiting to happen, I don’t know what is. Their inability to handle the other’s habits causes a rift to form that featured the pair acting quite childish, followed by several tantrums (in their own way) and a lot of unnecessary conflict. It certainly made this one of the denser books of the series as of yet.
And….we get more Vlad!!! He was one of the characters I hoped to see after meeting him in the previous book. There’s more to the badass Drac than meets the eye and unlike many of the vamps fighting over her, Cat has found a genuine friend in Vlad. He supports her when she needs it the most, offering protection and friendship to another lonely soul. Even Bones accepts him by the end as a half-decent person (which for those following the series, you know that’s a big deal).
Now, the whole story-line with Gregor didn’t sit well with me at first but I soon was as hooked as with any of the Night Huntress books. And along with Frost’s new antagonist comes a few other characters I look forward to seeing in the future. Majestic, the ghoul queen in New Orleans, comes off as tough but fair. Her and Cat seem to hit it off and I’m interested to see if we’ll get any voodoo magic from her in the future. Cat also picks up another friend in Louisiana in the form of the ghost Fabian. While he makes appearances throughout, spying for the good guys, he hasn’t had the chance to let his personality truly shine yet, but I hope that happens soon.
Like every Night Huntress book, this one’s packed with action, romance, and plenty of dialogue sure to make you laugh at the worst times (don’t read these in public, folks). Frost never fails to deliver with her humorous style, providing snort-worthy banter as well as plenty of sexual tension and action for Cat and Bones. Don’t miss out on this installment of the Night Huntress series!