Series: The Night Huntress #1
Published by Orion on April 22nd 2010
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Urban, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: References to sex trafficking and date rape. Crude sexual dialogue. One very graphic sex scene, one brief mildly graphic sex scene, several implied sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Abigail
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of those deadbeats is her father - the guy responsible for ruining her mother's life. But when she's captured by Bones, a bounty hunter and a vampire, she finds herself forced into an unholy partnership. In exchange for his help in finding her father, and still astonished she hasn't ended up as his dinner, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. But that's not all Bones has to show her - Cat's starting to believe maybe vampires aren't all evil after all, especially ones as cute as Bones. She's half-convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as confident kick-ass demon hunter Cat finds herself, and Bones, hotly pursued by a band of killers. She's is going to have to pick a side - and fast ...
I'd heard other readers make the Bones/Spike comparison but I didn't dare hope they could be right. But Spike was my absolute favorite thing about the excellent Buffy the Vampire Slayer show, so even the small chance that a Spike-like character lived within these pages was enough to have me eagerly looking forward to Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. And wonder of wonders, (and despite Ms. Frost's denial) Bones is Spike.
I didn’t have a particular person in mind when I described Bones. He’s a blend of (younger versions of) Jude Law, Ethan Hawke, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen, Billy Idol, Bruce Campbell (younger, like when he was in Army of Darkness), and James Franco, with a healthy dose of my own imagination to boot. I’ve loved vampires since I was a child, and as as a teen, I had a Billy Idol crush, so that probably explains my love of English accents and blond hair. Although I understand the Spike comparisons (I wrote a blond English vampire, I knew they’d be coming), Spike isn’t the image of how I see Bones. If another person sees him that way, however, it’s fine by me. Whatever makes a reader happy when they flip pages. - Jeaniene Frost
Cat Crawford hunts vampires. It's the only way she can reconcile the illegitimacy of her birth to both herself and her mother. In addition to deep seeded hatred for his kind, the vampire who assaulted Cat's mother also left her part of his supernatural abilities. But Cat gets more than she bargained for when she hunts the wrong vampire. Bones is nothing like the monsters her mother has taught her about, and when he captures her she expects to be killed. Instead, he offers her the chance to improve her skills and knowledge about the undead if she'll agree to work with him. Cat soon finds herself allied with a vampire who hunts his own kind and wrestling with her long held beliefs about herself and what she thought she knew about true evil.
If like many of us, you long ago succumbed to the charms of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you will love the character of Bones. Spike, I mean Bones, is a platinum blond British vampire with chiseled cheekbones and an insulting sarcasm that drips with sexuality. And like Spike, Bones is man enough to admit he's "love's bitch" when it comes to Cat.
My only complaint about this book is the high sexual content. The main sex scene is anything but brief and it's quite graphic. Also the 'training' that Cat undergoes to become the most irresistible vampire bait half alive includes being able to not only withstand the crudest of crude sexual dialogue but also to reply in kind. And then after being outfitted from Sluts-R-Us, Bones tells Cat that she needs to go out sans panties so that the vampires can scent her. Yeah. It's pretty over the top. And in a story with weaker characters or a lackluster plot it would be enough to dissuade me from continuing the series, but...there is so much to like in this book that I'll be back for more.