Title: Destined for an Early Grave
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publication Date: July 2009
Classification: Adult Novel
Content: Mature Themes, Including Bones as an Asshole
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I love Cat & Bones and I have been trying to space out reading this series so that I don’t go on overload. I was use to a steamy Cat & Bones who were ready to take on the world or die trying. This time around the story got a little darker and a little less steamy.
Obviously I love the characters of this series. I’m a character driven reader and it is hard to find characters better than the ones in this series. From Cat & Bones to Vlad I really love them all and I like everything they add to the series. However, during this book I have to say I liked Bones just a little less. Bones really pulled out all the stops in this book to be an asshole. He really took a lot of chances to hurt Cat even though I know why he did everything he did. I almost like that Bones had to become a bit darker in order to make his point known to Cat. Cat couldn’t get away with the things she did in the past books and Bones was out to let her know that this time around. So many people said that Bones was too hard on Cat and that Cat became a baby in this book but I think it proves that sometimes when relationships need a little work that work comes at a price. Sure Cat wasn’t as strong and kick ass as she was in the first few books but I liked seeing her show a softer side and be upset about her relationship and show more emotion. I liked that Bones had to be a little rough around the edges and not give into what Cat wanted.
The storyline was interesting, not my favorite, but still pretty good. I liked that we broke away from the pattern of the first three books but at the same time I did miss the old gang of males that Cat worked with every day for her Uncle. I hope to see more of them again in future books because they were always around to keep Cat on her toes.
Overall, I really liked this change of pace in this book. I liked that Cat showed emotions I liked Bones being a bit of an ass. I also loved that some side characters stepped up to help Cat. I really loved Vlad’s role in this book because he added to the friendship he shared with Cat. I liked that he was there for her to help her and that we kind of got to see a little bit of a soft spot in the famous Vlad! Overall, if I have one complaint about this book it was that the steam factor went way down from the previous books. I mean come on this couple is famous for a very steamy chapter in the second book and I missed that connection in this book. I hope for more steamy moments in future books.