Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Twice Tempted

Twice Tempted (Night Prince, #2)Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vlad's distance is worrying Leila. She thinks that she muted abilities, having been all but non-existent since he coated her in his aura are the cause. When Vlad thinks he's showing her that he's not feeling distant, Leila misinterprets and decides to leave him. But when attempts on her life bring Vlad back into the picture, will she be able to ignore her previous feelings for him? Or will they be able to work things out? And if they do, will Vlad and Leila be able to find who's behind the attempts on her life before the person succeeds?

This book is the sequel to Once Burned, and I have to say, I LOVE it! Where I love Cat and Bones from Ms. Frost's Night Huntress series, Vlad and Leila make me hot! Vlad is the Prince of Darkness in all ways, and he has truly met his match with Leila.

While the plot of the book centers around not only Vlad and Leila's relationship but the attempts on her life as well, both were pretty easy to figure out. However, in my opinion, this didn't detract from the book, because, even though you were able to figure out whodunit, finding the person became the next challenge.

I had somewhere read (I thought) that this series was going to only be two books, but it seems, at least by the ending of this book, that Ms. Frost is going to write at least one more book with Vlad and Leila as the stars. Honestly? I. Can't. Wait. Do yourself a favor and pick up Once Burned, and if you do, make sure you buy this book at the same time. You'll be mad at yourself if you don't!

Lady D

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

One Foot in the Grave

One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2)One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Four years ago, Cat abandoned her lover Bones, as well as her former life to join a secret branch of the U.S. government that was formed to hunt vampires. She did it thinking it was the only way she'd be able to save Bones from the men that were threatening her.

Now, however, she's facing Bones' sire Ian, as well as a contract on her life, when Bones suddenly reappears in her life. She is overjoyed to see him, but she knows it still won't work. Or will it?

In the second book to the Night Huntress series, we get a lot more Cat and Bones action, more fighting, and some awesome new characters, in Don, Juan, Tate, Denise, and Annette. We also get to see more into the vampire world with glimpses of Ian, Spade, and Mencheres.

I love this book, and honestly, I think it's my favorite of the whole series. It's the only copy I have of the series that's literally falling apart with how many times I've read this.

This book is where we really get to see how Cat and Bones feel about each other, and heh, there's one certain scene where it's really obvious. If you don't know what I'm talking about, pick up the book. You won't regret it, if just for that scene. ;)

We also get to meet what will become some key characters in later books. Don is the head of the governmental operation that Cat is the main "fighter" for. Tate is one of the men who follows her, who also happens to be in love with her, and Juan is another one of the followers, who is obsessed with women (this is not an overstatement. He's really that obsessed). Annette is one of the first vampires Bones ever changed, and Denise is Cat's best friend.

This book picks up in an interesting spot, because when I picked up the book, I thought it would pick up immediately after the last book ended, but it doesn't; it picks up four years later. Which in truth, is a very good thing, since it develops the characters, as well as the scenes more.

All in all, as I said, this is my favorite book of the series. If you haven't read the series, pick up the first book, and be prepared for the magnificent sequel.

Lady D

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Halfway to the Grave

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Meet Cat, the half-vampire wonder. She is human, with vampire traits, and she came about from the union of a young vampire, and a human.

Meet Bones, vampire hitman, and the bane of Cat's existence... until she realizes that not all vampires are bad.

I first read this book back in 2008, and I fell in love with the series. Cat is smart-mouthed, violent, brave, courageous, and wonderful. Her undead lover Bones is, at least in my head, kind of like Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, meets Angel.

When Cat and Bones first meet, they hate each other. Bones gets Cat to join forces with him as he goes about hunting vampires. It's perfect, since she can act as bait since the vampires he hunts are interested in young, attractive women. Cat still thinks of Bones as an evil vampire, but agrees to go along with his plan since she really doesn't have a choice.

But as they spend time together, Cat comes to some scary realizations. But when Bones and Cat get close to the vampire they're chasing, their lives will be torn apart. Will Cat and Bones be able to make it through the tough times that they will face?

If you haven't read this series yet, and you're a vampire fan, you definitely need to! Jeaniene Frost is a wonderful writer who will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book! The sex is hot, the plots are wonderful, and she just has a way of making you really care for her characters. Go grab a copy of this, and dig in!

Lady D

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is the first of the Anita Blake vampire hunter series. It was also, many years ago, my introduction to the world of paranormal fiction/romance. Since then, I've kind of become addicted.

Anita Blake is an animator. That is, she raises zombies for a living. She also moonlights as a vampire hunter, and is on call for the St. Louis Police Department's Regional Preternatural Investigation Team... or RPIT (pronounced Rip-it).

When vampires, who are legal U.S. citizens in LKH's world, start getting murdered, Anita is called to the case by not only the police, but also by Nikolaos, the Master Vampire of the city.

Anita has a serious prejudice against vampires, and at the start of this series, it really shows. She cannot stand vampires. She only agrees to work for them under duress, and only finally solves the crime for them under duress. Not once does she do anything for them willingly.

In this book, we also meet Jean-Claude, who is the owner of Guilty Pleasures, the world's only vampire strip club. He is arrogant, he is gorgeous, and he is French. Anita kind of finds herself minorly attracted to him, but she resists because, well, vampires equal bad.

In the end, Anita does solve the murders. This book mostly focuses on world building and character building, but the plot stays central as well. It's a really nice blend of crime and paranormal fiction. If you haven't read this series, pick up this book. It's a quick read, and a great introduction to LKH's Anita Blake Vampire Hunter. Book Two is on the list to read next, so, stay tuned for: The Laughing Corpse.

Lady D