Halfway to the Grave & One Foot in the Grave are the first two books in the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. Catherine Crawfield (call me Cat) is a half-vampire who hunts vampires in the hopes of finding the one who raped her mother. Her mother obviously hates and fears vampires and killing vampires is the only thing that Cat can do that seems to please her. One night, Cat takes on a vampire who turns out to be more than a match for her. Instead of killing her, Bones offers to train her, as he also kills vampires. The two become an unlikely team and draw the attention of the vampires that Bones has been hunting. Oh yeah, they also fall into a romantic relationship while fighting for their lives. One Foot in the Grave takes place several years after Halfway to the Grave and brings Cat and Bones a whole new set of obstacles to overcome in their professional and personal lives.
While I read a lot of urban fantasy and books about vampires, I don't generally consider myself much of a reader of paranormal romance books. I loved the action in both of these books and the political maneuvering in One Foot in the Grave. It always interests me how different authors create the rules of their vampire societies and how those rules can be used against outsiders like Cat. I think I liked One Foot in the Grave a little better out of the two books because it felt more developed but Halfway to the Grave was needed to provide the back story for the entire series. I think I was also drawn more into the second book because it seemed the sex didn't appear until later on in the story. I know that the sex is a vital element for a paranormal romance but I'm sure I turned as red as Cat did reading those scenes! Frost certainly doesn't hold back on her descriptions. Even though the books make me blush a bit, I will definitely be continuing to read this series.
I won both of these paperbacks from Drey at drey's library and I would like to pass them along to someone else to read. So on to the giveaway...
Win a copy of both Halfway to the Grave & One Foot in the Grave
Here are the rules for this giveaway:
1. This one is open internationally! I always feel bad that I have to limit my monthly giveaways to the USA so here is one for everybody.
2. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 31, 2010
3. To enter, just leave a comment. Please include your email address if it is not in your blogger profile! If I cannot contact you, I may have to draw another winner.
4. For one additional entry, blog or tweet or spread the word about the giveaway somehow and leave me the link.
Did I cover everything? I hope so. If you have any questions, please ask! Don't forget that the March Giveaway ends on March 24 so be sure to check that one out if you haven't already. There are seven books to choose from this month but that one is limited to USA only.