Friday, January 30, 2015

Barb's Book Review... Halfway to the Grave


Flirting with the Grave...

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father - the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner - are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.


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*** small spoiler alert ***

Catherine Crawfield, Cat, half vampire is on a mission in Licking Falls, Ohio. her mother is human and her father, the man who ruined her life, is a vampire. And as he hunts the ones that go bump in the night she is looking for him. (snickers) One night as she prowls the bar she is in she sees one of them. But as she saunters over to him… she is turned down by a vampire… -man- in the bar it throws her for loop. It was something she wasn’t used to. But she doesn’t leave the bar alone. (I have to say I was laughing my ass off at her acting skills here. So frigging awesome.) The next night she goes back to the same bar, trolling again. She meets -him- again. His British accent grating on her nerves but she was desperate to get him out of the bar. That is when things get…. interesting.

Never turn your back on a vampire. Cat made that mistake and it left her waking up in a very dark place chained to a wall. The vampire in hand wanting to know who she worked for. Apparently when she says no one he doesn't believe her. Even after he smacks her around and she tells him what she is he is still not believing her. Not until he makes it dark and tries to bite her. When her eyes change to the same color as his… he gets it. After he lets her lose they have a little chat. And that sets off an idea for an arrangement. Bones will teach her over the next 5 weeks or so how to actually fight and kill vampires. Seems Bones has a lot of work to do in that area…

After her training Cat is given a makeover of sorts. She has to look the part to get the men. Not all that complicated but she begrudgingly agrees and they set off on their first adventure. And… its a good thing she is quick. Cat gets injured when she makes a little mistake but Bones is there ot back her up. The closeness that grows between them -of course she fights this- is more and more obvious -to me at least- as they talk. She opens up after her fight with the vamp and tells him about the one guy that hurt her. Raped her actually. This is something even her mother doesn't know. Why is she opening up to him? (‘Cause she doesn’t want to trust him but I am pretty sure she is... starting to at least.)

The situation between them grows as they try to find this Hennessy fella. Taking down his ‘team’ one by one. Working closer to where he is hiding. But as usual the spaces between Cat and bones go crazy and then they are all good. Cat has moved out of her grandparents home and into an apartment. Her mother isn’t okay with that but.. it’s what a college girl needs. Right? Her little neighbor Timothy is a shy, mousy man. Also a college kid. Bones scares the mess out of him at first but Timothy is -to Cat’s mom at least- her ‘boyfriend’. Quick thinking on her feet as it was. But Cat almost gave herself a heart attack while her mom and Tim talked. After she left it was all worked out. Ha. (Loved it)

The intimacy they share though breaks through some of their boundaries. The possessiveness between the two grows as well. Cat’s shows when they meet someone from Hennessy’s spawn pool shows up and wants to turn on her master. Her lingering looks at Bones and her ways of flaunting her body makes Cat’s vampire come out. The possessiveness comes out. Cat staked her claim on him. (No pun intended.) then one night at a bar -while Cat plays decoy- the guy that hurt her all those years ago shows up. He tries to get pushy with cat when she tells him to go away and ignores him. But Bones -who was hiding away in the shadows and cames to the rescue. He had seen her face pale when she caught sight of him. he knew who it must have been so he was delighted to shake the fuckers hand. Nicely breaking it and making him kneel to the floor. But Cat, not wanting him to hurt the idiot -for her own reasons- talks him down and they leave the club. Abandoning their hunting for the night.

Things go good for a but until Cat’s mom shows up out of the blue. No calling ahead, no nothing. How can Cat explain to her mom that her boyfriend/lover is a vampire? She shoves -yes shoves- the poor man in a damn closet and keeps him there until she can get rid of her mother, faking that she is sick. When Bones comes out you can tell he is hurting. Why is she hiding who she is? Her mother has too much pull in her head. Its not him she is hiding, but herself. Bones leaves Cat to think things over. Over the next week tim keeps her from going too out of her mind… but the mood she is in is only getting worse. After talking to Tim she decides to call Bones. He is on his way to her house. He is upset, Francesca has gone missing.

They head out and start looking at any place they think she could be. After a night of looking with no sign of her they head back to Cat’s apartment. Only to be muddled up in traffic. Then they hear and see what they needed to see. Francesca’s body is on the road side. Bone’s came to the conclusion that she killed herself to keep Hennessey from killing her. But why happened? How did it come to her offing herself? The next day things went from weird and crazy to fucked in a minute. Cat talked to her mom and just after getting off the phone there was a knock on the door. Police. Detectives Mansfield and Black to be precise. Seems Danny -the ex asshole rapist- had gone to them and told them she had left the bar -six years ago- with a murder. And of course they had found the body, minus his head and the car in the water. Which matched a body in Indiana.

When they left she had to get to Bone’s. Killing a little time she takes off running through the trees. Bursting into tears when she falls into him. once she tells him what had happened he told her to call home. Hennessey had people everywhere. Her family wasn’t safe. When they get to her house… they find her grandparents had been killed. Her mom is missing. Hennessey has her. A note was left in her grandfather’s pocket. A cryptic note only Bones could decipher. It was to meet the vampires. They did meet them. Using Cat as a backup. They would never think she was a danger. When they get there things break out into a mass of chaos the moment Cat calls the cops to “come and get her”. When the cops showed up the remaining vampires went on the attack, and the cops started firing.

Cat gets caught and shot. She is arrested but after 30 minutes of silence a Lieutenant Isaac comes in and pulls her out. Saying he is taking her in. But with a moment of clarity Cat smells something on him.. and manages to move just in time to keep from getting shot. With her fast movements she manages to get the mans guna dn makes him take her to the ‘one in charge’. Of course there is a fight once she gets there. The man in charge goes down… she makes sure he is deeeeeaaaaad. Then once again.. Cat is arrested. (laughs hard) While she is in the hospital, for the second time she is greeted by the FBI. Agent Donald Williams from the Paranormal Behavior Division and his Special Forces bodyguard Tate Bradley. Williams tells her he works in a division that investigates unnatural occurrences of a homicide. In other words they hunt down vampires.

After giving her a little... test… that they failed… (LOL) he offers Cat an offer she can’t refuse. They want her to work for them. The men in black were real… who knew. She refuses their offer and they let it go asking if she wanted to see her mother. Annnnnnnd her crack head of a mother was all off the rocker. Drowning in her rage and Cat was unable to change her mind. Thinking Cat is being controlled by Bones. Her mother had told them about Bones… now they were hunting him…. so now.. she has a bad choice. Does she choose her mother or Bones? Does she take the job they offered?

Of course she does... but she has conditions of her own.

1) She is in charge of any teams she is to fight with. Also, she trains and picks her own team.
2) They leave immediately and they forget about Bones.
3) Length of service agreement. 10 years, not a bit more.

And then the negotiations begin… LOL

4) She wants a house and a salary. With a home for her mother. Same state just a different city.
5) They must take care of the girls that were rescued. Give them what they never had.
6) She only goes after vampires that are KILLING people.

Arrangements will be made to get them the hell out of there. It seems the fun is just beginning… As they are about to move them her mom seems to relax some, still thinking she is right. As the military and FBI pull get her away from the hospital Bones shows up. He gets her and her mother away from them and takes them to a friends house in Indiana. But it can’t be that easy. Cat has to make a plan to get away from him, in order to keep him safe. So what does she do now…?

I have to say I was anxious to get to this series. I’ve had it for a while and I am sooooooooo glad I was able to start it. I loved it. And Bones is just awesome. Cat is kick ass and together they are all but unstoppable. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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