Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Barb's Book Review... Destined for an Early Grave

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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.   

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*** small spoiler alert ***

Well hello open water and vacation! Its about time both Cat and Bones got away and just spent time together… but you know things can’t be that simple, can’t ya? Ha. No of course not. Seems Cat has been having some weird dreams. Not not last time, but weird none the less. When Bones and Cat head to Paris, the city of love, they meet Mencheres. As soon as they are off the boat Mencheres asks Cat about her dreams. Thrown a little she tells him about them. As they leave the dock he asks a few questions about a vamp names Mac Gregor. Bones gets pissed and it all starts to fall into play.

Seems years ago Mac Gregor had a vision of Cat. He thinks she is hers. Mencheres also saw what he was planning and imprisoned him but a few weeks ago he escaped, how they don;t know but he is on the loose. He is a dream snatcher. So if he gets his hands on Cat in her dreams… she will be pulled to wherever he is. Talk about a bad dream. HA! So now that they are in Paris not only is Bones with her at all times, they have an escorts. Vampires that can react if they are attacked. Not that its comforting to have an entourage but its that whole safety in numbers thing, ya know. Then they are ambushed and thankfully Cat is able to help get Bones out of danger after he was riddled with silver bullets.

After a little more time they have to leave. Mac Gregor was too close. A few phone calls and a plane ride they land in Orlando, drive to Tallahassee and then they are off again. When they arrive at their destination they are in New Orleans. Bones, of course, has a house there. They are there to see Marie Laveau. Yes that Marie Laveau. She is a ghoul that no one wants on their bad side. Bones meets with her then she decides she wants to meet Cat. Alone. That should be fun. (laughs) But the thing is Marie is on the fence. Depending on what is in Cat’s memories, the one Mencheres took from her Marie will either be with Bones and Cat or with Mac Gregor. Fuuuuuuun.

But as things work out it is Marie that keeps both Bones and Gregor from having a smack down in the street when he shows up. Shes a tough cookie. HA. Bones feels that someone keeps telling him where they are. But its not the vamps, the ghoul or the ghost… and its not him.. so it has ot be Cat. Is Gregor in hr head enough to see where they go? Well Bones thinks so.. and that causes problems because to keep her safe he would do anything. That includes knocking her out, blindfolding her and then flying them around for God knows how long before she wakes up in.. she doesn’t know where. Even with that.. they come under attack. Ghouls. Hundreds of them against the 12 or so vampires and ghouls there to keep them safe. Cat makes a choice, one that may be the worst or best choice she makes.. she goes to Gregor in a dream.

that one choice starts off a chain reaction of events that go from “what the hell?” to “you have got to be kidding me!?!” but none the less its there. Gregor has Cat, and as promised with a little of his blood her memories come back. He had brainwashed her as a 16 year old and made it like he was there to save her. Of course as a kid that just found out she was a monster -according to her mother- so she was in a special place. I for one think he was up to no good. But Bones gets ten shades of pissed the fuck off at her leaving because what she didn’t know was that they had a hundred hidden soldiers waiting for the second surge of Gregor's ghouls. They had that fight won before Gregor actually had her in his arms. But in Cat’s defense she thought she was doing the right thing. Even after she gets her memories back she wants to leave and go back to Bones. Gregor having made a deal with her releases her. She calls Vlad -the only vampire in Europe that had no worries of fighting with Gregor- to come and escort her back to Bones. Wherever that may be.

But once they get to where Bones is things go South fast. They have a HUGE fight and he walks away from her. And days later there is still no word from him. Come to find out he is in New Orleans again. Thanks to Cat’s uncle Don they find him via satellite but he isn’t alone. That isn’t expected but Cat works though that. Seems through the grapevine that Marie has banished all ghouls and vampires from the French Quarter.. except Bones. Though he has now been dismissed… when he leaves Gregor will be waiting with his army. Its an ambush. Again, Cat calls Don and the humans go in and rescue the vampire. LOL Cat leaves the place they are hiding with Vlad just as Bones arrives. She saw enough of him in the pictures from the Satellites and what she overheard during the rescue. But.. Bones and Mencheres track her down and bring her back to another hiding place.

Days pass and no word from Bones. He dropped her off and left. Its Spade who shows up and tells her how much of an ass she is being. (LOL) Its an almost nasty fight. But one well deserved. Once she admits it to herself that she was wrong and Bones had been right about things said she is taken to him. They talk.. well sorta argue a bit and Cat does ask him to change her. Then... they made up… all... night… long. And as promised the very next night Bones changed her into a vampire. What they hadn’t expected was how well she adapted.. though there were issues but then again.. it was Cat that we are talking about. There was a ‘coming out party’ once Cat got her hunger under control. Which was only a few days.

At the party there was a little tiff.. when Gregor showed up with his harlot and another vampire… her mother. Since her mother belonged to her and Cat belonged to him -so he thinks- they took her. She now belongs to him. Of course that set Cat off and started a little bit of a scuffle. Though Cat missed most of it as Vla took her away. After a few days things had sort of settled and they found out where Gregor was keeping Cat’s mother -Justina- and made their way there. Everything started off fine until Gregor and other vampires showed up. Rodney, the ghoul Bones had raised from a child was killed but they got her mother away. And learned of Cat’s new and very interesting power. Something that she should not have now. No new vampire showed a talent for a power so soon.

Days later Gregor calls Bones out for a formal dual, something Bones had challenged him to as soon as Mencheres told him Gregor was after Cat. And lets just say… things went out with a bang!

I am anxiously waiting for the next audio-book! Lets see what else Cat and Bones can get into!

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