Book Review: One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2) by Jeaniene Frost

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She's still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around him awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline kick of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard she tries to keep things professional between them, she'll find that desire lasts forever . . . and that Bones won't let her get away again.

I've seen plenty of people around the blogosphere talking about Bones and Chapter 32 but I didn't know what all that was about until I read One Foot in the Grave.  Now I get it...while I was prepared for the heavy-handedness of that particular bedroom scene I was not prepared for it to be enmeshed in such a good story.

The Night Huntress series is toeing the line of  way too much  sexuality for me personally, but I think the plots are great and will keep reading for the cleverness of the writing.   Much like the Black Dagger Brotherhood, these books are not for the easily offended. 

Chapter 32 went too far.  I know I'm probably all alone in that thinking, but that's how I feel.  There was more emotion for me in the tenderness of Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love (some of the best Christian fiction ever written, in my opinion) than the extremely descriptive scene in chapter 32.

It's funny that earlier today I was thinking of going back to the Anita Blake series---I stopped after Guilty Pleasures due to ghosts and zombie/corpse reanimating squeamishness---when at the end of this book we witness a corpse three months dead transformed into a ghoul (which seems awfully similar to a zombie to me).  If this continues I may be done in...

Just One Gripe: 
Besides my embarrassment over chapter 32, my main gripe is the continued use of "plasma bags" to nourish vampires.  Plamsa is not the same as blood---it is the yellow liquid component of blood (it looks like cream soda) in which red blood cells are suspended.  So, if a vampire needs blood to survive, plasma alone would not be enough.  I believe Frost should call them "blood bags" or even "packed red blood cell bags."  Here's the link on plasma at Wikipedia if you don't believe me.  FYI, I know this from working in a hospital.

The Best Thing About This Book: 
I like the plot and the fast pace of this series.

Appropriate for a younger audience: 

Characters: 3/5
Plot: 4/5
Setting/Imagery: 3/5
Originality: 3/5
Ending: 4/5
Total Score:  17/25


  1. Ok, I am confused here! "The Night Huntress series is toeing the line of way too much sexuality for me personally" but your read LKH?? Say what? :)

    The Frost series is PNR which means you are definitely going to get sex, but I find it a beautiful, smexy sex because the 2 characters are so devoted to each other. You can have sizzling and romantic at the same time, right?

    Have a great weekend!

  2. I laughed at the plasma comment. Anita Blake gets messier and it get steamier with some very out there sexual scenes... Hmmm too hot... and very prone to "what" moments. I still love them but have to state the plots are erotically charges so make sure not to read in public spots.

  3. @Smash Attack: thanks for your comment! I stopped after Guilty Pleasure b/c I wasn't into the zombies. I have heard that those books get pretty steamy. I do agree that you can have sizzling and romantic together, but I didn't like Chap 32. It was TMI for me! I usually don't read true romances and that's why.

    @Aisle B: if I ever try the Anita Blake series again I will keep that in mind. :)

  4. Great review Kelli - I adore Bones! Personally I love chapter 32 but I can understand that it's not to everyone's tastes :o) I think you'll find that you get on better with the next couple of books - yes there is still sex but less than there was in this one. I was hoping for more LOL but I'm really enjoying this series. I've added your link to my review.

    I still haven't started the Anita Blake series, I have heard such mixed things about the books but my friend gave me the first 12 books so I'll definitely be giving them a try when I get a chance

  5. I forgot to mention your comment about the plasma bags - I had no idea that they weren't the normal red blood bags so it hadn't bothered me before. Now you've said that I can't understand how vampires would be able to survive by drinking them, a bit of a silly mistake you'd think someone would have picked up on by now LOL


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