One Foot in the Grave

Bibliographic Information 

Audiobook $17.59
Paperback $7.19, $5.78
Hardback
Kindle $4.99
Associated ISBNs 9.780061245091
9.780061736490
9780061649165 – e-book

Rating (VOYA)

3Q, 4P

Readers Annotation

Sexy heroine meets sexy ex-boyfriend and teams up to defeat evil undead.

Summary

Half-vampire Cat Crawford now leads a secret government SWAT team that takes out evil undead. She has just lead a semi-successful raid that has left one of her own dead. She has also just let the maker of her ex-boyfriend live instead of killing him like her boss wanted.

She has started dating again, but still thinks about her ex, the sexy vampire Bones. Her best friend has just gone through a whirlwind romance and gotten engaged. Between thinking about breaking up with her boyfriend, her job hunting vamps, and her best friends upcoming nuptials, she barely has time to think about the hit taken out on her.

At the rehearsal dinner she runs into Bones, he is one of the groomsmen, and they have a tiff. She’s still extremely attracted to him, and he to her. He says he’s been looking for her since she left him 4 years ago, and that she’s in trouble. She naturally takes him back.

Bones clashes with Tate, Cat’s friend and co-worker (because Tate’s in love with Cat). It’s discovered that the man who took out a hit on Cat is Bones’ maker, so Bones amasses his forces (the vampires and ghouls that he’s made) and sets a plan in motion. This brings Annette (one of Bones’ former client/girlfriend) back into the picture, and she and Cat bitch fight it out.

The conclusion has Bones, and Cat taking on Bones’ maker in what amounts to vampire court.

Evaluation

This was a really fun romp. I may have made the mistake of starting on the 2nd book (oops), but I didn’t think I really needed the first to get into it. This is sarcastic, sexy, and full of action.

The characters are pretty well fleshed out. They all fit into a lot of the old tropes, but they work well with them. Sexy, badass heroine. British, sexy vampire. Anti-vampire mom. Secret government agency. Evil vampires. Stakings. This one at least has a heroine whose reputation is actually deserved, unlike some other series (Anita Blake). The interactions between the characters is really where the action’s at. The relationship between Bones and pretty much every character who is not Cat is worth the price of admission alone.

This is a pretty well written book, considering. There aren’t a lot of gaping flaws and errors. Its a fun ride all the way.

I think this book is just perfect for its audience. Its sexy, its fun, and its got some great action. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea Paranormal Romance-wise, but its a pretty great example.

Genre

Urban Fantasy

Paranormal Romance

Readalikes

Darkness Unmasked by Keri Arthur

First Grave On the Right by Darynda Jones

Significance

An interesting take on some old classics, blending sarcasm and sex to make an enjoyable ride all the way through.

Book Discussion Questions and Ideas

Is it believable that Cat is so attractive that everyone wants her?

What do you think about this interpretation of vampire?

Let’s talk about Cat’s wardrobe.

Author’s website

Jeaniene Frost

Awards

None

Reviews

Amazon

Reviews

Why I Chose It

It sounded like a ridiculous paranormal romance, and I wanted to try that out.

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Dragon Bound

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Bibliographic Information 

Audiobook $29.99
Paperback $7.19
Hardback x
Kindle $7.99
Associated ISBNs 9780425241509
9781101514399

Rating (VOYA)

3Q, 4P

This is a pretty cliche Paranormal Romance, that isn’t very well written. Its not horrible, but its no Amaryllis.

Its pretty par for the course plot-wise, but it has a sarcastic voice that is appealing. It won’t be appealing to anyone who doesn’t like romance novels.

Readers Annotation

She stole from a Dragon, and now she’s been caught by him.

Summary

Pia has been blackmailed into stealing something from the Dragon Dragos. She stole a penny. She puts a spell on her ex so he can’t speak about her, and goes on the lamb. She runs to the Elven lands in the south. Dragos uses a witch to track Pia down, and comes to her in her dreams. Dragos finds her shortly.

The two are strong armed into leaving Elven territory and are promptly abducted by goblins working for Dragos’ arch-nemesis the Dark Elf lord. Dragos breaks them out, they sleep together and go back to his penthouse. Dragos puts her under guard.

Pia discovers she’s pregnant, get abducted by Dark Elves and taken to the other world. She gets free and Dragos rescues her.

Evaluation

This is the most ridiculous book I’ve ever read.

This is just silly. He’s huge, hung, dark and broody. Of course the instantly are attracted to each other (she after all, is some mysterious sparkly (literally) creature and she STOLE FROM HIM!). Of course they hook up (a lot). Its all the cliches. But its actually fun? Its so over the top ridiculous that its fun? It takes itself pretty serious, but at the same time it knows what it is. This book was stupid, and stupidly fun.

The plot is silly and predictable. The characters are pretty amusing, except for the ones that are the VILLAIN, and the barely touched on Elves. The setting was pretty compelling. Its an interesting world where people know about the Elder Races and there are holes into the other world.

I think people who like Paranormal Romance, or Romance in general would like this book. Its stupidly fun.

There are so many flaws! Seriously. Why the insta-romance? What’s so special about Pia? OMG, you’re a big beautiful man I love you! You’re a beautiful (sparkly) woman I must have you! Seriously, this book is not big on plot.

Genre

Paranormal Romance

Readalikes

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George

Significance

A sarcastic heroine, some subverting of gender roles, and some lady power all in a ridiculous wrapping.

Book Discussion Questions and Ideas

What did you think about the reveal of Pia’s supernatural self?

Discuss Pia and Dragos’ relationship.

What do you think of the world Thea Harrison has built?

Author’s website

Thea Harrison

Awards

RITA Award for Paranormal Romance

Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award – Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: 2011

Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award – Book of the Year: 2011

Reviews

PW

Amazon

Why I Chose It

I wanted to go full Paranormal Romance so I looked at all the RITA winners for Paranormal Romance and this seemed like the most ridiculous plot I could handle.

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