Title: Destined For An Early Grave (Night Huntress, Book 4)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Avon(A Division of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (Vampire)
Print ISBN: 978-0061583216
eBook ISBN: 978-0061892899
Length: 400 Pages
Purchase: Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, Book 4)
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.
I've had this book sitting in my t-b-r (to-be-read) pile since it was released but had fallen behind on my reading. When I began to read, I was once again drawn into the world created by Jeaniene Frost and captivated by her characters. This is the fourth book in The Night Huntress series and due to the number of characters involved and the amount of action that takes place, I do recommend that you read this series in order beginning with Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1).
Cat Crawfield continues to evolve as a character; she's young and still very impetuous. Her skills as a vampire killing damphir continue to grow, as does her love for Bones, her vampire husband. Now that she and Bones have some free time, she is looking forward to visiting Paris and relaxing on their "honeymoon". When Cat beings to have dreams of being chased by a blond vampire, one who claims that she is married to him and not to Bones, she is naturally disturbed. As the story develops, Cat discovers that she does know "Gregor", the blond vampire and that she did apparently spend some time with him when she was a young teen.
While Cat is willing to acknowledge that she might know "Gregor", she's not willing to give up her relationship with Bones and refuses to acknowledge a previous marriage. As Cat and Bones travel across Europe dodging "Gregor's" attempts to grab Cat, their relationship begins to fray under the stress. Especially when ghouls become "Gregor's" allies and complicate the situation. When Cat discovers that Mencheres, Bones sire, had tampered with her memory so that she would forget "Gregor", she begins to have doubts about the depth of Bones love and commitment to her and about Mencheres intentions towards her future.
Trying to keep Cat safe and out of Gregor's clutches, Bones and Mencheres bring her back to the United States and enlist the help of her uncle and his special military group. When Gregor threatens the lives of people that Cat loves, she makes an interesting decision that will change her life forever. I was thrilled when Cat finally acknowledges her relationship issues with Bones were mostly due to her impetuous behavior and self-esteem issues which allowed them to resolve their problems and prepare to face off with Gregor in a final battle.
Since I don't give spoilers if I can help it, I will just say that the story concludes in a very dramatic fashion and that I look forward to reading This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 5)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Crowns
FTC Disclosure: The book reviewed was purchased for review.