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.
My book of the year so far! (when I originally reviewed it) Cat is half vampire half human,a result of her mother being raped by a newly turned vampire. Now she is out seducing and staking vampires in revenge, hoping to eventually kill her dad-until the night that one is too fast and captures her. Bounty hunting vampire Bones soon realises what Cat is and that they would make a good team in hunting the evil vampires together. He decides to train her and harness her skills to kill the evil vampires. When their relationship changes Cat fears her mother's reaction and Bones fears for Cat's safety as they come up against very dangerous vampires.
This was just brilliant! Cat is a great fiesty, kickass, smart mouthed half vampire who has been taught to hate her vampire side by her angry mother Justina. She is a great character. She is troubled by her family history and wants her evil father dead but is afraid to use her vampire skills for anything other than death-and she barely knows what she is doing when she tries to attack the latest vampire she meets. As plans go, it isn't the best in the world and Cat senses that if she dies doing this, her mother won't be greatly upset that the abomination is dead.
Bones is wonderful-sexy, smart, witty and the perfect match for Cat. When I see him in my mind I get an instant picture of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and he is so like him! Maybe that's why I love him so much! He is funny, snarky, smart and resourceful and determined to train Cat despite her obvious weaknesses. The ups and downs of their relationship had me hooked and I normally shy away from the PNR side of vampire books, as too much love and sex bores me in novels. The fact that I loved their steamy romance shows how well written it was. There was plenty action to keep UF fans happy and lots of vampires. The side characters were also well written and were a perfect fit for the plot. Bones best friend Spade is a good character and I liked him instantly.
The humour was superb-Timmy's impression of a God fearing demon hunter (“We're going to knock those demons out and slay them with the power of Jesus. Hallelujah, can I get an amen?) and Bones 'dirty talk' lecture had me in stitches. Cat's mother was entertaining as well in her own way as she has plenty to say when disapproving of her daughter. There were a lot of laughs through the book, usually when Bones was getting annoyed with Cat for messing up! It kind of reminds me of the Riggs-Murtaugh relationship in Lethal Weapon with Cat accidently killing everyone and driving Bones mad.
"Lucifer's bouncing balls kitten, not again!"
There is lots of kickass action and vampire hunting going on which is perfect with the humour and the character development that the author does so well. It is one of the best urban fantasy series that I've read-and I've read it a good few times now. This book is sexy, full of action and adventure, witty, funny and sad. The perfect vampire read! I recommend this book to fans of kickass urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
First Read April 2010.