Flirting with the Grave…
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.
So a while ago I saw this fanart on tumblr, someone had drawn all his/her favorite male characters from books and none of them sounded familiar to me so I decided to look them up on the internet and came across this book, and subsequently his character, Bones.
I have mixed feelings about this book, I liked the story, but there are some aspects of it that seemed to forced in my opinion. I’m a big believer in the more you wait to tell something in a book, the more you drag out that moment of expectation, the greater it’s going to be. In this book though every aspect of the story, but who the bad guy is, is revealed in the first quarter of the book or even sooner! When I was halfway through it there wasn’t anything more you could tell me about the characters and you could feel the lack of mistery in the (seemingly) forced appearances of new characters that aren’t essential for the plot and they are just there to create situations of danger or tension for our protagonists.
Cat is a half-vampire, half-human, her mum was raped by a vampire and she is the offspring of that coupling. Her mum obviously hates vampires and has taught her to hate them too, furthermore, with her inhuman strenght she decides to hunt vampires to avenge her mother. But one night while she is out hunting she comes across this vampire called Bones (actual name Crispin) who after seeing her kill a member of his species kidnaps her to torture her until she tells him who she works for. Obviously she doesn’t work for anybody, but hates vampires and Bones, although he is one, hates some of them too so they team up to kill the bad ones and free the innocent.
“There is only one way to fight, and that’s dirty. Clean gentlemanly fighting will get you nowhere but dead, and fast. Take every cheap shot, every low blow, absolutely kick people when they’re down, and maybe you’ll be the one who walks away.”
During their journey together Cat starts to understand that even though there are bad vampires they are not all bad, same that happens with humans. All this time spent together makes them closer and closer until they can’t deny their feelings, but it also makes her and her family a target. When it all goes south towards the end she must decide what she wants to do: put all of them in danger or leave him to protect all those she loves.
“I’m saying that I’m a moody, insecure, narrow-minded, jealous, borderline homicidal bitch, and I want you to promise me that you’re okay with that, because it’s who I am, and you’re what I need.”
I liked this book, and I’ve heard there are some really good spin-offs so I’m kinda excited to keep reading them… but we will see how the plot goes.