One Foot in the Grave takes place four years into the future. Cat is no longer that naive, uncontrollable girl with a chip on her shoulder. Cat has grown into a sharp and intelligent woman who still kicks ass and comes up with the best comebacks and one-liners you can imagine. Cat is still a bit down on herself in terms of self-esteem and still thinks of herself as an outcast. She has become the head of an undercover group that works for the government. Even thought she was basically blackmailed into taking this position, she has fought very hard to be in control and the “go to” person in almost every situation that arises. Cat is half-human, half-vampire, and the department she works for is comparable to Homeland Security but for watching and experimenting on vampires. The powers that be want to know where vampires come from and how they can be stopped. Cat has major issues with her undead side since her father was one of them and she was led to believe by her mother that she is a child of rape. In Halfway to the Grave, Cat hated her vampire side, now she is more comfortable in her skin and embraces it in a way. And the reason she does is due to her vampire lover she had to leave behind, Bones.
Cat has a hard time giving and receiving love, but when it came to Bones she was a goner. Cat has a lot of questions about her lost love. Has Bones wandered the world looking for her? Has he totally forgotten her and gone onto shagging another lonely girl? Could Bones be dead? All these questions will be answered in ways you will not believe! I guess you can say it is not much of a spoiler since Cat and Bones are the ultimate couple, so you can expect to see him make an appearance. And with his appearance, Cat is yet again launched in uncharted waters. Bones realizes how great and special Cat is. He wants what is best for her. But Cat has this habit of constantly questioning herself. She wants Bones just like the air she breathes, but won’t fall for his charms. (HA! See how long that lasts). But Bones knows her so very well. Bones may come across as a witty playboy type of guy, but he has great insight on a person.
One Foot in the Grave has quite a few twists and gasps that I did not see coming. The last 30 pages will certainly through you for a loop and I even found myself clapping at one point, which I never do when I read a book. Every thing comes out with a bang and you will meet some over the top characters that will make you laugh till your stomach hurts.
Jeaniene Frost has done three incredible things with this book that makes it a winner in my eyes. I have never laughed so hard as I have done while read One Foot in the Grave. I did not chuckle, but had full belly laughs from the zingers and one-liners throughout. There is one such scene where Cat and Bones’s old girlfriend from way in the past have a full blown out catfight that almost had me on my feet. (Hard to do when you are on a bus coming home from work and all you want to do is cheer) These two women don’t just use fists but use words to hurt and draw blood.
The other thing Jeaniene can do very well is write a good quality love scene. I am not talking about quantity as we see in so many romances where an author must fill up the pages with every sex act known to man. I am talking about an intimate moment between our couple that will have you reaching for a fan and sighing in wonderment. Jeaniene has even placed a certain sex act between Bones and Cat that didn’t make me cringe like I usually do when I read such one. For an author to write such a scene that can make me go back and re-read it and still want to sigh all over again is a great achievement in my eyes. And let’s not forget the sex is slammin’, in your face hawt!
And finally, I usually prefer the hero over the heroine or visa-versa. I cannot do that with Bones and Cat because they are a near perfect duo. They are much like Roark and Eve in the In Death series for me. And Roarke and Eve are my all time favorite romantic couple and I find Bones and Cat coming in a close second.
One Foot in the Grave is an excellent, paranormal urban fantasy that did not disappoint in the least. Jeaniene tightened up certain problems I had with Halfway to the Grave and wrote a story that is fast and furious. I am placing this in my top three of 2008.
4.5 stars out of 5!
**And as a special treat, Jeaniene was kind enough for me to pick her brain. Look for her interview to be posted next week**