With her first two Night Huntress books, Jeaniene Frost showed she could make me laugh and she could write one heck of a sex scene. Now she proves she can make me cry too. I loved this third installment of the Cat & Bones books every bit as much as the ones that came before it, only this one added a deeper emotional resonance.
As our story begins, half vampire Cat and her full-vampire husband Bones are working together to lead a government team, targeting dangerous supernaturals. Work is good; their relationship is strong. But happiness quickly goes in the toilet when Cat’s evil vampire father Max comes back into the picture, bent on killing his daughter. Of course, he doesn’t succeed, but he does major damage, and heralds the latest master-plot to kill Cat. The main storyline surrounds this latest big bad, a Master named Petra.
But there is a lot going on in the background too: Tate’s infatuation with Cat and the lengths he’ll go to in order to win her love; Bones’ relationships with other vamps and their political wrangling; Mencheres’ tortured history; and the growing “family” that Cat has created for herself in her new life.
There are two points in the book where Cat faces immeasurable tragedy. One works itself out happily. One does not. Both brought me to tears.
I love Cat & Bones. It’s amazing that one relationship can sustain an entire series of romance books, but I can’t imagine growing bored with them. This series is fast paced, fun, sexy and easy to read. Two big thumbs up. 5 stars.