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.
This was in my massive of pile of To-Be-Read paperbacks, another book I snagged at Barnes and Noble over a year ago, but hadn’t read yet. I needed to get my writing mojo back (I’m working on a paranormal romance next) and I needed to take a break from my e-reader so I dove into the pile and came up with the first in the Night Huntress series.
Cat has been killing vampires in order to restore her mother’s honor, since the ripe age of sixteen. Quickly we learn that she’s killing any undead creature she can find, seducing vampires in bars and clubs without taking the time to figure out whether or not they are actual undead bad guys or vampires who just need a snack. Enter Bones, a two hundred year old British vampire who is taking none of Cat’s homicidal shit. After beating the everloving crap out of her, Cat confesses that she is hunting the vampires for her mom. Bones is a good vampire looking for some vampire baddies and he blackmails Cat into teaming up with him so they can hunt down a particular bad vampire that is running a sex trade/human meal service.
I’m conflicted about this one. Cat/Catherine/Bone’s Kitten is fifty percent badass, fifty percent really annoying brat. There were points in the story where I really felt like Cat was an immature teenager and not this twenty-two year old knife wielding killer. In other portions, Cat is take charge and tough and even funny. She genuinely cares about the young women who are going missing around the Eastern United States. She’s not giving up until she can put a stop to what’s happening with them. She cares about her mom and her grannie parents, but then a few pages later immature Cat is back and I just wanted to shake her.
Her relationship with Bones is odd. He is your standard alpha-vamp, but they seemed mismatched. Other than her sick fighting skills, I couldn’t really understand what he saw in Cat. I guess this is the issue when it comes to all Old Ass Vamp meets Twenty-Something Hottie situations. This is where the fated-mates thing in PNR actually works for me, but that doesn’t happen here so moving on. Bones is worldly and old as fuck. He has an interesting background. He’s not a natural billionaire which I really appreciated. He doesn’t only hang out with other white guy vamps which was refreshing. He’s extra smart and resourceful. He needs to use Cat to accomplish his mission. Emphasis on the use, so yeah, I really couldn’t understand why he fell for her so hard. But he did and I just had to deal with it.
After their initial love connection, I actually found the sex to be unnecessary. It was written just fine, but I didn’t move the story forward and it didn’t really change their relationship beyond the first time. What saves the story is the action plot and the fight scenes. Cat is a kickass killer. I loved that about her. The last portion of the book is freaking awesome. The last portion of the book is also missing Bones. No spoiler here, but Cat carries the book to it’s conclusion which was wonderful and refreshing.
In the end, I’m not sure this needed to be a paranormal romance. It would have worked as a straightforward Urban Fantasy if Bones and Cat just stayed friends or partners. I’m going to read the next story at some point because I do want to see more of Cat the fighter. I can take or leave her relationship with Bones though.
Final Assessment: Should you read it? Sure, give it a whirl. Grade: B/B-
Series: The Night Huntress Novels