One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress Series #2)

One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress Series #2)

by Jeaniene Frost

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One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress Series #2) by Jeaniene Frost

You can run from the grave, but you can't hide . . .

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She's still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around him awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline kick of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard she tries to keep things professional between them, she'll find that desire lasts forever . . . and that Bones won't let her get away again.

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ISBN-13: 9780061245091
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/29/2008
Series: Night Huntress Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 100,564
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 4.14(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to nineteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling—by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her.

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One Foot in the Grave

Chapter One

I waited outside the large, four-story home in Manhasset that was owned by a Mr. Liam Flannery. This wasn't a social call, as anyone looking at me could tell. The long jacket I wore was open, leaving my gun and shoulder holster clearly visible, as was my FBI badge. My pants were loose-fitting and so was my blouse, to hide the twenty pounds of silver weapons strapped to my arms and legs.

My knock was answered by an older man in a business suit. "Special Agent Catrina Arthur," I said. "Here to see Mr. Flannery."

Catrina wasn't my real name, but it's what was on my doctored badge. The doorman gave me an insincere smile.

"I'll see if Mr. Flannery is in. Wait here."

I already knew Liam Flannery was in. What I also knew was that Mr. Flannery wasn't human, and neither was the doorman.

Well, neither was I, even though I was the only one out of the three of us with a heartbeat.

A few minutes later, the door reopened. "Mr. Flannery has agreed to see you."

That was his first mistake. If I had anything to say about it, it would also be his last.

My first thought as I entered Liam Flannery's house was, Wow. Hand-carved wood adorned all the walls, the floor was some kind of really expensive-looking marble, and antiques were tastefully littered everywhere the eye could see. Being dead sure didn't mean you couldn't live it up.

The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end as power filled the room. Flannery wouldn't know I could feel it, just like I'd felt it from his ghoul doorman. I might look as average as the next person, but I had a fewsecrets up my sleeve. And lots of knives, of course.

"Agent Arthur," Flannery said. "This must be about my two employees, but I've already been questioned by the police."

His accent was English, which was at odds with his Irish name. Just hearing that intonation made a shiver run up my spine. English accents held memories for me.

I turned around. Flannery looked even better than the picture in his FBI file. His pale crystal flesh almost shimmered against the tan color of his shirt. I'll say one thing for vampires—they all had gorgeous skin. Liam's eyes were a clear turquoise, and his chestnut hair fell past his collar.

Yep, he was pretty. He probably had no trouble scaring up dinner. But the most impressive thing about him was his aura. It flowed off him in tingling, power-filled waves. A Master vampire without a doubt.

"Yes, this is about Thomas Stillwell and Jerome Hawthorn. The Bureau would appreciate your cooperation."

My polite stalling was to gauge how many other people were in the house. I strained my ears, but so far came up with no one but Flannery, the ghoul doorman, and myself.

"Of course. Anything to assist law and order," he said with an undercurrent of amusement.

"And you're comfortable speaking here?" I asked, trying to get more of a look around. "Or is there somewhere private you'd prefer?"

He sauntered over. "Agent Arthur, if you want to have a private word with me, call me Liam. And I do hope you want to talk about something other than boring Jerome and Thomas."

Oh, I had little intention of talking as soon as I got Liam in private. Since he'd been implicated in the deaths of his employees, Flannery had made my to-do list, though I wasn't here to arrest him. The average person didn't believe in vampires or ghouls, so there wasn't a legal process for dealing with murdering ones. No, there was a covert branch of Homeland Security instead, and my boss, Don, would send me. There were rumors about me in the undead world, true. Ones that had grown during my tenure at this job, but only one vampire knew who I really was. And I hadn't seen him in over four years.

"Liam, you're not flirting with a federal agent who's investigating you in a double homicide, are you?"

"Catrina, an innocent man doesn't fret over the wheels of law whenever they rumble in the distance. At least I commend the feds on sending you to speak with me, beautiful woman that you are. You also look a bit familiar, though I'm sure I would have remembered meeting you before."

"You haven't," I said immediately. "Trust me, I would have remembered."

I didn't mean it as a compliment, but it caused him to chuckle in a way that was too insinuating for my liking.

"I'll bet."

You smug son of a bitch. Let's see how long you'll keep that smirk.

"Back to business, Liam. Are we talking here, or somewhere private?"

He made a noise of defeat. "If you insist on traveling this path, we may as well be comfortable in the library. Come with me."

I followed him past more lavish, empty rooms to the library. It was magnificent, with hundreds of new and old books. There were even scrolls preserved in a glass display case, but it was the large piece of artwork on the wall that caught my attention.

"This looks . . . primitive."

At first glance it appeared to be wood or ivory, but on closer inspection, it looked like bones. Human ones.

"Aborigine, nearly three hundred years old. Given to me by some mates of mine in Australia."

Liam came nearer, his turquoise eyes starting to glint with emerald. I knew the pinpoints of green in his gaze for what they were. Lust and feeding looked the same on a vampire. Both made the eyes glow emerald and the fangs pop out. Liam was either hungry or horny, but I wasn't going to satisfy any of his cravings.

My cell phone rang. "Hello," I answered.

"Agent Arthur, are you still questioning Mr. Flannery?" my second-in-command, Tate, asked.

"Yes. This should be wrapped up in thirty minutes."

One Foot in the Grave. Copyright © by Jeaniene Frost. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1339 reviews.
Debbie-J-1970 More than 1 year ago
The first book was good and this one is even better. As the second in the series, it keeps going strong and adds some dimensions to the story that I definitely didn't see coming. Several years after the events in Halfway to the Grave, half-vampire Catherine "Cat" Crawford is still trying to adjust to her life without her all-vampire lover, Bones. The years training her team of special agents to be top notch vampire killers have kept her busy, but it hasn't been enough. And suddenly Cat is beset by constant attempts on her life. This time, they're coming from both sides: the living and the undead. And the only way to stay alive long enough to find out who's behind the attempts is to rely on Bones. The only real question is will she be able to walk away again? One Foot in the Grave does a good job of developing the characters from the first book. The emotions are harder hitting, the humor is even better, and some interesting revelations about Cat's heritage are discovered. A definite must read for fans of the first book.
sand7s More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and entertaining. Very good series. finished it very quickly
lordofbooks More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this book and was not disappointed. A great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One Foot In The Grave is a realistic setting, fast action, believable romance, cool vampires, fascinating characters, a grand plot and lots of gore. A thriller, mixed with a vampire novel mixed with an adult love story. The background information on the characters is so perfectly slipped into the flow of the story that there was no slow down of the action. It was never bland, boring and there was never a cliché. That I noticed. A book so great that I would compare it to the works of Anne Rice, K S Michaels, and Kim Harrison. Even a sexy cover.
It was so good it took me a few days after finishing it to realize that it was Book 2 in the series. It was that good. I've already grabbed the first book and can't wait to read it.
If you plan to buy one vampire novel anytime in the next year, this should be it. Get it. Used, new, from the library, whatever. Just GET it.
JC_Rubio More than 1 year ago
Oh my! Who would have know that sleeping with a vampire would be that good. Cat and Bones certainly made up for the ime they had to spend apart since book one. I liked the fact that Bones came back and with a vengeance! This couple is ceratinly made for each other, they keep learning more about each other and their relationship moving to higher levels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kat and Bones are two of the best characters i have ever read. This author writes a very satisfying book with everything you could possibly be looking for in a story. P.s. Chapter 32 is by far one of my favorite chapters of any book. Well done:)
NookFever More than 1 year ago
I gave the first book in the series three stars, and wasn't sure if I would continue reading. I didn't want to give up so easily, so I bought books two and three. To sum it up, the Night Huntress Series is a mindless (which is not always bad) and fun story to read. It doesn't require a lot of thinking and guessing as to what will happen next. The plot is often times repetitive as far as vampire hunting and love scenes go. The characters lack a certain depth that usually draws me into a book, but they all work well together. From the beginning, I think I was expecting something completely different from this series; maybe that's why I was a bit critical.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This was a great story. I couldn't put it down the first time I read it. It's been a long time and I started reading through the series again. Just like the first time this was a real page turner and I couldn't put it down again.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I am having a lot of fun with my audio re-read of this series. It has been a little more than five years since I read this book the first time so it was definitely time to revisit this wonderful story. This was a book that once I really got into the story, I didn't want to put it down. I ended up listening to the whole audiobook in just a couple of days and I think I liked the book even more the second time around. I do have to admit that I had a bit of a rough start with this book. This book begins several years after the events of the previous book where Cat left Bones to protect him. She is working her government job that she took to protect her mother at the end of the first book. She is very good at her job and has a good team working around her. I learned something very important while listening to this book. I like Bones a whole lot more than I like Cat. So much more. Bones wasn't around for the first part of this book so it was all Cat. I missed Bones. A lot. As soon as Bones entered the story again, my enjoyment increased dramatically. If you had asked me a year ago, I would have told you that I loved Cat and Bones. I discovered that I do love Bones but Cat has the potential to drive me a little crazy at times. Maybe by the end of my re-read of the series, I will love her just as much as Bones. There are quite a few really important developments in this book. Bones and Cat are reunited which is a very good thing. Cat is in some danger which is not so good but Bones is able to help keep her safe since he is back in her life. We do also get to meet some other important characters including Cat's team and some of Bone's friends and acquaintances. There are some pretty intense action scenes and some scenes that are more than a little hot. Tavia Gilbert does such a great job with this series. She really brings both Cat and Bones to life. I love the voice that she used for Bones and think that the accent is perfect. All of the characters are very easy to distinguish with each voice used being unique and very believable. She handled a wide range of emotions and a lot of different types of scenes with ease in this book. I had no trouble listening to this book for hours at a time. I do highly recommend this series to others. This is the second book in the Night Huntress series which really should be read in order since each book builds on previous events. I can't wait to continue my re-read of this amazing series!
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Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to start this book, thinking the ending of book 1 had to be addressed quickly. I wasn’t really wrong, but I was definitely in for a couple surprises. It’s been a few years and Cat as other potential lovers. This made the beginning kind of slow for me. When Bones was finally reintroduced, I couldn’t get enough. The entire process of their full reunion was amazing. The vampire conflict was two-fold. We deal with an old flame of Bones’s which results in one of the hottest chapters I’ve ever read in ANY book. The big one is Bones’s sire and the showdown with him is oh so satisfying. The very end of the book is actually heartwarming, which was a lot better than the ending of book 1. One Foot in the Grave is straight up exquisite. I couldn’t get enough of all the characters and the excitement in the vampire world. The icing on the cake? Chapter 32.
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Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I loved this installment to the series. It was so exciting to see how many truths finally came to the surface. Cat's life is seriously rocked, and I couldn't stop reading to find out what was going to happen. I absolutely love that Bones is back, and I loved getting to know Cat's team. Luckily, there wasn't another killer cliffhanger in this one, but I still can't wait to find out what is going to happen next in book three. If you haven't picked this series up yet, do it already.
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Love the series. Keeps my attention.
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LittleHawk More than 1 year ago
A good set of books that is a light read and yet still fun
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Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost is the second book in the Night Huntress series. I’ve been sick the last few days, I do sick the first few days really well, heroic even, but by day four I’ve given up all hope and toss in the towel proclaiming I have hamster flu. I’ve told you before, I would not survive a zombie Apocalypse. Being sick means I’ve had plenty of time to read since I have slacked on all household and blogging duties opting instead to cuddle in my chair with my Husband’s blanket. It’s camo, but so far has been unable to conceal me from the needy 4 year old, who I’m quite sure I caught this hamster flu from. Anyway, back to the task at hand, reviewing One Foot in the Grave. Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars – Kept telling myself “just one more chapter.” I started this book pretty much right after finishing book one, you can read my review for it here. While a portion of this had to with the fact that I’m sick and using that as a reason to read it probably would have happened even if I wasn’t. I’m really enjoying this series and couldn’t wait to see what would become of Bones and Cat. For every measure that my love for Cat grows my hatred for her Mother is also expounded. I really just want someone to stake her already. It would make us all happier. But I do love Cat, while I don’t always agree with her choices she is such a strong heroine that I can’t fault her. I love kick ass heroines and she definitely fits the bill. Of course I also love Bones as well. He’s so sure of himself and their relationship, hearing him talk and be reassuring just melts me. He’s willing to battle an obstacle and make sure Cat is as well. Make sure and pay attention in the future because Bones will definitely be a book boyfriend. So much happens in this book, between our characters and with action. I mean really, there was so much action I didn’t have time to take many notes. I’m normally one for the more action the better, but honestly I’m starting to wish we would have had more time with Bones being his sweet self toward Cat. That’s what I fell in love with and I wanted more of those times in this book. Don’t get me wrong there is sex in this book and it’s good, but most of the scenes are of a more fade to black or just light in the details. But it was even more than that, I just wanted to see more mushy bones. I wanted him to woo me, he does, but I wanted more. I can’t wait for future books when we get to see everyone working together as a team and what the author has in store for our couple. I feel like everyone is finally accepting themselves and each other, including Cat. I loved One Foot in the Grave and will definitely continue to read this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The protagonisr Cat was just so butch to me. She just did not feel at all femine and not very believable in a romantic interaction. Bones intrigued me but i couldnt figure out what he saw in her. So so story line. I paid for it so i finished it basically. Mehhh...
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