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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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: 73,982
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. 1370 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 More than 1 year ago
I’ve read your Night Huntress Series #1 and #2. I love them! You’re new to me and soon, you’ll be one of my favorites! Great books! Love them. Thank you.
dhampir05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cat has gone 4 years without Bones and at her best friend's wedding he happens to be the Best Man. All her emotions come running back to her from that night when he left; along with hit men out for her and Ian is back in town. Everyone is out to get Cat, and all she wants is to be able to keep Bones from working his way back into her life, and into her bed. A lot of things fall into place with Cat's family history, and her job.
BeguileThySorrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
LOVEing the series! Reading this book was heart-wrenching! I freaked a bit about the part where Bones gains the ability to read minds, but later came to terms with it as Cat seemed fine with it.
DonnerLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this one even more than Halfway to the Grave. I can't wait to continue on with the series.
xbetty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So four years ago our heroine Cat chose to leave her love behind in order to join a top secret government group to fight those things that go bump in the night. If only to protect Bones from being killed by those very people. So now she's ass-kicking her way through the underground world of vamps and is head of her own unit when her next mission brings her back to a familiar face from her past who leads her back to Bones.What I LOVED about this book was that as a reader you are never bogged down by back story. My biggest bugbear is when you have to go through three pages of back story on the previous book and characters history before the story gets moving and by that point it's a hard slog to get back into the book once it's been introduced. Jeaniene filled us in on the details of Cat past history those four years ago and the events leading up to her departure from Bones with such fluidity it didn't pause the book to bring us up to speed. Though I would say you wouldn't need to read the previous book to feel familiar with the Night Huntress world and it's inhabitants - I would encourage you to do so because it was such a great book and a starting point that you'd be sorry if you didn't.There were plenty of twists and a very satisfying ending. I very much looking forward to seeing where the poignant final twist in Bones' and Cat's relationship leads them from here into the next book.And speaking of relationships... wow. I must say the internet wasn't lying about that infamous chapter thirty-two *ahem*, with that little observation out of the way - let's move on...Well, lets say I can't wait to read the next book in the series. So much in fact that I went straight out after work yesterday and bought the next two in the series before I'd even finished this one. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of this series and had there not been a short supply of the remaining books I would have devoured this and the following months ago! But better late than never. Frost has managed to weave a dynamic collective of characters from the vamps to the ghouls and even the humans. This was
rexrobotreviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One Foot in the Grave brings us Part II of Cat & Bones. It packs a hard punch and leaves you craving more. I LOVELOVED this book. Great read- I would recommend it to ANY paranormal fan. I also absolutely love the covers of every book in this series! This is the second installment of the Night Huntress Series. Now, for the goods: The flow of this book and its plot is so smooth- the dialogue is witty and made me giggle. Frost packed this baby full of action and yummy love scenes. (Caution: These scenes are HOT! haha) There is one love scene that was very unique and EXTRA spicy- haven't read a love scene quite like this before. Yay for new ideas!! I love Jeaniene Frost.Something else that struck me as peculiar- Frost began this story FOUR YEARS after the ending to "Halfway to the Grave." That is also pretty unique in itself. I can't decide if I like that we lost 4 years of Cat & Bones being delicious or not. Either way- I love 'fresh' ideas, and I don't read many paranormal romance novels that do this. During this 4 year time lapse, Cat has spent all her time as a federal agent, training her own speciailized team of vampire killers. Is anyone else glad they didn't have to read about Cat training a bunch of men? The guys on Cat's team are great and hilarious- a wonderful addition. I hope they're a big part of the series. Now. Bones. Bones. Bones. I love anything and everything about this gorgeous man. Hopefully Cat persuades me more in the third installment that she is better for Bones than I am ;o)Now...Training and maintaining a special ops group is not all Cat has done in the past 4 years. She has spent her personal time pining and trying to adjust to a life without Bones. She has failed- she still constantly has him at the back of her mind. Finally, she is trying to conquer her feelings for Bones when she begins dating Noah- a vet. While attending her best friend's quickie wedding, she runs into one of the biggest surprises ever. An unexpected guest. She reunites with her old buddy when things heat up almost immediately. (MMMMmmm...) Not to bring the mood down (hehe), but there are then several sudden attempts on Cat's life at this point... And she is forced to trust her boss, her friends, her crew and even Bones once again. Is trust as easy as it sounds? She seems to think so- However those that surround her don't. During the search for the person (or thing?) that put $$$ on Cat's head, facts begin to pile up about her heritage that she hadn't known. Uh oh. The only thing that I missed in this book was that Cat seemed more innocent and naive in the first book. But, that just means we have had some awesome character development and Cat is growing up and seeing the world for what it is. I don't think there were quite as many funny one liners in this book, but the book still made me laugh here and there. Like I said about the first in this series- I will never trade this book in for another- it is a keeper on my bookshelf. I can't wait to read more!!
ecurb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading Halfway to the Grave I was eager to read the next book in the series. The book grabbed my attention from the first page. The dialog was fast paced and made me laugh out loud several times. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes Urban Fantasy. I give it four solid stars
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think I didn't rate this one higher because I wasn't in the mood for it... not the fault of the book. Frost is a good writer, but this one was just more violent than I was in the mood for.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this is as good as the first book in the series, though it doesn't leave you hanging at the end so the urge to go out and buy book 3 immediately isn't completely overwhelming (of course, I DID go out and buy book 3 immediately... it just wasn't an *overwhelming* urge that made me do so.)The main female character is strong and determined and independent and yet is loyal and honest and does the "right thing" without the author devolving into preaching about what the "right thing" should be. Oh, and there's some great sex in here too. Not some flowery "and then he took her" but some good ol' fashioned shagging (and if you find that offensive, you might want to skip the main sex scene entirely 'cause there wasn't much ol' fashioned about it).Great characters, great drama, great sex... oh, and some laugh-out-loud funny parts too - a great story and now I'm off to read book 3.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yee hah! I loved this book. It's the second in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series about Cat. Cat's the very special child of a human and a recently turned vamp who still had some viable swimmers! In this second book "One Foot in the Grave", Cat's reunited with her sexy and mysterious vamp lover, Bones, after four long years. She still loves him, but is sure their relationship can't work. However, Bones isn't about to let her go again and he has some pretty nifty skills, and secrets, that just may make all the difference. And let me tell you, the sex is smoking! There was one scene that required a cigarette and vigorous fanning!!I really do like this series. I was worried Ms Frost might not be able to do justice to the first book in the series, but I thought this one was even better! She managed to flesh out her paranormal world even more and provided a few twists and turns to keep me riveted. She also gave us more information on Cat's family tree; and best of all, the ending tells me I'll get more stories of Cat and Bones in the future.
flipendo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I much preferred this book to the first in the series. Cat shows a lot of emotional maturity, but not so much that she's flawless. Also, I love the introduction of more interesting, mysterious characters. Just as sexy as the first, and better written!
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cat has left bones in order to save his life. She has learned to live a life without Bones, but never stops thinking of him. Until they end up in the same wedding together. Bones refuses to give up on her, regardless of the non attraction she tries to show him. They find theirselves yet again working together to fight againist a death sentence for Cat. Only this time Bones will need a little help, and the help may not be so happy with Cat. Will Cat and Bones be able to survive with all odds againist them.
OodsAteMyDingo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book Two of the Night Huntress series, was another good read. It continues the stories of our heroine, half vampire, Cat. In book one, she left her vampire lover, Bones, to keep him safe. Where did she go? She's still killing vampires, just for the government now.She has her own team, and has really grown up since the last book, and started to let go of Bones. She even has managed to get a few friends (who don't really want her dead) and starts seeing someone. A human. But her friends getting married, and who is the Best Man? That's right, Bones.So when someone wants her dead who does she turn to, but her undead, ex lover.Another excellent installment to the series, and I say it's better then the first which hopefully means the series can only go up!
littleflwers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost. This is the second book in the series. Its about Cat who is now working as a special agent for the government and Bones (Crispin) who she left behind 4 years ago. They meet up again and do battle with Cat's father who is trying to kill her and Ian who wants her under his control as part of his lineage. There are some great fighting scenes and one heck of a romantic/erotic scene that could possibly make you sweat! I love the writing of Ms. Frost. This book kept my interest all the way through. Highly recommend the first two in this series.
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One Foot in the Grave - Jeaniene FrostNight Huntress, Book 2; Urban Fantasy; 8/10This was a fun read. Set four years after Halfway to the Grave, Cat is now on her own running a government team taking out vampires, but she soon finds herself reunited with Bones and has to reassess what she wants her relationship with him to be. She's a bit more grown up here, which made for an easier story (less whining) and Bones was still a great character. All the same, Cat still made some stupid choices and she deserves to be where she is at the end of the book (not a bad place to be, but one she didn't have time to think about whether or not she really wanted). I enjoyed it and plan to keep reading the series.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"One Foot in The Grave" takes place four years after Cat leaves Bones to start a new life working for a government group that goes after vampires. Being half-vampire and half human, Cat wasn't given much of a choice but to join the group, but has found that she enjoys it and cares for the men that work for her. Vampire hunting is dangerous business and with a team that only sees vampires in terms of black and white, Cat knows that even thinking about Bones, her vampire ex-lover would be a recipe for disaster. But Cat does think of Bones daily and wonders if he still loves her. Now Cat has somehow caught the eye of a Master Vampire who wants her to add to his collection of oddities, and whats more odd than being the only vampire/human out there? To add to matters, the vampire happens to be Bone's sire. Bones and Cat happen to meet up again and realize there is still love there. Now she must be willing to let the 'cat' out of the bag to her collegues and her mother and Bones must be willing to turn against his sire and friend to protect Cat. Wow! This book was amazing! I have to say that Bones and Cat (for all their faults) are among the brightest, most exciting paranormal couples out there! Despite some slow dragging at the beginning, and a few momemets where I felt lost (perhaps forgetting some detail in the first book), this book was a solid four star, maybe four and a half stars. The entire last third of the book was breath taking and had the most fun ending that I've read in a long time. The last intriguing chapter was just icing on the cake. The diaglouge was always entertaing...Cat says some pretty off the wall things. Bones is just 'vampire' enough to keep him from being some sappy romance hero. There is a sex scene that was completely different from anything I have ever read before (and that is saying a LOT). It was the most original sex scene I have read since Anita had her semi-beastiality scene! Thank goodness this didn't have that gross out factor. Basically, this book rocked and the series completely stands out from anything around it. If the book could have had the momentum it had at the end, at the beginning as well, this would have been a five star book. Jeanine Frost is certainly a stand out in her field.
lvuong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wrote a review for this, but for some odd reason, it did not save (annoying/frustrating!). After reading the first one, I rushed on Amazon to buy the second one. Like one of the other reviewers, I did not like this one as much as the first one. Bones is even more perfect and understanding in this one. Maybe I'm not in romance reading mode or something when I read this, but he totally read like a teenage girl's fantasy hero. It might also be because I read this right after Magic Bites (excellent novel), which hinted at potential romance, but was more focused on the strong plot and action. I will definitely purchase Book 3 though since I do like the characters and Frost writes well. However, the concept of vampires and stuff like that in this story is not original and is a repeat of a lot of the other stuff out there. Also, Cat was supposed to have matured in this book and to not be the insecure, still finding herself girl in the first book . . . but she didn't really read like that to me. I did not like her character as much in this one.
RuthiesBookReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading the first book was something, but One Foot in the Grave was fabulous. Everything was nicely tied up in the end. I'm really hoping this is not the last time we will see Cat and Bones and their exciting adventure in the world of destroying the bad vamps!The action is never ending as we start by following Cat as it has been four years since she left Bones and has been in hiding ever since. A few surprises and a few twists to the plot, bring the two of them back together. What a reunion!!! That's all I'm going to say about that, but who knew that trying to keep things professional between them would be so hard???? *grins*Jeaniene Frost has done it again in this spine-tingling, sexy thriller where the action is non stop. Romance is in the air, as is the danger that Cat has to face as the story moves along. But all in all, this book was a great read. Everything fell together so nicely at the end, that the only thing that they have to look forward to is dealing with Cat's mother.