I’ve read a good many vampire romance books in the last year and I have to say, without a moment’s hesitation, that Jeaniene Frost’s Halfway to the Grave  is one of the best, infinitely satisfying and a stunning debut for an author surely destined for success.
Ms. Frost brandishes a no-holds-barred style in this sharply written tale of a half-dead young woman named Cat embroiled in a personal vendetta against the full-dead, aka vampires. Why is she out for revenge? Her mother was raped by a vampire, fathering Cat and endowing her a special set of abilities. Cat’s relentless crusade, however, takes an unexpected twist when she crosses the path of a vampire hunter named Bones. Their relationship begins testily but they soon form an uneasy alliance to go after Bones’ marks, a mission that leads them into a dangerous underworld and the crosshairs of a ruthless vampire crime lord. Working together leads to trust and much more, as Cat ultimately faces her prejudices against vampires when her heart falls for her charming but deadly partner.
Cat and Bones together are magic. It is pure delight to watch their relationship form, moving from an unlikely partnership between “enemies” to that of friends and lovers. The progression is natural and unforced, and avoids many romance novel cliches along the way. Truly, this is a memorable pairing of characters and I am anxious to see how they end up. Yes, folks, there’s a cliffhanger ending of sorts.
Halfway to the Grave  is the first installment of Ms. Frost’s Night Huntress series, one that I suspect will became a favorite of many vampire romance readers. The second volume, One Foot in the Grave , is due out in April. I hope I can make it!
Congratulations and well done, Jeaniene!
Have you read Halfway to the Grave? If so, feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think.