Review: This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Rating 5 Wine Glasses)

Posted February 23, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


From Goodreads:

Danger waits on both sides of the grave.

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance . . .

With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous “ally”—the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war . . . to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.

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What I Loved: Vlad!  Oh I know this is a Cats and Bones book (loved them too) but let me just talk a minute about my boy.  He is what took this book from a 4.5 to a 5 for me.  He was funny, conniving, and showed once again how good of a friend he could be to Cat when she truly needed one.   Say what you will but my boy can dish out the pain as well as the humor.  I would want him on my side in a fight any day of the week. Some of my favorite moments:

Why Cat did you just check out our …..? (after she glanced at his and Manc’s packages)

 “What the hell was that?” I gasped. “Premature inflamulation,” he replied. “Happens sometimes. Very embarrassing, I don’t like to talk about it.”

 “Bones. Cat.” A sardonic smile quirked Vlad Tepesh’s mouth as he took in Bones’s partially clad state, the grip he had around the ghoul’s throat, and my own bloodstained clothes. “How nice of you to drop in.”

Of course Bones and Cat are the heart and soul of this book.  I wish more authors would take a continued romance lesson from JF and realize that not every story needs a triangle.  It is quite well and good to have a strong core couple that love each other through everything and still make it interesting.  Their love never falters no matter what outside forces are pushing them!  It really is refreshing to read and follow.  Bones though can’t be outdone by Vlad so here are a few of my favorite Bones moments:

Soft laughter tickled my neck while the invisible caress of his aura intensified. “Be still my nonbeating heart.”

He leaned down until our faces were only an inch apart. “Now, my lovely captive, with you trapped beneath me, what’s to stop me from having my vile way with you?” The knife I still held dropped from my hand as I wrapped my arms around his neck. “Nothing, I hope.” Bones, my vampire husband, gave a low, sinful laugh. “That’s the answer I wanted to hear, Kitten.

Oh one more thing I loved–Chapter 21!  Dare I say I blushed more than I did reading the infamous Chapter 32.  Just add a little wax…..

What I Liked:  All my favorites were in the book!  I love how Cat/Bones Friends and Family are such an integral part of their live.  They don’t disappear but always make an appearance.  I can also really appreciate the leaps and bounds Tate took in this book.  Up until now he was my least favorite character but I am beginning to like the guy.  Uncle Don’s story was fantastic up to and including the very last line in the book!  Leave it to him and that is all I am saying 🙂

Complaints: Not enough Juan but I don’t know that there is ever a thing as enough Juan!

Why I gave it a 5:  I have seen a lot of really good reviews for this book (90% of them 4 stars and up) and I totally agree!  I will say because Vlad was such a major player is why the book is a 5 for me.  I love him and his humor.  Cats and Bones continued love story was very much a major contributor to my rating too.  It is just a shining example of romance done right!

Who would I recommend this too: PNR fans!  If you haven’t read this book/series—YOU MUST!  Trust me when I say you won’t be disappointed 🙂

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