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Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Day Special: Cat and Bones, The Couple




Here's a special Valentines post dedicated to my favorite couple...
♥ ♥ 
Cat & Bones’ relationship didn’t start with ‘love at first sight’ or even ‘lust at first sight’, which I found real and refreshing. It’s a business arrangement, a partnership that grew into a loving relationship with time.

Cat was raised with the mindset of all vampires are evil demons. Bones has to show her otherwise and as she grows so does her acceptance of vampires and herself. Bones admits later that he wanted Cat from the start but Cat has to learn to trust Bones before she will even see him. Then comes the incredible, tangible chemistry, sexiness and loving devotion that we find throughout the rest of the series.
After Cat finally accepts the ‘vampire’ aspects she then has to concur her fear. At first she is afraid- not just afraid of her feelings for a vampire, afraid of the longevity, or lack there of, in a relationship with one, afraid of what others will think and of the devoutness of Bones feelings.
A big part of this series is about growth and change. Bones, even though he is a centuries old vampire, this is his first time in love and he has to learn how to deal with that and the possessiveness and jealousy that comes with it. As we saw in Destined for an Early Grave he was still struggling with his jealousy, which was a big reason he lost his cool.
They both must grow and learn that they will want to protect each other and keep each other from harm and one can’t stop the other or force them to wait on the sidelines, that’s just not them and they wouldn’t love each other any other way.

A really beautiful aspect I find in the series; Bones loves Cat for who she is, flaws and all, and teaches her to love herself in return. He makes her feel beautiful and loved, and she’d never felt that those before Bones. And before Cat, all Bones thought he was good for was shagging and killing, they really complete each other.
Also, Bones can be ruthless, especially when it comes to those he considers his; Cat, friends and members of his line. He wants enemies to be afraid of him so they will be too scared to mess with what’s his. Vampires are very possessive if you haven’t noticed. ;)

Their relationship isn’t easy or perfect; they make mistakes, have communication breakdowns and say things that they don’t mean but they work through it and I think we all, as readers, can relate to that. Their relationship just has supernatural twists to it, but that keeps us on the edge. ;) 
They also have to overcome enormous odds and both being stubborn, strong-willed people they often butt heads but eventually make it work despite all this. You don’t have to worry about them being together or not, it’s really the driving force in the series, you just have to worry about them surviving to the end of the book, but each novel always ends with ‘hope’. And despite all the hurdles thrown in their path, their relationship is overflowing with action, drama, sexiness and emotional discoveries, and Ms. Frost has promised us all a happy ending. =) I don’t think we could ask for anything more.
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First heart-melting moment
“Do you think I’m pretty?” I heard myself ask. (Cat)
Something I couldn’t name flashed across his face.
No. I don’t think you’re pretty. I think you’re the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen.” (Bones)

“I don’t know who you’re talking about, but you are not evil. Not one single cell of you. There is nothing wrong with you, and sod anyone who can’t see that for themselves.” -Bones

First kiss
The shudder went all through him. Bones pressed me so close that his body ground into mine, jerking my head back with a thick handful of hair until our eyes locked. What had started out as a game was now an open challenge, as well as a direct threat. Any further action would bear results, it was clear from the way his gaze smoldered into mine. All of this should have frightened me, but it was as if my mind were incapable of rational thought. He was a vampire, a hit man, and had almost killed me...and nothing mattered more than the feel of him. I licked my lips and didn't pull away, and it was all the invitation he needed.
His mouth came down onto mine, slanting across with out difficulty, since I moaned at this first touch. It had been so long, so long since I’d kissed someone and not been faking it. The last time had been with Danny, and the scant desire I’d felt then was nothing compared to the searing flash of heat in me now. His tongue caressed my lips briefly before twining around mine and seeking my depths with ruthless sensuality. My heart pounded so fiercely I knew he could feel its pulse in my mouth as I responded, pulling him closer and digging my nails into his back. Bones deepened the kiss further until he sucked on my tongue. Everything inside me began to throb with need. I returned the gesture with more strength, drawing on his tongue with erotic hunger. There was a distinct hardness to him as he rubbed his hips against mine in a wave of friction that caused a near-excruciating clench in my loins. 

There might be something more there…
…“Bones,” I sighed. “Know something? I’m not afraid of you, but you scare me…”
…“You scare me too, Kitten.”…

A glimpse at the first love scene
I moaned, unable to help it. The graze of his incisors should of bothered me, but it didn’t. They didn’t seem to hinder him, either, because he kissed me with the same passion he had last weekend. My senses ignited, and I maneuvered my hand from his neck and brought it to his shirt. One by one, I undid his buttons. When it hung open, I ran by palms along his bare skin and, oh God, it did feel as incredible as it looked. Like silk over steel. Bones reached behind him and flicked the collar off his shoulders. The whole garment fell onto the floor. All the while he kept kissing me until my breath came in gasps. 

‘I Love You’
“I can’t just let us go our separate ways, Kitten, because I am in love with you. I Love you.” –Bones

“You won’t stop until you have all of me, will you? My body, my blood, my trust…and still you want more.”

He knew of what I spoke and his reply was immediate.
“I want your heart the most. Above all else. You’re exactly right, I won’t stop until I have it.”
Tear began to slide down my cheeks, because I couldn’t hold the truth back anymore. I didn’t know how I managed to hold it back this long. “You already have it. So now you can stop.”
His whole body stilled. “You mean that?”
Uncertainty but also growing emotion filled his eyes as they bored into mine. I nodded, mouth too dry to speak.
“Say it. I need to hear the words. Tell me.”
I licked my lips and cleared my throat. It took three times, but finally my voice returned.
“I love you, Bones.”
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Some favorite Cat & Bones quotes:

“Kitten, you need to make a decision. Either we stay here and behave or we leave now and I promise you” –his voice dipped lower and the words fell against my lips- “if we leave, I won’t behave.” –Bones (Halfway to the Grave)

"I’ve wanted you from the moment we met, and if you think sitting next to me in your bra doesn’t overwhelm me with desire, you’re very wrong. I just don’t force myself where I’m not invited.” — Bones (Halfway to the Grave)

"No, I'm too tired to run, and you're too fast. You'd only catch me." "That's right, luv," Softly, but with unyielding resonance. "if you run from me, I'll chase you. And I'll find you. Bones said."   (Halfway to the Grave)

"I'm saying that I'm a moody, insecure, narrow-minded, jealous, borderline homicidal bitch, and I want you to promise me that you're okay with that, because it's who I am, and you're what I need."  Cat (Halfway to the Grave)

"I can’t wait to find out how you taste, and you won’t want me to stop even after I’ve completely exhausted you. You’ll think you were on fire, your skin will burn. I’ll suck all of your juices out of you. And then I’ll drink your blood."  Bones (Halfway to the Grave)

"Careful, luv. I might be angry with you, but that doesn't mean I don't still want you. So if you do that again, I'll shag you right here, right now, and sod anyone who wants to watch" 
 Bones (One Foot in the Grave)

"You'll drain me dry, but not my neck, and you'll beg me to stop before I'm finished." –Bones (One Foot in the Grave)

"Time has no dominion over love. Love is the one thing that transcends time.” — Bones (One Foot in the Grave)

"I know you think I was pressured into binding myself with you before, but that's not true, I always intended to marry you, kitten."  Bones (At Grave's End)

"I’ve never been jealous before I met you, it burns, luv. Like silver through my veins. Some nights, watching you with other men on your jobs, I think it will drive me mad,”  Bones (At Grave's End)

"If I die, I will wait for you, do you understand? No matter how long. I will watch from beyond to make sure you live every year you have to its fullest, and then we’ll have so much to talk about when I see you again… " –Bones (At Graves End)

"He f**ks even better than he looks”, I settled on saying. Several heads turned. I didn’t care; I was pissed. “And that beautiful face is going to be clamped between my legs as soon as we get ooome, don’t you worry.  Cat (Destined for an Early Grave)

"That's what vampires do, Kitten. We always come for what's ours, no matter the circumstances." Bones said."   (Destined for an Early Grave)

"By the time Bones announced it was Tammy's turn, I'd fallen in love with him all over again. Flowers and jewelry worked for most girls as a romantic gesture, but here I was, misty-eyed at watching him show my mother how to stab the shit out of him." 
— (Death's Excellent Vacation)

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Extras:
The origins of ‘Kitten’
"When I started Halfway to the Grave, I only had Cat/Catherine in my head. I never even though of Bones giving Cat a permanent nickname, let alone that it would be Kitten. The first mention of Bones calling her that was something I spontaneously wrote in the scene where Bones was taunting Cat by saying she looked more like a Kitten Tweety than a Cat Raven. Then, in their other scenes, Bones kept on calling her kitten (note the little “k”), but not as a taunt anymore. As a form of affection. Finally, when I was through writing HTTG and realized Bones had rarely called her Cat, but called her kitten repeatedly, I quit fighting it and went back and replaced all the lower “k’s” with upper ones. So I guess you could say Bones chose her nickname instead of me *wink*." - Jeaniene Frost @ SupernaturalSnark


Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

Yikes! That was a long one. I couldn't bare to break it up though, sorry. Little over a week to go until the release of This Side of the Grave!


*This Side of the Grave quotes courtesy of FrostFans.com
** FanArt (pics #2-5) created by the talented Sabine.
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23 comments:

Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale said...

ohh I love Cat and Bones. I love that Cat doesn't take any B.S and Bones is british is there anything else to say? lol This has been so much fun Crystal! Great spotlight on the series

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winnie said...

Wow, thanks for doing such a great job in summing up Bones and Cat's relationshop, Crystal! Their relationship is of course one of the main reasons why I love the series so much. I love that even though this is paranormal romance, their relationship also feels very real because of the growth and change that happens within and it's also realistic how their emotional connection grows and deepens as well. Sigh... there's nothing more I can say that you haven't already <3

Again, fantastic post! Very appropriate for Valentine's Day! Hope you have a good one!

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vickyvak said...

I love Cat & Bones too! They are just something else! Great quotes by the way!

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Amanda, aka Morning Glow said...

*Sigh* I'm so excited! I love Bones. Frankly, I pity the guy I end up with for the long haul, because I'm going to make him as Bones-like as possible. Eh, I'll probably fall for someone Bones-like anyways...

Which is totally not a bad thing

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Deea said...

OMG! Thanks for this long, but fantabulous post! If I had any doubt that this is the best couple around, now I definitely don't. They're just so... perfect! *dreamy sigh* So much love and passion and... *melts*

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DarkBloodyVamp said...

OMG I LOVED THE QUOTES! Each one sent me back in time and made me remember the scenes all over again. This is the only series you can read over and over again and never get tired of it and it always seem new!

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kyloula said...

Counting the days until Feb 22, alrady got it pre-ordered! kyloula@yahoo.com and I am US.

Anonymous said...

Mon Dieu, I suddenly feel hot. I love these quotes and I can't get to be fed up with them. That first kiss scene is one of my favoutites scenes. And after it in the cave, when Cat says it was all because of the drugs... well, I could throttle her xD
And when she finally admited that she loved him, too, Bones sounded so desperately. I love him (L)
THANK YOU for posting these quotes - they made my awful Valenine's day better. And happy Valentine's day to every Night Huntress fan! =)

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Kristin said...

I could read these over & over, I love me some Cat & Bonsies!!!

Kristin
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quimbayai said...

i love cat and bones' relationship... they're just perfect for each other. :]

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BLHmistress said...

Wouldn't it be nice to find a man like Bones? 'sigh'

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marian said...

omg!! i love cat and bones!! one of the best couples ever!!!

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Amy said...

Cat + Bones is one of my favorite couples. They are so cute together!

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crazy4vampires587 said...

LOVE it!! Great quotes and major events between the two of them!! ^_^ They are so adorable! and they have grown up so much since the beginning! I am so excited to read more of them, especially since they have matured so much as individuals and a couple! ^_^

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Alison said...

Oh, i just love Bones and Cat together. They are perfect for each other. Bones makes you wish there was really a man out there just like him. Jeaniene Frost has a knack for creating some of the most perfect men that it is hard to find one out there that could even compare.

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Heather said...

Thank you so much for these quotes! I could read them over and over again...

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Stephanie said...

I love Cat and Bones. They went through a lot before they finally became a couple and even though they are married they still have to deal with obstacles. I love how they both help with the other's insecurities.

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Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

Wow...makes me want to go back and reread the series now!

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Hippiechick24 said...

This was an amazing post! I am so glad that I am re-reading the series to refresh myself! Im so excited!!
jennmckinney_86@yahoo.com....USA!!

Anna said...

Cat and Bones are so cte together and so sexy ! the thing that touched me most about them is the picture bones took of her and she found when she thought he was dead, so touching!

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Meredith said...

I just got book 3 and haven't been introduced to Bones yet. I can't wait to read about him though!

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Anonymous said...

I cant wait!!!

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meggerfly said...

I love these books. They are my current obsession!

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