Monday, June 11, 2018

4 Wine Glass #Review of One for the Money by Jeaniene Frost


Title: One for the Money
Series: Night Huntress #4.5, Night Huntress Universe #4.5
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Format: ebook, 60 pages
Published: August 3rd 2010 by NYLA
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Library
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Previously published in Death’s Excellent Vacation anthology and Magic Graves collection. 

An exciting novelette set in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world 

A romantic getaway for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones is cut short when they’re called on to guard a spoiled heiress with a price on her head, and an undead hitman on her trail.

What starts as a simple bodyguard job ends up being a fight for survival that neither Cat, nor Bones saw coming. 

Linda's Thoughts:
“We're your guardians until my uncle tracks down your cousin and arrests him."

Tammy's face was almost comical in its incredulity. "But it's daylight," she said at last. "Vampires can't go out in the sun, everyone knows that!"

Bones chuckled. "Right. And we shrink back from crosses, can't travel over water, can't enter a home unless invited, and always get staked in the end by the righteous slayer. Really, who'd be afraid of a creature like that? All you'd need is a Bible, a tanning bed, and some holy water to send us shivering to our dooms.”

Cat’s and Bones’ romantic get-away is cut short when they are called upon to protect a spoiled human heiress with a price on her head in One for the Money by Jeaniene Frost. The author can sure cram a lot of fun excitement into sixty pages! Even though I’ve not read the rest of the series, I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful romp on the wild side. It’s available as a single novella and in at least two anthologies: Magic Graves and Death's Excellent Vacation.

As the story opens, man-and-wife vampires Cat and Bones’ R&R time away is interrupted when they, along with Fabian, a ghost, are called into service to protect Tammy, who is annoying and not exactly cooperative. They whisk Tammy away to Cat’s childhood home which is supposed to be a safe, secluded refuge – only to find Cat’s mother there. Cat’s mother has issues of her own as she detests vampires – but is now a vampire herself. Can Cat and Bones keep Tammy safe as they become targets too? Will Cat and Bones eek out any alone time amid all the ruckus? Can Bones find a way into Cat’s mother’s hard shell? Pick up this novella to find out!

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this cute novella:

“Let me get this straight," Tammy interrupted. "I asked some of my father's old government friends for help when 'accidents' kept happening to me, and someone sent a vampire to protect me?"
"Actually, two vampires," I corrected. "The ghost was a bonus.”

“Whoever said 'Don't play with your food' sure hadn't been a vampire.”

Here I was, misty-eyed at watching him show my mother how to stab the shit out of him.

One for the Money is a short entertaining read that worked perfectly well as a standalone for me. I enjoyed the humor, the spicy romance, the action sequences and the mystery. Cat’s and Bones’ sweet, sassy and hot relationship makes me want to read more stories featuring them. If you are craving a quickie escape, One for the Money can take you where you want to go!

Suggested Reading Order: 
RECKONING (eBook prequel novella set in Bones’s point of view before he meets Cat*)
HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE (Book 1: Night Huntress Series)
HAPPILY NEVER AFTER (eBook novella*)
ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE (Book 2: Night Huntress Series)
AT GRAVE’S END (Book 3: Night Huntress Series)
DEVIL TO PAY (eBook novella*)
DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE (Book 4: Night Huntress Series)
MAGIC GRAVES (eBook anthology featuring a Cat and Bones story*)
FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON (Night Huntress World novel)
ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS Night Huntress World novel)
THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE (Book 5: Night Huntress Series)
ONE GRAVE AT A TIME (Book 6: Night Huntress Series)
THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (contains a long Cat and Bones novella, “Home for the Holidays”)
ONCE BURNED (Book 1: Night Prince Series)
TWICE TEMPTED (Book 2: Night Prince Series)
UP FROM THE GRAVE (Book 7: Night Huntress Series)
BOUND BY FLAMES (Book 3: Night Prince Series)
Shades of Wicked: A Night Rebel Novel *Ian's story - Coming  October 30, 2018

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