Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress #4) – Felt like filler
Cat and Bones have more than earned a vacation. Away from their tough jobs, away from the politics, away from danger. But while Paris starts off as the perfect getaway, peculiar dreams (or are they memories?) have been haunting Cat night after night. It turns out she may be married to Gregor, a powerful vampire, and has been since long before she met Bones. Hubby #1 wants his wife back. Needless to say, that doesn’t go over well with Cat or Bones, but Gregor’s power is greater than theirs combined.
The title says it all. This book felt like filler to me. The premise didn’t really lend itself well to future plot development, at least not in a sense that rings true. It technically does because there is a huge change, but I feel like practically anything could have spurred that major change along. I never felt like Cat and Bones’s’ relationship was truly threatened so there was no tension or suspense, just contrived melodrama. Just about everything is forgettable about this story save for the final 25%.
There is one plus, I think Vlad has emerged as my favorite character of this series. He’s witty, fun, badass, and overall a well-done interpretation of Dracula. It’s a difficult character to really harness and make unique, but I think Jeaniene Frost does a great job with him. It’s just never enough. But knowing he has his own spinoff, makes me feel much better.