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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Favorite Book Couple with Virna DePaul

Virna DePaul is a USAToday and New York Times bestselling author of steamy, suspenseful fiction. Whether its vampires, a Para-Ops team, hot cops or swoon-worthy identical twin brothers, her stories center around complex individuals willing to overcome incredible odds for love. Bedding The Wrong Brother is a #1 Bestselling Contemporary Romance, and is followed by Bedding The Bad Boy. Her PNR series with Random House launches on April 1, 2014 with Turned.

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Author Jeaniene Frost created magic with her Night Huntress couple, Cat and Bones. Their relationship began in Halfway to the Grave and remained strong throughout seven books! When we first meet Cat she’s on a vampire-killing spree, but then she picks the wrong vampire to stalk.
Master vampire Bones knows he should kill the vampire-hunting minx he meets at a club, but instead he chains her to a wall and offers to teach her how to hunt vampires for real. Then he actually fights her, holding nothing back, to show her he means business. Later, he shows her he’s just as serious about giving her pleasure then love.

One of my favorite quotes:

“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 to Bones from Halfway to the Grave

One thing I love about this couple is how much they grow throughout the series. As Cat learns about the supernatural world, so does the reader. We meet all kinds of creatures, including vampires, ghosts, goblins, voodoo queens and more! However, one thing never changes throughout all seven books—the bond between Cat and Bones. They confront many enemies who try to tear them apart romantically and/or physically, and yet they keep their relationship strong and spicy hot.

Another thing that I love about Frost’s series is her ability to combine humor, deep emotion, hot sex, and thrilling danger all in one fabulous package. In Up from a Grave, for example, Cat and Bones go through hell and have some of their worst fears come to light. At the same time, the novel incorporates humor like this exchange between Cat, Bones & Ian:

“Shame on you, Crispin. Married how long, and you haven’t spanked your wife with a metal spatula yet?”

I’d gotten used to Ian’s assumptions that everyone was as perverted as he was, so I didn’t miss a beat.

“We prefer blender beaters for our kitchen utensil kink,” I said with a straight face.

Bones hid a smile behind his hand, but Ian looked intrigued.

“I haven’t tried that…oh, you’re lying, aren’t you?”

“You think?” I asked with a snort.

Ian gave a sigh of exaggerated patience and glanced at Bones.

“Being related to her through you is a real trial.”

-Up from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

I was so sad when I found out this series was going to end, but ultimately Frost left me satisfied. For me, Cat and Bones will always be remembered as a paranormal/urban fantasy “It Couple.” Cat & Bones Forever!

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

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Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.

Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden.

But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules.

Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own.

When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. But as she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.

Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?

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 Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 copy of Halfway to the Grave + Turned

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  1. I love Cat and Bones! I just finished up the last book and I was happy with the way it ended. Thanks for the post

  2. My sister loves Night Huntress Series very much,I must to read,very soon :D
    Thanks for the great post :)

  3. congrats to Virna on the new release!!! Sounds awesome :)

  4. Well, hello to another new-to-me author. I've never read your books, but they do sound intriguing. Gonna have to get me some!

  5. Thanks for commenting everyone, and thank you to Danielle for having me as a guest on the blog so I could share about Turned and my Cat/Bones love!! :-)

  6. Love Cat & Bones - have been putting off reading the last book because I hate to see the series end...of course we still have Vlad's 3rd book to look forward to and hopefully some other spin-offs!

  7. I've read good things about the Night Huntress series with Cat and Bones, but have not read any of it yet. Thanks for a chance to win!

  8. I love your books Virna and I can't wait to read this next one.

  9. Just recently finished this series, absolutely loved Cat and Bones and the dynamics of their relationship.

  10. I love Cat and Bones, too; haven't managed to get Up from the Grave read, yet, though.

  11. Turned is on my TBR pile. :-D This is the first I've heard of Cat and Bones though... They sound great!

  12. CAT & BONES are fantastic I agree.

  13. Sounds and looks like a very interesting read.

  14. Okay, Virna, you've got my attention with these two excerpts and book blurbs. I'm definitely intrigued. I haven't read any vampire or sexy paranormals since the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Sounds like I've been away from them for far too long. :-) I'm grateful for your participation in this blog tour and for this post so that I could get involved in your "stuff" again!

  15. I have measure many a couple against Cat & Bones
    Virna DePaul...I think you just hit the top of my TBR list!

  16. Congrats on the new release.

  17. Just recently got hooked on Virna DePaul's books. Now I am a "Vixen" and loving every minute! Thanks Virna.

  18. Never read Jeaniene Frost

  19. You know, I've heard about Night Huntress before but never really paid much attention. Thanks for for sharing that excerpt, now I know what I've been missing out on!

  20. i have read awakened, looking forward to read turned. aniway i agree Cat Bones are Awesome. thank you :)


  21. Thanks for the giveaway! I, too, really liked Cat & Bones in the Night Huntress series.

  22. I haven't yet read the Night Huntress series - I know, gasp - but I've heard such great things about it and I'd love to get my hands on it. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Ann S

  23. I haven't read these books yet. Thanks for the post and the chance to win them!