“Yeah, well, Bones and I had a couple months of relative quiet. Guess it’s time to liven things up again.”
When Up From the Grave arrived in my mailbox my first act was the fangirl squeal and my second act was to gently place it on my counter where I would walk by it day after day, never touching it, but always acknowledging it was there. This went on for about seven days before I forced myself to pick it up. You see, I knew once I picked it up, I wouldn’t put it back down until it was over and once it was over, well that would be the end of Cat and Bones.
Cat and Bones were my first PNR/UF couple, my first PNR/UF love and to this day they remain my favorite. I know all good things must end and I applaud Ms. Frost for not dragging out a series she has no direction for but there is still a big part of me that is very sad to see this it end. I think most Cat and Bones lovers feel the same.
With Cat’s uncle gone, Jason Madigan has taken over the reins in their old operation. In One Grave At A Time we got a little taste of how bad things were going to get with Madigan but Up From the Grave took things to a whole new level. Don tells Cat he is worried about their old team because they have no left the compound for a long time. Cat tries to contact each of them but gets no answer so they decide to take the matter right to Madigan. Five minutes in Madigan’s office and it is clear he has made some major security upgrades and he wants Cat very badly. What he wants her for they don’t know, however he is willing to use blackmail to get her. Bones laughs off his threats and they leave knowing they will have to figure out another way to access the team.
Cat and Bones also know that Don is hiding something so they use Tyler, medium from One Grave At A Time, to contact Don. Don refuses to tell them what is going on and only says to chalk the team up for a loss and leave the thing with Madigan alone. Because Tate, Juan, Cooper and Dave are friends and even some of them members of Bones’s line they will not let the issue go and they visit Marie to find a way to hold Don corporeal while they get some answers.
They get answers but what they are given is kind of appalling. They also learn the name of the man funding Madigan’s operation and they learn something about him that might make it more difficult to eliminate him. In a confrontation with the man they learn the most shocking news of all.
Up From the Grave is a book that can only be reviewed without spoilers. By this point, most of you are seven books in like I am and do not want the whole story. The whole story will shock you and have you cursing me because you might not have the book in your hands yet. Let me just assure you that this book does the series and the couple justice. If I had to pick and ending, well ok I would have picked never, but Up From the Grave serves Cat and Bones well. I have many thoughts but I don’t want to say them because they will spoil and that would be just rude.
Jeaniene Frost has managed to take 11 books, because this is book 11 in the Night Huntress world, and make every detail and plot arc point to this final Cat and Bones book. Every person, place and thing we previously read about plays a part in how everything goes down here. This book has sexy times, it has poignant times and it has those laugh out loud moments we have come to love with this series.
“Have that spatula ready when I return,” Ian sang out to her.
“I don’t even want to know what that means,” were my first words when he climbed into the RV.
Ian clucked his tongue as he settled into the seat behind us.
“You don’t? 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 assumption 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.
I even might speculate that we met Ian’s mate in this one. Possibly. Maybe…well I could see it going there.
Overall, I loved this book. I loved it because it was my last time with this couple but I also loved it because it was fast paced, engaging and stayed true to the very reason this series is beloved to me. There were moments where my heart was in my throat because surely what just happened couldn’t be true and then there were moments where I would just nod my head in acceptance. I will miss Cat and Bones but I have tentative hopes that will be seeing them in future books even if they aren’t centered around just them. Final grade- A
“Managed to squeeze in a golden shower along the way? How lecherous. I’m impressed.”