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The Bite Before Christmas (Argeneau #15.5)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  15,212 Ratings  ·  835 Reviews
In Lynsay Sands' The Gift, Katricia Argeneau knows grey-eyed cop Teddy Brunswick is her life mate. She just needs to convince him they belong together, and being snowbound in a secluded cabin will make this a Christmas neither will forget.

It's Home for the Holidays in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones may long to wrap presents and set up a tree, but thi
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by HaperCollins Publishers Inc
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Oct 19, 2011 Arlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arlene by: Buddy Read - Crystal
Overall Rating Clarification: 3.5 stars

The Gift Lynsay Sands
2 Stars

This first Holiday short story was obviously not my favorite of the two. I haven’t had any exposure with Sands as an author, so that might account for me having a hard time grasping her vampire lore and method of developing her story.

In The Gift we meet Teddy who is a sixty four year old, soon to be retired chief of police that finds himself stranded with no provisions and electricity after a snow storm. He stumbles across Katr
Jul 23, 2011 Syd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Jeaniene's short story, "Home for the Holidays". Also note, this short story is more like a short novel, coming in at 40K words or so.

You get to see a new dimension to Cat & Bones' relationship, and they are achingly sweet in this installment. They nearly had me in tears a few times! The gang is all together but Cat and Ian actually take the spotlight and have the most 'face' time. Ian lovers, you will not be disappointed!

There are some big reveals, besides Ian dropping hi
Sharon ∞❥ is an angst book junkie ❥∞
**Only read Jeaniene Frost's story - Home for the Holidays**

**4.5 stars**

YES!! Back to the Cat and Bones that we so love...finally! The last two books had lost their "edge" for me but this one brings it all back. My only complaint is that it's too short.

As the title says, Cat and Bones are home for the holidays starting off with Bones' surprise birthday party. When Annette doesn't show up, Ian goes to investigate. That leads to an unknown vampire showing up at Cat and Bones' house.

Most of my f
A Bite Before Christmas was an odd pairing of holiday novellas served up with a fangy twist - Sand's Argeneau vampires are light humorous paranormal romances and Frost's Night Huntress stories are wise cracking sexy urban fantasy. I am a fan of both, but no sure that they belong together and - I have to ask - why are they together in hardback? Anyway on to the important stuff...

(4.5 stars = I really really liked it) "Home for the Holidays" by Jeaniene Frost - A Night Huntress novella - Looks li
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
THE GIFT is Lynsay Sands' contribution to the duology and it is part of her Argeneau series. Katricia Argeneau knows the instant that she meets Teddy Brunswick that he is her life mate. But since he is mortal, she needs to slowly convince him that they are fated to be together. Revealing that she is a vampire won't be easy and making her accept her will be even harder. However, the snug confines of their cozy cabin are sure to bring them closer together.

Jeaniene Frost gives readers a sneak peek
Nov 05, 2011 Barb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have only read J. Frost's story, "Home for the Holidays" so far, but I LOVED it! I think that JF is so talented in the creation of her novellas and short stories. They feel every bit as complete and whole as her full-length novels, only compact. And this novella was no exception. The story is riveting and excited, with just enough detail to intrigue, but not overwhelm. It was wonderful to see Cat fighting for Bones, and I was awed at Bones's strength in this story. We know that he is an extrem ...more
I've only read "The Gift" by Lynsay Sands.
Oct 11, 2011 Ollie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everytime Cat and Bones make an appearance it is like meeting up with old friends you haven't seen in a while and feels it was yesterday the last time you got together. That is the feeling I get everytime I read about Cat and Bones, a warm, cozy feeling that starts to develop right after the first paragraph. Cat and Bones never lose their appeal and have a spellbound effect so the reader immediately becomes immersed and lost in the pages and becomes part of the story.

The time Cat wants to throw
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jun 25, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PNR fans
“Home for the Holidays” by Jeaniene Frost – 4 Stars or B+

The Story
Cat arranges a surprise birthday party for Bones with his closest friends. When Annette doesn’t arrive Ian ventures to her hotel to investigate and then some and discovers she has been attacked. Bones, Cat and company cannot get Annette to reveal her attacker. Then, a surprise visitor throws everyone into a tailspin. When Bones, Mencheres, Kira, Spade, and Annette begin acting strange Ian, Denise and Cat work together against a ne
Mar 03, 2011 Shawna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat & Bones fans
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4 stars – Paranormal Romance

A great Night Huntress holiday story that provided a very satisfying Cat and Bones fix!

Merged review:

4 stars – Paranormal Romance

*This review is only for Jeaniene Frost’s Home for the Holidays.*

A great Night Huntress holiday story that provided a very satisfying Cat and Bones fix! And don’t miss the teaser for Vlad and Leila’s story, Once Burned, at the end of the book!
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

There’s nothing like a Christmas themed book to put me in the holiday spirit and this anthology is no exception. I’m a newcomer to Lynsay Sands’ writing but a long-time fan of Jeaniene Frost’s so this novel was a nice mix of new and old for me. I wasn’t lost by starting at book 15.5 in the Argeneau series but I did find the storyline a little odd. On the other hand, I’m caught up in Frost’ Night Huntress series and couldn’t help but get a little giddy at the chance to che
Oct 23, 2011 Esra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
- Very satisfying cat and bones and IAN (I adore him :D) novella -

Harika bir kitaptı. Gerçi Lynsay sands'e yabancı olduğumdan onun hikayesini okumadım ama gece avcısı hikayesi oldukça büyük yer kaplıyor kitapta. 24 bölüm falandı. Yazar sanırım gece prensi serisine geçeceğinden Cat ve Bones'a son bir bakış atmışız gibi hissettim. Gece prensi serisi aralarında gece avcısına devam eder umarım.
Kitap yılbaşından önceki haftalarda bones'un süpriz doğum günü kutlama hazırlıklarıyla açılıyor. kediciğin
Nov 06, 2011 Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
I only read 'Home for the Holidays'. When I finally get around to reading the Argeneau Series I will head straight back to this book for that Novella.

Home for the Holidays was amazing. The story was brilliant and seeing Cat and Bones again always makes me smile. I liked that Cat and Ian had the biggest parts to play. I have always loved their banter and I was so happy to see Ian getting so more page time. Ian never dissapoints and there were some hilarious scenes with him and Cat. Like Ian pu
May 16, 2012 Sofija rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is only for Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost

Another short story about Cat and Bones. As the case usually is with Jeaniene Frost it has great plot, skillful writing, awkward and funny scenes and some English-accented hotness.

Unfortunately the lately tendency continues and the relationship between Cat and Bones is boring.

There were some revelations about Bones human family. Quite unexpected family members were found.

The highlight of this book was my favorite Ian. Amoral, cocky
Dec 27, 2011 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
4.5 stars for the Jeaniene Frost story.

In typical Cat & Bones fashion, and Jeaniene Frost style, the story was exciting, gave us significant character development with characters we have come to love (and perhaps even some we love to dislike), fattened parts of the world and lore up, and opened up some possibilities for long arc storylines, all wrapped up in a very satisfying ending.

I also read the preview peek at the new Vlad series (Prince of Darkness) and I'm really looking forward to t
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Awesome story from Jeaniene Frost in this anthology. Lots of breakneck action and sentiment. Ian was absolutely terrific in this. Loved finding out more about Bones background.

Also read the Lynsay Sands story. I had not read anything of hers before, and the novella in this book was a good introduction to her work. I may have to read more of her Argeneau series.

Overall, very enjoyable read.
Jun 25, 2011 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I only read the Night Huntress part, and LOVED it!!!
What a great side story to this series. Frost made a story that frankly I never would have thought happening! So much happens in this little novel. I was surprised in more ways than one and of course always love the chemistry between Bones and Cat. Ian was remarkable in this book! Seriously his lines are just too much! Thinking about him I'm laughing now. It's def. a must read for Bones and Cats fans.
Sarah (saz101)
Rating for Night Huntress 6.5: OK, this was superb. Cat and Bones and... IAN? at the top of their game. I haven't seen them this strong, this fun, this sexy and clever for a few books now, and it's a joy to witness.

I don't often think novellas are must-reads, but this one can't be missed. It's just too good.
Jun 22, 2011 Cindyg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have to admit that I only read Jeaniene's story so far.
And of course it was awesome. I love Cat and Bones and as far as I'm concerned they can do no wrong. In this story Cat is once again our Bones and the others are under some kind of mind control.
Fantastic read...
Highly recommend this book.
An okay "Argeneau vampires" story, and a pretty good "Cat and Bones" story with some punch to it. I was amused what seemed like a small homage to "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" in the Frost story, though it ended on a rather sad note for a Christmas collection.
Aly is so frigging bored
Only the Night Huntress novella

Ian made my day :D he is so funny and hot(and horny all the time :D). Didn't expect that bits and pieces about Bones' past but they sure were interesting!
Jan 26, 2013 Susy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
Ahora amo a Ian mucho más <3
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
The Bite Before Christmas contains two novellas, "The Gift" by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau #15.5) and "Home for the Holidays" by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #6.5).

In "The Gift", Port Henry's middle aged bachelor police chief, Teddy Brunswick, gladly accepts Margeurite Argeneau's offer of her cottage in Muskoka to avoid being alone and pitied on Christmas. But the morning after he arrives, he wakes up to find that a storm has taken out the power, his truck is completely snowed in (even the door ha
Back to Cat and Bones!!!

Untuk merayakan ultah Bones yang hampir seperempat millenium, Cat memutuskan mengadakan pesta dan mengundang para teman-teman dekatnya, sekalian untuk liburan natal juga. Tetapi pas hari H, Annette yang juga masuk dalam daftar tamu tak kunjung datang. Padahal ga mungkin banget Annette tidak datang ke pesta ultah Bones. Akhirnya Ian di utus untuk mendatangi Annette di hotelnya.

Ian yang bete karena tidak diperbolehkan membawa pasangan oleh Cat (sementara yang lain asyik be
Catherine_bones Chapitre 32
Home for the Holidays est la dernière nouvelle de Jeaniene Frost. Elle fait partie de l’anthologie The bite before Christmas, co écrite avec Lynsay Sands, la maman des Vampires d’Argeneau.

On y retrouve une fabuleuse aventure de Cat et Bones, nos chouchous, qui pensaient passer un Noël ordinaire jusqu’à ce qu’un ancien membre de la famille de Crispin refasse surface… Je ne vous en dit pas plus, mais j’invite fortement ceux qui ont déjà lu One grave at a time à sauter sur cette nouvelle qui tient
E.J. Stevens
The Bite Before Christmas contains two short stories/novellas, one from Jeaniene Frost and one from Lynsay Sands. Both stories were excellent.

The Gift (Argeneau #15.5) is a paranormal romance with the high heat level you expect from Lynsay Sands. I was worried that this might have an ick factor due to the lead male's age, but I got past that quickly. A fun romp in a holiday snowstorm that's a perfect quick read for the holidays.*

*Note: I almost took off half a star for the constant referral to T
6 Stars! Home For the Holidays - Jeaniene Frost
Cat and Bones are celebrating the holidays with their "family" but when a mysterious vampire appears their celebrations are cut short.

Thank God for this novella! After This Side of the Grave I was worried that JF had lost her touch for the passion between Cat and Bones but after reading this story I'm so happy to see that she hasn't! This story was everything you expect of the Night Huntress series, full of romance, passion, adventure and shocking s
Monique Atgood
Two novelettes in one book. They are both delightful. They are a good Christmas romance read.

They also have two completely diverse canons - or rules of how the ‘vampire universe’ works. In the first novel, the vampires are sanitized and don’t drink ‘from the hoof’ preferring bagged blood.

In the second novel, a short from the Night Huntress/Reaper series, the vampires are properly running around mesmerizing people, fighting, killing, and doing the time honored ‘stickin’ their fangs into necks. A
Novels On The Run
May 17, 2012 Novels On The Run rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition



I am working my way through The Night Huntress novellas and outtakes, my little fixes before I get another book in the series to read.

Bones and Cat are that addictive!!

I loved this 153 page read. I could quite easily have seen this story as a full blown book.

A relative comes to visit and all is a bit squiffy. Ian is absolutely t-shirt worthy in this novella. Ian has slowly been creeping into my t-shirt hemisphere. He
This was a great short. I was happy to read about Bones and Cat. I have missed them as I wait for Up From the Grave to come out. I have to say I love Ian. He may be an asshole but he is honest about it. He doesn't pretend to be a good guy. He care about who he cares about and doesn't give a crap about the rest. But if you are lucky enough to fall into his inter circle he will die for you. That is the kind of character I have always loved. Bones and Ian are a lot more alike then Cat would like to ...more
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  • Weddings from Hell (Night Huntress, #2.5; Brotherhood of Blood, #3.5; Nicki Styx, #2.5)
  • Four Dukes and a Devil
  • Unbound (The Hollows, #7.5; Night Huntress, #0.5; Sign of the Zodiac, #4.5; Dark Days, #0.6)
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  • Death's Excellent Vacation (Sookie Stackhouse #9.5, Night Huntress, #4.5, Aisling Grey: Guardian #4.5)
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Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside fr ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Argeneau (1 - 10 of 26 books)
  • A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1)
  • Love Bites (Argeneau #2)
  • Single White Vampire (Argeneau #3)
  • Tall, Dark & Hungry (Argeneau #4)
  • A Bite to Remember (Argeneau #5)
  • Bite Me If You Can (Argeneau #6)
  • The Accidental Vampire (Argeneau #7)
  • Vampires are Forever (Argeneau #8)
  • Vampire, Interrupted (Argeneau #9)
  • The Rogue Hunter (Argeneau #10; Rogue Hunter #1)

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