Title: First Drop of Crimson
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Release Date: February 9th, 2010
The night is not safe for mortals. Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows – her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield – and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family’s dark past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness – and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who craves a taste of her.
He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human – even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the demon nightmare together…
Because once the first drop of crimson falls, they will both be lost.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: I have been reading a lot of YA books lately and I love them! I do, but I needed a break from the angst, anyone else ever feel like that? Well, now and then I do. So I turned to Jeaniene Frost, I have loved her books in the past so I thought this would be a good change of pace for me. I do have to admit to something though, I have had this book since February and I have not read it until now, and it is August. I know, I was not sure why I kept putting it off because I love Jeaniene’s other books with Cat and Bones and then I realized that was it. I think I am so invested in Cat and Bones story I did not think I would like anyone else’s story would compare. I was definitely wrong, I am sorry for doubting your mad skills to write one hot vampire Jeaniene, because that is exactly what Spade is. I have not really paid attention to him in the past (mainly because Bones kinda takes up all your attention, right?) Well, you are forced to pay attention to him now and he is worth it. I did miss Cat a little, but while Denise is not quite as strong as Cat she is still a great leading character and I feel in love with her for other reasons. Plus, Bones and Cat do make a little cameo so that was a nice surprise.
This book has all the elements I love about the Night Huntress World, the paranormal, the fighting, the passion, the villain always looming and of course, the vampires. Denise is looking for a distant relative, Nathanial, who made deal with a demon and then tricked him. Now the demon wants Nathanial back and he is killing off Denise’s family as revenge. Denise has to search for Nathanial to try and save the rest of her family, and herself, from being next. The only trouble is she has no idea where to find him and since the death of her husband, Randy, she has cut her self off from the vampire world so when she tries to get in touch with Cat and Bones she cannot find them. She turns to the only other vamp’s number she does have, Spade. Thus, the journey begins for the two of them.
Denise has been through a lot with vamps so being comfortable around them is very difficult for her and she often has panic attacks because of her post traumatic stress disorder. I mean, who can blame her, she watched her husband die in a brutal battle of the undead, of course she has some leftover issues going on. I found it very intriguing to watch her try and work through some of those issues with Spade and learn to trust him. That is also why I liked that we got the inner monologue of both Denise and Spade because while Denise is doubting her thoughts Spade is thinking almost the complete opposite. I had to laugh to myself about that sometimes, because it was funny to watch what both of them were thinking and how similar the thoughts really were without them realizing.
I am so glad I finally read this book because Spade is right up there with Bones for me now. I hope he drops in every now and then in the other books so we can get a glimpse of the two of them in the future. I will definitely not be doubting Jeaniene again and I have already downloaded the other spin off in this world Eternal Kiss of Darkness and will be reading that next 🙂