Okay, so I like the original Night Huntress series. It's the kind of entertaining listen that you can do while gardening or laying on the beach. The characters are decent, the plot lines are fun, and there's enough gratuitous violence to keep it entertaining. Sure, there's some sex and over the top displays of testosterone driven stupidity but the heroine (Cat) is strong and likeable so it can be overlooked.
None of that is true with this book. Denise (our heroine) is the most pathetic, whiney, stupid, self loathing, weak, and unlikeable character I have come across in a long time. As for our master vampire hero, Spade, he inexplicably drops everything he is doing to help this damsel in distress, becomes besotted with her in about two minutes, and changes his entire persona. The worst part is that both of these characters appeared in the first series and I really don't remember them being this annoying.
Regardless of what the plot line is supposed to be about it's secondary to the disgustingly sappy sex/ love tension going on between Denise and Spade. The "I shouldn't", "He can't really love me", "I will never let her go" made me want to throw my phone at a wall. I can't fathom why I listened as long as I did. I guess I just kept hoping we would get past it and then the plot would emerge. So did not happen!
The final disappointment was the reader, Tavia Gilbert. She usually does a pretty good job and I like her use of accents but in this particular book she perpetuated the whininess of Denise and it really grated on my ears.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a great book. It's the first offshoot of the Night Huntress series and I loved seeing Spade and Denise get their HEA. Not to mention that the storyline was very interesting and engaging.
Denise is a human woman who is the best friend of Cat (the heroine from the main Night Huntress series). She married Randy in book #2 of the series One Foot in the Grave. In book #3 At Grave's End, Randy is killed when an enemy sends a zombie attack against Cat and Bones' house on New Years eve. Denise has withdrawn and grieved for Randy but also suffers from PTSD attacks from what she went through. Due to all the stress she's been pulling away from Cat and the undead world, trying to get back to something normal. Denise isn't prepared for a demon to walk in to her life and cause trouble.
Charles (aka Spade) is a 200 year old vampire. He met Bones (the hero from the main Night Huntress books) before they became vampires and have been best friends ever since. They were sent to the same penal colony as humans and he was called Spade (the name of the tool he used) by the overseer as a way to dehumanize him. Charles became Spade after his transformation in to a vampire so he'd never forget what it felt like to be powerless and in a bad place. This has served him well as he became a master vampire and has been a good master to the vampires below him. Spade is a good man but has a ruthless edge that makes it clear you shouldn't mess with him.
Denise hasn't talked to Cat lately and has been living her life. When we come in to the book, Denise is talking with her cousin who thinks it's suspicious that his sister and mom both died of heart failures so close together. Denise isn't sure what to think but doesn't have time to go in to it more as a demon attacks them and kills her cousin in front of her eyes. Obviously the police don't believe her about a man being there and attacking them and her cousin apparently died from a heart failure so there was no foul play. Denise is worried and tries to call Cat but her number has been changed (due to some of the emergencies that have taken place recently) and Denise can't find any current numbers for Cat, Bones or anyone else in the undead world...until she finds Spade's number. She calls Spade asking for Cat's phone number. Spade offers to help her out as Cat and Bones have had some harrowing times and have just gotten a chance to rest. Spade thinks her tales are a delusion due to stress and all and doesn't want to bother Cat and Bones so he heads to Texas to see Denise. When Spade arrives he finds that not only was she not mistaken about her cousin dying under unnatural circumstances, the demon (named Rom) visited her. Unfortuantely, Rom is looking for a long lost relative of Denise's, Nathaniel, and has been killing off her family looking for him. When the demon discovers that she has ties to the vampire world, Rom brands Denise (infuses his power in to her allowing him to track her but it'll also make her like him) and tells her he wont remove his branded essence until she finds Nathaniel and delivers him to Rom. Spade isn't thrilled about it but Denise convinces him to help her find Nathaniel.
As they begin to travel together to attempt to find Nathaniel, they act like a couple to avoid suspicion. This proves a little difficult as Denise has problems with her PTSD attacks around vampires and they both end up attracted to each other. Spade felt the attraction before but Denise was married and then grieving but there's never been a good time to act on it...not to mention the issue of her being human. Spade lost a human woman he loved before and because of human's being so easily killed (and their short lifespan) he was determined not to fall for a human again. However, the more time he spends with Denise, the more Spade knows that, human or not, he can't resist her. Spade continues to help Denise but with the intent to seduce her in to a relationship with him. They go through a lot as they figure out a way to track Nathaniel and proceed to do so. This is not without some risks though and as things proceed, Denise feels worse and worse about involving Spade in her issues. By this time, Denise has realized her attraction to Spade and the start of stronger feeling for him she wasn't expecting. She becomes really worried he'll get hurt trying to help her and even tries to call the whole thing off but Spade wont here of it as he's determined to get things settled so they're free to be together. Eventually Bones and Cat find out about what's going on and come to help (along with Ian). There's some risks that must be taken and Denise ends up taking things in to her own hands in an attempt to protect Spade and fix her own problems. Things are shaky for a bit but Denise comes through (with a little help from Spade) and things get worked out. Once the danger is over, Spade and Denise start their HEA.
This is a great addition to the Night Huntress world series. I love the main series and was so happy to see that there would be offshoot books with HEAs for the secondary characters. I don't think it's a must that you read the main series before reading this book but I think it would definitely be helpful. I'm planning to read the 2nd offshoot book Eternal Kiss of Darkness next which is Mencheres' book. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up! :)
reader in florida
the main character was whiney and too wimpy
Yes. I have listened to another one of her books that I thought was decent. Not sure why she went so whiney and spineless with the main character in this one
Her performance is good.
I couldnt even finish listening to the entire book.
I listened to all of the "Night Huntress" series and loved them all. Just when I read the last one I found First Drop of Crimson: Night Huntress World. I have never been disappointed with either series. I hope she continues writing new books in BOTH. Tavia Gilbert is the very best narrator I have heard so far! She makes the story "sizzle & pop" to life.
Hi, I enjoy paranormal romance. Once I start a series I like to continue it through. Anita Blake is my favorite. I'm granny mom. Reading is.
kept in family
2 lovers that lost a lot and found more in each other
i did read the book. i just like being read too. her voices are great
if i could have yes
This book seemed like an after thought for the series, but a definite must read in order to move on to book 6
Twice Tempted. This book gives you the story of Spade and Denise, 2 notable characters who find each other again after a terrible vampire war that kills Denise's husband
I love this Narrator, she acts out the voices and is very animated with her reading. I really enjoy her narrations
Not really an extreme reaction to the book but I did love that Denise and Spade were able to find each other again
Good book and fantastic series. Can't wait for more from this Author
Not sure. Tavia does a great job, but honestly, I wouldn't want my kids to walk in when I was listening to one of these books. They are sexy and erotic and my kids are young, so sometimes I think I might be better off with a book; except I cannot read and cook at the same time.
Obviously this goes along with the other books in Jeanine Frost's collection. I enjoy the world she created and didn't initially realize that this story was about Bones & Cats' best friends, Spade & Denise. You are supposed to read this before you read that last book in the Red Reaper / Night Hunter? series.
In this story, and all JF/ TG stories, Bones.
yes; well maybe 2 sittings.
After listening too all the "Grave" book where Kat is the main character, then listen to this one. That way it makes more sense. The narrator was great with keeping the voices to match the characters. You can't miss with this book!
I liked the whole book so I can't think of only one scene but the dancing ball or how she tells him off in his own car was really good.
Look out Ann Rice here is the new vampire tail!
Ms. Gilbert continues to be one of my top three narrators. Her talent is obvious in ever reading she performs. She is truly gifted and a pleasure to listen to especially when teamed with Frost. Friends of Cat and Bones this book will not disappoint and while having a totally new and fresh storyline plenty of old friends pop in and out. Plenty of new info is revealed about Spade and his past. I love how the author handles Denise's recovery from the trauma she suffered in the most recent C&B book. There is action, humor, heat and redemption in this book all flawlessly entertained into a very enter inning listen. Bravo ladies, I look forward to your next collaboration.
I have listened to all of the available books in the Night Huntress world and Night huntress Novels. As ever, the storyline is great, the characters are wonderful and Tavia Gilbert is an amazing narrator. Worth the credit.