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First Drop of Crimson: Night Huntress World, Book 1 | [Jeaniene Frost]

First Drop of Crimson: Night Huntress World, Book 1

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 nightmare together, because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of the Night Huntress series comes a breathtaking new journey to the dark side of desire.

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 past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness—and a demon shape-shifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who lusts for 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 nightmare together, because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.

©2010 Jeaniene Frost (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Book by book, Frost builds her reputation as an author who delivers only the best.” (Romantic Times)

“[Frost’s] gift for vivid plotting is enhanced by the confident strokes of a writer at the top of her game.” (Fresh Fiction)

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    07-14-10
    07-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "First Drop"

    I love both books that Jeaniene has out in audio, but I want to hear the rest of the stories. please bring them soon.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 05-14-13
    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2013

    I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!

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    "Good....just not great....Yes, its true."
    What did you like best about First Drop of Crimson? What did you like least?

    I like that this continues to tie in to Cat and Bones' story but I detest the fact Denise was involved. She is a bit of a whiny, wimpy, t-terrible heroine. Sorry but the other reviewers had this right.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting was learning about Spade's history and life.This book gave us the opportunity to learn about Spade the man vs Spade the friend from the Cat and Bones stories. However, Denise has to be the most uninteresting character I have ever heard from Jeaniene.


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to many of Tavia's performances and as always she was spot on. However, no matter how hard she tried she could not make this an amazing story.


    Did First Drop of Crimson inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. It made me make sure I read the summaries before I purchase anything with Denise's character in it (since I read a lot of Jeaniene Frost novels).


    Any additional comments?

    Ok so don't take this the wrong way. While this was not my favorite book of Mrs. Frost's, it is still better than a lot of other books I have read/heard. If you are new to this author, please do not be thrown off by my review. This is just simply my opinion of this work and it does not hold true to every other story I have read of hers. Actually, the Night Huntress World 2 (I believe but don't hold me to it) is awesome! And of course all of the others with Cat and Bones it it. Bottom line, check out the others and if you catch this on sale, it is worth buying. I just can't encourage you to spend top dollar on it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanah_99 Crystal Lake, Il, United States 03-15-13
    Jeanah_99 Crystal Lake, Il, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Denise is finely happy!"

    If you follow the "Cat and Bones" novels you will love this book.

    After Denise's husband dies she is left alone. Wanting nothing to do with the supernatural world. When a her family starts dying and she is confronted by a powerful shapeshifting-demon. She ended up in the company of Spade.

    I enjoyed this book alot! Denise finds happiness where she least expected it and get some cool abilities as well. Spade becomes very devoted to her which is always a plus in my book. Bones and Cat make a cameo as well.

    Tavia Gilbert, as always did a great job. I enjoy her voices. Nothing to dramatic and a bit soothing.

    Would spend the credit!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle GRANDVILLE, MI, United States 02-25-13
    Danielle GRANDVILLE, MI, United States 02-25-13

    I am in love with pararomance and am always trying to find new series with a great story and sizzling hot spots!

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    "Awesome as always!"
    If you could sum up First Drop of Crimson in three words, what would they be?

    Sexy, thrilling, amazing


    What did you like best about this story?

    Spades backstory and his reluctance to love again.


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Tavia hits the nail on the head with ALL the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh many...


    Any additional comments?

    I love ALL the Night huntress books and have listened to each several times!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Netfilly 02-05-13
    Netfilly 02-05-13 Member Since 2008

    Love anything about shifters and lycanthropy. Paranormal romance is my thing! best escape and entertainment I can imagine! :]

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    "I Love Jeaniene Frost and Tavia Gilbert!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES!!! Any of the Frost/Gilbert pairings are the most entertaining and fun world to enter!! Just the right amount of adult themed fun along with great plots and just enough adventure! Frost books move along quickly and are never boring! The sex is also quite well written! Tavia Gilbert is an amazing...wonderful... fantastic.... narrator!! i just adore her and all the voices are distinct and the characters are clearly defined! GREAT pairing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love SPADE!!! He is so sexy and masculine and refined!!! GREAT male character!!


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING!! See above... nothing but glowing praise for her as a narrator!! i will never hesitate to purchase something she has narrated!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost! Spent a weekend and i was done...


    Any additional comments?

    Great author!! Get anything she has written and is narrated by Tavia... wonderful, fun entertainment!! :]

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruffian Madison, MS USA 02-01-13
    Ruffian Madison, MS USA 02-01-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.

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    "Fun Read -- In Spades!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. Jeaniene Frost is an excellent writer who's story telling is enhanced by an excellent performance by Ms Gilbert. Between the crisp dialogue and well-developed plot complemented by mature writing and the superb narration, it's an audio book well worth it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First Drop of Crimson?

    When Denise finally realized her connection with Spade and letting herself become a part of his life, in every way :)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    See above!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I think my extreme reaction was not so much the book as how much I loved the narrator. She was wonderful...great voices, great accents, intonation and inflection. My favorite narrator to date. I'll listen to her anytime (and in fact, am right now).


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Frost is an excellent writer in a genre that is fraught with poor writing. She has class, style, a strong voice, has created a culture with her characters and gives them depth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    michelle schaumburg, IL, United States 01-05-13
    michelle schaumburg, IL, United States 01-05-13
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    "This Book is Great:)"
    What did you love best about First Drop of Crimson?

    The different characters and how great a job the narrator has done with this piece


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Spade. Hes just nuts but in a calm way:)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when Denise turns into a kitty lol...that and the phrase "what the bloody hell" cracks me up lol..love British accents


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the whole book was great as one piece


    Any additional comments?

    The author has one heck of a sense of humor..she combines all senses one would feel while reading this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Ixonia, WI, United States 12-25-12
    Kimberly Ixonia, WI, United States 12-25-12 Member Since 2012

    So many books...so little time! :)

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    "SPADE'S LOVE STORY"

    After listening to "This Side of the Grave" I realized I was missing something when I heard Spade and Mencheres had found love. I was grateful and excited to see that they had their own stories!

    I was excited to see that Spade falls for Cat's friend Denise. You find out that there has been an attraction between the two of them for some time, but when Denise is forced to call him for help, things finally start to take shape between them.

    Jeaniene has such a great way of foreshadowing things in her stories as you find out from listening. As Spade helps Denise with a demon, it seems to be inevitable between them despite them believing it couldn't work. And eventually, they begin to come to terms with things as they realize how much in common they really have.

    I love that Spade finds love! I have always liked his character since I started listening to the Night Huntress series. Not only is he a great friend to Bones, but he is also a loyal and honorable man!

    First Drop of Crimson is a great story thru and thru worth every credit or penny! :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 11-23-12
    Alan 11-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Danille and Spade almost as good as Cat and Bones"
    Would you listen to First Drop of Crimson again? Why?

    Yes, because the witty funny suspenseful story.
    I liked it as much as Red Reaper (Cat and Bones) series. Another great Frost and Gilbert collaboration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Daniele. Just like when Cat first met Bones, seeing Daniele deal with Spade and the monster world is both suspenseful and amusing.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    As always a great performance


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Bones and Cat get this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. McNeil Colorado USA 11-15-12
    C. McNeil Colorado USA 11-15-12 Member Since 2012

    Words I live by: Charm is a glow within a woman that casts a most becoming light on others~Jason Mason Brown

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    "Drop of ... sexy!"
    If you could sum up First Drop of Crimson in three words, what would they be?

    Sexy, interesting and unique.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First Drop of Crimson?

    When the character shape shifted.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The romantic scenes


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me hot!!! lol


    Any additional comments?

    Tavia Gilbert does an awesome job! I love the way she makes you forget that your listening to an audio book and feels like your part of their supernatural world. Keep up the wonderful work!!! Two thumbs up :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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