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First Drop of Crimson Audiobook

First Drop of Crimson: Night Huntress World, Book 1

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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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    Malinda 01-25-14
    Malinda 01-25-14 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Great start to the Night Huntress off shoot series"

    4.5-5 stars

    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 Denise has withdrawn and grieved for Randy but also suffers from PTSD attacks from what she went through.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! :)

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    Patty 12-02-13
    Patty 12-02-13 Member Since 2015

    reader in florida

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    "cheesey- main character a real whiner..."
    What would have made First Drop of Crimson better?

    the main character was whiney and too wimpy


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeaniene Frost again?

    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


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

    Her performance is good.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldnt even finish listening to the entire book.

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    Elizabeth 11-28-13
    Elizabeth 11-28-13
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    "A Jeaniene Frost novel NEVER lets you down!"

    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.

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    DANI BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, United States 11-25-13
    DANI BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "denise and spade make a good match."
    If you could sum up First Drop of Crimson in three words, what would they be?

    kept in family


    What did you like best about this story?

    2 lovers that lost a lot and found more in each other


    What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    i did read the book. i just like being read too. her voices are great


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

    if i could have yes


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    Stephanie West Jordan UT 11-20-13
    Stephanie West Jordan UT 11-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Seemed like an afterthought"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book seemed like an after thought for the series, but a definite must read in order to move on to book 6


    What other book might you compare First Drop of Crimson to and why?

    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


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

    I love this Narrator, she acts out the voices and is very animated with her reading. I really enjoy her narrations


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

    Not really an extreme reaction to the book but I did love that Denise and Spade were able to find each other again


    Any additional comments?

    Good book and fantastic series. Can't wait for more from this Author

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    Nellie n AZ 10-23-13
    Nellie n AZ 10-23-13
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    "Love the "series""
    Would you consider the audio edition of First Drop of Crimson to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare First Drop of Crimson to and why?

    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.


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

    In this story, and all JF/ TG stories, Bones.


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

    yes; well maybe 2 sittings.


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    Mistress Lilly Iowa, USA 09-30-13
    Mistress Lilly Iowa, USA 09-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This is a Great book!"
    What made the experience of listening to First Drop of Crimson the most enjoyable?

    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!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Look out Ann Rice here is the new vampire tail!


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    Amy J 09-18-13
    Amy J 09-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Frost and Gilbert and another winner!"

    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.

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    Ayla 07-21-13
    Ayla 07-21-13
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    "Fantastic as always."

    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.

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    Bonnie Cozad Grandview, MO United States 06-23-13
    Bonnie Cozad Grandview, MO United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Frost Favorite!"
    Where does First Drop of Crimson rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high up there. I love Frost's books and this one is no different. Will definitely listen to it again.


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

    There were so many it is hard to pinpoint just one.


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

    All the characters were great but I really like British accents and those were done well


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

    Other than really liking it and hoping she releases more soon!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the money or credit

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