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Warning: The Good Parts Might Be Explicit

  • Sexual Tension
  • First Drop Of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
Does Spade hunger for Denise's body or her blood?
  • It Might Be Love
  • First Drop Of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
Spade is surprised to find that he loves a human.
  • Declaration of Love
  • First Drop Of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
Spade's words echo in Denise's heart.
  • Hot Hot Hot
  • First Drop Of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
Her voice arouses him, but she can only moan.
  • Kiss
  • First Drop Of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
Her lip is bleeding; Spade can't resist the drops.

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  • Sexual Tension
  • Does Spade hunger for Denise's body or her blood?
  • It Might Be Love
  • Spade is surprised to find that he loves a human.
  • Declaration of Love
  • Spade's words echo in Denise's heart.
  • Hot Hot Hot
  • Her voice arouses him, but she can only moan.
  • Kiss
  • Her lip is bleeding; Spade can't resist the drops.

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.

Critic Reviews

“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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More please....

Love that Jeaniene Frost writes using other characters from the Night Huntress series. This book is is a pleasant addition to the Frost universe.

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I Love Ms. Frost's books

I loved this, well written as always. I did find it a little off putting for Bones' "voice" to sound different from how it sounds when read in the other Night Huntress stories, but still great story.

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Good story tho not my favorite character

I enjoyed this book well enough. I listened to it to fill in plot holes in the Night Huntress series. Denise is not my favorite character. I don't dislike her, but she's a very soft character compared to most others in the associated series. Overall worth the listen, but not mind blowing.

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  • B.
  • Virginia, United States
  • 06-09-14

Creative

Would you listen to First Drop of Crimson again? Why?

No, not that it's a bad book, but the suspense is what keeps you engaged and that can only be captured once.

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

Halfway to the Grave, another Jeaniene Frost book, both involve a confused young lady trying to figure out what's taking place in their life and body, while death and violence is all around them.

What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

She bring the book alive, I believe she's one of the most talented narraters I've heard.

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

Nothing extreme, but the book's plot did keep you engaged with the story...

Any additional comments?

Good Book...

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Awesome

What did you love best about First Drop of Crimson?

Spade

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

I can't really compare it to anything else.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first time Spade and Denise are intimate.

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

I loved it all. I can't really pick one.

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LOVED IT!!

This is a story set in the world as the"Nighthuntress World". If you listened to any other of Frost's books you will recognize these characters immediately. I recommend that if you haven't you go back and listen to her other books first. It will help you to understand the back story and enjoy the characters more. Denise is Cat's best friend and she's being stalked by a demon. She is afraid to call on Cat because she turned her back on all things supernatural when her husband Randy was killed in a supernatural attack at Cat and Bones house. Now she's in trouble, she calls on Spade. Spade is one of Bones' best friends, and he feels drawn to Denise, has since he first laid eyes on her. Now he has set quite the task for himself, helping Denise find a family member who made a deal with the devil and then welched on it. If they don't produce him then the demon will kill every member of Denise's family.
I love Frost's books, her characters are wonderful. I won't go on and on because hopefully you've already listened to several and have the same opinion. I will give my usual for adults only rating, excellent narration, and worth the cash or credit.
AUTHORS RECOMMENDED READING ORDER
HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE
ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE
AT GRAVE’S END
DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE
FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON
ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS
THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE
ONE GRAVE AT A TIME
ONCE BURNED
TWICE TEMPTED
UP FROM THE GRAVE

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  • Lynch
  • Kentwood, MI, United States
  • 01-30-14

So Awful......

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.

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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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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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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.