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Product Details

  • Series: Night Huntress World (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; a edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061583227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061583223
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


First Drop of Crimson is a passionate and tantalizing tale, filled with dark sensuality and fast-paced action. The lead couple is irresistible -- a gutsy heroine to cheer for and a smoldering hero to die for. An unforgettable story! --Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author

[Frost's] gift for vivid plotting is enhanced by the confident strokes of a writer at the top of her game. --Fresh Fiction

Book by book, Frost builds her reputation as an author who delivers only the best. --Romantic Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From the Back Cover

From the New York Times bestselling 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 shapeshifter 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.

More About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the new Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling - by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

For more information on Jeaniene's books, including reading the first 20% of her novels, deleted scenes, and more, go to:

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There was just so much that I really enjoyed about the story that I didn't want to put the book down.
I love the main series and was so happy to see that there would be offshoot books with HEAs for the secondary characters.
Romance, action, well developed and likable characters, witty, extremely well-written and a great story line.

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117 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Tracy VINE VOICE on February 14, 2010
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If you're not already familiar with Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, go no further than to your nearest bookstore or online connection and look them up, because First Drop of Crimson is a spinoff novel in an already well developed world. Frost doesn't waste a lot of time explaining that world to new readers here. It was done in a rather cursory (and if you're unfamiliar with the characters and world, confusing) manner. That's not a complaint, as I am very wonderfully familiar with the world and the characters, but it's something I believe a new reader should know. Also, if you're familiar with the series, but haven't read all four published to date, I don't recommend you read First Drop of Crimson (yet), as there are things and characters mentioned in this book that WILL be spoilers unless you've read them all.

Okay, now that the Public Service Announcement (PSA) is out of the way, let's talk about First Drop of Crimson. I was very excited when I learned of this spinoff, and like many other readers, thought it would be great to spend more time with Spade, as he's been a favored secondary character throughout the Night Huntress series. In First Drop of Crimson, Spade is called to the aid of Denise Macgregor (Cat's best friend from the Night Huntress series) when Denise gets stuck with a demon problem courtesy of a distant and deceitful relative. While Spade starts out as a slightly reluctant assist, he quickly changes his tune when the spark from their initial meeting (in the Night Huntress Series) turns into a conflagration. Even Denise's humanity (and Spade doesn't do lasting relationships with humans...anymore) isn't enough to keep Spade from giving up his heart when he lends a hand. What's an autocratic, former landed gentry in regency England, to do?
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By akb--bookworm VINE VOICE on February 15, 2010
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I was entertained while reading the book, but something was just missing. I'm having a hard time putting my finger on it....just missing. I recently discovered Jeaniene Frost and really loved her Night Huntress Series. I was always intrigued by the character Spade, so was happy to hear he'd get his own book. I won't go into the book summery like others already have. The book jacket pretty well sums up the plot.

What I liked:
1. Spade--We finally learn details about Spade's past including how he ended up at the Penal Colony and who his Sire is. His personality is well done. Oh, and he's hot.
2. Story--The plot was well thought out and was completely different than anything Cat & Bones ever had to go through.
3. Romance--it was hot. I mean, this is Spade. He's not going to romance a woman like Bones does, he's doing it his own way. He's got a seduction plan and not afraid to use it....and it's hot.

What I haven't liked:
1. Denise--She was just flat. She didn't really mean anything to me until the last 15 pages or so. It seemed as if Denise's character was created in the Night Huntress series just to round out Cat, but no life was given to her. It seemed like now Denise's role was just to have someone for Spade to pursue romantically.
2. Repetitive--Denise & Spade repeated themselves in their inner-dialogue a lot.
3. Convoluted reasoning--Somehow Denise "blackmails" or "guilt-trips" Spade into helping her. I couldn't follow the logic. It all seemed a bit "made up" just to throw the 2 characters together. Also, in order for Spade to help her she must pose as his lover, which requires them to touch each other in public, sleep in the same room, etc etc. So how is a girl to know if it's real or not when they are faking for everyone to see?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Vorax on October 9, 2010
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Denise is a hypocritical bore. One of those women who condemn others for taking care of the violence into which she has dragged them. Plus, enough with the pity party and meaningless 'I'll pay you back.' I'm so tired of her repetitive internal dialogue, jumping to conclusions and getting mad at others who stop her from doing idiotic things. Could we maybe hear a "thank you, I really appreciate what you are doing for me?" The scene with Bones after the first time she sleeps with Spade has finally done it. I'm not finishing. She is childish and ridiculous. I'm so bummed this is what Spade got. And from the other reviews it sounds like his supposed HEA is someone from whom he can't even drink? He was robbed.

Plus, I didn't feel any chemistry between these two.

I do like the interactions between Spade, Bones and Ian.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Anna Lemkau on February 9, 2010
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It has been a year since Denise lost her husband by paranormal means. It's only normal that she wouldn't want to have anything to do with that world after such a loss. But when evil rears its ugly head, she'll have no say in the matter. With Cat and Bones on the other side of the world, Denise's only help comes from Spade, master vampire. Ever since meeting they've always felt a pull towards each other. Plus there's definitely an attraction on both sides, and at the same time neither of them will admit it. Spade refuses to fall in love with a human again and Denise wants nothing to do with the world of vampires. Stubborn creatures, but you gotta love them.

I absolutely loved this book, a must read. First Drop of Crimson was a fun, enticing read. This story was refreshing, dark and passionate. Spade and Denise are magic, their chemistry jumps off the page. Jeaniene Frost is a master at pulling you into a story from page one, and that's exactly what you get with this book. I love that Spade got his own book. I found him quite interesting in the Night Huntress series and was hoping we get to learn more about him.
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