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First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World Book 1) by [Frost, Jeaniene]
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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

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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.

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  • File Size: 1103 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (January 21, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2010
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035D9UXM
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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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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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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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I can't believe how dull this book was. I have, for the most part, enjoyed the Night Huntress series, despite some obvious flaws: Such as poorly realized British accents (Why would a 18th century British man use slang that sounds like it comes from a cross between 19th century Cockney and 20th London working class English, while a 15th century Romanian nobleman peppers his speech with American hip-hop slang?); bizarre historical inaccuracies (Why would Cleopatra--an ancient Greek Egyptian--speak with a recognizable "Middle Eastern" accent? And why would a 18th century English baron have learned to waltz as a child, when the waltz didn't come to England until the early 19th century?); mistranslated Spanish and French phrases ("Cómo es usted?" to mean "How are you?" Really? That's first day of elementary school Spanish.); and weird internal inconsistencies (Like how the author constantly reminds us that vampires rarely breathe, yet constantly has them smelling other people's emotions--fear, desire etc. Come on.). But I put up with these and other serious issues because I enjoyed the action, the take-no-prisoners characters of Cat and Bones, and the way the books don't take themselves too seriously.

However, this book had none of the positives of the other series, and none of the charm either. In short, it practically put me to sleep.

The problem? FDOC reads more like a weak romance novel than an urban fantasy. There's little direct action, no mystery, and very little supernatural surprise. It's so run-of-the-mill. The protagonists meet, they fight, they fall in lust, they fight, they fall in love, they fight...oh, and there's an alleged suspenseful plot in there somewhere but, who cares? It's basically a glorified treasure hunt.
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