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First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World Series #1)

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22 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

great urban fantasy

Over a year ago on New Year's Eve, they were attacked by something paranormal that frightened her best friend Cat; Denise knew that little scares a vampire even a hybrid bloodsucker. Denise's husband Randy went outside where the fray was on going, but told his beloved ...
Over a year ago on New Year's Eve, they were attacked by something paranormal that frightened her best friend Cat; Denise knew that little scares a vampire even a hybrid bloodsucker. Denise's husband Randy went outside where the fray was on going, but told his beloved to stay inside with the runaway kids who take shelter with them and promised to be back. He never kept his promise dying during the zombie assault.

Over a year later, Denise's cousin Paul informs her that he does not believed the doctors or police are right when they insist twenty-three year old Amber died from a heart attack; he thinks she was murdered and he is "Destined for an Early Grave" too. Denise says no way, but the man comes out of the shadows and grabs Paul who stops breathing. She attacks the man who laughs and vanishes. Next she tries CPR as does a stranger, but both end up coughing and Paul remains dead.

Unable to reach Cat or her BF's mate Bones, Denise calls Spade the vampire. Bones' best buddy quickly arrives and realizes that the killer left behind a residual of demon essence from Raum, which proves Paul was right; dead right. They seek Nathaniel, who escaped from Raum. As they search for the predator, each feels an unwanted attraction to one another, which she rejects out of guilt and he denies out of a previous failed mortal relationship.

This is a great beginning of a sidebar series spun from the terrific Night Huntress saga as Denise and Spade have consistently appeared so fans knows each of them. The story line is fast-paced from the attack on Paul and never slows down on either the urban fantasy thriller prime plot or the supporting romantic subplot. Jeaniene Frost provides a powerful tale.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on January 16, 2010

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing, but entertaining

I love Jeaniene Frost, her book "Halfway to the Grave" was what pushed me into the paranormal/urban fantasy genre, unfortunately her spinoff book falls short. From reading the Night Huntress series, I was very aware of Spade and Denise and liked them a lot, because of t...
I love Jeaniene Frost, her book "Halfway to the Grave" was what pushed me into the paranormal/urban fantasy genre, unfortunately her spinoff book falls short. From reading the Night Huntress series, I was very aware of Spade and Denise and liked them a lot, because of that I was excited to read this book and ran to the bookstore to get it the first day it came out.

I was very disappointed. Spade and Denise are no Cat and Bones, which is obvious, but the chemistry and passion that makes the Night Huntress series so amazing, falls flat in the spin off. Though you feel bad for all Spade and Denise have lost and you want them to find each other, it just isn't that interesting. The two characters are all of a sudden waxing lyrical about their true love, when there is no real evidence of them getting there.

While the villain in the story is initially interesting and the deeper look into the undead world is always good, the story is cliche. The book in itself is not original, you can see almost every plot twist coming and there really isn't a sense of any urgency, because you can pretty much guess how it's going to end.

If you are a true Frost fan you will find the book entertaining and I like her Night Huntress books so much that I will try Frost again before writing her off.

posted by naomiloves on February 14, 2010

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