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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441768452
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/5/2010
  • Series: Night Huntress World Series , #1
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 871,982
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Jeaniene Frost

JEANIENE FROST lives with her husband and their very spoiled dog in Florida. Although not a vampire herself, she confesses to having pale skin, wearing a lot of black, and sleeping in late whenever possible. And while she can't see ghosts, she loves to walk through old cemeteries. She also loves poetry and animals, but fears children and hates to cook.

TAVIA GILBERT is an Earphones Award winner, Audie® nominee, and Parents' Choice Award–winning producer. A classical-theater- and public-radio-trained actor and producer, she lives in Portland, Maine, where she works as a writer and stage and voice actor. She produces, directs, and narrates unique audiobooks, full-cast recordings, and documentaries.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    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 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

    20 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

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    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 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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2010

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    Great Read

    At first i was really annoyed that Jeaniene Frost decided to start a spin off series without the Night Huntress series being over with. I thought the books should have come out afterwards so the people who loved the series would still have something to look forward too BUT....The first drop of crimson was awesome! Jeaniene Frost is a talented writer! I loved that we got to read from Denise's and Spade's point of view and now i'm looking forward to reading more of spin off books!! If you love the night huntress series then these books are a must read!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

    Good spin off.

    For a spin off it was great. Unless you love spoilers dont read this first, read her other books.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

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    Loved.

    I thought this was truly the book for Ian to SHINE! OMG seriously every scene he was in he was brilliant, LOL. The drunken Pirates of Penzance singing, turning on the raunchy video saying what he wanted to do for the night, then the "payback" scene..... I never thought I'd grow to LOVE his character so much!!! He's such a lovable SLEEZE :P

    I also loved all the guys coming back together to fight, watching the dynamics between Bones, Spade and Ian. Their bond and concern for one another was really highlighted in this book and I loved every second of it. I bet you they'll find Timothy here in the near future too, and the four of them will reunite.

    I love Denise and Spade together, too. I think their story was so awesome, and so heartfelt at how they were leaving their pasts behind and forgiving themselves so they could have a future together. AWWWWWWWW!!! And, Denise is one BAD Mother-shutyomouth now!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    Shade the romantic. who would have thought

    I enjoyed this spin off. I liked that the first part of the story focused on Denise and Shade. It gave them time to develop separately from the characters of the main series. At the same time, I was happy Frost brought in Cat, Bones and Ian later. Shade was a great lead. It took me a while to be won over by Denise but in the end, I found them to be a wonderful couple. I hope to see Ian with his own book sometime soon.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

    YUM!!!

    I love, love, LOVE JF's vampires! Her stories and writing style are addictive and thrilling. My toes curled several times while reading this new addition to the world of the undead. I purchased it the day it was released and DEVOURED it the same day.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    Good, but could be better

    I was looking forward to Spade's story, but found it lacking. I enjoyed Frost's first series and thought this was going to be just as interesting. The story was lacking and I was hoping it would get better as I continued reading. Hopefully the next book in the series will be more thrilling.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

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    Even the "Side Story" is Good!

    If you've read any of the Night Huntress series, then you know Frost puts out good material. This book is no different. Although Spade is a secondary character in the main series, he's front and center in this book, along with Denise, Cat's friend. Excellent storyline, the plot and the romance gets thicker throughout the book, and there's great action throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to the next installment in the Night Huntress series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2010

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    Edge of your seat!!

    I thought this was the fifth book of the "in the grave" series. it has the same charactors..its the best series ever!! almost as good as the Black Dagger Brother series by J.R.Ward. This is a can't put down book. I read it in three days..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    Loved it!!

    If you have already read the other books written by Jeaniene Frost than you are familiar with the characters in this book. If you have not, its really okay. The story of Spade and Denise captivated me from the beginning, as I hoped that it would. If this is your first Jeaniene Frost read, you will become intrigued and want to read the others. I enjoyed the interaction of characters from other books. Nice getaway.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    First Drop of Crimson

    I recommend that you be at least familiar, if not up-to-date on the Night Huntress series (Halfway to the Grave, One Foot in the Grave, At Grave's End and Destined for an Early Grave) before reading this book.

    I really enjoyed this book; however, it had a tiny bit more romance than I thought it would. The first parts of the book were a bit predictable but not hard to get into. Once things got going, Spade and Denise's story was just as exciting and captivating as a Cat and Bones story. And akin to the Night Huntress series, the humor was just laugh-out-loud funny!

    This novel was just as exciting and on par with the Night Huntress series; and it was also refreshing to have demons incorporated into the mix. My attention was completely absorbed through the majority of this book; so much so, that most of the times I couldn't wait to see what happened next. All in all, I found this book to be highly entertaining. Having Cat and Bones back-up Denise and Spade, was a nice treat, since there won't be another Night Huntress novel until some time in 2011.

    I highly recommend this romantic urban fantasy to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and look forward to the next spin-off book, The Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Mencheres' Story) due out 7/27/2010.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    Loved It!

    Although I love reading about Cat and Bones' story, First Drop of Crimson was a great read as well. I like Spade's "reluctant hero" character and Denise's subtle, but strong personality. As usual, the story is fast-paced and unique. It was well worth the wait! Can't wait for Mencheres's story!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Night Huntress World Series

    Spade and Denise were interesting in prior novels, so I wanted to see if they were given the same chemistry as Bones and Cat. There's a lot of needless repeating that goes on, especialy the tragedies in the past.

    Waltzing would not be a dance historically correct for Spade's youth. The costuming for Spade and Denise also was incorrect. Jarring for people who know about these things.

    Then I got confused about who Spade's sire is, thinking it was Ian, then reading his sire was M later in the book. Very confused.

    Unlike Bones' conquest of Cat, the romance between Spade and Denise seemed rushed, and that she was not ready for a new relationship.

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    Cat's best friend Denise gets in trouble and can't seem to locat

    Cat's best friend Denise gets in trouble and can't seem to locate Cat. Denise remembers she has Spade's number and calls him up. Spade is surprised to hear from her and regretfully relays the news that Bones has Cat secluded somewhere while recovering from events that happened in Destined for an Early Grave.

    Spade agrees to offer his assistance and ends up with a lot more than he bargained for. Working in close quarters, Spade and Denise are finding it difficult to fight their growing attraction. If you thought Bones was hot, you ain't seen nothin yet! There is a delicious shower scene that will have you panting for more!

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    This book was not on my list for this month, but after finishing

    This book was not on my list for this month, but after finishing the last Cat and Bones adventure, I needed more so decided to read this spin-off, and all I can say is how much I’m going to miss these vampires when this series is finished. Lucky for me I have all the books now and don’t need to wait because Spade was just as good and Denise made me mad so much. Come on, she’s a big girl and knows too much to simply assume things would be fine in the end.




    I loved watching this different side of Spade. Never would have imagined how much he suffered and he still has hope for humanity. I loved this soft and very gentle vampire falling in love and trying to save his human. Denise was boring most of the book and kept running. Her husband died over a year, so last assume it’s enought time for her to start living again.




    I understand her reasons to step away from this world, but when things got strange the first persons she asked for help, hmm, let’s see, the vampires. Don’r get me wrong. I loved the story, but hate a heroine that only knows how to whine and complain of the fortune life trow at her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Spade and Denise

    Love Jeaniene Frost books. So glad Spade and Denise got together. As always a great book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Candy

    Wow cliffhanger awesome! Ill ad for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Nightmare Rarity chapter 3

    "Nooo!" Rarity screamed, but it was too late. The black fog, also known as the Nightmare Forces, seemed to be sucked inside her. The Nightmare Forces were also responsible for Nightmare Moon, and Rarity knew it. Suddenly Rarity was tooken control of by a force. Her mane became starry, waving in the air. Her pupils narrowed to slits, and her pajamas hardened and became silver armor. Her coat, mane and tail became darker, and her cutie mark became red gems, not blue. An evlil smile oon her face, she trotted through the Everfree Forest. <p> meanwhile in Ponyville.... <p> Spike paced around the library. Where was Rarity? She had been gone all day. When they went to her house that morning, she wasnt there. It was as if she had disappeared, like magic. But Spike knew somthing bad had happened, and he intended to find out what. Just then, a scream was heard from outside....

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  • Posted September 23, 2013

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    Highly recommend. Excellent series

    Night huntress and night huntress world are well worth reading. Couldn't put them down. Mesmerizing, captivating, humerous and fun!!

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