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

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

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

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

Jeaniene Frost is back with the first book of a sexy spinoff from her USA Today and New York Times bestselling Night Huntress series. In this electrifying novel, the spotlight shines on her popular characters Bones’ and Cat’s closest confidantes – and one woman will come close to the dark side of desire as she places her trust in a vampire who could prove to be her salvation…or her downfall.  The winner of multiple awards—including a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Urban Fantasy and a Romance Reviewers Today Best Paranormal Award—Jeaniene Frost has received the Romantic Times Top Pick rating four times in a row…not to mention unqualified raves from critics, peers, and discriminating fans of paranormal romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061966194
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/09/2010
Series: Night Huntress World Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 18,901
File size: 796 KB

About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to nineteen 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 cookbooks frighten her.

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First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 941 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
naomiloves More than 1 year ago
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.
Keanna Cash More than 1 year ago
For a spin off it was great. Unless you love spoilers dont read this first, read her other books.
ILgirl82 More than 1 year ago
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!!
pdubz More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Shmelly More than 1 year ago
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.
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
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.
C3_1991 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Spade story that does not miss love it, loving me some Spade. If you love Bones and Cat this Spade and Denise is just as good.
Dommo More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars on this one. I enjoyed the story and history on Denise and Spade. Makes me want to read the books that came before this one, especially the Cat and Bones's story. I really liked that Frost stuck to Denise's adamance on not turning into a vampire but was creative in finding a way for her to stay "immortal" with Spade. The love story is believable. I will continue to read this series as well as delve into the Night Huntress series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
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!
PsiqueBezerra More than 1 year ago
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.
jwilso9408 More than 1 year ago
Night huntress and night huntress world are well worth reading. Couldn't put them down. Mesmerizing, captivating, humerous and fun!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good stand-alone, but even better if you've read the others in the Night Huntress series.
ReadingVixen67 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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..
peaceloveandpat More than 1 year ago
I think everyone who is a fan of Cat & Bones whooped with joy when they found out that Spade and Denise is going to have their own book. I was excited especially now that we all have to wait for another Cat & Bones story to be released. Like I said we met Spade and Denise at Night Huntress series. Spade is one of Bone's mates when they were still human up until now that they're undead. Denise on the other hand is Cat's best friend. Denise was left off grieving at the end of At Grave's End when her husband Randy did some unwise decision of getting out of the basement to face- out of control zombies. Now any fan of paranormal fiction knows that this heroic thinking, especially if you do not possess any supernatural gift at all was absolutely deranged and stupid. And so Randy died. It was tragic and I feel really bad for Denise but everything happens for a reason and this is where Spade comes into the picture... A corporeal demon named Raum is on a hunt to find one of Denise's ancestor named Nathanial, who double crossed him when he was supposed to give up his soul in exchange to having demon powers. But Raum cannot find Nathanial, he suspects that he is hiding with the vampires or the ghouls. He then decided to go after Nathanial's descendants to see if any one of them knows about the undead world. Three of Denise's relatives later, Raum found her, she was spared of her life but with demon essence forced into her so she can find this wretched ancestor who caused her to lose more people she love. She obviously need some vampire help, but she couldn't possibly ask for her best friend help, the last time she heard she was being stalked by a psychotic vampire who claims that she is his wife (Destined for an early grave). Spade's name pops into her mind. While she's still suffering from post traumatic stress the last time she saw Spade, she doesn't really have any choice, he was her only choice. I love Denise, she is so human and so much different from Cat but I almost put down the book because of all her whining. She is the kind of woman that I avoid. Emotionally distraught and guilt ridden. And seriously why does she keep trying to push Spade away? Yeah yeah I know, I know because she's still traumatized and she still loves Randy... But you know what, when chapter 17 happened I started to like her. That scene was so hard to not like her. Naughty Denise. Spade on the other hand is no Bones, you can just see how Spade treats Denise. I guess one can consider it as sweet that, he is cautious on what he say to Denise but seriously brutally honest is how I like male vampires to be. That's why I am hoping for an Ian spin off. until then I guess I'll have to settle for the next, which will be about Mencheres. I am also happy that Cat, Bones, Ian, Mencheres made an appearance towards the end of the book. I love the it when they all come together to fight a battle. First Drop of Crimson is sexy, witty, action pack and full of smokin' hot sexual tension and scenes. For the fans of the paranormal and Night Huntress series. Like it's mother ship, once you finish reading it you'll be begging for more.
Beeb208 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loved the whole story. Have always liked Spade in his friendships with cat and bones. Now hearing his story was exciting and romantic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
When it comes to spinoffs, I don't really read them. I mean if I like the characters enough or in the mood for it then I'll maybe read it. Keyword maybe. With this one, I found myself liking the story and wanting to know what happens. Though at times I was like, wait shouldn't they be focusing on the demon thing. I mean I like the tension between Denise and Spade but still. I still like this one and will give the other spinoffs a read. Though not a fan of some of the covers.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe how hooked I've become on the Night Huntress series. The story of Spade & Denise was so awesome! All the characters are so addictive. I swear I've laughed, cried, moaned & cringed with each book in this series. I can only hope everyone else loves them as much as I do.