September 16, 2011

Review: First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost

read an excerpt here

Series: Night Huntress World 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: February 9, 2010
Source: Library
Genre: Adult PNR
Purchase Link: Amazon

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.

I don't know about you but the cover isn't helping whatever Frost is trying to make me imagine Spade would be. I had a hard time concentrating on this book because Fabio on the left looks like a corpse plus I was having a Fever relapse and Jericho Barrons aka David Gandy is a worthy distraction. There I said it and I can move on with what's behind this creepy guy.

I've been seeing a lot of Jeaniene Frost books being read by bloggers and other authors and decided to give it a whirl. I like her writing style, the pace, imagery and the combination of action and adventure is right up my alley. As far as this book is concerned, the heroine is feisty and the hero is domineering, possessive but vulnerable as well. In my book, that basically a perfect combo for a good romance novel.

This series is a spin-off of the Night Huntress books and given that this is my first Frost novel, I didn't find it hard to grasp the story though obviously there's a lot of history here that I need to get myself acquainted with for me to really embrace Frost's world. But from Cat and Bones' appearance, I think I'll check out their story after Eternal Kiss of Darkness, book 2 of the Night Huntress World.

So in First Drop of Crimson we are told the story of Spade and Denise. As early as Chapter 3 the attraction between this two is palpable. I like that Spade knows what he wants and started plotting on how he'll seduce Denise despite the fact that she just become a demon's pawn in hunting a distant cousin who tricked said demon in the past. Turns out being Denise's bodyguard worked well in his favor.

As for Denise, she practiced a lot of restraint, letting logic rule her heart for a while. Being a widow and miscarrying after her husband became collateral damage in a vampire war, I'd understand why she's not keen on her attraction to Spade. To mask her growing infatuation towards the vampire, Denise is very acerbic towards her White Knight but Spade rode it out and bit the bullet. He kept his eye on the prize and gave Denise the berth she needed until she's ready to accept her true feelings for Spade.

On a side note, I like Ian. He's cunning but loyal to Spade and Bones. My favorite scene was when he returned the "favor" to Denise, pounding on their door postcoital after Denise mistakenly thought Ian was Spade, loudly having his way with a woman.

I know it's predictable but the cat and mouse formula in romance novels, even of the supernatural sort, never fails to entertain as long as it's well executed. In this case Frost knows what she's doing and the steamy scenes ARE steamy. No wonder she has a loyal following. Plus her characters are warriors in the sense that their moral compass is grounded and they go down kicking and screaming.

Now if only they can come up with a different cover all would be perfect. Just my humble opinion.


  1. Great review hon. I absolutely love Spade. We talked about him on Twitter, if not for Bones, Spade would be our number 1 guy LOL! I am so with you, Ian is also incredible. His personality is too hard not to love, he is a riot and no matter what happens, he is always loyal. I agree, the cat and mouse thing has been done a lot, but when done right, it is killer, such as with this book LOL! Great review hon. Can't get enough of Frost :)

  2. See I haven't read Bones and Cat's series but after this book I just might add it on my to-read list. I got curious about Bones, Spade and Ian's friendship. There's just something about fraternizing men that entices me. :)

  3. I am a bit behind here, as I have only got this from library. I did hear that Spades and Mencheres stories aren't as good as Bones and Cat. I totally get Mencheres and Spades. I always knew they were worthy of a book each , just like Ian, but dear lordy the covers of these two Night Huntress World...blimey, not being a cover wanker, but, a tad Mills and Boon cringe worthy looking poses. Not that there is anything wrong with Mills and Boon, I started on those puppies many years ago, like many..cough!. I don't relate to Charles aka Spades looking like that and lord help Mencheres..hehe!!!

    I shall crack Spades open shortly as I think I may even be overdue...ha! Story of my library book life:D


    1. Ugh! I felt the same way just looking at the cover. We don'w have Cat and Bones in our library so I just settled for this just to see if I like Frost's writing. But after this I immediately understood what the fuss is about Cat and Bones!

    2. I always have a look around at your other reviews. I love Mercy Thompson..ADAM and Stefan, gorgeous! That series I think was my first UF...then I branched out far and wide, still trying to figure out Kim Harrison. I am determined to slowly read this series and get the fuss. I know it's buried in there somewhere. I have Darynda Jones 3 books now, but waaaayyy to much stuff to do to read them...need to cop a squat and start them, I think book 1 and 2 nearly overdue. I need a t-shirt that says "I know I am always overdue, shoot me I have a book blog" When I walk into my library..hehe!!!


    3. I do too! I tried that Kim Harrison book and I can't get past the first 25%. I'll just wait for the TV Series. There's so much good books out there it's crazy! I need an employer who'll be willing to lock me up in a state of the art library and just pay me to read books. hahahaha!


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