First Drop of Crimson

Denise MacGregor was introduced in the original Night Huntress books as best friend of Cat the half-vampire. We are reunited with her in present day as a widow who’s just trying to make it through her daily life. But there’s a problem, her family members keep dying of mysterious heart attacks, and now the demon who is doing it has come for her. She agrees to find one of her ancestors in exchange for her life, but it certainly is not as easy as it seems, and she ends up going to a vampire for help.

Enter Spade, vampire friend (of centuries) to Cat’s (mentioned above) husband. When Denise calls Spade looking for a way to get in touch with Cat, he realizes that he is going to have to step up and help her out. Though at first he was reluctant to help he knew it was safer for everyone involved, at least that’s what he told himself.

Spade proceeds to take Denise on a trip of dodging a demon, meeting thousands of vampire’s and their property to try to locate her cousin, waking up her desirous side, all the while fighting something demonic within herself she doesn’t fully understand.

My thoughts?

Jeaniene Frost’s First Drop of Crimson was another one of those e-books I found within the depths of my computer hard drive one night. I was bored, the title was catchy, so I decided to give it a go. The story sucked me in. As much as I wished I had read the original Night Huntress books first, I would not have been able to stop reading this one to familiarize myself with the real beginning of the story.

I loved Spade, I don’t know what it is about him, because if anybody ever dropped me somewhere, said wait here, and then took off for days leaving me locked up with someone who works for him, well I’d be pissed.

My first introduction to ghouls as a character was in this book as well, and though I still don’t know much about them other than what I’ve read here and in the second Night Huntress World book, the one that Spade new seemed pretty cool.

I also liked getting to know Denise. She was a strong feminine character, who even though she needed help, she was not afraid to ask for it. She was not so weak she couldn’t stand up for herself. And damn straight she talked back to Spade, big bad master vampire in a big crowd of other master vampires and such. There was more to her than the usual, “Oh save me, puh-lease, big sexy vampire.” that we see in lots of vampire man, human woman books.

All that said, and my straight up saying I enjoyed this book, it isn’t a complicated, thought provoking book. Most vampire books aren’t. At least not for me. Jeaniene Frost has strong characters, which I love, but other that this is more of a – it’s been a really long week and I need something to read to blow off steam – book. All in all, it was enjoyable and good for getting my mind to relax a bit.

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