Wednesday, February 24, 2010

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost

Four Stars

Book Summary

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 shape shifter 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 an 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.

Love me some Jeaniene Frost, so naturally I loved this book. Move over Bones, Spade is now the man-or vampire!

This is the first book in The Night Huntress World Series. The story surrounds Denise, Cat's best friend, who has vowed to never come in contact with anything or anyone (including Cat) related to the vampire world. She is still grieving over the violent death of her husband. She is also suffering from post traumatic syndrome so she's trying to keep a safe distance from anything that could trigger her memories of that awful night.

Her serenity is broken when another relative is killed right in front of her eyes. The demon behind it promises her a lifetime of pain and misery if she doesn't deliver another relative that she didn't even know she had.

Distraught and scared out of her mind, she seeks help from the one thing that she fears the most, a vampire. Not wanting to worry or endanger Cat or Bones, she secretly "hires" Spade, Bones's friend, in hopes of flushing out her long lost relative.

At first Spade is reluctant to help her. It's been over a hundred years since he has felt this strongly about someone, especially a human. He doesn't like to socialize with humans unless he is feeding from them or having sex with them. Since she is Cat's best friend, he knows both activities with her are off limits. Despite the warning, Spade has been attracted to Denise since he met her and there's no time like the present to see if the attraction is mutual. He can help her discreetly without Bones finding out, and get as close as he possibly can so he can seduce his way into her heart.

JF has delivered another great romance. I was put off a bit in the beginning because Denise was so flighty. How did she really think she was going to feel when she was in a room with other vampires? Panic? Hell yeah! I couldn't believe she was being such a wuss at first. If your life depended on it, there should be nothing and no one that would be able to stay in your way.

At first, I thought the chemistry between Denise and Spade was a little slow, but boy did it heat up. After their trip to Las Vegas, boy did their chemistry begin to sizzle. I love them as a couple. I had my doubts about Spade but he turned out to be a really good guy. After I found out the reason for his no human policy, I felt his pain. I'm not going to spoil it for you if you haven't read it, but I love to see two lonely souls find each other.

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