Sunday, April 24, 2011

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost

Denise MacGregor & Spade's (Charles) book

First Drop of Crimson

By Jeaniene Frost

Book Blurb:
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 am so mad at myself right now. I really wanted to read all these books in order and I ended up reading First Drop of Crimson out of order. Dammit!! I misunderstood and thought I was to read First Drop of Crimson before book 4 Destined for an Early Grave but apparently I was mistaken. This book comes after Destined for an Early Grave. Oh well. Guess I'll just have to read it next and pay much more attention to Jeaniene Frost's website to make sure I don't mess up again.

Well I just finished as I said above and I have luke warm feelings about First Drop of Crimson. I liked it at times and then there were times I was thinking it was a bother to read.

I really like Spade and I continued to like him throughout his own book. As for Denise, well, I'm not a fan. I liked her when we were first introduced to her in the previous book. Sometimes she just frustrated the hell out of me. She is nothing like Cat, which is okay because we don't want Cat part deux, but Denise at times is so stubborn or daft.  Her thought process on certain situations was so unreasonable.

Just to elaborate on that thought process of Denise's, we were "told" so many times what her thoughts were or how she was feeling. The writing style that I loved in Night Huntress series seemed to be off in First Drop of Crimson.  It was still great to read but the magic I felt in the first three books was not here.

Now for my thoughts on the plot of First Drop of Crimson, I loved it. I am thrilled that Spade has a lover and the fact that his mate is Cat's best friend has got to make for some exciting future books. I loved the whole demon shape shifter plot and how she came about with that power. If a vampire takes up house with a human, unless they turn them into a blood sucker as well, there has to be a creative catch to keep them together. I very much enjoyed that part of the story.

I was also very pleased that Cat and Bones, Ian (I love Ian) and Mencheres made repeat performances. I am always eager to read more about them. So now I am going to take a step back and go to book 4 Destined for an Early Grave to get all caught up.

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