where I got my copy: Borders
where to buy: BN, 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 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.