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 dark 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 craves 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 demon nightmare together…
Because once the first drop of crimson falls, they will both be lost.
Denise, Cat’s best friend has been grieving and keeping to herself since the death of her husband at last year’s New Year party. He was killed by some kind of freak zombies and Denise refused to have anything to do with the Paranormal world anymore, she doesn’t even respond to Cat’s calls. The Paranormal has other plans for her though. Her relatives started to die one after the other, her aunt then her cousin and finally another cousin in front of her very eyes. But this is all a mess, something is wrong and the police won’t hear her. She needs Cat’s help to solve that one, yet she’s no where to be found. In a desperate attempt, she finally decides to call Spade. He must know how to reach her right?
Awww how much I love Jeaniene’s books. Full length novel or short story, I always feel right at home when reading her books. Her world, her characters, and the sincerity with which it’s delivered makes for an amazing read.
Denise (human) and Spade/Charles (Vampire) are the main characters of this Night Huntress spin off book and I loved to discover more about them! Denise ended up being a strong woman fighting hard against her grief and PTSD to protect her family and do the right thing. Her path won’t be an easy one but she will prove her worth with every decision she takes. We already knew a bit more of Spade because we saw him more often in the Cat & Bones books, but he was a delightful surprise anyway. He is such a gentleman and I loved to discover more about his past. He lived a very tragic story and it was nice to see how it still affects him today. He is a very multilayered character and I loved every aspect of him.
Here’s a quote I found particularly yummy:
“I wanted you to watch, so I stomped around the room to wake you before I got into the shower. Didn’t you wonder why the light was on? It wasn’t for me, I can see in the dark. And then I kept the water cold so the glass wouldn’t fog.”
“With your body, that should count as entrapment,” Denise muttered feeling her face heat.
Everything about this book was amazing, the psychology, the action, the sexual tension, the mystery, all you need for a fabulous book! I especially appreciated how we were always a step –or four- behind Spade’s plans. He is once smart dude and it proved very helpful and entertaining. The rhythm was face paced, it only took me a few hours to rush through it and I was sad when it ended. The end was rather surprising and I keep thinking about it.
For those of you who read the book please let me know what you think. I would’ve thought killing the demon would bring Denise back to human because technically her branding is a part of the demon’s essence. So it would make sense for the essence to disappear when the demon died, no? And since she is still a shapeshifter. It means her blood will always be addictive. Spade will never be able to drink from her, and Web’s employees who got away knows she’s a Red Dragon source. Won’t they keep coming after her?
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In conclusion, if you haven’t read Jeaniene Frost’s books, do yourself a favor and go buy them ASAP. They are one of my favorite series out there, and every single book is a special treat. You could start with First Drop of Crimson, but I would strongly suggest reading them all in release date order, starting with Halfway to the Grave. The Night Huntress world is mysterious, mesmerizing, sensual, action-packed and let’s be honest, Freak-ing-awesome.
Night Hunter Series/World:
Halfway to the Grave
One foot in the Grave
At Grave's end
Destined for an Early Grave
First Drop of Crimson
This Side of the Grave (Feb 2011)
Book Source: Signed copy won in a giveaway (Thank you Jeaniene!)