Book Review

by Jeaniene Frost

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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In the first spin-off from her wildly popular Night Huntress series, Frost turns the spotlight on Cat's best friend Denise and devilishly handsome vampire Spade. Since these characters have been important secondary players, moving them to the forefront is a welcome development. Book by book, Frost builds her reputation as an author who delivers only the best.

When her husband Randy was killed during a zombie attack a little over
a year ago, Denise pulled back from the vampire world and best friend Cat. But when her cousin and his family are suddenly murdered by a demon, Denise desperately needs some supernatural help.

With Cat and Bones out of touch, Denise contacts the one person whose number she also has: Spade. He discovers that Denise has been attacked and marked with demon essence by Raum. Unless Spade and Denise can track down a man named Nathaniel, who escaped from Raum, the rest of Denise's family will die. As they begin their worldwide hunt, Denise and Spade realize the spark of attraction between them is turning into a raging forest fire! (AVON, Feb., 384 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: AVON

Published: February 2010

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(3 ratings)

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Submitted by Oliva Love on June 25, 2010 - 2:46am.

I was so looking forward to this spin off and I am glad I wasn't disappointed. I was excited the moment the cover was first released.

Does the book stand on it's own? Kind of. I enjoyed seeing Cat & Bones however if I had not read the earlier books I might have been a little confused about their significance. Just the fact that she is Cat's best friend wasn't really enough. Fortunately for me, I did read the prior books. More than once.

I liked the whole demon plot and thought it carried through rather well. Traveling all over the world is always a boon. The blood drug was clever however it isn't really resolved now is it?

I adored Spade. He wasn't wishy-washy about what he wanted or how he felt. How refreshing. He was brutal yet gentle and charming. An Alpha Gentlemen? You don't read that often enough.

The weakest point for me was Denise. She was alright. She did some stupid things that made me grind my teeth but I guess she did pull her head out of her...fairly quickly. The book was also a bit repetitive. How many people had to tell the story of Giselda?

Anyway, I am really looking forward to more books like this one about the other characters in the Huntress World.

First Drop of Crimson

Submitted by Robin in PA on May 23, 2010 - 5:58pm.

Denise MacGregor has distanced herself from her half-vampire friend, Cat Crawfield, and the world she lives in since the murder of her husband, Randy. Now a demon shapeshifter has branded Denise MacGregor has his prey. To protect her family and herself, she turns to Spade, a powerful vampire who feels duty-bound to protect Denise. Even though he has sworn never again to get involved with a human, Spade finds himself drawn to Denise while they fight the demon who wants to kill her.

This was an interesting continuation of the Night Huntress World. Denise starts out as a scared woman with nowhere to turn. As they story advances and the brands on her skin start to bring out demon qualities, Denise becomes stronger, no longer sitting back and waiting for someone to save her. Spade is also an interesting character. He doesn't want to get involved with Denise, because humans tend to have a short lifespan compared to vampires and he doesn't want to lose another loved one. I also loved seeing Cat & Bones again, along with other characters from the series. My rating: 4.5 Stars.