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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 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 immor
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Avon (first published January 27th 2010)
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5+ stars – Vampire/Paranormal Romance

If I’m ever stuck on a deserted island or in a remote, isolated castle somewhere, my three survival fantasy essentials would be Bones, Spade, and a Twister Board Game ‘cause I think the possibilities would be endless...certainly enough to last for a wicked eternity. *Bones and Spade high-pitched fan girl squeal and naughty grin!*

This is a devilishly sexy, witty, fun, and smokin’ hot addition to the awesome Night Huntress series, and I loved it, loved it, love
I’m sorry to say but: this was NOT good. I gave this 2,5 stars and I'm still wondering whether it isn’t too generous.
Was this really Jeaniene Frost? What happened to the woman who wrote such a fresh and exciting book with Halfway to the Grave?
Granted: I wasn’t the biggest Night Huntress series fan. So many nice ideas but nothing really fleshed out (minimal world building, thin plot, flat secondaries, etc.) But I came into these spin off series expecting a PNR novel. The only thing important to
Feb 09, 2010 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the author; Fans of paranormal romances like the IAD or BDB
Fantastic fun! It was intense, a bit gruesome, suspenseful and soooo sexy! Spade, I underestimated you!! Please forgive me Bones, but step aside! There's a new man in my life....:)

This is Denise McGregor's story (you remember her--"human" best friend to half-vampire Cat Crawfield, who is half of the Bones/Cat super-couple)? Well, ever since Denise's husband Randy met his demise (in the most horrible way) in At Grave's End, Denise has been trying to stay away from her friends in the immortal worl
Feb 10, 2010 Jan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: red
Well, I'm pretty disappointed. I enjoyed the book for the most part, but it just wasn't what I expected or wanted. I knew it was PNR. I just didn't know it was generic PNR. I liked reading more about Spade and enjoyed his character. It was nice to see Cat and Bones and Mencheres and Ian (who I have a new perspective on).
And then there was Denise. Oh, Denise, how you vex me. Denise is a TSTL heroine. She is either being way too stubborn and unable to use her brain, or she is being a simpering ins
For the past fourteen months, Denise MacGregor has been trying to get on with her life after the death of her husband and trying to avoid all that supernatural, until recent deaths of her family members start to worry and shock her when a demon not only attacks her but later marks her in order for her to it’s bidding. Now Denise has only one hope, the master vampire Spade to help her.
Spade doesn’t care for humans, only for blood and sex, when he gets a frantic call from Denise a woman whose st
Watch out, Bones! Spade is heeeerrre!

First Drop of Crimson is the first book in the Night Huntress World (NHW) series. Although it is technically a different series, these books are meant to be read in order of the publication date, meaning there is some back and forth between this series and the Night Huntress (NH) series. This is supposed to be read after NH #4. The focus is on two secondary characters from the NH series, Spade, Bones’ best friend & Denise, Cat’s best friend. Before read

I really enjoyed this continuation of the Night Huntress world, even though it lacked the charm of the previous series; it still brought quite an entertaining story.

We have the best-friends of Cat and Bones in this one. Good ole Denise and Spade, even though I barely tolerated Denise and I am all kinds of obsessed with Spade. We get a vampire versus demon clash, and the transformation of human Denise into something different.

Denise’s whole family
Beanbag Love
I wrote out a whole review and then my computer froze. Gah!

Anyway, 4.5 stars for this one. This is the first "off-shoot" book of Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series and it features Spade and Denise, two characters introduced in earlier books of the series.

I've been a Spade fangirl since the moment of his introduction in the first book of the series, Halfway to the Grave. *pauses review to high five Rane* He's a wonderful character, incredibly loyal and sexily charming. Chivalrous as only a tw
Oct 24, 2011 Arlene rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Buddy read - Crystal
First Drop of Crimson is an entertaining spin-off to the Night Huntress series. We get to dive into Spade and Denise’s story as they come together in this installment to kickoff their adventure in the undead world. It was fun and engaging, but not quite as stimulating as Cat and Bones.

There were a few elements I struggled with in this book. I found Denise nowhere near as strong as Cat in character. Her insecurities and decisions proved to me that she doesn’t come close to what Cat has to offer.
It has been a year since Denise lost her husband by paranormal means. It's only normal that she wouldn't want to have anything to do with that world after such a loss. But when evil rears its ugly head, she'll have no say in the matter. With Cat and Bones on the other side of the world, Denise's only help comes from Spade, master vampire. Ever since meeting they've always felt a pull towards each other. Plus there's definitely an attraction on both sides, and at the same time neither of them wil ...more
Laurie Garrison
First off let me say this, I have only read a little over half of the first Night Huntress Novel, so I really know nothing about Cat and Bones. In saying this I will not be comparing between them. I’m one that prefers PNR over UF. So, I was very pleased with First Drop of Crimson.

I love a book with a bad gorgeous vampire, Spide fit that bill for me. This book has just about all the elements for a good PNR, it has lots blood fighting action, adventure, some humor, traveling, family, friends and
Rachel ♥Reads Ravenously♥
**4 "I'm glad I read this despite the most horrible cover ever", stars**

A spinoff from the Night Huntress series, this is the story of Denise, Cat’s friend, and Spade, Bones’ friend. When Denise watches her cousin murdered right in front of her by a supernatural being, she tries to get in contact with her friends Cat and Bones for help, but they are unreachable taking time off in New Zealand. Instead, Bones’ old vampire friend Spade decides to look into Denise’s dilemma, but isn’t quick enough
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
Had to give "First Drop of Crimson" by Jeaniene Frost the full five-star rating! The book was just fantastic, filled with suspense, action, great humor, sexy and erotic moments, and just overall adventure from cover-to-cover!

Denise is trying to put her life back together again after the untimely death of her husband Randy of a year ago. She has sworn off all things undead and paranormal after his death, so when a demon comes to Denise demanding she help him find a long-lost relative of hers who
Whoa, what a ride! I really did not expect such action and excitement when I first started reading this book. In fact, all I could think was that the two main characters were NOT Cat and Bones. I was sad. I missed the sexual energy that only Cat and Bones do so well – well, up to that 4th book, but we won’t go there.

This is Spade and Denise’s story. Spade and Denise’s relationship begins as a business relationship. Spade is helping Denise locate a long lost relative who owes a debt to a demon. A
Emily May
Wow, well, this is the first book in the Night Huntress World (spin-offs from the Night Huntress series) and focused on two characters that Frost's other novels have only touched upon briefly: Spade and Denise. Spade is your centuries-old, English (and, of course, sexy) vampire and Denise is the recent widow of Randy, a man killed by forces of the dark and supernatural world. Needless to say, vampires aren't often dinner guests at her home.

What I found most apparent about this book is that Frost
Another winner from Frost!
FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON is the first installment in the awesome new Night Huntress World series by Jeaniene Frost. Like her Night Huntress series, I was immediately drawn into the story and hooked on the characters. If you've read Frost's Night Huntress series you know how addictive it can be AND how amazingly written it is. I never thought I'd love another but Bones.. but WOW..Watch out Bones, Shade is in the house! ;)

Denise is still coping with the loss of her husband
Carrie (Badass, Alpha-male, Cowboy Connoisseur )
Reread feb 2014

Denise was a little hard for me to warm up to at first, and Spade? Well, I would like two of him please :) **wink, wink**. However with respect for Denise after the first couple of chapters I really became invested in these two, and I found my heart aching for Denise. After losing her husband and witnessing such gruesome events I decided that she is one tough cookie and I would definitley want her on my team. The love story between Denise and Spade was just naughty enough to make
OMG! Tek kelimeyle harikaydı. Spade'i Cat'in gözünden okurken de çok seviyordum. Ama bu kitap onu serideki favori erkeklerim arasında 2. sıraya yükseltti. Denise ise fazlasıyla doğal ve tatlıydı. Bu arada Spade'in geçmişinden bir şeyler de öğrenmiş olduk. Ayrıca iblislerin de Gece Avcısı dünyasına girmesi iyi oldu. Jeaniene'nin elinden yeni bir tür okumak bana keyif verdi. Spade & Denise çiftine bayıldığımı belirtiyor ve sıradakinin Mencheres olduğunu bilmekten heyecan duyuyorum :)
4.5 ‘Spade, You’re Awesome!’ stars

The first of the Night Huntress World books, this is a spin off from the Night Huntress series, and should be read after book 4 – Destined for an Early Grave – in order to avoid massive series spoilers.

First of all, I confess I am a huge Spade fan! Bones’ best friend, he has played a big part in the series so far, and I’ve loved each and every encounter we’ve had with him. He is a 19th Century English aristocrat with a huge heart, and is an absolute gentleman!
Jess the Romanceaholic
While this book is technically the first in a series, it seems to be very prudent to have read the Night Huntress Series (Halfway to the Grave, One Foot in the Grave,At Grave's End, and Destined for an Early Grave) in order to delve more deeply into both the characters' backstory and the history of that world itself. However, having never read any of those books, I have to say that it did a fantastic job of standing on its own. I was only left with a few questions (such as, what the heck are "gh ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Even though Spade wasn’t exactly my favourite vampire of the Night Huntress world, he’s still damn sexy and this book proves it!

I’ll be honest. I wasn’t expecting to like Denise this much. She was just Cat’s best friend. I never gave her much thought when she was mentioned in the NH books. But, surprisingly, I thought Denise had some real presence in this book. Not only was she informed about the vampire world, but she didn’t shy away from it.

I loved the balance between her vulnerability and h
First Drop of Crimson is the first book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress spin-off series, creatively but aptly titled Night Huntress World. I think it is very beneficial to have read at least the first three of the Night Huntress books before starting this series (four, if you don’t want a spoiler about Cat). There are events referred to in this book with minimal explanation that took place in the Night Huntress books, and of course the characters were also introduced, and in some cases develo ...more
5.00 Stars - Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy/ Vampires

After reading the previous four amazing books of the Night Huntress series, and exposing myself to the likes of the supremely enigmatic and viciously charismatic Vampire BONES, and hence falling in love with him in the process, when I finally think I have read it all and that I am provisionally immune to the charms and enigma of a new fictional hero, and not likely to fall in love AGAIN with another vampire any time soon, THIS ONE SHAMELESS
Feb 13, 2010 Kathrynn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Fans of the Series
Not sure that I'd put this into a whole new series, but what do I know. First Drop of Crimson takes place about a year AFTER Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, #4) and picks up with the same characters that had secondary roles in that series: Denise MacGregor and Spade (AKA Baron/Earl Charles Thomas DeMortimer). The setting is all over the world. Their traveling wore me out.

As for the plot, the Reader's Digest condensed version is that Denise needed help against a demon who was after h
Büşra Bal
Haniften bugün çarptım kitapları,para vermiycem yan seriye demiştim ve vermedim :D :D sinir oluyorum bizi okumaya mecbur bırakmalarına,edebinle yaz yan seriyi niye okumaya mecbur bırakıyosun uyuz kızıl :D

Efenim gene hızlı başladık,zaten bu kadının kitapları su gibi akıp gidiyor,Spade ve Denise pek bayıldığım karakterler değil,Denise daha önce evli olduğundan sanırım aklıma hep ''eh kocası ölmemiş olmasaydı bu adamı farketmeyecekti bile '' sorusu geliyor,o sebepten ısınma zorluğu yaşıyorum.Zaten
Kat Kennedy
For some reason I expected Spade's book to be hotter.

It was okay, I didn't mind it. What I usually love about these books is how over the top they are. The villains are super-villainy, the good guys are filthy rich, the sex is MINDBLOWING in a YOUNEVERKNEWWHATORGASMSWEREBEFORETHIS kind of way.

But I guess I just didn't feel the love for this one. Oh well, onto the next!
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Son sayfalara bayıldım süperdi.Spade&Denise güzel bir çift olmuş ayrıca iblis Raum bana korkunç değil de daha çok komik geldi:) ve İan çok şekerdi.Bones`un Cat`ini/Spade`in Denise`sini kiskandi yaa yazık:D iyi bi hikaye de ondan çıkar diye tahmin ediyorum
Isa Lavinia

So, I read the first two Night Huntress books, and they really did not work for me. But, for the most part, my flist is into Frost's writing, so I thought, "Maybe I just didn't like the main characters, it's been a while, with two other protagonists it's possible I'll like her writing." As it turns out I was wrong.

Anyway, on to the plot.
Denise, Cat's bff, lost her husband a year ago. Since then she's lost her aunt, cousin, and she's just returning from said cousin's funeral with another cous
Denise MacGregor & Spade (Baron Charles DeMortimer) . . .

This is spin-off from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress Series. I've really liked Spade from the first time he was introduced in the series - so it was fun reading about him.

Denise is Cat's BFF - whose husband, Randy, died on that New Year's eve battle - attempting to help all the undead with their war. With that traumatic experience, Denise has tried to remove herself from the vampire world - even avoiding Cat. But unbe-knownst to her,
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As a hugh fan of the Night Huntress series, I was very excited about this new spinoff series. I had heard less than favorable reviews about this first book of the new series and I have to say, it put me off from reading it right away. In my opinion, this first book was a great series starter and a nice change of pace from the Night Huntress books--this series is definitely PNR as opposed to the Night Huntress series which is UFR.

We got a glimpse of all our favorite characters from the original
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Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside fr ...more
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