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First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World #1)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  43,730 Ratings  ·  1,983 Reviews
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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Felicia Skyfall It's so gooooood. But I recommend you read the first four books in the Night Huntress series where we have Denise best friend, Catherine Crawfield, as…moreIt's so gooooood. But I recommend you read the first four books in the Night Huntress series where we have Denise best friend, Catherine Crawfield, as the main character. Beacuse you'll spoil yourself if you read this book before the night huntress :) I really love the books and higly, higly recommend these books! So good <3(less)
Courage Knight If you like Jeaniene Frost, then you'll LOVE Patricia Briggs. Patricia does for werewolves what Jeaniene does with vampires. I was NOT fond of the…moreIf you like Jeaniene Frost, then you'll LOVE Patricia Briggs. Patricia does for werewolves what Jeaniene does with vampires. I was NOT fond of the Christine Feehan vampire books. If you read one, you read them all. The plots were very formulaic and repetitive.(less)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Demon Dodging Stars


First read 2/24/2014 Reread 11/24/2015

"I know you have vampire hit men, so why wouldn't you have vampire private investigators, too?" she flared back. "I can't just run an ad with Nathanial's description on it titled 'Have you seen this soul welsher?'"-Denise

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"No." She blinked. "No?" "I understand your confusion," Spade said smoothly, "since it seems you don't hear that word often, but allow me to explain. It means I'm not your employee. It means you'll need to do
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
Jun 24, 2010 Mel rated it it was ok
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 it was amazing
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
Jan Lewis, Author Sidekick
Feb 10, 2010 Jan Lewis, Author Sidekick rated it liked it
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
Kavita Ramesh
Apr 07, 2016 Kavita Ramesh rated it it was ok
This was my 5th book in the series. I stopped reading it after this point...this installment was OTT, even for an urban fantasy, and I had my fill of this world. =P
JR Mile
First Drop of Crimson is the first book in the Night Huntress World series. After falling in love with Cat and Bones, it's only natural to delve into a spin off in their world. Straight up, you need to read this series in order. The first book, Halfway to the Grave, introduces the Night Huntress world and each book thereafter contains major spoilers. It will greatly enhance your reading experience to read them in order.

Let's get down to business, shall we? This book was a disappointment. I had
Feb 13, 2010 Rane rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 23, 2016 Snow rated it really liked it


This was BR with my girl Denise as a part of a F(BR) on Shh...PRN (or PNR, whatever makes you tick

This was a solid read.

It made me ache from anticipation in the beginning that grew stronger so i got a little flustered...but as the story unfolded further, things finally went the way I wanted them to, so we're cool.

The story of a woman who witnessed a vampire bloodshed in which she lost her husband. She closed herself off from that world and her best half-vamp friend until death
Emily May
Apr 30, 2011 Emily May rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr, paranormal-uf, 2011
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
Alex is The Romance Fox
I love Jeaniene Frost's The Night Huntress series and I was so excited that Slade, Bone’s best friend, was finally getting his own book.
Slade was always an interesting character in TNH series….gorgeous, mysterious…not as outgoing as Bones but still as fabulous!
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The Night Huntress World series, the spin off from The Night Huntress series starts with First Drop of Crimson and follows Spade and Cat’s best friend, Denise’s story.
Denise has been marked by a demon and Spade helps her track down the
Dec 22, 2014 Brenna rated it really liked it
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 rea

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
Feb 11, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
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
Jan 27, 2015 Samantha rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-bought
First Drop of Crimson is the first spin-off novel set in Jeanine Frost’s popular Night Huntress universe. It's a standalone that focuses on Denise and Spade, who are two reoccurring side characters from the main series.

A demon has slowly been killing off members of Denise’s family. After she witnesses the demon murder her cousin, he makes her a deal. Find the relative who skipped out on a bargain with him and she won’t meet the same fate. With Cat and Bones out of country, Denise enlists the as
Oct 24, 2011 Arlene rated it liked it
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.
Dec 18, 2015 Angela marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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9 June 2015: $1.99 on Kindle
5 May 2014: $3.99 on Kindle - I'm 90% positive this has been cheaper at some point.
Feb 03, 2010 Anna rated it it was amazing
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
Rachel Reads Ravenously (AKA The Wildcard Reader)
**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
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
Nov 25, 2015 Stacie rated it really liked it
4 1/2 Stars!!

First we had Cat and Bones, now we have Denise and Spade!!! Yay! I love this world Jeaniene Frost has created.

FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON is set in the same world as the NIGHT HUNTRESS series but the main characters are Spade, Bones' best friend and Denise, Cat's best friend. I've been intrigued by Spade from the beginning of the NIGHT HUNTRESS series and he did not disappoint in his own story. He's powerful, sexy, commanding, and he is a perfect gentleman (except when he isn't ;)). Deni
Apr 12, 2015 Cathryn rated it liked it
Not bad. I didn't like Denise as much as Cat but Spade is yummy.
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
Feb 05, 2010 Shannon (Savhage Temptrest) rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 10, 2010 Natasha rated it it was amazing
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
Jules (Never enough time to read)
A great spin-off, I loved reading more about both Denise and Spade.

The only real negative about the book is the totally cheesy cover, I was glad I was reading it on my kindle rather than have to try and hide the cover when out in public.
Jun 30, 2011 Darkshadow rated it it was amazing
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 :)
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!
May 24, 2014 AJ rated it really liked it
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!
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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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