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First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
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it was ok
bookshelves: paranormal-romance, vamps, series-abandoned, urban-fantasy, demons, love-and-romance
Read from March 17 to 22, 2011

I didn't realise there was a difference between Night Huntress and Night Huntress World so it was a bit annoying that I picked this up thinking it was the first book in the series and it's not. Well, it is, in a way, but not really. I should have left it when I realised and waited until I got the Night Huntress books, I suppose, but I thought I'd give it a go to see if it's worth getting the Night Huntress books.

The beginning was a bit abrubt. It pretty much just got straight into the story, whereas it would have been nice to get a bit of background, some build-up, something on the heroes. I suppose that's a function of this not being the first book in the series (not really, anyway). I'm not sure I was completely sold on the demon needing a human to find another human premise but I did like the interaction between the hero and heroine. He is all gorgeous and superior vamp and ex-nobleman and she has vamp-phobia due to them having offed her husband (I presume, although the book is a bit hazy on the details - it seemed that it was vamps thoughout the book but a couple of times it is implied that it may have been some other kind of monster?) and both are fighting a losing battle against their attraction to each other. A bit of reluctant attraction is always nice and there are glimmers of humor here and there. The Dracula porn movie reject comment was comedy.

Minorish tic, the language she uses is a bit weird at times. The constant use of the word "bloke" grated me and I hate the name Denise. Others, like it "cost a lot of quid" and all the references to "sods" (a word I haven't heard anyone use ever, I don't think, either swear properly or why bother at all) were also weird. I thought all these blokes, sods and quid may have been an attempt to make the hero sound a bit more English but, if it was, it didn't work. Some silly expressions as well, e.g. "tiger-coloured eyes" (what, you mean orange with black stripes?).

Overall, the book wasn't bad but it wasn' great either. It dragged on a bit and there was something very detached about the writing. I can't really put my finger on exactly what it is, but at no point did I find myself completely absorbed in the story. I will try the Night Huntress books as, I suspect, those may be better.
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