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First Drop of Crimson

(Night Huntress World #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  55,027 ratings  ·  2,402 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 Books (first published January 27th 2010)
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Felicia 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)

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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
Re reread 11/20/2019
Reread 4/19/21

"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 you
I'm really starting to enjoy finding books which were destroyed by bad translation. So, let me tell you about this one.

First of all, this was published before the original series about Cat and Bones, so, you can imagine that it really did not make any sense at all.

Second of all, it said that Cat had something with Mancheres, it said "a romance". And when I read the original series, I kept waiting for Cat to sleep with Mancheres. Well, and it was definitely surprising to find out that it did not
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
Aug 22, 2009 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
Sophia Triad
Denise sighed. “I’ll be twenty-eight on my next birthday.”
“I’ll be two hundred and fifty-seven on my next birthday,” Spade replied.

Spade aka Charles aka Baron Charles DeMortimer is Bones best friend. And has been a widower for a few hundred years. He did not love his wife.
Denise is Cat’s best friend. And has been a widow recently. She loved her husband.

Spade wants Denise and Denise wants Spade

Spade brushed her hair back with a light, caressing stroke. She wished his fingers felt lifele
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
This is the first book in the Night Huntress World series, a spinoff from the *glorious* Night huntress series.

Denise MacGregory, best friend to legendary Cat Crawfield. She been through so much shit but still hella strong and got some bite *yes its a vampire pun*

“Don’t you ‘Denise’ me,” she snapped, “I don’t care how old, powerful, or strong you are. If you ever do something like that again, I’ll stab you n the heart. You son of a bitch, I can’t believe you threw me off a plane!”


Well read
Jul 15, 2009 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 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
I've been feeling less and less enthusiastic about the Night Huntress books with each new instalment I've read and sadly this one just continued that trend. There was nothing overly bad with the story. It was just very dull.

We took a break from Cat and Bones and got the story of a couple of their friends pairing up. It was Spade, Bones old vamp buddy, and Denise, Cat's human best friend. Denise has been trying to avoid the paranormal world since her husband got murdered by vampires in one of th
Robin (Bridge Four)
Re-read with the crew at Buddies Books and Baubles

Original Review July 2013

This is really not a standalone book. If you haven’t read the first four books in the Night Huntress series you really shouldn’t read this one first. For a few reasons that I won’t go into but trust me when I say it would spoil much of the other books for you.

I will say I very much like Spade, he is still a little broken and definitely duty and honor bound. He is very much a good hero and could be swoonable. He becomes ex
Emily May
Mar 15, 2011 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
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had a great time with this book the second time around. If you had asked me what I remembered about this book before I started this re-read, I would have told you next to nothing. It turns out that a lot of this story was so familiar that I am pretty sure that I remembered a whole lot more than I thought I did. I think that I might have actually liked the book a little more on this re-read.

Denise has kept her distance from the vam
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
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
4.5 Demonic Stars!!

I first read this back in 2011, at the time it was probably the book I enjoyed the least in this wonderful spin-off series. For some reason I decided to revisit Spade and Denise and I must admit I enjoyed it very much this time around.

Spade is ever the gallant gentleman vampire, but, we also get to see his overprotective ruthless vampire side when it comes to saving Denise from a Demon.

Denise has been separated from her vampire friends since her husband Randy's brutal dea
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 04, 2013 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 readi

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
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
Jacqueline's Reads
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

First Drop of Crimson is a spin-off from the Night Huntress series which is Cat and Bones story. I highly recommend you read the books in order. You get so much more detail that way.

Anyhow, this is Spade and Denise’s story.

I love Jeaniene Frost’s writing. It’s always a win in my book and that is very hard to do in serial series. I so wished Spade and Denise could have gotten an epic series, BUT I am looking forward to Ian’s series!

From the first page I loved the book. I really like Denise
Beanbag Love
Feb 09, 2010 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
Oct 19, 2011 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.
Maria Dimitrova
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Buddy read with the Wednesday UF Group of BB&B

First Drop of Crimson is a spin-off from the Night Huntress series and it can't be read as a standalone. I mean, sure you could, but you'll have a hard time figuring out what is going on. Also if you're reading the main series you can't simply skip this one as some of the events from this book impact the overall story.

I loved the plot of this book! The introduction of demons to this world made it even more fascinating. So it was plenty fun. We got t
Jan 19, 2010 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
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

Disappointing. The plot had so much potential and I love anything paranormal, but throughout the whole book I felt like I was waiting for the story to actually begin. There was absolutely NO chemistry between the two leads. Nada.
Oct 03, 2012 marked it as tbr-later  ·  review of another edition
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It was really bad. I should have so judged the book by its cover. Much as i loved the previous books in this series, this was just absurd.

Still I will continue with the series...

Who knew Spades could be so sweet and understanding. I believe we all saw the more calloused and hardened side of him in Night Huntress books because he is so fiercely loyal to Bones.

Nonetheless, he was amazing in this book and we got to see the slow transformation of him falling in love which was completely adorable.

To add to that, Denise went through a complete character change herself which was carried out beautifully by the author as usual. It was great to see her become a more hardened
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 Stars

This didn't have the hot chemistry that the Night Huntress series has, and for me Spade fell flat a bit as a romantic lead and I found Denise a bit annoying. But I still enjoyed it, I think if this were written by anyone else other than Jeaniene Frost, and I hadn't already read the Night Huntress series I probably would have rated it higher; however, I have and I guess I expected a bit more.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
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 a
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
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
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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, the Broken Destiny series, and the new Night Rebel series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in Florida with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on ...more

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