Sunday 9 September 2012

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost - Book Review

Title: First Drop of Crimson
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 9th Feburary 2012
Pages: 371
Format: Paperback
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Bought Copy

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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 past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness--and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who lusts for a taste of her.

He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human--even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the nightmare together . . .

Because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I recently joined a paranormal fiction group on Goodreads and this book was the choice of the month. I've never done a book-club style read before, but as the story appealed to me and my tbr pile was looking okay, I decided to give it a go.

Now, I've not read any Jeaniene Frost before and so I came to this spin-off novel with no knowledge of the Night Huntress series. For the most part that wasn't a problem, but there were times when events from that series were referred to in a way that required prior understanding. You could get by without it, but it might have enhanced some of the characters and motivations a little.

For me, that was the only downside though as I found the story and the characters in this book compelling. The action moved along at a good pace with a few sexy moments but nothing too over the top. I turned the last page feeling I would like to return to the characters again and I will certainly now be adding the first book in the Night Huntress series to my wish list.

This should certainly please fans of the main series and may also be a good introduction for those new to Frost's writing. However, given the minor back-story issues, I'd probably advise people to read the books in order, slotting them in to the Night Huntress series.

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