Release Date: First published February 9, 2010 / Audio unabridged edition July 5, 2012 by Blackstone Audio, Inc
Format: Audio MP3
Pages: 371 (Mass Market Paperback) / Audio Length: Approx 10 hours
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Source: Library Borrow via Overdrive
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Date: May 15, 2013
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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 immortal who craves 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 demon nightmare together…Because once the first drop of crimson falls, they will both be lost.
Overall, Drop of Crimson was pretty good. It was fast paced and well written per the standards that we've become a custom to by Jeanine Frost. On a side note, I am not lovin the cover art. For real, if I went on cover alone, I'd pass. Thank goodness that I don't depend on the cover art because I would have missed out on a good read!
Now on to our heroine. Poor Denise, first Randy's death, then a miscarriage due to grief and stress. Then a few months later her family members start dying off because of heart attacks. Denise starts to look into why young healthy members of her family are having heart problems, next thing you know, she's being branded by a shape shifter demon with a vendetta against an old relative.
Throughout this book, I found that I was very annoyed by Denise. Most times Denise is an insecure idiot! It's almost comical! Spade spells out how he feels for her, yet she doesn't think he means it!? What? Jeez! Along with her relationship woes with Spade, she is finding her footing as a new shape changer and searching for her ancestor, Nathaniel who made a deal with a demon for power. She'd been threatened to return him or else everyone in her family would die. Talk about pressure.
I like Spade, not as much as his best friend Bones, but he's fine enough. In my personal opinion, he's nothing to drool over, but he's perfect for Denise! Of course, Bones had to appear in this story to defend Denise honor against Spade... on Cat's behalf. He also figures out that Spade's in love pretty much immediately. I loved Cat in this book. Even Ian, Fabian and Mencheres had a cameos. Which of course, I adore seeing the characters pop up in the spin off series's, including in the Night Prince trilogy!
I enjoyed this on audio. It was a bit much at first with Denise's southern accent. Maybe I have a issue with a fake Southern drawl. Once my ears adjusted, it was just fine. I will continue the Night Huntress World books on audio as well.
Although these books are meant to stand alone, they contain spoilers for the "Night Huntress" books, and vice-versa, so it's recommended by the author to read all of the books in order of publication. I think this book fits in perfectly after book 4 in the Night Huntress series. I'm not too sure how this book would go over if you hadn't read any of the books from the original series prior to reading this.
I'll probably check out Kira's book sometime this summer, Eternal Kiss of Darkness.