Sunday, July 22, 2012

Review: First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 genies
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires, Magic, Romance
Published: February 9, 2010
Pages: 371
Publisher: Avon
Source: Library Loan
Format: Paperback
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Goodreads Summary

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 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.

My Thoughts

It has been a few days since I finished reading this and thought to write the review, finally. I enjoyed it, the book was very crisp and the characters very likable, plus I finally got where Spade's crazy protectiveness comes from! I see why he was miffed at Cat for calling Denise to shape shift in book #5, because who wouldn't worry - what, with what happened to Giselda as a forever example of all that could go wrong? yikes!

Denise was lovely, really I haven't admired a heroine (except for Cat) like I did Denise! She was truly admirable and loved her family so much to the point that she was willing to sacrifice everything for their happiness; even in the face of Raum she was brave! So Denise officially has my devotion, and big ups to Frost for making me love my Spade even more again. It was a close one, but I almost disliked Spade! *gasp*

But I have learnt my lesson! Off I go to the grading.

Plot: I have come to expect gorgeous and excellent plots from this author. She has such a way with words, and her ideas string perfectly! Let it never be said that Frost is predictable, because even with the things that may hint as simple, they are never quite just that. I relished the adventure of them trying to free her from the bands, but the action was very real and I liked that.

Spade and Denise really where made for each other and I am thrilled to give this plot full marks on how they came together.

Characters: The characters have got to be my favorite aspect to this writer's work; they are always so round and concrete. I knew what I was reading because the author knew what she was about. She made the parts of Denise, Spade and even Ian consistent! I also enjoyed Nathaniel and thought him adorable for the most part, he was a great addition to the story!

Denise was this firecracker and though I have always loved her, I went gaga almost for how controlled she was, girl has tolerance. She's this frugal spender whereas Spade just loves to roll those dollar bills! Their combination was stellar.

Setting: Because I did not pay great attention to the settings does not mean that they sucked, simply that there were other things occupying my mind...

Like Spade...

And Bones...

And Ian...

Still, when I think of the descriptions I remember them being to the point and clear. I can fault nothing.

H.M(honorable mention): Has got to go to Ian! I think the thing I appreciate most about this character is his tenderness and true care for his friends, they are like his family and while his actions might sometimes say differently, he does love them. That had me all warm and fuzzy inside and I love him regardless of that unfortunate decision. [his penis piercing. We all make mistakes! (hide spoiler)]

P.A(problem areas): Would have to be the resolution of the bands. I cannot give too much away but I wished something different for Denise and her bands. But other than that? I'm all good!

And is there any wonder this book is a 5/5? I think not! Watch out for erotic scenes and language if you are younger, but if not grab a copy. I really do love this book!

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