Audio Review: First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost

May Contain Spoilers

I decided to read this because I enjoyed the few Cat and Bones volumes I’ve read, I was in the mood for PNR, and ta-da! It was available through Audible’s Romance Package. So I clicked Add to Library and listened away.

This was actually a good book to pick up, because it takes place right after the last Night Huntress novel I read. Since I read it a year ago, I was little fuzzy on some of the details, but I did remember protagonist Denise, and the gruesome murder of Randy, her husband. Denise is Cat’s best friend, and while visiting her over the holidays, bad things go down, because someone is always trying to kill Cat or Bones, and Denise loses her husband in the ensuing battle. Putting the entire vampire world behind her, Denise has attempted to get on with her life, despite all of the emotional and mental trauma she has endured.

Imagine her utter dismay and disgust when she is attacked by a demon. One of her ancestors made a deal with the demon, but reneged when it was time to cough up his soul. The demon magically brands Denise and threatens to kill her parents if she doesn’t find her cousin and turn him over to him. With little choice, Denise coerces Spade into helping her. She doesn’t want to get Cat or Bones involved, and Spade is the only vampire she knows who can help her.

I enjoy the Night Huntress universe. I enjoy Frost’s writing style. Most of all, I enjoy Tavia Gilbert’s narration.  She really brought this book to life. I’m relatively new to the world of audio books, and Tavia Gilbert is one of the first narrators I listened to. I didn’t realize how much fun an audio book could be, and she is one of favorite narrators. I will listen to a book she’s reading, whether I had any previous interest in the story or not.

Denise starts out as a traumatized, fearful woman, but during her adventure with Spade to locate her cousin, she transforms into a confident, forceful presence. While she still struggles to overcome her fears, she no longer lets them stand in her way. I didn’t like her very much at the beginning of the book, but as her character developed over the course of her desperate search for Nathaniel, I started to like her more. Especially after she accepts who she is, and accepts Spade for what he is, and learned how to trust again.

If you enjoy the Night Huntress series and haven’t given this a go, it will be right up your alley.

Grade: 4 stars

Review copy borrowed from Audible’s Romance Package

About the book:

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.