First Drop of Crimson is a spin-off novel
of the Night Huntress series (which focuses on Cat and Bones) but is a really good read in its own right.
story starts, we meet Denise MacGregor, a woman who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder following
the events of a year ago when her husband was killed by a group of vampires. The whole idea of vampires and death and blood is too much for Denise, and she has withdrawn from her friendship with Cat (a half-vampire) and is trying to go about her life, recovering from her husband's death away from supernatural creatures.
But one of Denise's cousins tells her he believes his family are being killed - and when he is next, Denise realizes something is going on. She meets Raum, the demon responsible for the deaths, and has to make a bargain with him for her life and that of her family. She needs to find one of her relatives, Nathaniel, but doesn't know how to go about it without involving Cat and Bones.
Then she remembers Spade, one of the other vampires, and contacts him.
Spade isn't interested in humans but finds himself agreeing to help Denise. He gets more than he bargained for
- something about her draws him, and he also discovers the seriousness of her situation.
Can they find Nathaniel together? Can they keep each other safe?
First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, Book 1) is always interesting and not particularly predictable. The setting moves from America to England to Monaco and more, although the author doesn't particularly spend time setting the scene and aiming for authenticity. In fact, our English hero speaks in a rather odd way at times (he seems to use 'quid' as a synonym for 'money,' which doesn't work in
British English most of the time), and the principality of Monaco seems to have been elevated to the status of an island, but these are minor niggles in what
is overall a good story. I thought the cover was dreadful (par for the course
with this kind of book), but Denise and Spade are both good characters and I enjoyed reading their romance.