Audio Review: First Drop of Crimson

Posted April 5th, 2014 by in *Review / 6 comments

Move Heaven and Earth by Christina Dodd

first drop of crimsonTitle: First Drop of Crimson
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: Feb 2010
Classification: Adult Novel
Content: Mature Themes & Sexual Acts

Summary from Goodreads:

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:

I have read the first four books in the Night Huntress series and I really love them. Cat and Bones make for one strong, hot, steamy, passionate couple who can kick some serious supernatural ass. So I wanted to read about the side characters because I like Spade and Ian as well and need their stories of romance, danger, and love.

This book started off in an interesting way and I instantly liked the way Denise and Spade were interacting. Afterall Denise wants nothing to do with vampires and Spade is certainly bringing the heat to the pages with his attitude, sculpted body, and power. Denise matches him in every scene with that same fiery attitude and passion. She may not have all of the power that a vampire does, especially a Master vamp like Spade but she will certainly stand her own ground. I liked the spark and the wit on the page with these two and the steamy scenes were pretty darn good. I have to give Spade where credit is due. The man says he doesn’t tease but oh boy does he!

I guess the minor problems I had with this book come not from the fabulous characters but from the plot. I felt like Frost would often repeat certain plot points over and over as Spade and Denise go looking for her long lost relative who once crossed a demon. I get that they needed to search for him but I felt that the entire middle section of this book was about nothing other than repeating over and over how they were looking for this person. There could have been some other interesting plot points or even a touch more steam and character development instead of wasting time.

Overall I really did like seeing more of Cat’s world by including her friends and Bones’ friends in this book. I wish I could see more of Spade because I’m certainly addicted now.


Audio Experience:

I have to say the narrator of this story is really great and the only problem I had with it was that the narrator’s voice for Bones is horrible. I loved Spade’s voice but Bones’ sounds high pitch and doesn’t work at all for how I picture him. If only she didn’t do a weird voice for Bones and then I could listen to the rest of the Cat & Bones series on audio. I do plan on getting Ian’s book though because Bones will not have to speak too many times in that book since he is a secondary character in Ian’s story. I can’t wait to see what else this narrator does so I can listen to more of her narrations. Sometimes narrators just work and this one is pretty good and one worth visiting again because each voice she did was unique and different.





6 Responses to “Audio Review: First Drop of Crimson”

  1. Amy @ bookgoonie

    I can’t remember if I’ve read this one or not. I plan on making sure I’ve notched them all on my bedpost before 2014 ends.

    I think I’m in the minority. Bones voice doesn’t bother me. But I understand what bothers everyone else.

  2. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    I listened to this one years ago; I think it was actually one of my first audiobooks. Jeaniene Frost hasn’t steered me wrong yet, but I agree, the narrator’s Bones voice left something to be desired… Great review!

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