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First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost + New Pre-Cleansing Ritual

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Night Huntress World Series (384 pages)

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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FDOC is an off shoot series of Night of the Huntress.   Despite completing the Smokin Hot Pre-Ritual Cleanse (utter crap FYI but continue to do it anyway), FDOC is a different read than Jeanine Frost’s Grave series or what I refer to as Bones series.  First of all this is a more traditional paranormal romance instead of a series (think Faith Hill when she crossed from Country to Pop) sometimes I want everything wrapped up (neat and tidy ) in one 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 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 lusts for 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 nightmare together . . .

Because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.

 

What to do when an author has given you the stars so to speak, and has no where to go but down? As you all know, I have a little woman-crush on Jeanine Frost.   I love that she created one of the best, most interesting male leads that I have read to date.   I’m so obsessed with Bones that I’d fight Gena Showalter for him. (reference comment ‘mary me bones’).

So what are we to do when Frost’ end’s her series only to begin a hybrid of the series with First Drop of Crimson. I’ll admit, I was expecting to fall in lust with Spade as I did with Bones. Only, I didn’t feel that way toward Spade at all. I know variety is good for your health and all, but I was really looking forward to having the same emotional attachment to this book as I had in the series. So, truly, Ms. Frost didn’t stand a chance with my unrelenting, unrealistic expectations.

How can we transition from such a great series to her new stand-alones??  I know that I have to have an ‘attitude adjustment’, but I just couldn’t put myself in the mindset that this was somehow connected to the other series. Would I have liked it better had this been a completely different book with no ties to Cat and Bones?

No!

(See Below Pre-Ritual Cleanse to Clear All Thoughts of Cat and Bones Before Reading FTOC)

  

What I liked:

I liked Denise, which is odd because she is nothing like Cat. She suffers from PTSD, and is a girl that likes to pay her own way and can still be cute after accidently puking in front of sexy Spade.  I found her to be endearing.  I also liked the twist of what her blood does to Spade and why she has to get tattoos

Frost brings her usual awesomeness with great suspense and action in FDOC. When Denise and Spade are battling Raum towards the end I may have gripped Mrs. Easy Peasy a bit too hard. Sorry girl.  

Loved Ian.  Okay he isn’t the main character, but he has such a unique presence in FDOC that you can’t help but fall a little in lust with him.  He steals the show. I also liked *clears throat* his “special piercing” and his perverted ways.  In one scene he turns on porn during a strategy session.  My kind of guy.

What I didn’t like:

I’ll be honest I didn’t connect with Spade and I was not feeling the Denise and Spade relationship tingle.   As characters they were interesting but I felt the relationship sizzle could be been kicked up a notch.  I did think Spade was  more interesting in the Grave series than FDOC, perhaps if he remained aloof and Darcy-like I would have connected with him more.  At times he read a little flat (mutters I’m not comparing to Bones I’m not comparing to Bones).

Denise’s  PTSD .   Did not care for this angle one bit. I thought Frost used PTSD a bit too much, sometimes when you bring a real life concept into paranormal it can seem a bit off.  For instance, when she has to attend a vampire function with Spade (to find Nicholas)  she starts to clam up and Spade has to help her through her “PTSD” moment.  Didn’t buy it and  didn’t like it – felt like a flimsy excuse.  In no way did this deter from my reading enjoyment but I did think it was an odd and unnecessary element.

Final Verdict Although I came to expect the same incredible tension and action that Ms. Frost is known for and while there was plenty of action, the relationship tension was a little lacking.  Other than that First Drop of Crimson is a great traditional paranormal romance that made me (makes gasp noises) and had me reading until past my bedtime.  If you were hoping for anything like Cat and Bones, sorry you might be disappointed with First Drop of Crimson – overall this is still a great read.

Rating

Book News

Next book is about Mencheres – Eternal Kiss of Darkness out in July 2010.   I know we all want Tate, Vlad, or Ian’s book but we will have to be patient…or someone needs to start another cleansing ritual.

P.S.  Jeanine Frost will be writing 3 More Cat and Bones books, with 2 released in 2011 (click here) !!!  

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Smokin Hot’s Pre-Ritual Cleanse to Clear All Thoughts of Cat’s and Bones Before Reading FDOC

1. Take deep meditative breaths -  in and out.  Repeat until you find your chi (wherever that may be)

2. Fold leg’s into Lotus style position and continue your yoga breaths (PS.  do not attempt to wear skinny jeans)

3. Breathe through the nose and out of the mouth (pop in a breath mint to be polite to fellow peeps nearby)

4. Utter “Namaste I won’t think of Bones and Cat-as-tae” 5 times.

*Anyone else notice that they can’t breathe out of their right nostril…or is that just me?

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18 Comments

  1. *ignore re-read chapter 32 one-hundred more times*

    nice review Smoking ;)

  2. @KB to gear myself up for FDOC I re-read chap 32 over and over and over again :)

  3. Wonderful review!
    LMBO at the” Smokin Hot’s Pre-Ritual Cleanse to Clear All Thoughts of Cat’s and Bones Before Reading FDOC”
    The PTSD didn’t really bother me. I kind of tuned it out.
    I can’t WAIT for Mencheres book. I have a little crush on him. Tall, dark, and quiet, Yum.

  4. @Tori I’m up in the air about Mencheres…but knowing Frost, she’ll make him interesting. I really liked Ian in FDOC he was so….pervy/charming.

  5. Love the review! I had a hard time with Spade too – he doesn’t like humans but has been attracted to Denise for years – huh? There was still enough action and sexiness to keep me interested in the book though…I’m really curious about the next book since I never really liked Mencheres..but he does have an air of mystery about him..so we’ll see… I love da kittae clense – I did a similar clense before the book too.. but nothing beats chapter 32!

  6. I really need to read about this luscious Bones that has captured your heart, KC. Before you start yelling at me in exasperation for having not yet read this highly acclaimed series, I have all the books in my TBR. *wink* I promise, this year, I’ll read them. :)

    I’m sorry that Spade didn’t work so well for you and I can understand the crushing disappointment when a beloved author doesn’t live up to the extraordinarily high standards that you’ve inadvertentlyset for them. Hello, J.R. Ward!

    Hugs, VFG

  7. I love reading your thoughts on books KC and a kitty-cleanse, hhmmmm very good info to share!! You’ve got more of this kind of wisdom bottled up in your brain? Me wants more ;)

    I’ve got a bit of a JR Ward deja-vu going on. Many rave about her BDB series and were looking forward to COVET, but then the story turned out to be a bit *meh* for most :( I’m just being thankful right now to know i have 3 book of Cat and Bones to look forward to and keep myself away from this one for a while.

  8. @Heather I had similar thoughts about Spade – I could still enjoy the book.

    @VFG *closes mouth* okay I won’t yell *wink*. I am such a Bones fan girl…practically borderline unhealthy O_O. At least you have ‘em on your shelfs *does happy dance*

    @Leontine This was not as bad as Covet, thank god. Although I didn’t get a big girl crush on Spade FDOC was still an enjoyable read :)

  9. I’ve only read the first Cat & Bones’ book and I remember Cat’s first meeting with Spade. Very funny and intense. I hope to read through all and then read this one this year. I’ve seen a couple of other reviews that have pretty much felt the same as you. Maybe the next book will raise bar in this series…closer to a Cat & Bones level. :)

  10. I kind of felt more for Spade than for Denise. I really didn’t like her much.
    But I agree we are way to pampered with Bones so these 2 didn’t have a good starting point to get our love. Can’t wait to get Mencheres book but I’m so happy that we will get 2 Cat & Bones books next year.
    *happy dance*
    Loved your review. You always make me smile!

  11. Oh gosh, what a great review honey! Love the kittie though!!! LMBO!!!!
    Susi is right… You always make me smile!
    Hope all is well honey!

  12. @Donna FDOC wasn’t a bad book, just wasn’t as intense as Cat and Bones books :)

    @Susi :)

    @Cecile *waves* Thanks!

  13. Da kittae cleanse is to funny :D I love the humor of your reviews although I’m sorry FDOC wasn’t what you hoped for…

  14. @Janna (Erotic Romance Reader) sometimes my expectations are set too high, especially if I really really really really liked the author’s previous series.

  15. I can understand that. I have that once in a while as well, for example not so long ago with Stephanie Tyler’s Hard to Hold…

  16. I loved your review! I wish I would have discovered your cleansing ritual before I read First Drop of Crimson. I liked it but not nearly as much as her Night Huntress series. I’m sure your ritual would have helped ;)

    I’m also a little smitten with Ian and hope Frost decides to write a book about him. I’m not thrilled that the next book will be about Mencheres(he isn’t one of my faves) but I’ll read it anyway.

  17. @Christie I’m with you hon. I giggled like a teenager whenever Ian had a dialogue (loved the porn scene). Even though I didn’t connect with Mencheres in the Night Huntress series I will still read his book.

  18. I loved your review-it’s always hard when a favorite author disappoints us. I loved your pre-ritual cleanse!