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.
First, I would like to give a big thanks to my secret sis for getting this book for me!!!
Funny thing, I didn’t realize that this book was a companion to the Cat and Bones series. I haven’t read that series, but my mom owns all the books, so I know of it. It didn’t bother me at all to read this without having read the previous series, but it might bother some readers because it does go into a lot of detail that previously happened. So just keep that in mind if you’re super into reading everything in order.
I started out really loving this book. I loved the characters, the plot and the supernatural feel to the whole entire book. I also really enjoyed reading about Spade’s character! Holy hotness! I LOVE SPADE! I can’t even begin to say that enough. Sexy is not a strong enough word!
Denise’s character bothered me throughout most of the book. For some reason, I just wasn’t that big of a fan of hers. I thought she came across much older than she was described, whined a whole ton of a lot, and just wasn’t a very good fit for Spade. Therefore, I didn’t really feel that they had much chemistry together. I don’t think that every reader is going to feel the same way about Denise as I do, but I want it out there that I DID NOT like her.
This book is super insta-lovey. I would have enjoyed to see more chemistry and a relationship build up throughout the book. I was also taken off guard because I thought that this was going to be a series. Instead, it’s a standalone. I probably could have figured that out by looking it up before I actually read the book. Insta-love isn’t really my thing…
Something that really confused me in this book was the ultimate show down. Something really big happens at about 65% of the way through this book. I felt that particular scene was the ultimate showdown, which it wasn’t, so I was left feeling that the rest of the book was a little drawn out and forced. When it came down to the second big showdown, I felt that it was weak compared to the first one and lacked drama and suspense. The last 30% of the book really was just kind of cheesy and forced.
Overall, I did like this book. I’m a little let down that this is a standalone and not a series, especially because I thought that so much was forced into one book. That being said, I am very excited to read Bones and Cat’s story, especially because I know that’s a fairly large series.
I would definitely recommend this book to adult paranormal lovers! It really was a good book and I sucked it down in about three days!
Publication Date: February 9th, 2010