Saturday, February 14, 2015

Barb's Book Review... First Drop of Crimson

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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.

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**Small spoiler alert**

After her aunt and cousin’s death -both said to be by natural causes- Denise’s family is in mourning. Her cousin -the brother/son to the other family already killed convinces her after his sisters funeral to go out and have a drink. All seems to be.. okay until they leave the bar. They are approached by a man and he kills her cousin. Denise’s screams are heard and people come out and the man disappears. Of course the cops thinks she is drunk or whacked out but none the less she knows it was something supernatural. So, once she gets home Denise calls Cat. No Answer. She calls Bones, no answer. As she flips through her cell she finds a number for Spade and when he answers she tells him what he needs to know. He is in the states but Cat and Bones are not and won't be back for a while. Spade, being the gentleman he is comes to her in Ft. Worth. But what he finds when he arrives is unsettling.

Denise had been visited by the man that killed her cousin… he was no man though he was a demon. And Denise is now marked by the demon. unless she can find a descendant of hers named Nathaniel her entire family -herself included- will die, just as her cousins and aunt had. Spade agrees to help Denise but on his terms and takes her to his home in St. Louis. To say they but heads is an understatement. (LOL) But eventually they had an arrangement worked out. Denise would get a good look at his line first. And then.. they were left in the lurch again. No one in his line was Nathaniel. So.. onto someone else. Spade knew a vampire that had a line to check. And then they were off to New York City. When they walk in.. Ian was there. Oh and then fun started. (laughs hard) You have to love to hate Ian.

Though as they set up to start looking through Ian’s people they went to a local ‘vampire’ bar. Of course it was humans pretending to be vamps but still. Then as Spade went off to ‘feed’ her jealousy and mash of other feelings slammed into her and Denise ran. She needed to get away. Clear her head. When Spade caught up to her it was to just get to see something alive. Spade took her to the park. And things there took a turn to the sensual. Denise offered Spade her vein. And when he took it… something happened. He couldn’t stop drinking from her. Her blood was like a drug. Then it slammed into him. he had to get away from her. He made her run back to the hotel. Putting much needed space between them.

As Denise entered the room though.. the events in the park were nothing compared to what was waiting for her there. Rahm. The demon extraordinaire. he was nope happy that she was ‘fooling’ around with a vampire and not finding Nathaniel. So he gave her a choice.. take in more of his essence or pick a family member to die. Of course she picked the essence and took all of the pain that went with it. By the time Spade got back to her, hours later she was collapsing and he was making new plans to get them out of there. After a few more days at Ian’s Spade forms another plan. They fly to her parents in Virginia. They get them off to sea. A three week cruise to keep them from the demon. then he flies her to his house in England. Where she will be safe while he takes off again to do who knows what.

His people are left to look after Denise and a week later Spade returns only to be found out as the damn Demon. (laughs) Stupid shape shifter. But they salt bomb him and when the real Spade returns the asshole vanishes. He is ten shades of pissed and finally tells Denise why he was gone. When two vampires show up she learns it all. Spade had found two demonologists who were of the undead persuasion to come in and brand Denise -as they had done to another human who had demon marks- so it would quell the demons link to her. This way he couldn't track her. And it helped. So the search is back on for Nathaniel.

A talk with Ian, a trip to Vegas... a few days and a man that was selling Nathaniel’s dosed up blood later and they have a lead. They know the man that has him. They found him quickly. Then the race was on to set up a way to get him. Spade threw a party and Web -the vampire next door- who was holding Nathaniel of course shows up. He is curious as to why Spade was wanting to move to Monaco. Hmm... well after a party Bones shows up… bwahaha.. he isn’t happy that Spade is playing around with Denise and when he finds out what is going on he is not happy. Thanks to Ian Bones knew more of it. And the Cat was out of the bag so to speak. So operation “rescue Nathaniel” was under way. Spade, Ian, Cat, Bones and Alton go into Web’s house, along with Fabian our friendly ghost and after a fight they get Nathaniel out.

But the fight doesn’t end there. Web isn’t letting his prized money maker away. But as the final fight between them all is down at the docks… all of the men were now dead. Oliver had taken Denise and Nathaniel away from the fighting but showed back up a time later. Denise had taken it upon herself to talk to Nathaniel… then that made the voices in her mind start talking again. Her conscience got the best of her too. Denise had knocked Oliver out, stolen the car and took Nathaniel to a place they could meet Rahm. Nathaniel had made a mistake as a young kid.. it wasn’t his fault he was stupid. So she calls Rahm to her. And the demon is elated to see Nathaniel. Now its time to work out her plan.. and hope to God it helps.

Seems Denise is a masterful woman with a bad ass plan. (snorts) Denise uses all of her hurt, anger and plain pissiness and balls it up in side of her and takes it all out on the demon. Monster against monster. By the time Spade managed to get to her the race was on to get the demon down. Then… it was all over. The only ones left standing were Denise and Spade. Nathaniel was on the ground bleeding but he would heal in time. Seemed it was time to pack up and get out.

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