Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publication: Avon; Original edition (February 9, 2010)
Product Description: 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.
My Thoughts: This was an enjoyable spin-off. Spade has always been a fascinating character -- English nobleman, deported to Australia, forcibly turned to a vampire. Denise would be content to never see another vampire in her life. Losing her husband and having a miscarriage as a result of the vampire war she was part of has left her with post-traumatic stress and an aversion to vampires. But, after being marked by a demon who wants to track down a relative of hers who reneged on a deal, Denise has to go to Spade as the lesser of evils. They have many adventures and learn that their prejudices can't stand against the attraction they feel for each other. This was great romance and filled with lots of adventure and dangers. We also got to see more of Cat and Bones too.
I want to read the next adventure when Mencheres is featured.
Challenges: 2010 E-Book Challenge, RYOB Challenge