First Drop of Crimson - Jeaniene Frost This is really not a standalone book. If you haven’t read the first four books in the Night Huntress series you really shouldn’t read this one first. For a few reasons that I won’t go into but trust me when I say it would spoil much of the other books for you.I will say I very much like Spade, he is still a little broken and definitely duty and honor bound. He is very much a good hero and could be swoonable. He becomes extremely delicate with Denise as he tries reluctantly to help her. Denise is not my favorite heroine she obsesses a little with does he like me or is it just a show and is suffering from PTSD so sometimes acts very irrational. While she grows on you throughout the story sometimes the over obsessing about how much money this is all costing Spade borders on ridiculous. But I guess she is a human living after some very traumatic experiences in the vampire world it is slightly true to life how a normal person would react to something like that. Ian is a bright and shining bit of comic relief and I was glad to see him enter the story. I have liked his character more and more since the third book in the Night Huntress series.“Luscious, aren't I, poppet? Go on, stare. I don't mind.”-“You look like a Dracula porn movie reject”-“Let‟s not speak of him. Like the devil, Vlad might appear if we do.”Oh this story could have used a little Vlad. I liked that this is now third person so we get to see things from both Denise and Spade that makes everything more enjoyable but overall it isn’t quite as dynamic a story as the other books by Jeaniene Frost. Still overall if you have enjoyed the other books in this series this is a fun read about two of the side characters that have similar backstories of losing someone they loved dearly who are from to different worlds. Denise wanted to be rid of the vampire world after losing her husband Randy and Spade never wanted to love a human again after losing the woman he intended to marry.Small appearances are made by Cat Bones and Mencheries but my favorite couple of Cat and Bones didn’t have quiet enough time to steal the scene. There are some tender moments and the idea of the demon was an interesting twist on things. Still a solid fun read but not as strong as the rest of the Night Huntress books thus far.