February 2010, Avon
384 pgs., E-book
384 pgs., E-book
First in the Night Huntress World Series
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Night Huntress series comes a breathtaking new journey to the dark side of desire.
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.
I usually do not read series that are off-shoots of a main series and honestly, I hadn’t paid much attention to Spade, but I simply could not wait for the release of book five. I had to get more of this world, so I borrowed it from my library.
I didn’t put it down from the moment I started it. Spade has emotional strength I haven’t seen in any of the other characters. Denise is brave and after losing her husband she is unselfish in the most primal of ways. She’d endure amazing amounts of pain in order to protect her family.
This isn’t as humorous as the Night Huntress series, but it is more heartfelt. The author mentions she’s afraid of children in her bio, so hopefully she’ll follow up this book with understanding that the need for children doesn’t vanish overnight. And we will see Denise struggling with that in the upcoming Night Huntress book.
P.S. Btw, this was the first e-book I’d ever read. I thought I’d hate e-books, but I’ve come to love them. So much easier to read a backlight e-book in bed when trying not to wake the hubby.