Once Burned (Night Prince #1) by Jeaniene Frost

She’s a mortal with dark powers…

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.


Rating: 4/5

As many of you know, I’ve been waiting for my book club to catch up enough with the series to read this book, and I wasn’t disappointed! I absolutely loved getting to learn more about Vlad, and I had been wondering prior to reading this book what kind of character could possibly manage to win Vlad over the way Bones, Spade, and Mencheres had been. I’d wondered the same thing about Mencheres before it was his turn in the spotlight. I think that’s part of what made me like those books so much—I already knew the characters well enough to wonder how the hell that was going to work out, and I was pleased when it did work out.

Honestly, though, I think I enjoyed getting to know Leila even more than getting to know Vlad more. She’s a spitfire of a character, and I loved her reactions to Vlad. More importantly, I loved how her reactions to Vlad changed throughout the book—from annoyance to that wry feeling of “what can you do?” that lovers tend to have about each other’s quirks. The evolution from one reaction to the other was seamless, and it was a nice development.

Frost set this book up very cleverly, I think. I’ve criticised her before for having some of the romance or personal drama be a distraction from the plot, and I won’t say that there wasn’t any of that here—there was definitely quite a bit. But, frankly, not only was I expecting it, but I was looking forward to it. A good deal of the point of this book was in developing Vlad more for the readers, and Leila’s insights into his past paired very nicely with the kind of history the plot brought to light as well. The personal drama and the plot actually fit together very well, just like in the first Cat and Bones books, so I was quite pleased. I look forward to reading the next one!

Posted on July 28, 2013, in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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