Twice Tempted (Night Prince #2) by Jeaniene Frost
Leila’s psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn’t sure what the future holds. If that weren’t enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she’s also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold shoulder treatment forever–especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won’t admit that he loves her.
Like choosing between eternal love and a loveless eternity…
Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. And when she finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes, Leila must decide who to trust– the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity.
As always, Jeaniene Frost knows how to deliver. And as always, Vlad melted me — pun only somewhat intended.
What surprised me with this book is really that Frost managed to actually surprise me. I’ve criticized her in the past for her books being too predictable for my liking, but I have to admit that the way this book began kind of shocked me. Every time I expected something to happen, it didn’t. That’s not to say that I was wrong in some of the smaller details, but I think I was as surprised as Vlad was by Leila’s course of action. The way the rest of the cookie crumbled from there was a pleasure to watch.
So why didn’t this book get a 5 even though I clearly enjoyed it quite a lot? Frost has a tendency to make her characters do stupid things. As a writer, I realize that oftentimes we have little control over what our characters choose to do, but sometimes I try to step in and talk some sense into them at least a little. There were times, especially toward the beginning, where I just wanted to smack Leila and tell her how dense she was being.
If it were just a time or two with one character, this wouldn’t bother me so much, but Frost has a history of doing this with other characters, and I can’t help but think she has her characters play dense as a plot device more than anything else. Usually, she does this to add tension/suspense around the romantic development in the books, and that just frustrates me—there are so many other reasons that a relationship between Leila and Vlad will have difficulties that you don’t need to throw that extra wrench into to make us readers believe it. And if you’re just trying to get Leila into a situation convenient for your plot, there are better ways to do it than making her look stupid. This bothered me.
In spite of that twinge of irritation, this was probably still one of my favorites of Frost’s books. I look forward to reading more of the Night Prince series when book 3 is released 🙂
(Look! It even got a smiley face!)
Posted on August 29, 2013, in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and tagged book reviews, books, dracula, jeaniene frost, night huntress, night huntress world, night prince, twice tempted, urban fantasy, vampires, vlad. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.