Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Once Burned (Night Prince #1) by Jeaniene Frost
Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
My Thoughts: This is one books that I literally couldn't put down. Okay, maybe not literally. I *could* put it down but I was so enthralled by it that I completely didn't want to. Vlad's been a favorite of mine from the Night Huntress series since his first appearance and he was indisputably entrenched in the top couple of spots when he uttered the infamous "Premature inflamulation" line. Needless to say, I was beyond excited to finally see him get his own story.

Where to begin? Let's see... Vlad. He's brutal and bloody. He's downright scary when those under his protection are threatened. He isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. Oh, and he can do that whole spontaneous flaming thing. Who doesn't like a guy who can set his enemies on fire with a thought?? He's found something with Leila. She intrigues him and pushes him and fires him up. Not in the spontaneously flaming way, either. He's willing to wreak havoc to keep her safe. And, yikes, does he have some moves. Some sexy, sexy moves.

Leila, of course, is an awesome counterpoint for Vlad. She's had to live with her odd ability for half her life. She's resigned herself to never having a relationship - and how could she when she zaps the hell out of people just by touching them - and it thrills her to have someone who can not only withstand her touch but also welcomes it.

Incredibly fun, action-packed and with cameos by some old faces, Vlad's series looks like it'll be downright fantastic. He and Leila are still working out the kinks in their relationship and I expect that they'll have plenty of ups and downs as the series progresses. Vlad can handle it, though. He can handle pretty much anything. Premature inflamulation aside.

Books in this series
1. Once Burned - Paperback | Kindle
2. Twice Tempted

Author Links
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11 comments:

  1. So flipping excited for this book. 2 too hot to handles + Frost's imagination = fun

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    1. It was VERY fun! I'm almost thinking of rereading it again JUST BECAUSE I CAN!

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  2. I quite enjoyed this one! I wished for a little more snark but it was well-balanced and the Vlad time was seriously awesome. Ch 36!

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    1. I loved that we got to see a more complex Vlad. I just like the guy! Chapter 36!

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  3. Great review! I adore Vlad too and I agree that Leila is a good match for him. :)

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    1. Thank you! I liked how she continually challenged him. It was fun to watch.

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  4. Alright this sounds just plain awesome. I have barely read about Vlad yet as I'm not that far in the Night Huntress world but what I have seen of him I already really enjoyed. I can't wait to get caught up on everything and give this book a try.

    Thanks for the awesome review!

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    1. Vlad is full of awesome. He's dark and broody and weirdly fun because of it.

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  5. Your review sums it up perfectly, I think. Actually, your review makes me look forward to the second book even more than reading the book did. Huh. I guess you're just awesome like that.

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    1. It was that last premature inflamulation dig, wasn't it?
      (spell check tells me that I'm spelling "inflamulation" wrong but I looked it up in the book - This Side of the Grave pg 134 - before writing this review just to make sure I didn't screw it up. Spell check is a fucking jerk.)

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    2. Spell check is your frenemy. I even wrote a post about it. o.O

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