Review of Once Burned by @Jeaniene_Frost … 5/5 Stars

Book one in the Night Prince series.

June 26th, 2012

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.

(Taken from Frost’s website)

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Oh my, my, my, my, my!  I will automatically start off by saying that if you have not read this book, run do not walk, to your nearest book store (or computer) and get your copy NOW!  I have absolutely loved all of Frost’s books (Cat and Bones are two of my favorite heroines/heros), but Vlad and Leila are AMAZING together.

Before I started reading Once Burned, I had read a few reviews on it (which I don’t normally do with authors I’m already familiar with because I don’t want to read any spoilers).  I saw some complaints about how the story was in Leila’s POV.  Let me just say this: I LOVED that it was her point of view.  She is a funny, intelligent, and strong woman.  I believe if she were anything less, then her POV wouldn’t work.  Also, we already know that Vlad is a badass, hello he’s the Prince of Night!  Seeing this story unfold from Leila’s perspective actually made me fall in love with Vlad even more than I already was (from seeing him in Frost’s Night Huntress series).  Add to it that she is sarcastic as hell and he can read minds added quite a bit of humor to the story.

We are taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions with Vlad and Leila.  I found myself getting caught up not only in the danger they found themselves in but also in the love story as it unfolded.  Frost does an amazing job at showing how natural this relationship is.  Two very strong-willed people, with two extraordinary abilities doesn’t normally mean a successful relationship (especially when one is an arrogant vampire), but Frost made it work and made it work well.   To say Vlad is “sure” of himself and the fact that women (including Leila) would fall at his feet is an understatement.  Normally I am turned off by characters who are overly possessive or, but when it comes to Vlad, it absolutely works for him.  This sexy vampire and beautiful, strong-willed women heat up the pages in the bedroom (and other places) made this an exciting sexy read as well.  Every woman needs a Vlad in their lives!

When I got to the end of the book, I was both disappointed and excited.  Disappointed that it had ended and excited to know that this is not the only/last time that we will see Vlad and Leila.  Now I have to wait :(.  This is one of those books that will be added to my very short list of read again books.

I am giving Once Burned 5/5 Stars – this is a MUST read!!!!  If you have a huge To Be Read list, bump this one to the top – you will not be disappointed.

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Happy Reading!

Ava Riley

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