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Once Burned (Night Prince, Book 1) (edition 2012)

by Jeaniene Frost

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Title:Once Burned (Night Prince, Book 1)
Authors:Jeaniene Frost
Info:Avon (2012), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Your library, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Vampires, Vampires
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Once Burned
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A tragic childhood accident leaves Leila Dalton with permanent scars and some unwanted psychic abilities that make her attractive to all the wrong people, including a vengeful vampire intent on using her skills to destroy his immortal enemy. The legendary Vlad Tepesh has accumulated numerous foes over the centuries, but now one has access to a powerful weapon that may just bring him to his knees in more ways than one…

While Frost’s Night Huntress series is very entertaining, I’ve never been as rabid a fan as many mainly due to the fact that Cat and Bones’s relationship has never completely resonated with me, and Bones’s ridiculous Cockney accent has always prevented me from taking him seriously as a romantic hero.

The same cannot be said of Leila and Vlad whose story elevates the series from merely enjoyable to simply incredible. The short cameos by characters from the primary series are fun, but it is Leila and Vlad, and their amazing connection that are the true highlight of the story.

Vlad more than lives up to his infamous reputation, but Frost adds some original twists to his backstory that make him all the more enigmatic and intriguing. Leila is a lovely heroine. Although not as aggressive as Cat, she is exceedingly resourceful and kick-ass in her own quiet way. She is the perfect match for Vlad and goes head to head with him, which leads to some seriously sexy scenes. There is not doubt that the man is literally and figuratively smokin’ hot, and he and Leila burn up the pages in every way imaginable.

The plot is solid with the type of malicious villain that Frost is famous for and the action is fast paced and exciting. I know that some reviewers were slightly disappointed with the ending, however, given that this is UF and not PNR, I just know that there is more to come and I can’t wait to see what Leila has in store for Vlad - he had better watch out! ( )
  Lauren2013 | Jun 1, 2016 |
I love love love Vlad, and I am so excited that he has his own series. I actually really like Leila too. I will definitely continue the series to see how this goes. ( )
  LenaR0307 | May 30, 2016 |
14 years ago the heroine touched a downed power line and woke up with the strange ability to see visions through touch and the habit of shocking everyone she comes into contact with. She flees her family and joins the circus, taking on the identity of Frankie -an homage to Frankenstein-just a sample of her humor. There she meets her boss and greatest friend, a vampire dwarf who taught her all about his kind. So when she's kidnapped and made o use her powers of foresight for them, she's able to remain clam and rational. In fact it was a key part of her personality that she always kept a level head in every dangerous situation she faced. So instead of succumbing to typically captive female stereotypes she uses her ability to contact the master vampire her kidnapers seek. Though she's scared, she convinces him to rescue her in exchange for the lives of his enemies. But one thing she didn't factor into her plan was him then demanding she now come with him to Romania. She never factored in his ruthlessness and merciless vow to kill everyone and everything that threatens him or his people. She also doesn't factor in just how attracted she is to him. So she agrees to come with him -though she had no choice really. So he can protect her and use her abilities to track down his enemies. Her strength and pride and smart mouth intrigues him and he tells her flat out that she'll be his lover. Somehow she managed to attract the attention of the sexiest but deadliest man she's ever met. Torn in her feelings toward him, she must debate what's best for her. On one hand he is a cold and ruthless man, impaling everything who disappoints him and burning and torturing anyone who crossed him. But he's also kind and tender and he shows her a side of him very few have ever seen. At times she's childish and ignorant of his true motivations or disgusted by his actions but despite doing and saying things that would have been a death sentence for anyone else, he is amused by her. He forgives her almost everything and she is smart enough to know how far to push him. She's a perfect match for him because she is strong with the will of iron and she brings joy to a man whose known for his inspiring fear in others. She also challenges him. I thought they had a great relationship despite never exchanging ' I love you's' but its almost better that way, more realistic. And its plain that he cares deeply for her. He's a man who lets his actions speak for themselves and forgives the heroine her ignorance, allowing a woman as close to his heart as ever before. I really enjoyed this book and it's ruthless hero. I wouldn't quite say he's an anti-hero per say but he was no knight in shining armor He had honor and a heart but he was a cold bastard when he needed to be. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
This book was filled with adventure and non-stop action. The characters are deep and fun to follow through their series of seriousness, a bit of playfulness, and danger. ( )
  mariahsidhe | May 12, 2016 |
I despise the "romance" cover and all tht it implies. These books are better than that with a humor and delight that rises above the old school Harlequin ideals. Especially since, even though the hero is Vlad, the story really follows Leila. If youre a fan of the Cat and Bones stories, but were starting to get a bit tired with them like I was, then this new diversion breathes life back into Frost's Night Huntress World. ( )
  mashiaraqcs | Mar 29, 2016 |
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She's a mortal cursed with dark power....

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see 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, passion ignites, threatening to consume them. It will take everything they have to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

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"She's a mortal cursed with dark power... After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see 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, threatening to consume them. It will take everything they have to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames"--P. 4 of cover.… (more)

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