Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

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.

In Once Burned, you get a look inside the wonderful friend of Cat (and foe of Bones) from the always intriguing Night Huntress series. You get teasing tidbits of Vlad's background in the Huntress novels, and he definitely deserved his own spin-off series.
The powerful and absolutely chilling former prince proves how he earned his reputation... repeatedly... Although he seems to be cold hearted, at least he's honest with everyone he surrounds himself with. When he meets Leila through a psycic connection he was interested in more than just the powers that make her useful. He WANTED her. He makes it clear to her that although he wants to make her "his," he isn't capable of love. Can she handle that and agree to it? Can their new relationship withstand the centuries-old enemy trying to kidnap Leila for his own personal use?

I give this book 4 1/2 stars.
I always loved Cat and Bones and all their trials and drama, but I always looked forward to books invoving Vlad. His ego and snark were always entertaining and I knew there was more to him than that. In Once Burned you get to see it all. The reason for his fiercely protective nature; why he can seem so cold hearted; why he trusts only a select few.
A look into Vlad's past explains so much about him, and makes you love him even more. Immensely loyal, honest and ever polite, he will win your heart as he's winning Leila's.
Moving on to Leila, even with her special abilities (brought on after touching a downed power line) she is still relatable. She gets annoyed and has attitude and she doesn't put up with crap. What's not to love?! She also knows when to admit she was wrong. She carries guilt around with her constantly, thanks to that wonderful "gift" from the power line, and Vlad is determined to wipe that guilt away. Can he open her eyes to make her realize the blame doesn't rest on her? Only if she can convince him of the same thing...

Once Burned ended long before I was ready. And the epilogue threw me for a loop. I want more and I want more NOW, but I'll have to wait until Spring of 2013 when book two of the Night Prince series is released!




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