Early Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

June 19, 2012 Review 6 ★★★★

*This title will be released on June 26, 2012*

Once Burned (Night Prince, #1)

Once Burned

(Night Prince, #1)
by Jeaniene Frost

Genre: Paranormal Romance| Excerpt: Yes
Reviewed by: Abigail| Source: Publishers

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006178320X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061783203

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Two graphic sex scenes

 

Description

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.

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Review

Dracula and Frankenstein…the greatest love story never told?  Could be, at least in the talented hands of Jeaniene Frost. To be fair, Frankie (aka Leila) isn’t Frankenstein’s Monster.  She’s a young women who was struck by lightning and has lived with the scars (both mental and physical) and side effects ever since which include premonitions and the inability to touch anyone with out electrocuting them.  When she’s abducted by vampires intent on using her abilities, she ends up aligning herself with Dracula.

Jeaniene Frost writes unbelievably sexy and complicated vampires, and she didn’t hold back with Vlad.Having met Vlad in a previous Night Huntress World book, I’ve been anxiously looking forward to his full story.  Jeaniene Frost writes unbelievably sexy and complicated vampires, and she didn’t hold back with Vlad.  He has a well earned reputation as The Impaler and Frost doesn’t brush that away or really even soften his actions by giving him noble motives.  He’s a seriously scary guy who know the threats surrounding him are real, and goes to great lengths to ensure the consequences for going against him are swift and brutal.  Vlad’s not a monster. He doesn’t get off on torture, nor does he seek it out, but neither does he bat an eye at doling out his famous method of punishment when he sees fit (and he sees fit a lot).

Finding a woman to complement a man like Vlad is a big order, yet once again Frost delivers in Leila. Neither too stubborn or reckless, she nonetheless holds her own with Vlad and it wasn’t hard to see why he thawed around her.  Likewise, Leila’s interest in Vlad went well beyond his supernatural immunity to her touch.  Chemistry and mutual respect built the groundwork for their romance…and a steamy premonition or two.

ONCE BURNED might be the best book yet from Jeaniene Frost. Scintillating romance, provocative characters, and a supernatural world that just gets better as it gets bigger. My only complaint would be with the ending, since it really leaves all of the personal resolutions for the next book.  However, when the story is a satisfying as this though, it’s worth the wait for the sequel.  No details are available yet, but we can expect Night Prince #2 sometime in 2013.

Similar Titles

  • Night Huntress World series by Jeanine Frost
  • Guild-Hunter series by Nalini Singh

6 Responses to “Early Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost”

  1. Danielle

    “…might be the best book yet from Jeaniene Frost” BIG call – love it! I must admit, the last few books from her haven’t been great. So wonderful to read that Vlad lives up to the hype. Now for an Ian spin-off (fingers-crossed!!!)

  2. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    Once Burned was AMAZING! Glad that you enjoyed it (almost) as much as I did. I’m giving this one 5-stars in my review going live on Thursday. Really well written review, I enjoyed it. :)