Series: Night Prince #3
Published by Avon on January 27, 2015
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Book Trailer: Trailer
Sexual Content: Graphic sex scenes, unwanted intimate contact, references to rape
Reviewed by: Kate
Play with fire, pay the price.
Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…
Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…
While I'm always eager to open up a new Jeaniene Frost, BOUND BY FLAMES just didn't do it for me as much as previous installments of the Night Prince series or the Night Huntress series did. Part of this had to do with some of the content of the book, but part of it also was that this book felt very much like a middle of a series book. It dragged a little and though part of the conflict was resolved by the end of the book, some of it was left with a big giant cliff-hanger that didn't feel necessary.
I ran into a few issues with BOUND BY FLAMES. Frost's vampires are and always have been brutal, and she doesn't shy away from that fact. However, I feel like this is usually tempered with the most violent moments happening "off-screen" as it were, not in front of the reader. In BOUND BY FLAMES, that is not the case. One of the characters is violently tortured very close to the beginning of the book, and while I understand the purpose for it, it doesn't mean that I like it. And while Frost doesn't go into too much detail, there was some that I could have done without. Also, since I read this series for the interplay between Vlad and Leila, the fact that they're at odds for large portions of the book, or apart from one another, made it difficult to get through. I really wish there had been more screen-time with the two of them.
However, despite my complaints, the sexy scenes were just as hot I would expect, and the action and drama had me constantly wondering what would happen next. Though some parts felt a little slow to me, the mystery was engaging and I kept reading. I also appreciated the glimpses of Cat and Bones as well as Menchares, as it kept the connection to the rest of the Night Huntress world alive.
All in all, I was slightly disappointed with this installment in the Night Prince series. It didn't quite live up to my expectations. I'm hoping for a better time next time around, since Frost has announced that there will be a fourth in the Night Prince series!Series Titles:
- For another series by this author, try the Cat and Bones series (Night Huntress).