Series: Night Prince #1
Published by Avon on June 26, 2012
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
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.
Thank you for joining us for our “re-read along” of the Night Prince series as we get ready for the release of INTO THE FIRE! We’re starting this week with ONCE BURNED, and our schedule will be as follows:
February 10 – ONCE BURNED
February 17 – TWICE TEMPTED
February 24 – BOUND BY FLAMES
March 3 – INTO THE FIRE
Here are our thoughts this week! If you haven’t read the book, feel free to skip our possible spoilers, and check out our original review of ONCE BURNED!
I thought it was a great first book in a series and ate it up when I first read it. The same thing happened when I picked it up a second time. I tend to wait a few years before I do a re-read as I end up skimming and finishing the book in 5 minutes because I remember what happens to easily and get bored. So, five years later is a good enough gap for me to kind of forget the plot enough that I can happily do a re-read and not get distracted by something else. ONCE BURNED is still dark, sexy, and fun five years later.
I really liked Leila as she, either through a lack of self-preservation when in front of vampires or sheer stubbornness, was not into being made into the weak damsel in distress. She stands up to Vlad and demands respect from the centuries old creature who could kill her with his pinkie finger. Her abilities are pretty awesome. I’d love to have a built in taser/ability to shock people you don’t like sounds. The whole being able to see someone’s deepest, darkest sin when you touch someone or something sounds really awful. The being able to see into the future and even in the present kind of make up for the sucky part of that ability.
Vlad is one of those super alpha heroes with the classic deep dark past and is prone to extreme violence. Like Leila’s abilities, I adore Vlad’s fire power. I don’t enjoy the brooding overly controlling alpha who is only like that because of his deep dark past that he can’t talk about because reasons. Luckily Vlad’s pretty open about his past and in this case I’d give him a pass for being kind of a dick when it comes to wanting Leila to stay put for half a minute which obviously she never does. He even gives such compelling and logical reasons for why he is sticking people through with poles that I ended up agreeing with him…. then felt conflicted on my morality….
Their relationship is cute which is an odd contrast to the darker plot. I loved their banter both verbally and mentally. My favorite interaction is actually their first interaction. I loved the build up to Vlad’s entrance and seeing Leila’s slow realization about just what is happening was really fun to experience.
The ending: There is a big battle at the end of this book. I know shocking! But it’s an excellent big battle that brings some closure to the story but since it’s a series it ends with questions and loose ends. I think I did this on the first read but when I got to the epilogue I kept clicking forward on my ereader going “That’s it? Come on! Must have skipped a few pages…no?”. Luckily I have the second book ready to read!
Kim: Vlad was always a bit of a broody bastard in the Night Huntress novels, and he wasn’t my favourite – I’d have taken Bones over him any day. I was pleasantly surprised when in his own series, he was quite a bit more likeable. He’s still a broody bastard, yes, but you get to find out more about him and his interactions with Leila are positively scorching. Leila is a great character too, but Vlad evolves from a side character to someone the reader can’t help fall in love with. Jeaniene Frost is really good at that kind of thing, and the two other spin-off books she has done (FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON and ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS) are both amazing at fleshing out side characters.
Kate: Not surprisingly, I got sucked into BOUND BY FLAMES the minute I started re-reading it, and read it completely in one sitting. Vlad was always one of my favorite secondary characters in the Cat and Bones series (I appreciated what a good friend he was to Cat) but my memories of the Night Prince series were a bit fuzzy. Reading BOUND BY FLAMES again was almost like reading it for the first time, and it was a great experience.
I had forgotten how much I loved Leila – she is the opposite of a TSTL heroine – she has some crazy ideas, but she (almost) always goes to Vlad first before she acts, and thinks quick on her feet when she gets stuck in some bad situations. She’s gone through a lot in her life, so she has a maturity that sometimes heroines in vampire novels lack, solely because they’re being compared to vampires that are hundreds of years old.
And Vlad, Vlad is…. so sexy? So hot? Not even sure those words do him justice. Terrifying might be better. But in a sexy, hot way, am I right? I love that we get glimpses into his psyche, and get more reasoning as to why he is the way he is.
All in all, I am so excited for the next book in this series!
- If you haven’t read ONCE BURNED, what are you most looking forward to finding out in the book?
- Who is your favorite character in ONCE BURNED?
- Do you think the things that happened to Vlad in his past justify his sometimes cruel behaviors in the present?
- What do you think of the relationship between Marty and Leila compared to the relationship between Leila and her dad?
- What is your favorite scene in ONCE BURNED?
- Would you rather have Vlad’s mind-reading power, or Leila’s ability to touch people or items and have visions from them?
- If you’ve read the Cat and Bones series, be honest: Vlad or Bones?
Now for the giveaway….
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Be sure to come back next week to join us when we read TWICE TEMPTED!