Friday, June 28, 2013

BOOK REVIEW - ONCE BURNED by JEANIENE FROST - NIGHT PRINCE # 1 - AVON BOOKS - ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE

By: Jeaniene Frost
Published By : Avon Books
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback from library, 346 Pages

RATING: 4.25 VAVOOM VLAD STARS!

Blurb : Goodreads

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.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I wasn’t sure how Vlad’s spinoff series was going to play out, but carnies wasn’t one of my thoughts.

But!

I liked what Jeaniene did with her story. She gave Leila backup for how she got through life with her Achilles heel, she can electrocute people.

A downed power line transformed thirteen year old Leila into essentially an electric eel. Her right hand can also get visions, premonitions when she touches an item or person.

What better place to hide your curse, than in a carnival setting.

Smart thinking, 99. ( I couldn't help throw a Get Smart quote in there)

Once this news gets out you become every villain’s urge to capture you and either do away with you or exploit you for their own evil uses.

Insert evil laugh. * mwah ha ha ha haaaaa*

Enter Vlad aka Tepesh. The Impaler.

Oh dear Vlad, you do live up to your name. You would have met Vlad in the Night Huntress series. He is a great character. We now get to see more sides to the big fella. You just don’t want to get on his Impaling side. Gahhh!

Shish kabob anyone?

Marty is a great sub character. I loved this little guy and his affection for Leila. He is a gutsy little man. I hope he pops up in further books.

Bones and Cat make an appearance and Bones brings that cocky , loveable personality, striding in happy to upset Vlad if he can.

Cat looked at Bones with open suspicion. “I think I know why you’re doing this, and it’s mean-“

“Tepesh has it coming,” Bones interrupted, his tone hardening. Then he smiled at me.



“Perfect. Repeat that whenever Tepesh is around you, and he’ll run screaming in no time.”

Cat shook her head. “You are really twisted, honey.”

Bones just smiled. “As I said, he had this coming.”

But then Vlad gets one back via Leila, lol!

He was also handsome in a too-pretty way that made me think with less muscles, a wig, and some makeup, he'd look great in a dress.
Vlad's scowl vanished into a smile as the brunet's gaze swung in my direction as though he'd somehow heard that.
"Looks as though she's put you in your place as well, Bones," Vlad drawled.”


Shrapnel and Maximus are the rather cool, trusted staff of the almost Superman in characteristics, Vlad. Well apart from being a vampire. Vlad owns that one. But the lad can fly and it is pretty darn hard to knock this warrior off. He has a cocky nature and knows who he is.

Vlad is almost indestructible. His kryptonite would be Leila. She keeps finding herself in a situation where she needs to send an SOS out to Vlad.

He is this fearless vampire warrior who can give her anything but love. 


“That one tickled. If electrocution is your way of flirting, I commend you on your originality.”

“Yeah, well, I remember you weren’t impressed by the word please,” I responded tartly, my brief embarrassment gone.



Leila and Vlad start off with him taking charge , you are coming with me, do as I say, attitude. It is a nice time of year to visit Romania. 

I really want to be cliche here and throw in , I want to suck your blooood. But Vlad is all about the non Dracula cliches.

“I’m the only authentic Vlad. Everyone else is merely an envious imitation.”

Leila does her best to hold the rather cocky, no pun intended, vampire at bay.

Challenge accepted!

His smile didn’t slip. “You’re still half expecting me to harm you, yet you don’t hesitate to needle me. Aren’t you afraid to make me angry?”

He could read my mind, so I didn’t bother answering with anything except the truth.

“You’re scarier when you’re nice, and you’ve already decided if you’re going to kill me. No amount of bantering or begging on my part will change your mind, so I’ll keep on being myself. You’re not the only one who doesn’t care for pretense.”



“What were you thinking , risking yourself that way?” Vlad muttered.

Did he miss the part where Maximus was about to get killed? “I’m drunk,” I said testily. “I’ll try anything if I’m drunk.”

His teeth flashed in a quick grin. “I’ll remember that.”


Vlad wants Leila. He is intrigued by her. I think Leila is assuming too much with the big fella when it comes to his bed post notches.

“Yes. People frequently bore me, sometimes amuse me, most often irritate me, but rarely intrigue me. You do, which is why I’ll enjoy having you as a lover.”


“My body is the only thing that’s truly mine, so I don’t give it away as though it is worthless.”


“Beautiful and diabolical. You make me impatient indeed to claim you.”


Leila doesn't want to give in to the cocky Vlad, so she needs Vlad to clear a few things up first. Will she like what he has to offer her? Is she playing with emotional fire?


His teeth bared in something too predatory to be called a smile. “You’ll soon find out.”

I stretched out my hands as if to ward him off. “Not yet. I want to know what your end game is first.”

Another flash of teeth, this time showing his fangs. “To have you screaming my name within the hour.”



“I never set a standard that I won’t keep myself, and if you ever want out, you need only say the word. But mean it, Leila, because once I leave, I’m gone forever.”



His lips twisted. “No. I can give you honesty, monogamy, and more passion than you can stand, but not love. That emotion died in me long ago, as I suspect you already know.”


Vlad is pretty hard to resist. There's not much of an argument you can give yourself when he goes all smexi Vlad on you.


“This is our true tie,” he whispered, his breath falling hotly onto my lips. “You’re meant for me, and I will have you.”

Then his mouth lowered in a hard, claiming kiss.


“Not tonight, but soon. And when I do, you will come to crave my bite as much as my kiss.”


I enjoy anything Jeaniene Frost writes, she always brings it. Currently as it stands with me, Bones is still right up there with his personality, but Vlad is a close second. I am looking forward to Twice Tempted to see what Vlad is doing in the love stakes. I think he isn't going to say those three little words without a fight. 



Michelle



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