Friday, July 12, 2013

BOOK REVIEW - TWICE TEMPTED by JEANIENE FROST - NIGHT PRINCE # 2 - AVON BOOKS - ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE

By: Jeaniene Frost
Published By: Avon Books
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from Library, 360 Pages

RATING: 4  VAVOOM VLAD STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Dating the Prince of Darkness has its challenges...

Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold shoulder treatment forever–especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.

Like choosing between eternal love and a loveless eternity...


Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. And when she finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes, Leila must decide who to trust– the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity.






BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I’m going to start by saying I would buy any book without checking the blurb or a review that Jeaniene Frost writes. It is a done deal for me. I love her Night Huntress series like a vampire addict. Bones and Cat just do it for me. They are one of the great couples in Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance.

Vlad is THE VAMPIRE he is THE MAN you don’t want to mess with. He is not known as THE IMPALER for no reason. The lad loves to impale and torture you if you have done him or his wrong. He doesn’t even ponder on it, he DOES IT!

Shish kebab time!

This series is called Night Prince. Cat’s series is called Night Huntress. It is her series. I couldn’t help acknowledging that although this series is called Night Prince and has Vlad on the front, it currently appears after two books to be Leila’s series. Cat is on the front of her books as she is the focal character of her series. I don’t feel like Vlad is the focal character and that this is truly his series. I don’t feel like he is owning it. Leila takes the series under her wing like Cat takes her series.

I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t as powerful a read as it could be, for me. Vlad should be this stand out character as he is THE VAMPIRE history was written about, no matter how much they got it wrong.

Just saying, Vlad says they got it wrong, he should know he is DRACULA.

I enjoyed this second instalment in the Night Prince series, but I want to be reading about Vlad more. Or else to me it should be called the Night Princess series.

Leila has got herself some more enemies in this instalment and she needs to leave Vlad, because he is not bringing it to their relationship. Now we know he has been honest and said he can’t bring the luuurrvvveee. Far too much has happened in his long, long life to be able to conquer that word, this early into knowing somebody , or even at all.

His snort cut me to the bone. “Anything but that. You and I have been together mere months. Do you know how insignificant that is to someone my age?”


He can impale you without a backwards glance. He can torture you without raising a sweat about the cruelty.

Part of that was my fault. I’d let the emotional standoff between us go on too long because I didn’t want to lose him. Problem was, I never really had him, as tonight had forced me to acknowledge. 

“You see, you don’t want me to love you. You want the version you’ve made up. The knight, even though I’m the dragon and always will be.”


But, to get Vlad to bring out the ‘L’ word.

Well, it takes a special woman to do that. Does she exist?

Of course she does. Her name starts with ‘L’.

I totally get that Vlad needs a woman that is going to make him work for that word. He can get any woman, and he needs somebody, just like Bones needed somebody that was different to every girl that crosses their path.

Leila does what not many women would do and leaves him, humiliates him and lives to walk away.


“You’re the scariest man I’ve ever met, but I am not afraid of you. As for your enemies, let them come. I’ve survived them before and I will again.”


Enter Maximus again, to be her guard until she is safely deposited back with her carnie life. But a story would not be a story without betrayal and things not being as easy as getting back to the life you were taken from.

Now, seriously, did anyone really believe that Vlad could hurt Leila? Me thinks not. I did see through the story when it came to the villain at the end of the drama, but I still can’t help being addicted to anything Jeaniene writes.

She could write on a piece of toilet paper, and I would read it.

Now the smexi in this book, I am having trouble with feeling it. I want to feel that connection with Leila and Vlad. I am virtually on fire when I read Cat and Bones together.

Anybody for CHAPTER 32!!! ( Book # 2 - Night Huntress series)

So for me personally, I need Vlad to bring home that for me. I did feel it more towards the end of this book, due to circumstance.

I really like Leila’s dad. He hasn’t been the total role model of a parent, but he has a great love and need to protect his daughter and he will not let THE IMPALER forget that. He will make Vlad explain himself. Not many would get away with that.

“I dare because I want no misunderstanding between us. I am everything you think I am, but I love your daughter, and what I love, I protect with all of the violence in me, which, as you’ve guessed, is considerable.”

I saw a lot of growth with Leila’s character, she can be quite funny with her thoughts.

“This place stinks.”

“Did the guards forget to spray Febreze?” Vlad asked in mock indignation. Then he gave me a jaded look. “It’s a dungeon, Leila. They’re supposed to smell.”

Mission accomplished. The stench might have actually killed my new appetite. If Hell could fart, it would smell like this.



But with Vlad, I am having trouble pin pointing what I want to say. I wanted him to be more determined not to be involved with the ‘L’ word for another book. He nabbed the girl in Once Burned and then he flipped back on it all in Twice Tempted. I think I am trying to say, maybe it was too soon. I wanted to understand Vlad more in his own series.

When I read the excerpt at the back of this book for, ‘Up From The Grave’ , Night Huntress # 7 . Bones was straight back in there being Bones and all things that we love about him. He just captures the reader with his personality.

BAM!

It felt like we had not been apart for a year between Night Huntress reads.

I need my BAM ! moment from the big fella, Vlad. I want more presence from him. I am getting more Leila in the books and I thought Vlad was going to be the focal character.

In saying all that, hell, just keep throwing books written by Jeaniene at me. I will devour them and lick my fingers clean afterwards. I am rather itchy for some Ian. The lad grew on me in Night Huntress series.



Michelle

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