Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: Once Burned (Night Prince #1)

She's a mortal cursed with dark power...He's the prince of night.

Once Burned, by Jeaniene Frost, is the first novel in the Night Prince series, a spin-off from the best-selling Night Huntress novels. After a tragic childhood accident scarred her body and destroyed her gymnastics dream, Leila never imagined that her new life will come with terrifying abilities. She can channel electricity and see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. In addition, she can see into the past and predict into the future if she's holding a valuable object imprinted with memories. Given these abilities, Leila thought she was doomed to a life of solitude. People feared her and considered her a freak. While practicing for her upcoming circus performance, creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire.

Meanwhile, in the land of Romania, Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all (Dracula). His ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence. He is also arrogant, ruthless, strategic, and remarkable in bed. However, his enemies have found a new weapon against him--a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. He is amused that a human can see into his deepest memories and enter his mind so easily. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, sexual passion ignites, threatening to consume them. It will take all of their concentration to defeat an ancient enemy with an ancient grudge bent on destroying Vlad's legacy.

I commend Frost for writing one of the best sexiest novels about the infamous and notorious vampire, Dracula. In the novel, Vlad Tepesh is tactical, arrogant, ruthless, and handsome. He is the vampire version of a Casanova. Despite his tragic past, he does not show any weaknesses in public. When he finally meets his equal in Leah, he is not sure what to expect around her. She is a good source of information to protect to gather information on his enemies, but can she be the special woman in his life? Meanwhile, Leah already established that she would never have a romantic relationship. Content with being different due to her dark powers, she is fond of her friend, Marty, another vampire who plays a father-like role in her life. When she does not have to hide who she is around Vlad, she develops romantic and sexual feelings for him. Could the two be a match made in heaven? I look forward to reading the next novel in this riveting series.

Stay tuned for the second novel in the Night Prince series, Twice Tempted.

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