Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost Review: Vlad sizzles on his own

September 3, 2012 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost Review: Vlad sizzles on his ownOnce Burned by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince #1
Published by Avon on July 5, 2012
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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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.

Vlad and Leila are made for each other. First you’ve got Vlad Tepesh, the sexy, brutal, original Dracula who can shoot fire from his hands. Then you’ve got Leila, an unassuming human who can shock you at the touch of her hand. She’s got some awesome powers, like getting visions of people’s darkest from the simple touch of an object or person.

While the plot of this book is a bit thin, the magic happened when Vlad and Leila were around each other. The sizzling chemistry was unbearable and they’re soon inseparable. I particularly enjoyed Vlad’s sexy confidence in knowing that Leila was attracted to him.

Being a fan of the Night Huntress series, it was interesting delving into Vlad’s world. He’s definitely one of the more compelling characters in the series, and with a whole army of vampires at his command, he’s the perfect co-star of this new series.

Regarding Leila, I’m not too convinced about her yet. I know she’s strong, spunky, and can stand up to Vlad’s vampire possessiveness. Besides her cool powers and dark past, I didn’t feel like I got to know her well enough as a character yet (or perhaps I was too busy drooling over Vlad). We’ll see what happens as the series progresses.

Classic Jeaniene Frost with excellent character development and back stories, fast-paced action, and sizzling sex scenes. Who needs Fifty Shades when you’ve got Frost? Frost always breathes life into vampires, a genre that is overdone, and you’ll never get bored with her characters.

Unfortunately, the story was kind of had an unresolved ending and the finale sort of fizzled before it started. Let’s hope the next book finishes off with more of a bang.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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