Series: Night Prince #3
Published by Avon on January 27, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Play with fire, pay the price.
Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…
Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…
It’s been a while since the last Vlad and Leila book, but Bound by Flames was worth the wait with both of them coming to their absolute power in this installment.
As my favourite Night Huntress couple, Vlad and Leila’s relationship really shone with the toughest enemy they’ve faced yet – Vlad’s nemesis and uncle, Mihaly Szilagi. The book had some really dark, disturbing scenes, with rape and torture following Leila’s capture. If there was any other woman that could withstand that treatment, it would be her, as she came close to experiencing what Vlad did in his dark past.
Vlad was the fire they would inevitably consume me, and even though I knew that, I wasn’t backing away. Instead, I’d become the phoenix that kept rising from the ashes because I would not, could not, let him go.
I’ve always enjoyed Leila’s defiant, passionate and tough character, and Bound by Flames made me realise all over again how much she really complimented Vlad. Her incredible strength, power and independence makes her his perfect match, and she’s earned a place beside him. What I loved about Leila aside from her kickass power of electricity and lightning, is her practicality and humanity. While Vlad would blast through the end of the universe in order to get vengeance, Leila knows how to pull him back and redirect his power. She’s often reflective about herself, her family and her relationship which shows a tough maturity about her.
Vlad was an intense flaming inferno of power, passion and vengeance where his influence had no boundaries. He’s incredibly passionate and can be overbearing at times, but he learns to trust Leila as a handy weapon to have in a fight. Leila also brings out a softer side to this bristly centuries old vampire, which is rarely seen by everyone else. I loved their flirty banter and you can really see just how much he loves her in this book.
“You aren’t just my weakness, Leila.” Vlad drew me next to him, one hand sliding along my jaw while the other caressed my back. “You are my destruction, because if I were to lose you, it would finish me.”
The rest of the book is told through an escalating power play between Vlad and Mihaly, as they search each other out, provoke each other and pit their oldest allies against one another. What I’ve always loved about the Night Huntress series is how these vampires have powers- fire, lightning, psychic ability and even necromancer abilities.
After the Night Huntress series ended last year, I was glad to relive the world through Vlad and Leila, a completely badass couple who kicks ass. It’s action packed and filled with so much epic vampire magic, yet you’ll see a brilliant romance strengthening in its wake, mystery, intrigue, betrayals and even some time spent discovering new grounds with family and friends.
Rating: 5 out of 5