Title: Once Burned
Series: A Night Prince Novel #1
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Genre: Fiction, Romance
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
OMG! There are no words. Actually there are too many words and my mind is still reeling from how much I LOVED this story. Put it on top of your TBR list. it’s a must read.
I’m in love with Frost’s writing, she mixes enough action, mystery and romance to keep the reader’s attention with touches of humor that provide a nice cushion of lightheartedness, creating a perfect recipe of witty characters and compelling story-line.
Let me just start by saying that I don’t get as easily hooked by a story anymore, much less if it involves vampires, not a big fan of the genre. Then again maybe I just hadn’t found the right book, until now that is.
I decided to read Once Burned after reading The Beautiful Ashes by the same author and loving it so much that I needed something more until the sequel was released. I started looking into her other titles, Once Burned got my attention, for it was the story of Dracula-the infamous Prince of Darkness. God forbid anyone calls him that though, he loathes the comparisons of today’s pop culture references of Dracula which are only loosely based on his own life.
“I’m the only authentic Vlad. Everyone else is merely an envious imitation.”
In every other sense of the word he is very much the dark Prince: brooding, enigmatic, full of charismatic sensuality and enough arrogance to fill an entire castle. He is also ruthless, and unforgiving of anybody that dares to threaten him or his people, not to mentioned highly feared by everyone due to his unique ability to manipulate fire.
Leila is forced to locate Vlad through her powers of seeing visions of the past, present and future by touching objects with her right hand. Her kidnappers-a group of vampires-expect her to find Vlad so they can kill him, instead she finds her chance for escape by making a deal with the feared fire starter-through a psychic link.
“No wonder you need such a huge house. Your overconfidence wouldn’t fit anything smaller.”
Leila and Vlad must work together to find the vampire behind her kidnapping-who is also after Vlad, but the growing connection she feels towards him proves to be impossible to resist. He is exceedingly arrogant and more than dangerous, a relationship with him of any kind will only lead to heartache. Vlad is determined to have his way though, he never backs off a challenge and he wants Leila, which he makes bluntly clear to her.
“Even before your vision, I could tell you wanted me.”
“You’re hot, big deal,” I shot back, refusing to let his knowledge of my most intimate thoughts daunt me. “I’m attracted to a lot of hot guys. If Chris Hemsworth were here, I’d light him up like a firecracker with how fast I’d jump on him.”
“And that would kill him,” Vlad noted.
Leila has lived a lonely life, since she electrocutes anyone she touches. Vlad is different, he can withstand the electricity that courses through her body as well as the fire he manipulates, but the intoxicating warmth he exudes is as tempting as the need to give into her attraction which is devastating at best, damning at worst.
“I want to know what your end game is.”
Another flash of teeth, this time showing his fangs. “To have you screaming my name within the hour.”
Leila is such an awesome heroine, she challenges Vlad and pushes his buttons, the way no one has ever dared. She is simply not afraid, having seen the worse sort of things through other people’s memories and having lost even more after the accident that changed her life when she was a kid which turned her body into an electric wire and killed her mother. There is really not much else she has to fear.
I loved every moment that she confronts Vlad and lashes out at him. Their witty banter is funny and hot. I mean this man is greatly feared and respected, but Leila gets in his face and says the craziest things to him, half the time my mouth was hanging open with shock, it was too funny. The writing was easy to follow and entertaining as was the constant flow of the story which kept me hooked all the way through, there was never a boring moment.
Leila and Vlad’s chemistry is off the charts, with heated encounters that set your blood on fire. Giving foreplay a whole new meaning.
I finished this book and the second one in a matter of days and read it a second time after that, I just can’t get enough of that arrogant vampire. I now consider myself Team Vlad all the way. Once Burned is a magnificent start to this awesome series.
About the Author
Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.