Book Review

ONCE BURNED
by Jeaniene Frost

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

2012 Vampire Romance Award Winner

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Let the rejoicing commence, as Frost spins off dangerously sexy vamp Vlad Tepesh into his own edgy and sizzling series, The Night Prince. A supporting player in the Cat & Bones books, Vlad is a true scene stealer with backstory galore. However it is high-voltage Leila who provides the perspective into this exciting revenge-driven adventure. Consistent excellence is a rare commodity, but it’s one Frost delivers regularly!

A terrible accident has left Leila plagued with the ability to channel electricity and psychometry. Unable to touch mortals with her right hand without electrocuting them, Leila works the carnival circuit with vampire Marty. Then, Leila is kidnapped by four vamps. They demand she use her ability to see the past and future to locate feared firestarter vampire Vlad in order to plan an ambush. As Leila uses her skills, she suddenly finds herself in mental communication with a pissed-off Vlad. Vlad makes short work of Leila’s kidnappers, but the bigger question is, who is behind their plot? Recognizing Leila’s unique abilities, Vlad is not about to let her go. Gutsy Leila is between a rock and a hard place, but can she turn her back on the one man who can survive her touch? (AVON, Jul., 384 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: AVON

Published: July 2012

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Once Burned

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on October 5, 2012 - 1:04pm.

Our Review by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

I've been a Jeaniene Frost, Night Huntress fan since day #1. I love Cat & Bones, and have a soft spot for Spade, but I have been in love with Vlad since he was first introduced in the series and would anxiously await any parts in the novels where he would be called in for one reason or another. That all being said, I was anxiously awaiting this book and actually feared I may have been expecting too much since I was so excited for it. I needn't have feared, Jeaniene delivered and then some!

Once Burned gives us Vlad (THE man that ALL of the Dracula myths were based upon) in all his sexy, cocky, powerful, undead glory, and introduces a loveable, relate-able heroine and some villains that you will absolutely love to hate.

Leila is human, but with some 'extras'. She is able to conduct electricity through her body, and is psychometric. In attempting to deal with her 'additions', she's sequestered herself in a small town with a family of traveling carnies and is working as a trapeze artist. After being snatched up by some bad guys, she's thrown into a world that she knew existed, but never thought to be immersed in, and finds herself directly linked to a powerful vampire who's apparently #1 on everyone's hit list.

Vlad, having his mind reading abilities in addition to his pyromania, realizes when he's being spied upon psychically by Leila. The 2 are inevitably thrown together to sort out the wicked plot that is not only jeopardizing Vlad and Leila's lives, but that of their friends as well.

Leila is a great strong heroine and in my personal opinion, a wonderful match for Vlad. The two together are dynamic and explosive and the best part is that Leila's no damsel in distress. She's definitely her own woman, and while Vlad doesn't change for her either (thank goodness - he remains the same arrogant, sarcastic, sometimes merciless but never without a reason Vlad we've come to know and love), he accepts her feisty side and even encourages it.

Take these two utterly fantastic leading characters and throw them into the Night Huntress world that never fails to amaze with an action packed storyline full of intrigue, danger, twists, turns, and surprises around most corners, etc and you end up with one incredible read!

The first installment of the Night Prince series spin-off was an amazing addition to the Night Huntress World.

My only complaint was the abrupt ending because dang it... I want the next book NOW!

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Once Burned 5 Skulls and is eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.