Jan 8, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost


Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Series: Night Prince, #1  
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating: 4/5 STARS

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.

Okay, so let me just say that I’ve never read any of the Night Huntress books and I tried not to read this one, but it showed up in too many places and I eventually gave up and just bought the damn thing.

Glad I did.

This wasn’t a long read, but I liked it all the same. The plot wasn’t anything amazing or brilliant, but it was good enough to get me to the end. It was the romance that kept my eyes glued to my reader. It was SCORCHING!

Vlad is that cliche, ol’ skool vampire, with the long hair, five o’clock shadow, and centuries-old castle. The only exception is that he can create and control fire. Leila is a circus freak who was struck by lightning and can now see memories of people when she touches them or any objects that have come in contact with them. So cool. I liked Vlad for his alpha male, I-will-kill-you-just-because personality. Leila was no pushover either, but I can’t say she had this memorable personality or anything. She just...was, but I was cool with that. They made an interesting couple to say the least, but the chemistry between them was like WOAH. I mean, it was really hot. Jeaniene really knows how to write a love scene. She reminds me of J.R. Ward (my fave paranormal romance author) who blows my mind with her love scenes. They are just so DELICIOUS.

As I said, the plot was all right, but nothing where I was like “OMG, really?” Honestly, I could have done without the extraneous plot and been perfectly content with the romance part. But I know, I know, it had to have a sub plot, but the sub plot was just so underwhelming that I just can’t get excited about it.

Overall, great read. I’m excited for Twice Tempted and will probably be reading every Night Prince novel after that, too.

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