Once Burned

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Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Series: Night Prince #1

Genre: Paranormal-Romance, Adult, Vampires

Publication: June 26th 2012 by Avon

The Plot.

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.

The Review.

Once Burned has reaffirmed why I fell so deeply in love with Jeaniene Frost. Reading her books are like taking long country walks, something enjoyable and refreshing and comforting because I always know that I will get lost in the wonderful world she paints and feel enveloped by the presence of her characters. Particularly her male characters who are always well developed and brooding and I always fall in love. Vlad was a character I loved in the Night Huntress series and I enjoyed his relationship with Cat, but here he was a little more cold and reserved, but the little cracks that came about showed his humour and personality that I fell in love with in the Night Huntress series and I’m so infinitely glad that he’s got his own spin-off. The last Night Huntress book wasn’t quite as enjoyable for me, but the new direction with Vlad is something I’m eagerly looking forward.

I want more Vlad. Yes, Frost left us hanging here. She could have given us so easily a summed up happily-ever-after that so many other authors fall into doing and I applaud her for not resolving the issues so easily because I don’t think it would have done the characters justice to do so. Frost is an author I adore so much because she doesn’t focus solely on the romance, she looks at the plot most heavily and the action and adventure that occurs within the novel and all the different events that unravel. The romance is far from being ignored, but she builds it on a realistic level. She starts at the bottom and forms foundations between the characters that can amount to relationships and this is clearly what occurs in Once Burned between Leila and Vlad. We get the sexual tension and eventually the sex between the two as we expect, but things aren’t fine and dandy like some authors create and there a lots of little pieces that I can see Frost carrying through that make for an intricate plot. However, I didn’t get nearly enough Vlad action in this novel. He is a man that’s dark and brooding, cold and calculated, but he’s so suave and archaic and I love it about him. He’s got a strong sense of loyalty and this is a man I would want, he’s not some cave man that claims Leila without a thought, there are reasoning’s to him and he’s smart. I just love everything Vlad.

I led my armies from the front, Vlad said. The proof was all over his body, from the scars that adorned his skin in random white patterns to the muscles that flexed and bunched with his slightest movement.”

Leila is one of my favourite heroines. She’s headstrong, she takes matters into her own hands and she really doesn’t depend upon Vlad. She even goes behind his back and I liked that she wasn’t afraid of Vlad. She was strong in her own right after everything that occurred to her and she certainly was kick-ass with her powers. There was lots of elements to Leila that made her a really likeable character that I could connect with. She also had this humorous edge to her that I loved. And she accepted the powers that she had and what this meant to her character rather than shunning it and going crazy about it, Leila made a refreshing character to this genre and I’m looking forward to her return in Twice Tempted where I hope she pursues Vlad with everything she’s got.

“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.”

The plot was fast-paced and full of action. I really enjoyed that side of things and I liked the peak of Cat and Bones that we saw, but whilst they were present for a very short time, they didn’t overshadow the novel which is Vlad and Leila’s story. Whilst Once Burned does not have to be read in conjunction with having read the Night Huntress series because it is a spin-off and the fact that the Night Huntress series is so brilliant, I would definitely suggest you go over and check it out right this instance. I find that Jeaniene Frost rarely disappoints and she has kept me entranced with her characters from start to finish. Her novels are well rounded with great characters both secondary and the protagonists, scorching romances and whirl-wind, guns-blazing plots that manage to become the focus of the novel whilst not detracting anything from the romance. Frost is an author for all kinds of people and I thoroughly recommend her!

5 books

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18 Comments

Filed under 2012 Publication, 5 Books, Adult, E-book, Jeaniene Frost, Paranormal Reading Challenge, Paranormal Romance, Vampires

18 responses to “Once Burned

  1. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I simply adore heroine who have a sense of humour. Leila sounds like a really likeable character! As does Vlad, in fact. I can’t resist dark and brooding, sometimes. 😉 I’m glad to hear that the romance is balanced with some emphasis on the rest of the plot. As much as I enjoy romance in books, I never want it to take over the main plot. I really need to try something by this author soon! Brilliant review, Livvy. 🙂

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      Yes, Leila and Vlad together create quite the humorous dynamic that works really well.

      She certainly is likeable and Vlad is gorgeous! You certainly do, she’s an awesome author! 🙂

  2. I have never read a book by Frost before, I know there is seriously something wrong with me, because after reading your review I kept thinking to myself that I would totally love something like this, Vlad sounds amazing! I love heroines which are headstrong instead of whiny all the time! Lovely review Livvy, I’m off to check whether my library has this in stock! 🙂

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      She is definitely an awesome author. I really enjoy reading her books and I definitely recommend the Night Huntress series too because the heroine is awesome and Bones is just all kinds of awesome and we get Vlad there too.
      They definitely aren’t whiny heroines that she writes! Thank you and hope you find this book! 🙂

  3. This was fun for what it was. I did think the Night Huntress lost steam, and Vlad was a great character. I do like that JF gives more action and adventure than typical romances, too.

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      It was, I think this gave a different direction to the Night Huntress series to revive it on a spinoff. Yes, that’s definitely what I like too! 🙂

  4. I honestly don’t remember much about this book. I remember Vlad being somewhat different than in the Night Huntress books, more precisely, I remember him not being as funny as I expected and missing it. I DID like this, but not as much as I’d hoped. I have high hopes for the sequel, though, and can’t wait to read it.
    Great review.

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      Yes, he was more conserved but I think we only see his relationship with Cat as friendship so maybe that’s part of the reason. The humour was still there, just darker. I’m glad you enjoyed this and I have high hopes for the sequel too! 🙂

  5. Vlad sounds great, and I really do need to read something by Frost.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  6. I skimmed through this since I haven’t read this series, but I do want to. I’m so glad that this author works out so well for you, Livvy! I know we talked about her on GR too, but I can’t wait to start her novels soon. Amazing review, dear! 🙂

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      Ahhh, yes, I don’t give too much away for the original series, but I definitely recommend her! 🙂 Thank you.

  7. Great review but I miss the nerdy facts !:) Are you still doing those? 🙂

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      Thanks. Yes, I am. It’s just I found it hard to drag them in for a couple of the more recent posts. I think my next review has the nerdy facts. And I won’t be doing it on every review, just ones where I can find something related! 🙂

  8. This review is PERFECT. I mean, I haven’t gotten around to reading Once Burned yet, I still do – I know, I fail as a Frost fan – but you’ve pinpointed exactly why I love Jeanienne Frost so much. She writes epic characters and epic romances without ever taking away attention from the plot. I love Vlad as a character, so I’m very excited to see more of him. My friend read this and was kind of disappointed about the image he has here, as obsessed with him as she is. 😉 But still, I can’t wait to see more of him and to be introduced to Leila. Wonderful review, Livvy! 🙂

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      Thank you!

      You will love it. I can see why fans of Vlad were a little disappointed, because there was something missing, but I think that’s because he’s more reserved with Leila as she’s not like Cat, she has the potential to hurt him.

      Still, it’s a great read. And I really hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it! 🙂

  9. I need to catch up with Cat and Bones. I read the 1st two and stopped there, but I loved the stories. I don’t think I met Vlad yet in the series, but he sounds delightful! I love broody and dark men, lol. This sounds like it’s going to be a great spinoff. Lovely review Livvy. 🙂

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      Yes, you definitely need to catch up since the series is brilliant! 🙂 And the spinoff series looks to be awesome too. No, you probably haven’t met Vlad, but I’m sure you will soon! 🙂

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