Early Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #1)


Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #1)Once Burned (Night Prince #1)
Jeaniene Frost
Published: June 26, 2012 (Avon)
Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon

Review by: Chelsea

Rating (out of 5): 5 stars

As a long-time fan of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, I can’t believe I’m about to say this. Vlad, the hero of Once Burned, gives Bones a run for his money.

Readers of the Night Huntress series (first book: Halfway to the Grave) have met Vlad — as in the basis for Dracula, but please don’t mention it to him. We’ve seen him flex his master vampire skills — pyrokinesis and mindreading. But he’d never been one to make my knees go all gooey. Apparently that was just because we hadn’t had any time alone together.

Vlad is ruthless and incredibly loyal. These traits assure safety to those under his protection, and that means Leila. She’s clever and engaging as a heroine. I quickly liked her, and liked even more that she pushes Vlad’s buttons. A childhood accident has left her with preternatural abilities. First, anyone who touches her gets shocked with electricity. (Vlad can’t burn, so she can touch him. And she does.) Second, if she touches that person with her right hand, she’ll get a glimpse of his or her past/present/future. She can force these premonitions by touching objects as well.

Vlad understands just how valuable Leila would be to the vampire community. He protects her and encourages her to help him find others hunting her. The plot is twisty enough to keep you curious with a nice mystery element, but the core of Once Burned is Vlad and Leila.

The chemistry between Vlad and Leila is overwhelming and heart-stopping and real. He’s an incredibly protective alpha type. She’s a strong woman used to being on the run. She forces him to listen. He makes her quit running. And there is plenty of “mine” and blood and sexytimes.

If you want a can’t-put-it-down-even-to-eat paranormal romance, pick up Once Burned. Even if you haven’t read the Night Huntress books — which, really, you should — you will get wrapped up in Vlad and Leila’s story. Promise.

Sexual content: Graphic sex

12 Responses to “Early Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #1)”

  1. Mandi says:

    I liked this one a lot. 🙂

  2. Jackie says:

    After reading this review waiting the next week will be even harder.

  3. Melanie says:

    Can’t wait. Very hard decision to make on Tuesday, Vlad or Terrible????

  4. Kelly says:

    Do I need to read all of the other books in NH and NHW before I read this book?

  5. Irene says:

    Can’t wait for Vlad. I have him on pre-order. If only it wasn’t just the book.

  6. Julie says:

    I don’t know Chelsea…..”give Bones a run for his money”???…..Bones is pretty much top of the “alpha heap” for me. But, I’m looking forward to finding out on the 26th.

  7. Nancy says:

    Just found out that Jeaniene’s release party is going to be in Asheville, NC (only about an hour away from where I live). So excited – Anyone else in the area attending??? If I have the chance I thought I would ask how she would handle it if Bones and Vlad were competing against on another in the 2013 Alpha Showdown Finals? The banter back and forth would be priceless!!

  8. Symantha says:

    I am so excited!!! I can’t wait. I could kill my “OOPS” delivery guy…. can’t read a correct address or something and returned my book as undeliverable!! I am dying inside..

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