Once Burned (Night Prince #1) by Jeaniene Frost

Publication Date: June 26th, 2012
Avon Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 4 out of 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.

Leila has the deadly touch; an accident left her with a power lethal enough to kill anyone. As such, she grew up with as minimal contact with anyone, most of all her family. She also has psychometric abilities – the power to see the past, present and the future of a person with one touch. These made her susceptible to any forces who’d want to take advantage of her powers. When she was kidnapped by a group of vampires, her quick thinking landed her right in the path of the most powerful vampire of all – Vlad Tepesh. But could she trust him enough to be an ally? or would he be an eventual enemy? Leila must learn to use her powers to full capacity as she’s thrust into the world of Vlad – where old enemies has a way of resurrecting hatred and revenge that spans centuries old.

Vlad Tepesh…this king of vamps seems to be so forgettable in the Night Huntress series – to me anyway. I can’t seem to remember him but that’s probably because it’d been too long since I’ve been back in the world of Cat and Bones. I think I’m still two books behind on the series. I didn’t have any preconceived expectations about this book other than the fact that I knew Frost would never disappoint. Well, she delivered.

For the most part, I think this initial offering to a brand new series had the triumvirate of a good PNR read: romance, legendary characters right out of mythology, and the right blending of the fantastical and realistic world. Not to mention a human heroine who can go toe-to-toe with the best of them. I especially loved Leila’s powers and how she came upon them. And like Cat, Frost just gave her enough chutzpah to make for an admirable, believable character.

VERDICT: Much like Frost’s Night Huntress series, Night Prince promises to be a series to watch for – an annual itch to be scratched. With lead characters who could give Cat and Bones a run for their money and pages ripe with action and romance, Once Burned perfectly encapsulates Frost’s innate ability to deliver an electrifying and addicting read. A couple of pages in and I was right in the thick of things, wanting to read faster but hesitant to do so. I just know that the wait for the next book would be painful.

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