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Once Burned (Night Prince #1)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  46,056 Ratings  ·  3,428 Reviews
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  w
Published June 26th 2012 by HarperAudio
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Sara Joharshamshiri Yes, and no. There is very little mention of the NH characters in the first 2 books, but a reaaaally big spoiler about them in the third one, so if…moreYes, and no. There is very little mention of the NH characters in the first 2 books, but a reaaaally big spoiler about them in the third one, so if you MUST start with NP, I'd say read the first two then switch to the beginning of NH. That being said, I think the world would make better sense if you start with NH. Another reason why you might want to consider reading the books in the right order is that Vlad's character is a recurrent one through out the books that lead up to NP, and I think by skipping those you miss out on a lot. (less)
Sydney I would say no. Its an adult book based on characters and content.

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Ilona Andrews
Feb 08, 2012 Ilona Andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: friends-books
Disclaimer: Jeaniene and I are BFF.

There are many Draculas but there is only one Vlad. Hehehehe.

Loved it. It reminded me of Halfway to the Grave in the best possible way: it has the same blend of action and intimacy. There is a lot of violence, but the focus is on Vlad and Leila. This book is like watching the leading couple lost in a kiss while things are blowing up all around them.
Gena Showalter
Jan 27, 2016 Gena Showalter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Jeaniene Frost. I've read every book she's published, and they are all on my keeper shelf. From the beginning her version of Vlad has captivated me. I'm so glad he got his own series. He is one of my favorite heroes. Bad to the bone, delicious, sarcastic, keeps himself set apart (for good reason!) but wow, when he falls for a girl, he FALLs for a girl. It's magic to read.
Amy Jacobs
Apr 17, 2012 Amy Jacobs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
OH. MY. GOD!!!! It is finally here! The book we have all been waiting for in the great world that author Jeaniene Frost has created. We finally get Vlad in all of his sexy glory. I admit that when this book arrived for me to review, I almost fell over from excitement. I screamed in joy, overheated at the sexy cover, and even told my family to get the heck out of the way while I ran for my favorite reading chair. The family went without dinner. They were not allowed to bother me. All regular chor ...more
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Electrifying Stars


First read 3/2/2014 Reread 12/2/2015

"I'll ask a second time," his deep, slightly accented voice said. "Who are you, and how the hell are you inside my head?"-Vlad

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"What made you choose the name Vlad?" I asked, unable to resist adding, "It's not the most original vampire name you could have picked, after all." Instead of being offended, that little smirk was back. "I'm the only authentic Vlad. Everyone else is merely an envious imitation."-Leila and Vlad

Once Burned,
Nov 15, 2009 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Night Huntress, PNR, & UF fans
Shelves: pnr-vampires, favorites, yowza-hotness, urban-fantasy, i-read-own-faves-keepers, made-me-cry, author-jeaniene-frost, hero-im-gaga-over, heroine-i-adore, hero-antihero-gamma, hero-abused-scarred-tortured-angst, favorite-romance-series, hero-stud-mantel-hall-of-fame, heroine-abused-traumatic-past-rape, im-a-cover-hottie-ho, why-do-good-girls-like-bad-boys, humorous-at-times-or-fluffy-fun, heroine-naïve-virgin-like-a-virgin, series-night-huntress-prince-world, favorite-romance-couple-hh-pairings, hero-cold-cruelbrute-dark-dangerous, captive-kidnapped-hostage-slave, hero-stalk-me-baby-possessive, heroine-kickass-spirited-strong, enemies-to-lovers-opposites-attract, hh-widow-or-widower, hero-expert-skilled-voracious-lover, rt-book-reviews-top-pick, pov-first-person, hero-or-heroine-exotic, angsty-dark-heavy-lotsa-drama, psychic-special-abilities-powers, hh-disfigured-injured-scarred-ill, hh-sweet-nice-paired-vs-gruff-cynic, favorite-hottest-love-scenes-nookie, hh-aristocracy-nobility-royalty, hh-warrior, star-crossed-lovers, i-read-kindle, kindle, 5-stars, steam-3-hot, hero-brooding, hh-love-commitment-marriage-phobic, hero-daddy-warbucks-wealthy, pnr-paranormal-romance, ending-abrupt-poor-epilogue-needed, best-snarkasm-humor, a-all-time-favorite-heroine, hero-bad-guy-ruthless-villainous, hh-on-the-run-in-hiding, hh-famous-celebrity, 2012-reads, best-fave-reads-of-2012, best-secondary-characters-ensemble, heroine-plucky-lively-feisty-spunky, hero-uber-alpha-domineering, badass-kickass-motha-fucka, action-packed, violence-reader-discretion-advised, villain-uber-bad-nasty, hero-alpha, hero-dark-scary-cool-dangerous-dude, heroine-sassy-full-of-attitude, hero-uber-tortured-zsadist-esque, hh-same-couple-trilogy-or-series, hero-cocky-conceited-arrogant-ego, hero-dark
5 stars – Vampire/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance

Thoughts Before Reading:

I am practically panting and salivating for Vlad’s book!

Thoughts After Reading:

I am practically panting and salivating for Vlad’s next book!

Like I said in my status update...Bones might be the reigning king of chapter 32, but Vlad is the Night Prince of chapter 23! Yowza! Inferno hotness!

But in all seriousness...Bones is one of my all-time favorite Romancelandia husbands, and even though Vlad made a powerful showing, Bones
CerejaCult CerejaCult
Vlad, Vlad, Vlad, VLAD!!!!!!!!!

Kat Kennedy
I gave this four stars.

*Rocks backwards and forwards*

What is happening to me?! What am I turning into?

I just really liked how plot-heavy is was. And it's not Cat or Bones whose relationship I'm happy to put away for now. I liked Vlad as a character but I thought it was Leila who really made this novel.

It's not the usual backwards and forwards.

Her: "I really like him but I don't know if he likes me."

Him: "Wow. I really like you."

Her: "He's just saying that because he wants someone. I wish it wer
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Aug 28, 2011 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read with my eff girls

At least that's what Jeaniene Frost wants us to believe.

"If I felt nothing more for you than lust, Maximus would be on that pole for a week, and you, my lovely interloper, would not be here with me now."

Hardly the words you'd find on a Hallmark card, but they caused a glow of happiness nonetheless.

3.5 stars. Okay, so I might be exaggerating just a little. Vlad Tepesh (a.k.a. the Dracula) was still up to his pole-impaling ways, although he didn't come off nearly as menacing as the legend portra
Dec 08, 2010 Lora marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pr-uf-crossbreed
My mouth is literally watering whilst thinking about Vlad - he is one sexy a$$ed mofo. Can't wait for this^^
Jul 24, 2011 Schay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't like beards.
But I like Vlad.
So I just imagine Vlad without a beard, until Frost mentions his stupid beard, and then I get annoyed all over again.
I <3 Jeaniene Frost.

IT'S NOT A BEARD! (Yes, I know I'm super late lol)

I love him. That is all.

P.S. Leila's slap was definitely one of the highlights of the book. You go, gurl!
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Once Burned is a radical improvement over the last few Night Huntress books, but unfortunately, that isn’t saying much. Cat and Bones have been losing steam, but their world still has so much to give, which in some ways makes this a very smart move. I was a bit skeptical at first (aren’t I always?) about Frost using such a huge historical figure as a protagonist, but she handled that part well: she stayed very close to what the world knows about the real Vlad III Tepes.

However, she didn’t stay
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
I think I'm probably the only person on the planet who hasn't read Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, even though Cat and Bones get rave reviews. But I found Once Burned, the first book in her Night Prince series available via audio from my library, so I decided to give it a shot.

First, the story - I really enjoyed it! Fun, sexy, intriguing, the world, the people, the plot....everything combined made this a very entertaining read. Vlad is one crazy alpha vampire and in my opinion, he stole
Alex is The Romance Fox
Having met Vlad before in the Night Huntress Series, I was really excited that he would be getting his very own book.

Once Burned the 1st book in the Night Prince Series begins when Vlad rescues Leila, whose gifts may be a way that vampires could take him down.

He takes her to his castle in Romania, where he promises to protect her and also to give her the real story of Vlad aka Dracula……
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The story is told by Leila’s POV – transformed instead of being killed when she touched a power line, she’s
Mandi Schreiner
Apr 17, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
I’m a big fan of Jeaniene Frost’s books. Her Night Huntress series rocks my world – hello – it’s Bones, and he is just one of the best alpha heroes out there. But I will say, the past few Bones and Cat books haven’t been my favorites in the series. So when I sat down with Once Burned, the first in her new Night Prince spin-off series featuring Vlad (currently two books are planned) I was very excited for this one. I adore Vlad, who makes many appearances in her world. And I really enjoyed this b ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

It was in 2011, what seems like forever ago, that Jeaniene Frost wrote some of the most *squee* educing words on her blog ever.

“I am also contracted to write the first two books in a new series featuring – you guessed it – Vlad as the hero.”


I swear, there was a small worldwide earthquake the day Jeaniene announced that caused by all the women who *squeed* upon hearing that news.

For any of you read the Night Huntress series, you are we
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Is it just me or the cover model is Paul Marron? If yes, then lots of contracts on the dude's head this year!
P.S. That's not how I see Vlad, not even close.
P.P.S. I really don't like the cover. At all!

Vlad is one of my favorite characters in the Night Huntress world. Since I love him so much I doubt that I need to add more reasons to why I was having such high expectations for Once Burned. Plus, it’s Jeaniene Frost we’re talking about here. Well, you can say that my expectations were tremendous
Jul 31, 2011 Tynga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once Burned is the first book in the Night Prince series, a spin-off of the Night Huntress series, and is featuring my favorite character: Vlad! Vlad has been my favorite since he made his first appearance in the original series and when I learnt he’d have a series of his own, I was beyond ecstatic and Once Burned didn’t disappoint!

Once Burned is narrated by Leila, a human girl with rather unusual abilities. After she touched a downed power line in her early teenage years, and miraculously surv
Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana
Warning:Its bitchy and not comprehensive as a review at all so please, no whining
2.5 stars

Well. I'm Disappointed. Is that it?

I get it, Its a series we've got to leave some stuff for the next books, but that doesn't excuse ...ummm this lack luster start to a series.

Frost has great characters to build off of but doesn't deliver Its really quite annoying. The book was boring and the characters weren't even that likable. I expect way more of a paranormal vet who has a much anticipated novel. I mean

3 1/2 Tepid Stars for Vlad Tepesh!!

Don't expect to get that same feeling when you first read about Cat and Bones, this book can't hold a candle to Halfway to the Grave, but in it's own right it was pretty good! I was actually kind of glad that JF gave Vlad and Leila a story that didn't mirror our beloved couple. I did feel though, the Vlad in Once Burned was a different Vlad who we met in the Night Huntress series. I'm not sure what it was, but something was missing. Had I read this series, neve
Brittany B.
If Vlad is the Night Prince, Bones is still the undisputed King!

I'm not writing a big review. (because I'm scared to lose my favorite friends over this book...)

I think it's a fun read, and I love the actual Vlad history and locations throughout Romania that Frost writes about.
But I didn't feel a lot of heart in this book. It was steamy, to be sure, but I think Vlad has shown himself to be a better guy than he is in this book. He is harder and scarier in Once Burned than he ever is in Night
3.5 stars

This was a strong start to the series, but what it lacked was the Hero POV. Because that was lacking, he felt cold and distant. I had a really hard time connecting. He is not known for being warm and fuzzy and is pretty silent so it is understandable the heroine and I both had issues figuring him out. I mean he is a Vlad the Implaler.

The dead ex does not play a huge part so not really an issue for me like it normally would be.

There was a lot of action, the heroine was pretty brave and
"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 his fast I'd jump on him."

"And that would kill him," Vlad noted.

Oh wow!! Once again Jeaniene Frost has blown my mind!! While reading Once Burned I had the same euphoric feeling I had while reading Halfway To The Grave for the very first time. Although Bones and Vlad are completely diff
Once Burned was my most-anticipated release of 2012, second only to Iced: A Dani O'Malley Novel. And while it was, thankfully, not a disappointment, it wasn't as great as I'd hoped it'd be either.

I feel like this isn't the Vlad we've come to know and love from Night Huntress. This Vlad was almost a stranger to me, and if he's treated as a new character, his personality wasn't too bad. But if you keep in mind every witty comment he has imparted in the past along with his friendship with Cat and h
~ Becs ~
It’s so good to be back in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress World and it’s been a while – probably almost a year since the last Cat and Bones story and that was just a novella. I had to spend a few moments reacquainting myself with the rules. Can the vamps go out in the sun – yes unless they’re newbies. Does a wooden stake kill them – no. Do they sparkle in the sunshine – nope!

It only took a few minutes with Vlad for it all to coming back but we’ll start with Leila.

After touching a live power cab
Nov 06, 2012 Joanita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves UF and romance!
“That one tickled. If electrocution is your way of flirting, I commend you on your originality.”

Leila Dalton learned at thirteen that life is full of darkness. A tragic accident left her body scarred, her dreams in ashes and with the terrifying ability to channel electricity and see the past, present and future of a person with a mere touch. When Leila inadvertently saves a woman’s life, her sudden celebrity status makes her the focus of evil men who needs her to find the world’s most feared

Katie Michaels
Jun 10, 2012 Katie Michaels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeaniene Frost is back. Not that she went anywhere, really. But the last couple of Cat & Bones books didn't quite knock it out of the park for me. This book most assuredly did.

Once Burned is the long awaited Night Huntress spinoff, featuring Vlad. Right off the bat, I have to tell you that he makes this book sing. Not every cocky hero is a winner. In fact, most of them are downright off-putting for me. But Vlad finds just the right balance of swagger and depth. He is arrogant, but his walk m
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
July 19, 2015 - All three from this series are part of the Kindle Daily Deal - $1.99 each.

If you like vampire PNR, this is a decent series. But the Night Huntress series (by the same author) is better.

This was pretty good paranormal romance. I wasn't expecting the POV to come from someone other than Vlad, but I guess he'd be pretty tough to write. Leila was one of the more likeable female PNR protagonists. One huge thing that was missing was the funny Vlad
Apr 19, 2011 valee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was everything I expected and more. While I used to be a HUGE fan of the Night Huntress series I got a bit bored with it at the end. This series reminded me of the good times I got from that series. We are still getting to know the characters, we get that there's a lot we still don't know and that it'll be revealing to us very slowly. Oh, the need to know more...

The Heroine is amazing, for some reason I wasn't expecting that, but she really surprised me. And Vlad, well, he actually was
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Damn, Vlad is gorgeous.
Laila's perspective on Bones was really interesting:
He was also handsome in a too-pretty way that made me think with less muscles, a wig, and some makeup, he’d look great in a dress.

=D I'm not used to picturing him in such a feminine way.


yeah!!!!!! Vlad!!!! wooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! yummy fire-powered vamp!
helloooooooooo cover. ohhhhhhhh, not what i imagined Vlad to look like but i'm certainly not gonna complain ;)

20% of this book is out now, so if yo
Jacqueline's Reads
Feb 25, 2017 Jacqueline's Reads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jacqueline's Reads by: Rachel Reads Ravenously
5.5 Smokin’ hot hot hot Stars

Once Burned is part of the Night Prince series. This is my first Jeaniene Frost book. I believe this series is a spin-off of her Night Huntress series, but you don’t need to read the Night Huntress series in order to understand the Night Prince series.

Okay, so my book pusher told me about this author a while now and I did one-click her books, but I never got around to reading them. Until now.

I want to slap myself in the face because I should have read this book a LO
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Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside fr ...more
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“No, I do my torturing in the dungeon like any other respectable castle owner,” 202 likes
“That one tickled. If electrocution is your way of flirting, I commend you on your originality.” 170 likes
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