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Once Burned (Night Prince #1)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  32,105 ratings  ·  2,883 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
Mass Market Paperback, 346 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Avon
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Ilona Andrews
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.
Amy Jacobs
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
Jan 04, 2015 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Night Huntress, PNR, & UF fans
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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
E.V.Franzmnn E.V.Franzmnn
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)
Jul 06, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 3 of 5 stars
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 portray
Dec 08, 2010 Lora marked it as to-read
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^^
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
Mandi Schreiner
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
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 wel
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
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
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
Sophia (FV)
Wow!! I really enjoyed this book!! The heroine was great which is good since the story is told from her POV. Seriously, she was awesome, like kick ass, take names awesome. :)

Vlad has always been one of my favorite secondary characters in the Night Huntress books and I loved him in this one. But I wanted more Vlad because I'm greedy. He's arrogant, alpha and to quote him from a Night Huntress book *bangs head...which one? help me out here*, he's "nummy, nummy". LOL

Vlad's world is very violent a
"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
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
is mee... kissa
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 you
Jen (Red Hot Books)
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
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
Monique ~ Sinfully... Addicted to All Male Romance
I am not going to do a long drawn out review of this book, as it has been done so well by so many before me.

I enjoyed this book and I really liked Leila's personality, I think she really grew into herself during the course of the book. Excellent cast of characters, particularly liked Marty.

As it was told purely from Leila's POV with only dialogue from Vald, I felt a bit cheated....I wanted more from him, I wanted to know what was going on in his head?

Also, this is the first part of a series and
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

An ode to Vlad...

Because you are fierce as few others
Because you are caring to your friends and your people
Because you are a protector amongst villains
All that raw passion, sensuality and heat
You make me melt with just a touch, just a look or a simple word
There is no other like you
I bow to thee
You have my love, my heart, and even though you've found The One know that you will always be number one for me


What can I say? I'm in love
Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)
On sale at Amazon for $1.99 (1-19-2015)

If you like vampire PNR, this is a decent series. The new one comes out January 27, 2015

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 from the Night Huntress series. I guess with the plot, it was understanda
Ta§chima Cullen
Update 5/17/2012

Listen up people! Exclusive content of Once Burned is now online at Jeaniene Frost's Facebook page!!! Going to go read it right now but I thought I should let you guys know.

Update 1/31/2012

It has a cover and the cover model is hot as hell. Hmmm I can certainly imagine him being Vlad, actually not so far off from what I had in my mind anyways ;)

I can also imagine him being Dimitri Belikov (Vampire Academy) for some strange reason.

This is what we ALL have been waiting for, Vald's
Well, this is really disappointing.

You see, the cover of the book is a male.
It says.. "A night prince novel".
So, it is about Vlad right?
Because HE IS the Night Prince. Right?

I had always love Vlad.
So I am literally squeeing when I got the book.
So finally, I start this book after reading all the rave reviews and then I got Leila . *blank face*

Chapter 1.. Chapter 2... Chapter 3.. oh.. there he is.. Vlad!
My bad-ass, dark humor hero... and then.. it is switched back to Leila. *scratched head, turn
Aestas Book Blog
"I want to know what your end game is."
Another flash of teeth, this time showing his fangs. "To have you screaming my name within the hour."

The Vlad we have come to love from the Night Huntress series finally gets his own series!

I liked it the book - it was a good light PNR read. But honestly, Vlad felt a little different here than he did in the NH series and this book just didn't have quite the same heart-racing intensity that the Cat & Bones books have, but still, it did not disappoint
Stacey Kennedy
Vlad is an ass, but his ass is S.E.X.Y. Oh, this story was delicious! It had everything to be a perfect read that I couldn’t put down—sexual tension, a hero to drool over, wicked action, a heroine with an awesome ability that makes her special, bad guys that I wanted to disembowel, a fast-paced intriguing plot, and yummy sex scenes with the hints of love! I couldn’t get enough of watching the ridiculously arrogant, Vlad, do sweet things for Leila, even if they were showed in odd ways. Sigh. Yes, ...more
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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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