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Once Burned

(Night Prince #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  64,529 ratings  ·  4,146 reviews
Listening Length: 8 hours and 25 minutes

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
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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 yo…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)
Shannon Fay I LOVE the Night Huntress series to death. But if you don't care for book 5, I think you probably won't care for book 6. Book 5, for it's part is a li…moreI LOVE the Night Huntress series to death. But if you don't care for book 5, I think you probably won't care for book 6. Book 5, for it's part is a little slower in the middle, but the ending I feel like makes it worth it and really ties everything together and delivers the action that you expect from this series. book 6 was my least favourite of the series, but it's still worth reading. If you're not a fan though, just skim over the parts you know you can skip. the final book though, I feel like that ends the series with the best possible bang and embodies EVERYTHING that the night huntress books are about.

I say all this so you know that when I honestly recommend the night prince books, it's not just blind love for this world, because I liked certain night huntress books better than others. And I think if you liked the first 4 the best, then you'll like these, because it's got a similar vibe. and if you liked Vlad at all, then DEFINITELY read them, because he's just as intense as ever(less)

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Electrifying Stars


First read 3/2/2014
Reread 12/2/2015
Re reread 11/28/2019
Reread 4/27/21

"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 i
Gena Showalter
Jan 27, 2016 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. ...more
Amy Jacobs
Apr 17, 2012 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
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
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
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had it on my bookshelf for ages, so I decided that I should finally read it. I loved Vlad in Cat&Bones books. I love him in this book too. And Leila seemed a bit less annoying than Cat. So this was a pretty nice surprise.
I just hope that Vlad will keep his bloodthirsty and cruel personality. That's why I like him so much. Thought, he is starting listening to Leila way too much. Come on she is a human; he lived for centuries. Who is going to be right and have a better plan?
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Aug 28, 2011 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 port
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 li
chan ☆
didn't realize this was a circus sideshow romance but uh... realizing i'm not into carny/circus shit. so this wasn't a fave.

review to probably not come
Dec 08, 2010 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^^ ...more
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
Sophia Triad
"People frequently bore me, sometimes amuse me, most often irritate me, but rarely intrigue me."

The sexiest version of Dracula that I have ever read...

...And I am so happy that he has been paired with a equally badass heroine.

Leila is a strange girl who works in carnivals . She knows about monsters. She lives with “freaks”. The people of Gibsonton are a bearded lady, the lizard scale tattoo guy, the eight foot guy, the fourteen-inch waist lady etc. But maybe the scariest monster that she kn
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
Jul 24, 2011 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!
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
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Reread 9/2020

Upgraded to 5 stars upon a reread. I can't believe that the majority of my friends haven't read this series, it's so amazing. Humor, adventure, and hot at the same time. I'd write a real review but I'm too lazy.


4.5 stars

Vlad was cool, Leila was awesome.

That is all.

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Apr 17, 2012 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 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 well
Jul 31, 2011 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
Robin (Bridge Four)
Re-read with the UF crew at BB&B

3.75 Stars

Vlad fans this one is for you.

“I’m the only authentic Vlad. Everyone else is merely an envious imitation.”

Vlad was one of my favorite characters from the Night Huntress series and in this book I don’t think he disappoints. JF did a great job of making Vlad completely likable while still impaling people who fail him on stakes. You could read this book without reading the Night Huntress Series but I think that it wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable.

When Funmi Met Romance
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
May 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Look, I don't blame you for disliking Vlad. He impaled you...Still, there's another side to him."

Ha ha ha!! Really? A romance-novel about Vlad the f*ing Impaler? He's a nice guy! Sure, he has poles in his yard and in his dungeon, and continues to impale people on a regular basis, but still - he's hot. Being hot makes up for his murderous, torturing ways! Oh, baby, I love the sexy way you pound those poles through people's body's... pound it, baby, pound it! And, the background noise of your
Jul 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm impressed. I never thought one person could stuff THIS much cliches in one book. This book just reassures me of the idea that female authors have this inherent disrespect for their readers; they just think "hey, throw in two fuck bunnies with no plot whatsoever and those idiots will LOVE it."

Alas, we don't.

So okay, I shall now make a short list of the most prominent cliches:



-He is the actual count Dracula. (if the first two weren't clear enough).

-Of all the women in the world

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
~ 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
"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
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
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
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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, the Broken Destiny series, and the new Night Rebel series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in Florida with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on ...more

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