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First published March 26, 2013
I really liked this book. Lost myself into the story and loved reading Vlad & Leila’s love story….it’s impossible not to root for their HEA…
"I'd rather bleed to death."
"If you were anyone else, those would be your last words."
Two vampires hung from the spiked silver chains embedded in the rock, a third impaled in front of them.
"That's sick, I breathed."
"I can barely stand the sight of you because you're more beautiful than I've allowed myself to remember."
EXCELLENT: The characteristics of a 5 star story include: an awesome story; and, I love everything about the story — characters, plot, and story elements. I would definitely read it again and I would highly recommend it to a friend and rave about it often.Initial Reaction: The. Best. Story. Ever. Jeaniene Frost manages to top herself every time!!!
Quality of writing: ExcellentMy Thoughts:
Pace: Fast and fluid
Characters: Dynamic! Absolutely captivating. We see one of history's fictional doppleganger's at his finest. Vlad is the ultimate definition of a lover and a fighter and Leila was no slacker in the kick a$$ heroine department. She almost rivals Cat in her fierceness. All of the characters were well thought out in how they acted as individuals and together.
Plot development: Superb. Highly detailed and full of intricacies that kept the reader fully engaged in the story.
Story line: Exceptional! This is one of Frost's best stories and I love all of her books.
Enjoyability: Clearly there is something wrong if you've reached this point in this brief review and haven't realized that I loved this story *smile*.
My emotions were all over the map while reading Twice Tempted.
<--At the Beginning (because I was so happy to be reading it)
When Leila left...
When Vlad came after her...
When Maximus left...
-->At the End (because I was sorry to see it end).
Heat Level: Smoking hotttttt...quite literally
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His lips curled into something that wasn’t quite a smile. “You don’t really want me to love you, Leila.”
I let out a soft scoff. “Is that what you tell yourself?”
“It’s what I know,” he said, a touch of anger coloring his tone.
Possible spoilers ahead
With Leila’s abilities leaving her after Vlad saved her at the end of the previous book and Vlad distancing himself from her, Leila isn’t sure what the future holds for her. But she refuses to accept the little Vlad is willing to give of himself, knowing he’s capable of more. She has given him all of her, and she won’t settle for less from him.
But Vlad is determined to keep his heart locked away and Leila soon finds herself back at the carnival circuit where it seems danger followed her. When tragedy strikes Leila doesn’t know whom to trust – Vlad the vampire who crushed her heart or his right-hand man who wants to be more than just Leila’s friend. Can Leila stay alive long enough to find the enemy intent on killing her?
Vlad made a sound too harsh to be a growl. “You won’t be satisfied until you’ve brought me to my knees, is that it?”
“Why not?” It shot out of me with all the recklessness of my still-broken heart. “You brought me to mine.”
I loved Leila in this book, how she wouldn’t just accept the little Vlad was willing to offer her, that she forced him to realise his true feelings for her. I love how she continues to stand up to his controlling ways, but that she’s also learning to compromise. She’s still as feisty and reckless at times like in the first book, and I love that about her.
“You’re the scariest man I’ve ever met, but I am not afraid of you. As for your enemies, let them come. I’ve survived them before and I will again.”
“You should be afraid. Very afraid. Before, I told you if you wanted to end things between us, I would let you go, but, Leila”—his voice deepened—“I lied.”
I adored Vlad. He’s one of the most complex heroes I’ve ever read, so good at keeping his true feelings hidden. His arrogance and stubbornness made me want to slap and jump him at times ;-D The fact that he’s not a good man, he’s not called Vlad the Impaler for nothing, but he’s also not evil, makes me love him even more. He’s loyal to those who are loyal to him and his painful and violent past has made him appreciate the things that most people take for granted. I loved his fierce protectiveness and possessiveness over Leila and once he let go of the tight control over his feelings, showing her how much she means to him, I was in romance heaven.
“How often must I tell you that you mean more to me than vengeance? I can live without defeating my enemies, but I cannot live without you.”
These two are one of my favorite couples ever! I thought their feelings were intense in the first book but it was nothing compared to this book. Their passion, their hurt and pain and their love sizzled across the pages. I love how their relationship continues to grow, the ups and downs of it, especially the downs because of Vlad not wanting to admit to himself what Leila really meant to him. All of it just made their romance that just more palpable. And the sexy times were SCORCHING!
The plot was excellent, so gripping and suspenseful with Leila trying to figure out who was trying to kill her, her uncertainty about who she can trust, and wondering if and when Leila and Vlad will get together again. The secondary characters were awesome, especially Maximus and I really wish he would get his own HEA too.
I didn’t think I could love this book more than I loved the first one, but I did. The emotional rollercoaster ride of their romance, all the angst they had to go through, and the captivating suspense and action was excellent! I loved everything about this book and I can’t wait to read the next book especially not after that ending. This is UF writing at its best. Highly recommended!
I just love Vlad and Leila, and finally Vlad realises how he feels about Leila.
This is a must read for all romance readers, you can't go wrong with Jeaniene Frost. I can't wait for the next installment.