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Preview — Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
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“An author who delivers only the best.”
“Put Jeaniene Frost on your must-read list!”
—Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author
Spinning off from her wildly successful, New York Times bestselling Night Huntress novels featuring vampire soulmates Cat and Bones, Jeaniene Frost kicks off the thrilling new Night Prince series with Once Burned. Vlad Tepesh, th...more
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.
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
"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, ...more
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 ...more
*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 ...more
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?
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……
The story is told by Leila’s POV – transformed instead of being killed when she touched a power line, she’s ...more
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 ...more
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!
However, she didn’t stay ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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