Title: Once Burned
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: The Night Prince
Date Started: March 28
Date Finished: April 2
Format: ebook from the digital library
So the one burning question I’ve had since Vlad got introduced during The Night Huntress series was what is the connection between Cat and him? They’re not really romantically interested in each other, but their friendship goes beyond a normal friendship. And I have a theory after reading Once Burned. What if, somehow, Cat and Vlad are long lost relatives or something? Stick with me here. It is possible considering Vlad had children before he was turned and what other explanation is there for their similar humor and sarcasm? Most of which is apparent – for Vlad – in this book? Ponder that for a while.
Anyway, Once Burned follows the tale of the Leila or as she goes by Frankie (a twist on the nickname Frankenstein she got while in junior high). When she was a teenager, she was in an accident that involved power lines. She was in a coma and when she woke up she had a horrible scar on the right side of her temple down to her right arm. But that wasn’t the only thing she had. She woke up with the abilities to see people’s past, present, and future, and the ability to hold an electrical charge in her right hand. She was labeled a freak and she disappeared. She joined the circus where her abilities weren’t frowned upon and there she met the vampire Marty. While practicing her routine one day, Leila gets kidnapped by a group of vampires who have heard of her abilities and want her to touch an object to find someone that they’re hunting.
She does and the person their searching for turns out to be Vlad. As a mind reader he’s able to tell that Leila has linked to him and he wants to know how she got into his mind. Deciding to use this against the group of vampires who kidnapped her she tells him the truth and he comes to her rescue. Sort of. As we all know Vlad is very stubborn and takes Leila and her friend Marty (who also came to her rescue) hostage to learn more about her powers and to find out who is after him. Leila isn’t too keen on this and tries to fight, but when she touches him she takes a glimpse of their future and it involves a bed. Oh, what fun.
Jeaniene Frost has a gift. She’s a masterful story teller with an art for taking two characters and creating such a sexual tense atmosphere that other than reading for the story you also want to see these two characters finally come together. And when Leila and Vlad come together…let’s just say it’s a good thing that he’s fire proof. Whoa. Leila is a very interesting character too. Like Cat from the Night Huntress series, she’s been ostracized because of her unique gifts, but unlike Cat, Leila didn’t really want to get into the vampire world and is still very new to the way their world works. When she realizes that Vlad likes to torture information out of his victims it gets rather intense (in a non sexual way) between them. Same goes for when she realizes that Vlad had her parents under scrutiny to maybe use against her if she didn’t want to help him on her own. The slap he gets for that one was quite comical actually.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Only complaint about Frost’s villains is the fact that they’re mostly after one of two things – power or revenge. Next time try switching it up a little bit, although who knows what’s going to happen next book? Since I have a feeling the villain (whose name is ridiculously hard to spell) is still alive. And what about Vlad’s aura surrounding Lelia which seems to have negated her abilities? Will it wear off? Or is she stuck with it? I’m burning to know!
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