Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Once Burned - 1st in the Night Prince series
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Release Date: June 2012
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present day Florida and Romania
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Jeaniene's Website/Blog: www.jeanienefrost.com
Leila has come to accept her fate. She accepted this fate long ago after her horrific accident. As she was trying to save a loved one, she was hit with an electrical wire and lived to tell about it. She is now able to use the electricity that runs through her but is not able to touch anyone or they feel the current running through her. Leila did however find a traveling circus where the people are all freaks in their own right and have treated Leila like family. Leila has also learned of another ability she possesses thanks to the accident. She is able to touch objects and people and divine their past, present and future. This ability will prove to be very useful to the wrong kind of people.
As Leila is practicing her circus act one day, a group of gentleman enters and kidnaps her. They are not ordinary humans though; they are a group of vampires bent on using her abilities for their gain. These vampires are aware of her special gifts and convince her to use them to help find the most famous vampire to date: Dracula. They want to know where he is and how to get into his lair so that they may kill him for their master. Leila decides to use her ability to plead for help from Dracula. Leila however is unprepared for her heart’s reaction to seeing the world’s most notorious vampire up close and personal.
Vlad Tepesh hates to be called Dracula. It truly sets his teeth on edge and ignites the fire that he is able to control. This ability to control fire makes him target number one with his enemies. His enemies have gotten smarter and have a new weapon to use against him. It is in his best interest to come to Leila’s aid when he senses her calling for help. Vlad is not prepared for fire to ignite within when he meets Leila. Vlad is intent on helping Leila master her powers as they try to take down the enemies threatening to destroy all he has built.
I do enjoy a great vampire story and Ms. Frost does not disappoint. I enjoy authors who take the story of Vlad Tepesh and put their own spin on it. Vlad is still kept as a strong character and many of the elements found in history are kept. His ability to control fire is a new element and puts excitement into this new tale. The passion between Vlad and Leila is electric and sizzles with each turn of the page. Leila is given an outlet to explore her powers without the fear of hurting someone she cares about. Overall this is surely a magnificent addition to the vampire genre and should not be passed up.
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