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Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
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 kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

He's the Prince of Night...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

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I want to say to Once Burned "It's not you it's me." I love Vlad to bits, he is hilarious, sexy and one of my most favourite characters Jeaniene Frost has ever made (well, him and Ian).

However, while he was bloody brilliant as a secondary character to Cat and Bones, on his own he is a bit underwhelming. Maybe it's a combination of him and Leila, but they just didn't work for me as a couple. Chemistry, where art thou?

The book itself is entertaining, but just so, and not much happens here as this is beginning of a spin-off series.

Leila spends most of the time in Vlad's mansion, while he is searching for his mysterious enemy and they're sexing it up. Then her relatives are brought in for their own safety, they work on their issues and have a heartfelt reunion... Vlad finds his enemy, who just would. not. die.


Anyway, I know I'm in minority here, but after first 3-4 books of Night Huntress I started losing my enthusiasm, and can't seem to be as passionate about this world as I was before. Perhaps it's time to say farewell?

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В общем-то, не воодушевила меня эта книга. Но я не знаю, почему я этому удивляюсь. Книги Жанин Фрост меня перестали воодушевлять уже давно. Потеряла я к ним интерес.

Однако историю Влада я ждала с нетерпением, так как он один из моих любимых второстепенных персонажей в Ночной Охотнице - обаяшка, смешной, саркастичный и очень секси.

Всё это растерялось в его собственной книге, и скорее всего потому что повествование в основном велось от лица главной героини Лейлы. Вот не чувствовалось между ними искорки. Как-то всё свелось к нескольким клише паранормальных романов, а души совсем не осталось.

По сюжету тоже очень мало что происходит скорее всего потому что это - первая книга новой серии. Лейла в основном сидит в особняке Влада, болтает с ним или же занимается с ним любовью пока не находится его тайный враг, который никак не хочет умирать...

В общем, читать или нет на ваше усмотрение, я наверное на этой книге с миром Ночной Охотницы покончила.


kimbacaffeinate said...

I am still working my way through Cat and Bones. Bummer this spin-off didn't do it for you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Great review.

Melliane said...

I still haven't strated this one... I have so many books lol. BUt I'm sorry the couple didn't work together. It's difficult when it's like that I understand, I'm curious to see if it will be the same for me now.

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, I yawned too when you wrote what happened, it was all so very yawn worthy. I am sure I'd think it was good, not just, MUST HAVE the next book good

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