Release Date: March 20, 2013
Source: Library Loan
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Review Date: June 24, 2013
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold shoulder treatment forever–especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her. Like choosing between eternal love and a loveless eternity...
Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. And when she finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes, Leila must decide who to trust– the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity.
I like Leila and Vlad together. They can be a little over the top with how they deal with each other and relationship woes, but the chemistry works! I feel like we got to know Leila even more and I like her. She seems to want to take on the burden of the protecting everyone she knows. That's probably why she fell so easily for the story about Vlad. I also liked that we get to dig deeper into what makes Vlad tick, why he's such a crazy and temperamental vamp.
I was very happy to see Cat and Bones, if even for a short time. I was hoping to see the friendship between Cat and Vlad, but that didn't happen. Instead we get to experience Cat and Leila interact and I like them as friends. They seem like they will develop a friendship outside of their powerful men.
I was a bit disappointing with the end. It was like I felt that we should have had more closure, same as with Once Burned, I didn't really feel that the ending was climatic. It was almost like the book was cut short at an odd point.
When a few things that happen in Once Burned were brought up, I was like "oh, yea!" I had forgotten that. Being that I read Once Burned before I started the Night Huntress series, I didn't make a lot of the connections. But having retrospect, I'm seeing things with new eyes having read all 6 of the NH books.
This series can definitely be stand alone, but you're missing the bigger picture if you don't read the NH series first. Plus as with the Night Huntress World heroines, I'm sure that we'll see Leila married to Vlad in one of the upcoming books in the NH series.
If you enjoyed Once Burned, I recommend Twice Tempted. If was fast paced, drama filled and you get to understand a lot more about Vlad the impaler. He's twisted and mean, but down deep he's a softy. Who knew someone so cruel could be so good! ;-)
Here are a few of my favorite quotes.
“If you introduce yourself to anyone as Mrs. Dracula, I'll bite you in a manner you won't enjoy.”
“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.”
“You can have all of me, I silently told him, but I'm taking all of you in return.”
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Once Burned (Night Prince #1) Review | First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World #1) Review