She's a mortal cursed with dark power....
After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see 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, passion ignites, threatening to consume them. It will take everything they have to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.
©2012 Jeaniene Frost (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
Jeaniene Frost and Tavia Gilbert make a great team. Each Frost book that Gilbert narrates is great and this one is no exception!
There were equal parts of humor, drama and suspense. Jeaniene can really engage her readers into knowing the characters and where they come from which makes the storyline so much more intriguing to the reader. It makes the reader empathize more with the characters making the reader go deeper into the story eventually getting lost into it as opposed to just listening.
It was fast-paced from the beginning and the relationship between the main characters kept me enthralled. In the other books, I was introduced to Vlad but I learned to really like him as a character in this one.
It is a great book and a wonderful addition to Jeaniene's writings. I can't wait to see what else she has in store for us. She has not disappointed me yet!
What I liked least is that it's only half a story. I think it's terrible that it's continued in the next book and we have to wait a year for it to come out. I truly feel cheated and if I had know before hand, I wouldn't have bought it. I am a huge Frost fan, but this just seems shady.
I like all of her other books on audio. The performer does a great job.
I've purchased all of Frost's Cat & Bones books and their spinoffs, all read by Tavia. She does a great job. Though, I'm not a fan of Bone's and Vlads accent, though she can't help her Vlad one.
Ummm, yes. Considering it's only half a book as is.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I absolutely loved this book! Just when I think I'm completely finished with all vampire stories, I listen to a Jeaniene Frost book and I'm in love with this genre all over again. I wasn't really excited to hear Vlad's story but I'm so glad I did. Now I can't get enough! I'm so looking forward to the next book.
Well if you enjoy the night huntress series, you will probably enjoy this kick off to a new series by J Frost. And that's what I had to remember about Once Burned, it's not just a story about Vlad but a launch to a new series. Yes we are escorted into Vlads world which is just different enough from the world of Cat and Bones series and the huntress series that it keeps you interested.The female lead is a little quirky but she is interesting and has her own set powers. She is someone who does get under Vlads skin. The question remains will she break through all of his walls.. book #2 I guess. The erotism Vlad uses to seduce his woman is exiting and sexy. So yea this worth a credit. And I absolutely love Tavia as a narrator.
PJV Quickie: Other than Ian, Vlad was the one I most wanted to find true love and to turn into a blithering love-struck fool and Frost…well she dangled it merrily in front of our faces. She is quite an evil author, but boy did I enjoy this book.
I have to preface this review to state that personally I am not a fan of this narrator’s interpretation of Bones. She is the same one that did the Night Huntress series and she just makes Bones sound, well so effeminate. And while Bones only had a small cameo roll in these books, I just cringe with his voice. But — and yes but, she was perfect with Vlad. Obviously she does Wallachian a lot better than Cockney. So, I do recommend partaking in this particular audiobook and aforementioned narrator has redeemed herself.
Let us move away from accents though and focus on the book, which as you might know, is our favorite Wallachian Prince’s story. The character that Frost mentions over and over again in interviews that she never wanted to write, because of how cliche’ he is. And within the book, she even had a few slap-stick moments when the heroine thought he was just being dramatic because he was a vampire named Vlad. It was rather funny. Frankie [aka Leila], the main character is actually aware of vampires before the novel begins, because she is a member of a traveling carnival and her partner is a dwarf vampire. After being in a terrible accident her body actually became charged and she can barely touch anyone without killing them, or at least giving them a nasty shock. Along with that shocking touch, she can read a person’s deepest thoughts and secrets. Usually their sins are at the forefront of what she sees. Frankie becomes a bit of a star when she accidentally brushes against a man and then his wife, and then “sees” the man has the wife’s murder all planned out because the woman is cheating on him. Not being able to keep her mouth shut, Frankie draws a crowd and brings attention to the stash of “incriminating evidence” that is in the man’s trunk.
Quickly the news is ripe with talk of the Frankie girl’s ability and a few bad vamps believe this is their ticket to take out a few of their enemies. Frankie is kidnapped by two nasty vamps and asked to locate a certain surly Wallachian by her unusual ability of remote viewing from touching an object. Nasty vampire hijinxs ensue, stunningly executed by Frost in her fun and breathless manner of writing. I am truly impressed with these spin-off series that she has created. While, yes, I have become rather bored with the path of the main series (even though I love Cat & Bones) I really enjoy the world and all the other great characters that she has created and I can see numerous books for all the wonderful characters. They can also be read as a stand-alone, but I would recommend at least reading four of the Night Huntress books so you can get to lurve all over Vlad before you get to meet him in these books. And plus those books rock.
The only flaws that I noticed in the book was just some slight plot-points and maybe inconsistencies with Frankie’s powers. I couldn’t understand if it was just Frankie’s right hand that was charged up or her whole body, because at different times it seemed to be either or. That was really the only thing though. Well, and a rather embarrassing fact is that Frost has gotten me to expect a certain WOW factor with her sex scenes and I didn’t have that WOW yet…we can only hope in book two right? But, then again, Cat & Bones are hard to overshadow. Other than that, rock on, with Frost’s bad self and another fabulous addition to the Night Huntress World series of books. I can’t wait to read the second Vlad book.
Adults-only, for paranormal romance fans. This book is choked full of vampires of full stereo-typical variety, castles, servants, masters, Vlad the Impaler – the whole nine. Yes, Vlad still likes to impale. Again, recommended that you read some of the other books in the series before you read this one, but of course it is not required. I wouldn’t think this is cross-over genre book either, I think you need to really want a paranormal romance to appreciate this one.
Other Paranormal Romance Audiobooks you might enjoy along with Other 4 Star Reviews:
Pleasure Unbound (Demonica, Book 1) by Larissa Ione
The Highlander’s Touch (Highlander, Book 3) by Karen Marie Moning
No, this was terrible story and narration. The plot is lame even by romance-fantasy standards. The love story between the main characters was lame, and unrealistic. At times i was cheering for the bad guys to kill the heroine, she was that stupid and moronic.
No i enjoy genre this is just badly written
Not if it has characters from europe she cannot do accents. She made the hero sound like a b grade horror movie cast member?
All of them- it was terrible
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
Sexy, daring, hot.
Tavia does a great job with this book. She also narrates the "Night Huntress" series which goes along with this book and she does a fantastic job with the entire series.
Another hit from Jeaniene Frost. Listen to the "Night Huntress" series before listening to this book and it will make more sense to you.
I was waiting avidly for this book on audio. Tavia Gilbert's narration is amazing. However, I am not sure Ms. Gilbert was able to channel the heroine. I was a little taken aback and disappointed to hear Cat's voice (from Night Huntress Series) come out as the heroine as the book started. She did read the heorine's parts a little differently in tone, but all I could think was this is Cat. Whenever I read about Vlad in the Night Huntress Series, I find his dry humor and shenanigans hilarious. So it is with disappointment that I heard very little humor in this book. In fact, I barely laughed. I also wished that as strong as the heroine's character was, that she would have made Vlad work a little harder to have her. Overall, the book is okay, but Ms. Frost is really going to have to turn out more keep me reading this spinoff series.
When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!
I have always loved the story of Vlad the Impaler so when I started listening to Jeaniene Frost's book series I was very happy to see that she had incorporated this fascinating historical character. This book allows us to see inside the life of Vlad, how he has become one of the most powerful vampires in this series. He is an amazingly complex yet simple man that draws me in. The heroin is tough! She has been through a lot in her life but still has a very tender side. I think many people will be able to relate to her just as I did. She can see visions of the future and the vision of her and Vlad's first intimate scene had me excited to continue listening! I loved this story and can't wait for the next book in this new Night Prince series. Frost never disappoints!! Enjoy!
This was a wonderful book and a brilliant addition to Jeaniene Frosts collection. I was thrilled all the way through.
"Another good listen by Ms Frost"
Having listened to may other books by Jeaniene Frost I thought I'd listen to this one to. I found it easy to follow and hard to stop listening to. You get to hear about some characters from her other series which is always nice see them again. Vlad is in many of the others books and i had always wanted to see him in his own book so was glad to find this, and not disappointed either.
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