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Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, Book 1 | [Jeaniene Frost]

Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, Book 1

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. Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Aja Duncanville, TX, United States 07-14-12
    Aja Duncanville, TX, United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2014

    I absolutely love audible! I read constantly and there is nothing better than finding a new series to follow. I'm a syfy/fant kinda gal.

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    "Vlad...book 1"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Once Burned to be better than the print version?

    YES. I love Tavia Gilbert! She is one of my favorite narrators and I LOVE Vlad's accent during her performances.


    What other book might you compare Once Burned to and why?

    I am a HUGE Cat & Bones fan! I will say this book wasn't AS great as I thought it would be, but I have extremely high hopes for the Vlad series. Vlad is one of my favorite characters and I can't wait to see what is in store for him next!


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    Her accents are my favorite part of her performances! Bone/Spade and Vlad have unique accents that sets Ms. Gilbert apart from other 'ordinary' narrators.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was both funny and touching in certain parts.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read without a true final ending, but good none the less!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul United States 07-09-12
    Paul United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    If you could sum up Once Burned in three words, what would they be?

    Steamy fun, with a twist of snarky.


    Any additional comments?

    Once Burned introduces a new heroine for the pyro Vlad Dracul to engage with. This book is filled with lots of snark from Vlad witty insight and banter from Leila, Vlad and our inspired heros from the other Night Huntress novels. We listenend to this book with a big grin on our faces and it was great summer reading. The plot is fast-paced the characters are good, though there's not a whole lot for some of the characters to do ex. Marty and the Family), but it's a lot of fun espically if you're a fan of the Night Huntress series. Vlad is a great change of pace from Kat, Bones etc. Leila is a good heroine and her abilities make her one tough lady. I think this could prove to be a great series, but too much Vlad could get old after a while. Ms. Tavia Gilbert breathes life into the characters like no one else could.

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    Kelly bryant, AR, United States 07-08-12
    Kelly bryant, AR, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "TOO TOO SHORT!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Once Burned the most enjoyable?

    This book is really really good, sexy and funny and she is the perfect girl for vlad, I love vlad, BUT why did it end like this?? AND WHY is it the next one so far away??? SUCH A TEASER BOOK!!! I wish she would put out a really huge book or atleast 2 or 3 books out at the same time... LOVE LOVE J. FROST books, especially the narrator.She is one of my favs.


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    BEST NARRATOR EVER!!!!


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 07-08-12
    Michelle 07-08-12 Member Since 2011

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    "The dynamic Due does it Again!!!!!"

    With awesome writer Jeaniene Frost and amazing narrator Tavia Gilbert are a match made in heaven. All the action, passion, and comedy that was written by Ms. Frost in all of her books, including Once Burned, just bursts to life with Ms. Gilbert reading them. I love how we get to know new characters while they are dealing with our old favorite ones. If Once Burned is your first choice of Jeaniene's library you'll love the action and laughs. Since we need to wait for book 2, use your time to get into The Night Huntress novels.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 07-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow! great book...."

    This book got me hooked and I had trouble putting it down. The story was refreshing differant then some of the other books based on vanpires in the POV was not based soley on sex. The charector developement was rich as was the story line which was also fast paced and interesting.I can not wait to read the second book in this series. Also the narrations was excellent and had no trouble with Tavia doing males vioces with accents.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CSK Herndon, PA, United States 07-06-12
    CSK Herndon, PA, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Can't wait to be burned again!!!!!"

    I LOVE Vlad. I always have. Throughout all of the huntress novels, Vlad was a constant in his reactions, his seriousness and his truth. I love how we get to see the vulnerable side of him in this story. I can only say that I am disappointed with the ending...but only because I don't think I can wait until she finishes the next book in the Night Prince Series! As is customary, Bones and Cat and some of the others make an appearance and what an appearance it is! Leila is a wonderful leading lady and she definitely give Vlad a run for his money! I look forward to watching their "friendship/relationship" bloom!

    Tavia Gilbert, once again, does an impressive job with her narration!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Thornton Smyrna, GA 07-05-12
    Jennifer Thornton Smyrna, GA 07-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I Loved it!"

    I enjoyed Vlads story and I can not wait to read the next installment Tavia Gilbert was excellent again! and the plot was never boring. So A++ for Jeaniene Frost once again.

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    Bitten Sydney, Australia 07-04-12
    Bitten Sydney, Australia 07-04-12

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    "More Shower Scenes!"
    If you could sum up Once Burned in three words, what would they be?

    Scalding Electric Comfortable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vlad - he is so matter of fact, a man who does what he promises. Leila is an excellent Heroine she is very competent like Cat.


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Tavia Gilbert is an expert Narrator and she excels at male voices, she does Vlad very well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listened to this book in two days! It is very compelling


    Any additional comments?

    My only 2 gripes are that this book is too short, and I wished Leila sounded different to Cat. Looking forward to the next one.

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    Think about this 07-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Typical "Night Huntress" style"

    I have always loved Vlad in the "Night Huntress" series, and was looking forward to a whole book of Vlad. Having said that, I was kinda disappointed in the book, because a small amount of Vlad seems to be better. He's very witty, and mysterious in the "Night Huntress" series, and unattached (which makes him so much sexier). This book seems to couple him up; like Ms. Frost has done with her other mysterious characters, thus making them less appealing. Part of what made the "Night Huntress" series so much fun has been her characters, and the interaction between Cat and Bones, and Cat's appeal to Bones' buddies. So, much of that has been lost in the series now, that I'm afraid "Night Huntress" will have to be put to rest.
    Anyway, this book is typical of the rest of the books, and is very enjoyable for light listening. Never too scary, and has it's amusing times. Very predictable, and is trying to start a new series, which seems so much like the "Night Huntress" series, just with a change of leading characters. Loved that Tavia Gilbert was the narrator, cause she does such a good job with the "Night Huntress" novels, that I would have hated to get used to a different Vlad voice.
    This one does leave you hanging, so be ready for the next installment. Trouble is that it's told by the leading lady of the book, so figure she's there to stay. Was called a Night Prince novel, but was more of a Layla novel. Would have liked to have seen Vlad as the first person of the series; raising havoc, and breaking hearts. As it is, we have another Cat type character, dominating the show.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Annie McKinney, TX, United States 07-01-12
    Annie McKinney, TX, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2012

    Book Junkie

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    "Excited about the new series"

    I am a huge fan of Ms. Frost's work. Her writing never gets old or repeats itself. I was wishing I put off this book until she produced a few so I can go immediately into the next book. I however cannot resist. Tavia is a wonderful narrator and can deliver a story to perfection. I have to admit I got a little giddy when Bones and Cat made a small cameo but I wish that they had more time in the book but I guess this is Vlad's story and not theirs.

    I loved the story line between the two characters and how the female characters are always strong confident women who drive to take a challenge on and don't feel they need to be the damsel in distress. All of her books deserve 5 stars

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    1/29/14
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    "really good story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Once Burned to be better than the print version?

    I would as the performance is excellent and enhances the story and strengthens the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    As I have read the Huntress series and Vlad was a strong support character in those books - this book develops his story line. The book is free standing and is not affected if you have not read the Huntress series. LOVED this book will read it again without a doubt.

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  • Payana
    4/14/15
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    "Another great book form Jeanine Frost"
    What made the experience of listening to Once Burned the most enjoyable?

    I have been a fan of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress World books for years and Once Burned did not disappoint.
    It is only recently that I have begun to listen to audiobooks, as I do not have the time to read books as much as I used to or want to.
    Not only does the story draw you into the world Jeaniene has created, but Tavia Gilbert does an excellent job as a narrator with her natural flow, pleasant voice, her ability to express specific feelings in a single sentence as well as using different voices and accents for each character. There are a few accents/voices I think could use a little improving, but overall I love Tavia Gilbert's work.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely, I have read the book in one sitting and have listened to the audiobook quite a few times so far.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Sussex
    2/18/15
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    "Really good read"

    I'm really enjoying fantasy novels at the moment (guild hunter, daughter of smoke and bone, angel fall etc) really enjoyed the narrators style the story was pretty good. On to book 2 of the series next :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harlequin864
    8/25/14
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    "An enjoyable read... Or listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Once Burned the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the take on the age old Vlad the Impaler legend.


    Did Tavia Gilbert do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    I think it's important to note that the male main character in this book has a Romanian accent. Tavia Gilbert managed to do an okay job with this, better than most attempts at accents in audiobooks, and as the story goes on you get used to it a bit more. However, if I'm honest, I could only *just* stand it. If the story hadn't been as compelling, I would not have been able to listen to it. There are a couple of other accents attempted which were terrible. In particular, what was supposed to be an English accent was unbearable. As an English woman, it was cringeworthy to hear our accent butchered. Thankfully that particular character is only in it for a short scene. Although be aware that the spin-off of this series features the same character as it's main protagonist.
    I would like the sample to have included a section with Tavia speaking with the "Romanian" accent. It is an important factor to many listeners.


    Any additional comments?

    The actual story is great. It's a nice, laid back, easy listen and I throughly enjoyed the storyline. I perfect balance of action and romance, with some great passion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Luscombe
    6/1/14
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    "An enjoyable listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Once Burned to be better than the print version?

    Not really, it was good enough but I just couldn't get past the narrators awful British accents.


    What aspect of Tavia Gilbert’s performance might you have changed?

    It would have been far better if she had never tried to do an English or Irish accent, the two simply made me cringe, not good at all.


    Any additional comments?

    All in all though the narrator was good at the Romanian accent and she had a smooth tone, some narrators, especially American ones do this thing where they pause better words which I find jarring, she didn't. And she put the right inflections on words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Rugeley, United Kingdom
    5/7/14
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    "Escape"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Another very good book by Jeaniene Frost, transporting you to the world of Cat and Bones, whilst not thinking about them as Vlad and Leila take over with their story. A totally different and believable thread.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leila for her determination and drive, and making the most of her situation (accident)


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favourite?

    I would say they were all good with no two sounding the same


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All twists and turns were captivating and different.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent, JF is definately my choice for author of the year, roll out the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    4/13/13
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    "I think I'm in love..."

    Vlad was one of my favourite minor characters from the Night Huntress series. After listening to the two previous spin-off books, I was slightly dubious about this one but I am so pleased that I went ahead and bought it. Vlad is strong, sexy, masterful and, admittedly, infuriating at times, thus making him a perfect lead character. Leila is independent, brave and strong willed and clashes brilliantly with Vlad on a variety of topics. She might think he is sex on legs but that doesn't mean she's going to let him have everything his way. A great story that leaves you hanging on for the next one...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amy Matthews
    Watford, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Brilliant!!"

    This was a wonderful book and a brilliant addition to Jeaniene Frosts collection. I was thrilled all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    Bampton, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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