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
This first book in Jeaniene Frost's new series is excellent! Tavia Gilbert does her normal fabulous job with Vlad's accent. Lots of action and killing and fire from Vlad. Leila is a very interesting character and has some very cool powers of her own even though she is just human. Of course nobody can write a love scene like Jeaneine and woooo does she do Vlad proud with this one. LOL I hope we don't have to wait a full year for the next book because that's just too long to wait for such a great story. You have to listen to this if you are a Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress fan!! I'll be listening to it again very soon.
I am a BIG fan of Jeaniene Frost and her night huntress series.
I thought i would read something similar to her earlier books, but no, i got hocked from the beginning with.... well i can't say with what... you have to have a listen.
And to Jeaniene Frost, Thanks and waiting for the next book while I am still reading this one.
I am easily amused!
Read from June 26 to 27, 2012
I feel like I waited for this book for years! I love Vlad and was thrilled he was getting his own story. Jeaniene Frost has done it again! I was worried that no woman would be good enough for Vlad but Leila is perfect for the old guy. She has just the right amount of angst so she won't be a pushover and a touch of innocence and vulnerability that will make her likeable.
This book has the same successful recipe that all of Ms. Frost's books have that makes it a lovely blend of romance and urban fantasy, seasoned with enough steamy scenes and gory battles to keep me mesmerized.
A lot of people are complaining about the end but I liked the conclusion. My only issue is that the book is way to short and that the wait will be excruciating.
Tavia Gilbert performs flawlessly and keeps the accents of so many characters consistent and believable. She has such emotion while she reads I bet the sound crew was blushing during some scenes.
Don't know. I have not read the book.
When the main character entered the mind of tepish.
The voices and energy. I am listening to Laura wright currently because I like the 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
Diving into a new life.
I liked Leila's past and her special abilities. Vlad's humor comes out even with a human that is frightened by him, I saw little sparks of what his character looked like from Cat's point of view, although he did not feel as fleshed out as I would have liked him to be.
However I am definitely interested in this part of the series and am eager to see if the author purses this line of the story.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
Entertaining, Sexy, Awesome!!!!!
Leila....she is hilarious, I love her...she had me in chapter 1.....really great MC!
I always enjoy Tavia, she is great, very enthusiastic, and never disappoints!!!!
Vlad will set you on fire!!!
I love love love how Jeaniene has coupled everyone up... I think it was a brilliant move, it makes characters more likeable, and relateable...I love Leila, and have always loved Vlad and recommend this series highly....It made me laugh, and cry...and it was sexy!!!!! LOVED IT!!!!! cant wait for book 2!!!!
Book and audio seemed equal to me and I am glad that I own both.
All of them
Yes, it was hard to stop and wait until I started work again.
YEP MOST DEFINITELY:)
THE WHOLE THING..LOVED VLAD...THAT GUY IS A TRIP. THE AUTHOR HAS ONE HECK OF A SENSE OF HUMOR:) THE CHARACTERS BLENDED WELL WITH ONE ANOTHER.
PARTS WHERE VLAD HAD HIS SARCASM..FUNNY STUFF!
THERE REALLY WASNT ONE PART IN PARTICULAR..LOVED THE WHOLE BOOK.
THE LADY WHO DID THE AUDIO DID A GREAT JOB...ESP WHEN IT CAME TO SOUNDING LIKE VLAD. LOVED IT...LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN THE BOOK 2 COMES OUT:)
Interesting, quarky, adventure
one of my favorite tings about this story was that. honestly, there was not automatica falling in love, i'm SUPER excited for the 2nd book (Twice Tempted) to see how Lela and Vlad's relationship turns out. I was hooked I loved the fact that she use carnies in the story to cover up some of the "freaks" in the book and the fact that Vlad did NOT like being called Dracula and corrected them every chance he got.
She had voices down! I liked the way I could tell when ever I was listening who's part she was reading, everyone had a different voice!
I did want to listen in one sitting but..... I had work so i listened to it every break I had, every time I got in the car, and before I went to sleep. Finished in 2 days
I read this book because I saw it in the "Stories You Might Like" section.. (Big fan of Kresley Cole's IAD and Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld and Alien Huntress books)
was skeptical at first cause I like paranormal romance stories that aren't vampire stories BUT I most likely will read this again before the 2nd book is released
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