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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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This is a HOT One!

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.

35 of 41 people found this review helpful

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OH my, Vlad was worth the wait!

I have been waiting for this book to come out. I have loved all the Cat and Bones books as well as the other characters stories so I knew Vlad's story would be good. Frost did not disappoint. I think this series could become as good as Cat and Bones series. I definitely will look forward to seeing how Vlad's romance will progress. He needs a good woman and I think these two will create a good series.

Tavia Gilbert is one of my favorite narrators and I was so glad to see her continue with this new series. It is nice to keep the same narrator since you are used to the voices she has created for the characters.

HOT, EXCITING and Left you wanting more, more, more. The only bad part is the wait for the next book. Totally credit worthy. I do recommend you start at the beginning of the Cat and Bones Series so you can get to know all the characters, including Vlad.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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WOWEE - IT TICKS ALL THE BOXES

Love Jeaniene Frost's books - they're an automatic download for me. No doubt this is the start of another fantastic series. I loved Vlad and can't wait for the storyline to develop more. I couldn't stop listening to this it was just so yummy - it had everything you'd expect from JF's books.

What a great combination - brilliant writing and awesome narration - the perfect union.


Well worth the credit.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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A HOT FROST LISTEN!

So glad Frost broke out Vlad's story from the Night Huntress series! Although Vlad irritates me at times with his arrogance...his friendship and loyalty with Cat in the past made him another favorite. And Once Burned only makes him better!

Vlad meets his match in Leila who, although human, has powers of her own as well. Between the two of them...well...lets just say there are sparks right from the beginning, figuratively and literally. :) Similar to Cat and Bones, Vlad and Leila are just a stubborn as they attempt a relationship, all the while tracking down someone from Vlad's past that was presumed dead centuries ago. This book is filled with many tense moments that are both good ;) and bad..once again sucking you in!

As for Tavia...she never disappoints and I am so glad that they kept her as the narrator for all of the Frost books! Without a doubt she is only getting better! She does such a good job with every character...it is hard to believe it is one person! And she does so much more than just reading...the way she acts out what she is reading really makes it come alive!

Once Burned is another "Hot Frost" listen :) worth the credit!! Bring on the next one!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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EXCITING NEW SERIES

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.

35 of 43 people found this review helpful

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LOVED it from the beginning

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.

ENJOY!!!!!!!
And to Jeaniene Frost, Thanks and waiting for the next book while I am still reading this one.

Cheers

43 of 53 people found this review helpful

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Not Your Adverage Dracula Story!!

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I love Vlad. I have been waiting for his story since we met him in the Night Huntress novels. He's a more sophisticated, polished version of Bones. Don't tell Bones I said this, but Vlad is more my type! :) <br/><br/>Frost keeps up her usual fast, fun ride with Once Burned. The sex is hot, the banter is witty, and the fights are nail biters. What more could you pack into an 8 hour show/book? <br/><br/>Tavia is completely awesome as the narrator (as usual) and brings so much "personality" to the narration. Loved it! <br/><br/>

22 of 27 people found this review helpful

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What took me so long!!!!

I have no idea what took me so long to read this book. I love Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress Series and the Night Huntress World books. So why did I wait a whole year to read this book will hunt me for awhile. Vlad, Vlad, Vlad, what can you say about Dracula (never call him that or think it around him if you value your life). Vlad is passionate, irrational, possessive and funny at times, although his mood changes with the wind. But it’s something about him that makes crazy and thinks she can crack his outer shell, only to realize there is an inner one too. Leila is strong, independent and loyal to a fault. She is just the type of woman to make a guy like Vlad fall to his knees, if only he would let her. To say that I enjoyed this book is an understatement. I would and have recommended this book to several friends.

Tavia Gilbert is dynamic as a narrator. She is my favorite narrator. Someone comment about the accent she using for Bones but I absolutely love it. Even when I read some of Jeaniene Frost books, I still imagine Tavia voice associated with the characters.

WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS, GO GET THIS BOOK AND ENJOY!!!!!!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

I loved this light paranormal romance. There was plenty of action and character development to keep me interested throughout. A little steam but nothing graphic or detailed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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So bad it's good

Would you try another book from Jeaniene Frost and/or Tavia Gilbert?

I've read her night huntress series which I liked MUCH more

Would you ever listen to anything by Jeaniene Frost again?

Yes

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

I have to applaud Tavia for attempting all the different accents... irish, british, romanian, american.... but they're pretty hilariously cheesy.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Laughter. Tavia's voice overs were hilarious.

Any additional comments?

I kept laughing in disbelief... especially that I was still listening hours in. I think this is the worst book I have ever read... although I have to say I was entertained.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-29-14

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
  • 04-14-15

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.<br/>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.<br/>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.

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  • Anna
  • 10-03-17

Nice reading

This is a nice piece of reading if you like vampires and romance mixed together. :) So many of us likes bad boys with pure golden hearts only for us. And we can easily placed ourselves in main character’s skin. I couldn’t give it full marks only because I like Vlad Dracula in a different version. If the main vampire had a different name it would be totally 5 stars. But all together the story is good. We have love and drama and damsel in distress who actually can take care for herself. And we have a juicy moments too. And the vampires don’t sparkle :) I don’t have experience in romance books but I think this one will satisfy my needs more than love stories placed in non supernatural worlds.

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  • Carol Aslett
  • 09-21-17

Book one

Enjoyed book one enough to insure my getting book two. Hope it's as good and develops the story and characters.

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  • Nikki
  • 05-06-17

awesome

I was actually introduced to this author through this knight Prince series with Vlad and Leyla. I loved it so much I went off to find out what else she'd written, realised these books sit within the whole other story arc of the knight huntress world with cat and bones and promptly started working my way through that series.

firstly if you too didn't realise these books are stories within a larger story I highly recommend reading the whole series in order. I've seriously enjoyed it.

secondly this is my second read/listen to Vlad and layla's story, because I wanted to listen again knowing the fuller context of the wider story arc, along with all the other characters, and I'm really glad I did. you by no means have to, I loved these books the first time before I realised the bigger story existed, but I'm really glad I have read them again within the bigger story arc because there are little references to things that have happened previously that I now understand this time round, because ' I was there' in a previous book, which, for me, just makes the stories a little richer, but as I said by no means necessary.


the vlad and Leyla story arc within the night huntress world is really great and this book doesn't let that good rep down, even on my second read/listen I enjoyed it immensely. there's a real wicked sense of humour that runs through the V & L storyline that I love, but aside from that this story has yet another really intersting twist on what can happen within the supernatural world that Jeaniene Frost is so good at. loved it.

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  • Jaci Littlewood
  • 11-11-16

Downloads

Great story and good narrator. Poor quality download. Keeps skipping the odd words especially at the end of the chapter. Will return it. Happened in all in this series.

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  • linda warren
  • 09-30-15

Once burned

I could not stop listening to this book ,it kept me hooked all the way through.great listening

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  • The Toy Cupboard
  • 07-14-15

My favourite

I absolutely Love this story my fourth time of listening it's still exciting ...now for book 2😍

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  • Helen
  • 02-18-15

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 :)

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  • Harlequin864
  • 08-25-14

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. <br/>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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-24-17

Explosive acrions

Once burned a night prince novel is a thrilling edge of your sit suspense from beginning to end. Vlad and Leila's story is by far my favourite of the Night huntress series, it has none stop actions, sexy hot undead albeit arrogant hero and a scarred heroine literally and metaphorically who discharged electric current in her right hand and you have a recipe for a great book, thrown in one of the best narrator in audible books Tavia Gilber and you have an amazing story. Tavia you are magnificent thank you.

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  • Kirsten
  • 03-14-15

Once Burned. 5 stars in my book.

Awesome start. Live Vlad. Racial is such an awesome narrator. Can't wait to read the rest of this series. Well done Jeaniene Frost. Never disappoint.