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Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Vlad Tepesh blindsided.   How can that even happen?  Well, it happened.  Check out Once Burned, the first in the Night Prince series.

Title: Once Burned
Author:  Jeaniene Frost
Series:  Night Prince #1
Publish Date:  June 26, 2012
Genre:  Vampire Romance
Source:  purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  She’s a mortal with dark powers…

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn 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, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*

Nervous Nellie says…

His lips twisted. “No. I can give you honesty, monogamy, and more passion that you can stand, but not love. That emotion died in me long ago, as I suspect you already know.”

I read this book several years ago when I was hooked on Cat and Bones. I remember reading their first book around the 2008 time frame. When Frost released Vlad’s book I was all over it though I wasn’t confident I would like him much. He’s a warrior. He impaled thousands of prisoners which is barbaric. On the other hand, he has lived through war after war after war. Death is just another day at the office. Also, he’s born a prince and has been in charge for hundreds of years. After so much of bowing and scraping, I’m sure a person comes to expect it. The arrogance that is the key makeup of his personality is hard won after so many wins against death. I can’t fathom a 600 year old vampire with a record like that going after a 23 year old woman (yes, I know she’s 25 in this instance- it’s the principle of the thing) other than the novelty of being with the young and sexy. I can’t imagine they’d have much to talk about since she is so naïve so therein enters the sex. And she’s a virgin. That’s about as naïve as you can get. I know she isn’t portrayed as naïve because of all the death she’s seen through her gift, but I’m telling you, watching a thing and experiencing a thing is not the same. Now, I’m not bashing on Leila. She’s a character and a young one at that. She’s also silly in love and sometimes that can color a view of the person she’s in love with. She does the best she can with what she has available. I also have to remember, this is the very first adult relationship she’s ever had. Ever. She has nothing to compare it to other than what she’s seen. Not experienced, just seen. Vlad isn’t in love, or so he says. However, he is a man and a tough character at that, so of course he wouldn’t show emotion.

The story is good. I know it’s a bit predictable, but I do like the characters. The story is told in the first person (Leila’s perspective) unless she is reading the essence of an item and then it’s the perspective of the person whose essence is attached to the item. There is quite a little blood (you know…vampires?) and gore (you know…The Impaler?) but not a lot of swearing. A lot of graphic sex scenes, but if it bothers, just skip over that part. There is a lot of scheming and long game playing which vampires are really good at playing. The ending is not a HEA. Remember, there are three more books in the hopper so there has to be drama.
I enjoyed the book and I was grateful that I had the next book to hop into because of the cliffhanger-ish ending. I like Frost’s writing and I will always read her books.

Other recommendations…



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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 2/10/19


Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them.

  • I LOVE the Goddess With A Blade series by Lauren Dane.  Of course, Rowan is beautiful, deadly and kick ass.  She’s also got a vampire wrapped around her little finger that is gorgeous, rich and cherishes her beyond any of our wildest dreams.  News is that #5 in the series is releasing in June 2019.

TitleWrath of the Goddess
AuthorLauren Dane
Series Goddess with a Blade #5
Release date: June 2019
Description:  A wedding day should be one you remember fondly, but for Rowan Summerwaite, the fond memories are swept aside by the brutal murder of one of her dearest friends. She heads back to Las Vegas to track down those responsible … 

1B2’s reviews in this series:

Favorite Quote:

Whatever he’s hiding is what I need to not only nail his coffin shut, but to dig down to the earth’s core to bury him and cover with millions of pounds of concrete.”


TitleShades of Wicked

Shades of Wicked CR: A

AuthorJeaniene Frost
SeriesNight Rebel #1
Release date:  October 30, 2018
DescriptionIn this thrilling new Night Rebel series set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, sexy and ruthless vampire Ian finally meets his match!

The Rule Breaker

Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he’s never been able to abide by the rules for long.

The Law Maker

Veritas’ normal role is police, judge and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait…well, all’s fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian’s devil-may-care, roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers that Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they’re drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences…


  • Here’s a book that caught my eye.  These authors, D.D. Miers and Graceley Knox, are unfamiliar to me but this books description is what put this book in the firm TBR pile.  Yeah, got it in my library and everything so every time I open my kindle it’s there…taunting me.  I AM looking forward to reading this one because, again, read the description!  Oh, and while I was out sifting through the books these authors have in their repertoire, I got hooked on more of their books.  Check out these series too:  Wicked Kingdoms (Knox),  Half-Blood Huntress Chronicles (Miers & Knox), How to Be a Necromancern (Miers & Knox) and Relic Keeper (Miers)

TitleGravestones and Wicked Bones
AuthorD.D. Miers and Graceley Knox
SeriesShadow Creatures #1
Release date: December 5, 2018
Description:   Half Fae. Half Demon. 100% Badass Bitch.
My sisters and I weren’t born with magic. No, we were forced into it. Betrayed into it by the one person who was supposed to protect us. Now we’re living in a shithole desert town at the mercy of a sexy-as-hell Fae named Bastian.

So far, I’ve been able to buy Violet and Jade time to live freely, without being held to Bastian’s constant call. I’ve been doing his dirty work for five long years, but my sisters’ freedom is wearing thin. Soon he’ll summon them, just as he did me—and I can’t let that happen.

Bastian’s latest assignment offers an escape for my sisters, and I’d be a fool not to take it. But my target is more powerful than any man I’ve faced before, and doubly seductive. He draws out my inner demons—literally—and evading this attraction might prove more difficult than finishing what I started.

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