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Once Burned (Night Prince Series #1)

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14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

INCREDIBLE BEGINNING TO THE NIGHT PRINCE SPINOFF Our Review by

INCREDIBLE BEGINNING TO THE NIGHT PRINCE SPINOFF

Our Review by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

I've been a Jeaniene Frost, Night Huntress fan since day #1. I love Cat & Bones, and have a soft spot for Spade, but I have been in love with Vlad s...
INCREDIBLE BEGINNING TO THE NIGHT PRINCE SPINOFF

Our Review by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

I've been a Jeaniene Frost, Night Huntress fan since day #1. I love Cat & Bones, and have a soft spot for Spade, but I have been in love with Vlad since he was first introduced in the series and would anxiously await any parts in the novels where he would be called in for one reason or another. That all being said, I was anxiously awaiting this book and actually feared I may have been expecting too much since I was so excited for it. I needn't have feared, Jeaniene delivered and then some!

Once Burned gives us Vlad (THE man that ALL of the Dracula myths were based upon) in all his sexy, cocky, powerful, undead glory, and introduces a loveable, relate-able heroine and some villains that you will absolutely love to hate.

Leila is human, but with some 'extras'. She is able to conduct electricity through her body, and is psychometric. In attempting to deal with her 'additions', she's sequestered herself in a small town with a family of traveling carnies and is working as a trapeze artist. After being snatched up by some bad guys, she's thrown into a world that she knew existed, but never thought to be immersed in, and finds herself directly linked to a powerful vampire who's apparently #1 on everyone's hit list.

Vlad, having his mind reading abilities in addition to his pyromania, realizes when he's being spied upon psychically by Leila. The 2 are inevitably thrown together to sort out the wicked plot that is not only jeopardizing Vlad and Leila's lives, but that of their friends as well.

Leila is a great strong heroine and in my personal opinion, a wonderful match for Vlad. The two together are dynamic and explosive and the best part is that Leila's no damsel in distress. She's definitely her own woman, and while Vlad doesn't change for her either (thank goodness - he remains the same arrogant, sarcastic, sometimes merciless but never without a reason Vlad we've come to know and love), he accepts her feisty side and even encourages it.

Take these two utterly fantastic leading characters and throw them into the Night Huntress world that never fails to amaze with an action packed storyline full of intrigue, danger, twists, turns, and surprises around most corners, etc and you end up with one incredible read!

The first installment of the Night Prince series spin-off was an amazing addition to the Night Huntress World.

My only complaint was the abrupt ending because dang it... I want the next book NOW!

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Once Burned 5 Skulls and is eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

posted by LITERALADDICTION_MLO on June 30, 2012

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26 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

Good, not great

I wanted to adore this book. But until we see more about what drives Lad to act the way he does and less of him acting kind one minute and ruthless the next... it's hard to buy the attraction between him and Leila as anything more than lust.

I found Vlad to be a muc...
I wanted to adore this book. But until we see more about what drives Lad to act the way he does and less of him acting kind one minute and ruthless the next... it's hard to buy the attraction between him and Leila as anything more than lust.

I found Vlad to be a much more sympathetic character in his scenes with Cat (in the Night Huntress books) than any scenes here. Here, he's hot and dangerous and a very bad boy... and while he does some kind things, it always seems like there is an ulterior motive. Even Leila sees this and while she is attracted to him, there is no future for her with him unless he finds his heart.

I also don't like to be left hanging like the end of this book has me doing. I'll buy the next book in a series if the writing is solid and the experience of reading it is enjoyable. Cliffhanger endings lower my enjoyment and irritate the heck out of me. That doesn't help set the hook, but instead makes me feel like I'm being manipulated.

I hope the Vlad that Cat knows shows up in the sequel. You know the guy I mean: the one who talked Cat down off a cliff, the one she called when she went with her first "husband" to save Bones, the one who cares about others. If THAT Vlad is the one Leila gets to know, I'll believe they have a future.

posted by kawherp on June 26, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Warning cliffhanger you have to buy next book to see how it ends

    Great read but left too much unanswered. Now I have to buy the next book to see how this ended. Don't think so cause then. I'll have to buy another! Come on you are a great author. You don't have to stoop to this to sell books. Would have been 5 stars.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Irritating

    Same old same old, which is great. What's irritating is that most of the beginning and end is chatter about other books. To the tune of 50 pages. If you're looking for the same old, great. If not, save your money for a better value.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    This was just ok

    I expected so much more, and was disappointed with book.. He is no Bones, that's for sure...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    So disappointing.

    I won't lie...I read the book because of the hottie on the cover. And there was a bit of "heat" coming from the pages but just because a reader likes a hero doesn't mean they don't want a good story as well. And this story was just poorly written. For example, when Vlad proves to her family who is really is, I rolled my eyes so hard it hurt. Really corny. Vampires may be fictional characters but when I read about them, I want the writer to make be believe they really exist! The language was almost like it was written for a child or young adult. If the author is going to write for adults, please use more sophisticate story-telling. This book got two stars only because I didn't pitch it 1/2 way through...but I found myself skipping through the story just to get it over with.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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