Passionate and tantalizing...filled with dark sensuality and fast-paced action.
For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.
A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them . . . and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.
Wildly romantic as well as action packed. If Frost keeps this up, fans will need to build more keeper shelves!
In the fourth Night Prince novel, centuries-old Vlad Tepesh, aka Dracula, and his wife, Leila, battle shadowy necromancers who want to use his newfound love to control him.Frost (Bound by Flames, 2015, etc.) first resurrected the legendary vampire in her popular Night Huntress series and gives him room here to unleash mayhem in defense of the first woman he has loved in his immortal life. Taking up where the last episode left off, the novel finds the married couple on a mission to break a curse that puts Leila in danger, only to find that an unknown group of enemies has learned of it and wants to capitalize on the vulnerability. As is standard in paranormal romance, this leads to a series of supernatural skirmishes, with the lead couple supported by a promiscuous Englishman and one of the oldest vampires in the world (who will be familiar to readers of the previous series). As they race across countries, enemies multiply, mountains crumble, and people and places go up in smoke. Among the good guys, there is the swapping of a soul to a demon for a favor, a human is turned into a vampire, allies are lost, and Leila tries to get Vlad to practice his communication skills. Their romance is expressed less through direct sexual or sentimental interactions and more through acts of self-sacrifice, collateral damage, and couple's-therapy style conversations. The pair also seem to be retreading some of the plotlines of old novels, but their chemistry has its moments, and the movielike descriptions of magical locales provide fodder for the imagination. An occasionally enjoyable read that wraps up loose ends and sets up new stories in Frost's paranormal world.
A stay-up-until-sunrise read… There are many Draculas out there, but only one Vlad, and you owe it to yourself to meet him.
Quotes for Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series:“First Drop of Crimson is a passionate and tantalizing tale, filled with dark sensuality and fast-paced action. The lead couple is irresistiblea gutsy heroine to cheer for and a smoldering hero to die for. An unforgettable story!