Publication: June 26, 2012
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.
Once Burned is one of those books that I just happened upon while I was in the bookstore browsing. After hearing someone mention the the title, I was curious as to what kind of book it was. I am happy that my nosiness paid off in this case. I didn’t think a story about a vampire would turn out to be one of the most entertaining and sexy paranormal romances I had read.
After Leila’s accident that gave her supernatural powers and killed her mother, she left town and now works at a circus with her close friend Marty where she tries to blend in and can hide her abilities. Trying to do a good deed and possible save someone’s life she unwittingly outs herself and her talents (with just a touch, she has the ability to get impressions/information from people or something that the have come in contact with). Because of this, she is kidnapped in order to force her to use her talent to find Vlad Tepesh aka Dracula.
They are both strong willed and independent. Leila is very caring, determined, and isn’t afraid of voicing her opinion to Vlad. She isn’t one of those cowering women that are just waiting for someone to save them or sweep them off their feet.
Vlad hasn’t accumulated such a dangerous and respected reputation by doing nothing. He is sexy, dangerous, methodical, and a little tricky. It is also wise to know that one must be very careful when asking him for a favor or making him promise something. He almost always finds a way around it without actually breaking the promise.
I really enjoyed this story. It was so much fun. I loved when Vlad and Leila first met. There is a definite sparks between these two, both literally and figuratively. Leila tries very hard to not give in to her urges when it comes to Vlad, but it’s pretty obvious she isn’t going to win that fight. Not only do they work amazingly well together in tracking down Vlad’s enemy who is after him, but once they both give in to the the passion, their feelings are taken to a new height.
The second book Twice Tempted is already out and the third and I believe also the final book in the Night Prince series, Bound by Flames releases January 27, 2015. If you haven’t read Once Burned and you are one of those people who don’t like to wait a long time in between books when you start a series, you are in luck since January only three months away.
RATING: 4½ out of 5.
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