Audio Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Posted August 19, 2022 by Lillian in Reviews / 0 Comments

Night Huntress Readalong

Books of My Heart is hosting a year long read-along of the Night Huntress world books by Jeaniene Frost. COYER has adopted the read-along this year and is hosting chats for each book. You can see the schedule by clicking here. This is my first time reading the series though Halfway to the Grave has been sitting on my TBR shelf since it first came out. I’ve always enjoyed paranormal romance / urban fantasy, and vampires hold a soft spot for me. I’m excited to dive in. I’ll be posting reviews for each book the Friday before the chats. If you’d like to join us, find our group on Facebook here.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Audio Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene FrostOnce Burned by Jeaniene Frost
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Series: A Night Prince Novel #1
Published by Harper Audio on 2012-06-26
Length: 8 hours and 25 minutes
Reviewing Audiobook from Audible
Reading Challenges: 2022 Audiobook Challenge, 2022 Backlist Reader Challenge, 2022 Beat the Backlist, COYER 2022

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.

Of all the books we’ve read in the read-along so far, I was the most excited for this one. Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost is the first book in a spin-off series featuring Vlad Tepesh and following Leila, a human with a unique gift. When Leila is kidnapped by a group of vampires looking for Vlad, she finds herself in a position to reach out to the vampire prince for help. The question is if he will answer.

Leila’s ability to harness energy is more curse than gift. When she touches a person, she sees their worst sin and passes an electrical current to them. If they are human, she can kill them without meaning to. However with vampires, she has to touch them longer to do any damage which is how she winds up tied to a chair in a hotel room. Her gift also gives her the ability to see what a person will do if she touches an object linked to them. This is the mistake the vampires who take her make. It is through this object she contacts Vlad.

I was a little disappointed by Vlad in this book. All our encounters with him to this point has been through Cat. He was always helpful and kind towards her, even if he did it to piss off Bones. But with Leila, he was hard to get a read on. He is instantly attracted to her power and the fact that he seems to be the only one immune to her. I love the encounters between them. There is a palpable tension especially with Leila’s ability to see their future. Yet that has to be put to the side for later. Someone is looking for Vlad, someone who wants to kill him, and that someone is hunting Leila.

Overall, I really enjoyed Once Burned. I liked seeing the vampire world from Leila’s eyes. While she was familiar with it, it was interesting to read about the Night Huntress world from a new character’s perspective. I cannot wait to read more about Vlad’s past and his world. I’m also hoping to get some chapters from his perspective in the next book. *fingers crossed* Full of intrigue and danger, Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost is a fast-paced, exciting paranormal romance.

*I read this with Anne @ย Books of My Heartย who rated this one 4 hearts and Berls @ Because Reading who rated it 3.5 stars.

About Jeaniene Frost

Author Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, the Broken Destiny series, and the upcoming Night Rebel series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in Florida with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling - by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.


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