Sunday, August 24, 2014

Twice Tempted (Night Prince, #2) by Jeaniene Frost

Second installment in the spin-off series to Night Huntress ("Cat & Bones") and yeah, I enjoyed it as much as I did the previous one, might have enjoyed this one more, I'm not sure! 

I LOVE both Leila and Vlad. Vlad is no surprise here, I loved him from the second he made an appearance in Cat and Bones, but in his books he really shines. I really appreciate the fact that he is the brutal man that he is and he doesn't feel like apologizing for it. For someone as independent as Leila it's quite difficult but the beautiful thing is she "puts him in his place" when she tells him that he wouldn't have loved her if she was the submissive type that waits to be rescued. 

In this installment Leila puts her foot on the "love" subject and when Vlad refuses to admit to him loving her she leaves. yeah, she actually leaves. Coming back to the Circus and Marty she almost gets killed when Marty's trailer blows up. She survives only due to Vlad's powers (still) coating her and she starts running and searching for whom tries to killed her with Maximus who has his doubts if it wasn't something Vlad planned after Leila "dumped" him, also it's a great chance for him to try and pursue her now that she is "single". 

Somewhere along the line she has no choice but turn to Vlad's help even though she misses him and finds it really hard to be near him while not being together. Returning with him to Romania they find out that the person who is trying to kill her has a really dangerous weapon against her powers and the price she pays for using then is higher than she anticipated. But with Vlad on her side, admitting to loving her, there is nothing they can't do, no one they can't beat. Thing is, there is a third and last installment in this series, so again, like in the previous one, this book ends quite "open" with the main villain still "at large".

There's a scene in the last chapters where Leila kicks MAJOR ass. I could see it in my eyes. I love how brutal SHE can be. She and Vlad are truly a great match. Even if he can be a little overwhelming he IS the Dragon and she loves him for being that. In another scene where she is frustrated with Vlad and turning to Marty he tells her that Vlad is -

" borderline psychotic who conquered the brutal circumstances he grew up in by being even more brutal. Add turning into a vampire and centuries of undead power struggles, and you have the crazy cruel bastard you fell in love with. "

I must say, I can't agree more! but what made this quote even more powerful was Leila's answer - 

"Vlad might be a crazy cruel bastard, but he was MY crazy cruel bastard and we were going to work this out."

So you see, she is a Dragoness herself! 
I was thinking that if Jeaniene would write a short novella of Vlad and Leila in the future, like 100 years from now, with a powerful Leila beside our beloved Vlad the Impaler it would be SO cool! :)

Just so you know - You don't have to read Night Huntress series to understand the world/setting of this trilogy. There is only one scene with Cat and Leila together and it really doesn't matter if you don't really know who she is besides what was mentioned in the previous one.  In my opinion, this series is MUCH better than the Night Huntress because even though Bones is GREAT I'm no fan of Cat and since she is the sole POV (like Leila is the sole POV in this series) I get tired of listening to her after a while.. 

Highly recommended as the previous one and really can't wait for the last installment in January! YAY

Additional Details: Audiobook, 8:17 Hours, 21-24 August 2014 / On GoodReads
The Night Prince is the much anticipated and ADORED spin off to the Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost.It's the love story of Vlad the Impaler. 
Vlad came into my live and I never want him to leave... Right now, these books, telling us his and Leila's story are my absolute favorite PNR / UF books. Vlad, for sure, is my absolute favorite male character in a PNR series. In one word YUM! 
Vlad and Leila's story takes place close to the ending of the Night Huntress series. To be exact the first 2 novels take place after the 6th installment ("One Grave at a Time") and the last two after the 7th and final novel in the Night Huntress series ("Up from the Grave"). There are double appearance of Vlad & Leila in the Night Huntress and Cat & Bones in the Night Prince so if you wanna do it "right" stick to the reading order listed bellow. You COULD read the Night Prince before the Night Huntress series, you'll just be introduced to Cat & Bones there.. 

There are four books in this series. The first book starts before Leila and Vlad actually meet and follow the build up of their relationship. Leila is a lot more than a "common average human" and they truly find in each other their match. 
Throughout the books they try together to best Vlad's long lost nemesis - Szilagyi Mihaly - who have been plotting against Vlad for YEARS, gathering strength, power and allies to be able to FINALLY get rid of him. Yet we are talking about Vlad freaking Tepesh, it's obvious how it's going to end - death and destruction, and a lot of it by fire! :) OH JOY! 
1. Once Burned (published 26 June 2012) ★★★★★
Twice Tempted (published 26 March 2013) ★★★★★
3.  Bound by Flames (published 27 January 2015) ★★★★★
4.  Into the Fire (published 28 February 2017) ★★★★★

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