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.
©2012 Jeaniene Frost (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
I am a Wife, a Mum and a Grandma. I am also strong willed and wilfil at times. I have worked all my life and drempt for wining the lottery
I would as the performance is excellent and enhances the story and strengthens the characters.
As I have read the Huntress series and Vlad was a strong support character in those books - this book develops his story line. The book is free standing and is not affected if you have not read the Huntress series. LOVED this book will read it again without a doubt.
I'm really enjoying fantasy novels at the moment (guild hunter, daughter of smoke and bone, angel fall etc) really enjoyed the narrators style the story was pretty good. On to book 2 of the series next :)
I enjoyed the take on the age old Vlad the Impaler legend.
I think it's important to note that the male main character in this book has a Romanian accent. Tavia Gilbert managed to do an okay job with this, better than most attempts at accents in audiobooks, and as the story goes on you get used to it a bit more. However, if I'm honest, I could only *just* stand it. If the story hadn't been as compelling, I would not have been able to listen to it. There are a couple of other accents attempted which were terrible. In particular, what was supposed to be an English accent was unbearable. As an English woman, it was cringeworthy to hear our accent butchered. Thankfully that particular character is only in it for a short scene. Although be aware that the spin-off of this series features the same character as it's main protagonist.
I would like the sample to have included a section with Tavia speaking with the "Romanian" accent. It is an important factor to many listeners.
The actual story is great. It's a nice, laid back, easy listen and I throughly enjoyed the storyline. I perfect balance of action and romance, with some great passion.
Not really, it was good enough but I just couldn't get past the narrators awful British accents.
It would have been far better if she had never tried to do an English or Irish accent, the two simply made me cringe, not good at all.
All in all though the narrator was good at the Romanian accent and she had a smooth tone, some narrators, especially American ones do this thing where they pause better words which I find jarring, she didn't. And she put the right inflections on words.
Another very good book by Jeaniene Frost, transporting you to the world of Cat and Bones, whilst not thinking about them as Vlad and Leila take over with their story. A totally different and believable thread.
Leila for her determination and drive, and making the most of her situation (accident)
I would say they were all good with no two sounding the same
All twists and turns were captivating and different.
Excellent, JF is definately my choice for author of the year, roll out the next book.
Loves fantasy and sci-fi books, particularly vampires, werewolves and magic. Totally in love with Jamie Fraser (Outlander) since my teens!
Vlad was one of my favourite minor characters from the Night Huntress series. After listening to the two previous spin-off books, I was slightly dubious about this one but I am so pleased that I went ahead and bought it. Vlad is strong, sexy, masterful and, admittedly, infuriating at times, thus making him a perfect lead character. Leila is independent, brave and strong willed and clashes brilliantly with Vlad on a variety of topics. She might think he is sex on legs but that doesn't mean she's going to let him have everything his way. A great story that leaves you hanging on for the next one...
I love to listen to books, especially fantasy, horror and supernatural novels with twists, jumps and romances.
This was a wonderful book and a brilliant addition to Jeaniene Frosts collection. I was thrilled all the way through.
Having listened to may other books by Jeaniene Frost I thought I'd listen to this one to. I found it easy to follow and hard to stop listening to. You get to hear about some characters from her other series which is always nice see them again. Vlad is in many of the others books and i had always wanted to see him in his own book so was glad to find this, and not disappointed either.
"LOVED it from the beginning"
I am a BIG fan of Jeaniene Frost and her night huntress series.
I thought i would read something similar to her earlier books, but no, i got hocked from the beginning with.... well i can't say with what... you have to have a listen.
And to Jeaniene Frost, Thanks and waiting for the next book while I am still reading this one.
"EXCITING NEW SERIES"
This first book in Jeaniene Frost's new series is excellent! Tavia Gilbert does her normal fabulous job with Vlad's accent. Lots of action and killing and fire from Vlad. Leila is a very interesting character and has some very cool powers of her own even though she is just human. Of course nobody can write a love scene like Jeaneine and woooo does she do Vlad proud with this one. LOL I hope we don't have to wait a full year for the next book because that's just too long to wait for such a great story. You have to listen to this if you are a Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress fan!! I'll be listening to it again very soon.
"Team Vlad all the way!"
I absolutely loved this book! Just when I think I'm completely finished with all vampire stories, I listen to a Jeaniene Frost book and I'm in love with this genre all over again. I wasn't really excited to hear Vlad's story but I'm so glad I did. Now I can't get enough! I'm so looking forward to the next book.
"This is a HOT One!"
Read from June 26 to 27, 2012
I feel like I waited for this book for years! I love Vlad and was thrilled he was getting his own story. Jeaniene Frost has done it again! I was worried that no woman would be good enough for Vlad but Leila is perfect for the old guy. She has just the right amount of angst so she won't be a pushover and a touch of innocence and vulnerability that will make her likeable.
This book has the same successful recipe that all of Ms. Frost's books have that makes it a lovely blend of romance and urban fantasy, seasoned with enough steamy scenes and gory battles to keep me mesmerized.
A lot of people are complaining about the end but I liked the conclusion. My only issue is that the book is way to short and that the wait will be excruciating.
Tavia Gilbert performs flawlessly and keeps the accents of so many characters consistent and believable. She has such emotion while she reads I bet the sound crew was blushing during some scenes.
"5 Freaking Stars are not enough!"
I'm a little late to the party here. I didn't know this spin-off series was about Vlad. I know, right? I LOVED Vlad in the Huntress books, but I bought this series not knowing it was about him!. Now, imagine my snoopy dance when I started listening!
Yes! Yes! Yes! Thank you Jeaniene Frost, for giving Vlad his due! And for giving him such a gloriously, wonderfully realized girlfriend!
And thanks for -- and to -- Tavia Gilbert, too!
"WOWEE - IT TICKS ALL THE BOXES"
Love Jeaniene Frost's books - they're an automatic download for me. No doubt this is the start of another fantastic series. I loved Vlad and can't wait for the storyline to develop more. I couldn't stop listening to this it was just so yummy - it had everything you'd expect from JF's books.
What a great combination - brilliant writing and awesome narration - the perfect union.
Well worth the credit.
"What took me so long!!!!"
I have no idea what took me so long to read this book. I love Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress Series and the Night Huntress World books. So why did I wait a whole year to read this book will hunt me for awhile. Vlad, Vlad, Vlad, what can you say about Dracula (never call him that or think it around him if you value your life). Vlad is passionate, irrational, possessive and funny at times, although his mood changes with the wind. But it’s something about him that makes crazy and thinks she can crack his outer shell, only to realize there is an inner one too. Leila is strong, independent and loyal to a fault. She is just the type of woman to make a guy like Vlad fall to his knees, if only he would let her. To say that I enjoyed this book is an understatement. I would and have recommended this book to several friends.
Tavia Gilbert is dynamic as a narrator. She is my favorite narrator. Someone comment about the accent she using for Bones but I absolutely love it. Even when I read some of Jeaniene Frost books, I still imagine Tavia voice associated with the characters.
WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS, GO GET THIS BOOK AND ENJOY!!!!!!
"Jeanine Frost Never Fails to Deliver the best"
Jeaniene Frost and Tavia Gilbert make a great team. Each Frost book that Gilbert narrates is great and this one is no exception!
There were equal parts of humor, drama and suspense. Jeaniene can really engage her readers into knowing the characters and where they come from which makes the storyline so much more intriguing to the reader. It makes the reader empathize more with the characters making the reader go deeper into the story eventually getting lost into it as opposed to just listening.
It was fast-paced from the beginning and the relationship between the main characters kept me enthralled. In the other books, I was introduced to Vlad but I learned to really like him as a character in this one.
It is a great book and a wonderful addition to Jeaniene's writings. I can't wait to see what else she has in store for us. She has not disappointed me yet!
"OH my, Vlad was worth the wait!"
I have been waiting for this book to come out. I have loved all the Cat and Bones books as well as the other characters stories so I knew Vlad's story would be good. Frost did not disappoint. I think this series could become as good as Cat and Bones series. I definitely will look forward to seeing how Vlad's romance will progress. He needs a good woman and I think these two will create a good series.
Tavia Gilbert is one of my favorite narrators and I was so glad to see her continue with this new series. It is nice to keep the same narrator since you are used to the voices she has created for the characters.
HOT, EXCITING and Left you wanting more, more, more. The only bad part is the wait for the next book. Totally credit worthy. I do recommend you start at the beginning of the Cat and Bones Series so you can get to know all the characters, including Vlad.
"Not Your Adverage Dracula Story!!"
I love Vlad. I have been waiting for his story since we met him in the Night Huntress novels. He's a more sophisticated, polished version of Bones. Don't tell Bones I said this, but Vlad is more my type! :)
Frost keeps up her usual fast, fun ride with Once Burned. The sex is hot, the banter is witty, and the fights are nail biters. What more could you pack into an 8 hour show/book?
Tavia is completely awesome as the narrator (as usual) and brings so much "personality" to the narration. Loved it!
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