Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi
*Beware of possible Spoilers*
Book two in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series picks back up with Leila worrying about her relationship with her scorching (literally) lover, Vlad. He seems to be more and more distant and she worries that he is losing interest in her now that her abilities have disappeared. But when he tries to show her how much she means to him she misunderstands and feels humiliated, causing her to end things with Vlad and to leave the comforts of his home for a life back on the Carney circuit.
But after an attempt on Leila’s life that kills several of her friends Leila no longer knows who she can trust. And, when she is kidnapped, she is forced to call on Vlad for help. He forces her back to his castle, where he can properly protect her. She tries to keep him at a distance, but can she fight the passions that he ignites in her, while trying to figure out who has betrayed Vlad and sent a killer out to end her once and for all?
I absolutely LOVE Jeaniene Frost and this book was no exception! It was a highly anticipated one for me, and I could hardly contain my excitement when I found sexy and shirtless hunk Vlad waiting at my door for me. I mean when my UPS man left my ARC (advanced reader copy) in my door, but it sounds much more fun to say it the other way! I tore right into it and I couldn’t put it down! Although I could have done without reading the prequel since it is repeated later in the book.
One of the things that had surprised me with the first book in the series, Once Burned, was just how cocky Vlad was. I expected some arrogance, but what I found in that book was more than I expected considering how he was in his appearances in the Night Huntress series where we first met Vlad. I’m happy to report that the arrogance was toned down a bit in this installment. It’s definitely still there, but it is much closer to the Vlad I fell in love with throughout the Nigh Huntress series. I adored him so much in this book, especially when he finally started letting his emotions show and he started fighting for what he needed (not wanted) to survive.
Leila has come a long way since we first met her. She has learned to channel her powers thanks to Vlad and can now protect herself from enemies that seem to be lurking around every corner. And, she did the hardest thing she could do in this book; leaving the man she loves with all her heart because she ‘knew’ he could never return those feelings.
I enjoyed this book, but I must ask one question. Why oh why does every vampire in Frost’s world think that their human lovers need to be turned? Why? I won’t tell you if Leila gets turned or not because that is something you will just have to read the book to find out. But I will tell you that it’s something Vlad does try to push on her.
Overall, I loved this story and it’s definitely closer to a 3.5 star book than the 3 I gave it, but we don’t do half stars on OBS, so I had to settle for the 3. There was so much that happens in this book and it was never boring and since I couldn’t put it down it was read in about a day. I definitely can’t wait to see what happens with Vlad and Leila next and you can be sure that when the next installment of the series arrives, I’ll be here to review it for you!
In the meantime we do have Up From the Grave, the next Night Huntress novel, to look forward to!