by Jeaniene Frost
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Published by Avon Books on June 26, 2012
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Length: 8 hours, 30 minutes
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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 the first book I’ve read from author Jeaniene Frost and now I understand why she is so popular. This book had everything I love – a paranormal romance with steamy love scenes, non-stop action and riveting suspense. This was an exciting book! Once Burned is the spinoff of The Night Huntress series but this was easy to follow. Leila was struck by lightning as a child. The freak accident left her with a jagged scar on one side of her body and unusual powers. If touched she can shock people with electricity (at different levels of intensity) and also see their past, present and future. Because of this unusual and deadly power she keeps her distance from people. But in time she discovers life in a carnival as the perfect home for herself. She finally can form close friendships with people who are also different. But she keeps her powers a secret in order to protect herself from being used as a weapon. Unfortunately her secret comes out and dangerous vampires want to use her to locate the mysterious vampire Vlad Tepesh. Vlad is a powerful vampire who inspired the Dracula legend. But Leila has street smarts and instead of leading them to Vlad she strikes a deal with him for her safety. And thus begins an intense relationship and a dangerous journey.
Leila is a great character. You see her grow from being cautious (because of her fear of hurting people) into a strong and courageous woman. Rather than sit back and let Vlad boss her around, she takes control and helps the people she cares for. Vlad is sexy and domineering and the chemistry with Leila is explosive! I loved the suspense, action, humor and romance of Once Burned!! This is well written with fun characters and I can’t wait to read more from this author!
This is my first audiobook from narrator Tavia Gilbert. I thought she did a good job but it did take me some time to get used to her accent for Vlad. The Romanian vampire came across as silly and stereotypical. Hearing his voice had me think of the Hollywood movie vampire portrayal and the classic line “I vant to suck your blud”. But in time I did adjust to it and enjoyed her voices for all the characters.