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Audiobook Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Once Burned

Audiobook Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
by Jeaniene Frost
Length: 8 hours 30 minutes
Series: Night Prince #1
Published by HarperAudio
on June 26th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Audio Book
Source: Bought
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 Stars



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.

Hot Romance Series Vampire

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost left me singed while listening to this. It was an action packed, fast paced story, full of paranormal delights and

Vampire fun.

The entire story is told through Leila’s point of view. I was kind of missing the alternating POV, especially getting to see inside of Vlad’s mind and his thought processes.

“Different didn’t mean sub-human.”

I really liked Leila. She was a no nonsense, non-whiney character, sort-of kick ass and has powers. She kind of had that super hero backstory especially with how she came about her powers. It’s electrifyingly exciting. And that is totally a pun intended sentence. Her electrical powers when someone touches her hand brings a sort of suspense to the storyline. How the heck is she going to overcome that? Especially in a romantic relationship? Because we all know that it’s coming. She’s also telepathic, which makes her a very valuable asset to both the bad and good vamps.

Vlad, i.e. the historic and somewhat cliched Dracula aka Vlad the Impaler was a slight disappoint for me. He was just a little too standoffish, cold, and blank. Maybe it was because we couldn’t see inside his head, but in truth I wasn’t fan-girling over him. I couldn’t get anything romantic from this storyline, no real emotions on Vlad’s end. The sexy times were hot, but were just that, sex.

I actually fell for Maximus, a secondary character that I kind of wished Leila ended up with. But oh, well.

Overall, the narrator Tavia Gilbert, was good. I liked her voice for Leila. At times her voices for the bad vamps kind of sounded like her voice for Vlad, which in effect sounded like Red from Orange is the New Black. Sorry for putting that image in your head, but that’s what I thought. Even with that, I got over it and found myself enjoying the narration.

This does end in a sort of cliffhanger. A new problem sort of thing happens at the end, so it’s best to read these from the beginning.



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Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

This sounds like a great start to the series! I haven’t read a good vampire book in so long – I might need to check this one out.

Jess@Fairday's Blog

I prefer when books don’t end on a cliffhanger- but I do enjoy a good audio. It can be hard if the narrator is a little off for some voices. I find most of the time if I like them overall I can get past a few of the voices I am not such a fan of when I am listening. 🙂 Thanks for sharing


I love a good vampire romance and from the sound of it, I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one as well. Is this series finish already Aleen?

Nadene @Totally Addicted to Reading

It is good you were able to enjoy this one, even though you were not feeling the male protagonist.

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

I’ve heard about this and want to read it because Vlad the Impaler as a vampire character! I love that idea. Although, I actually just watched a show today about the origins of the modern vampire and it talked about Vlad and HOLY CRAP that guy was awful! Like, horrendously awful. So I’d be curious to see just how awful the author makes him and if she can manage to make him likeable without taking away the awfulness completely. It does sound like getting his POV would’ve helped though. But glad you still liked it!

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