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.
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
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.