Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Review: Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost

Dating the Prince of Darkness has its challenges...

Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold shoulder treatment forever–especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.

Like choosing between eternal love and a loveless eternity...

Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. And when she finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes, Leila must decide who to trust– the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity.


I'm a huge fan of pretty much anything Jeaniene Frost decides to put down on the page, whether it's a Cat and Bones adventure (Night Huntress), the Night Huntress spinoffs with Spade and Vlad, or a novella about demons in a place called Nocturna (Night's Darkest Embrace). I might even be convinced to read her adaptation of War and Peace, should she decide to use her amazing cast of vampire characters. Okay, that might be stretching it a bit, but you get my drift. She will rock your world each and every time!

Twice Tempted is by far my favorite of the Night Huntress spinoff novels because in this book we get to really see how Vlad has survived the centuries. He is not a warm and fluffy vampire oozing romance and kindness from his pores, or a man that trusts or falls in love easily. Vlad is power and control, heat and passion, intelligence and strategy, and despite his efforts to the contrary, he is unchangeable in his love for Leila. Don't think for a second that he will change his ways because that dungeon beneath the castle still gets plenty of action, and in Twice Tempted readers get a detailed account of what happens to those that think to betray him.

Leila doesn't easily understand his behavior so that causes some very interesting conflicts between the two, and at times I wished she would just stop trying to change him, but I guess that was really the point of this book. Both characters needed to grow into the feelings they were having and learn to accept themselves before they could ever hope of remaining together. Much like the Cat and Bones books the path of each character is so moving and volatile, making the words "I Love You" seem simplistic and easy, when in truth, the love surpasses mere words. Vlad loves through action and deed, although it is easy enough to commiserate with Leila over that lack of words because as a society we've been conditioned to need them. This was about believing (with or without the words) that everybody, can be, and deserves to be loved.

I should definitely add that even though the love was a highlight and main interest for me there is still plenty of vampire badassery as Vlad and Leila work to uncover exactly who is behind the attacks on Leila's life. Lots of fire. Lots of destruction. Lots of surprises.

Once Burned may have introduced us to the heated passion and lust that sparked between Vlad and Leila, but Twice Tempted turns those embers into a raging inferno that burns hot and bright.

*Reviewed by Anna Dougherty

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Night Prince books include:
Once Burned
Twice Tempted

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