Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Avon
Released on March 26, 2013
The way things ended in the first Night Prince novel, ‘Once Burned’, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen in this one. There was that ominous feel that things weren’t quite right between Vlad and Leila.
This one picks up soon after where the other one left off. It most definitely needs to be read in order.
Leila feels the distance that Vlad is putting between them and it worries her. She has plans to confront him, but before she can do so he springs a formal gown, formal dinner with honored guests and a little black box with an offer and a ring. Too bad it isn’t the offer and ring that she was expecting nor does she want. It is the last straw when she realizes that she cares about him more than he can or is willing to care about her. Leila makes the decision to leave and does.
Not long after she leaves to rejoin Marty, she finds out that she is the focus of someone’s dangerous attention again. The trouble is she isn’t sure who is out to get her this time and can’t even rule out that it might even be Vlad set on revenge for her leaving him. She goes on the run, but then finds that when the chips are really down there is only one person left who can save her.
The plot on this one was as exciting for both the action and romance as the last one. It is all from Leila’s point of view. I really enjoyed where this one took both Leila and Vlad separately and together. They both really needed sharp wake up calls to understand each other and their relationship. Leila challenged Vlad to commit, but he challenged her to understand fully what she was committing to. Leila is no damsel in distress and Vlad is still the menacing man of legend who makes even older vampires tremble. I liked that the romance didn’t change that. I loved not knowing who was truly after them too and that the threats were challenging. In the midst of the danger times there were some truly beautiful and combustible moments too. Vlad said some of the most heartwarming things to Leila, but he also said some chilling things too that were pure Vlad.
I have to say that this series is as good as the original Night Huntress series. Speaking of which, I enjoyed the little scene with Cat and Leila. Mencheres made a few appearances too. I really hope there are to be more for Vlad and Leila.
If you love your paranormals or urban fantasies fill with danger and combustible romance, give this series a try.