Twice Temptedby Jeaniene Frost (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: Night Prince #2
Published by Avon, Harper Collins on March 26, 2013
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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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.
Vlad is my favorite side character from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, and I was so excited when it was announced that he was getting his own trio of books. When Once Burned came out, I eagerly dug in to see what kind of lady he would be paired up with, and Leila is a fiery, strong willed, and smart match. Twice Tempted picks up where the first book left off, but Leila and Vlad’s relationship isn’t exactly where Leila thinks it should be. Vlad is his usual self: protective, secretive, restrained with his feelings towards her, and violent towards his enemies when provoked. Leila is in love and has no problem admitting it to herself, but she has enough self-respect to walk away from Vlad when it’s clear that he can’t give her the same kind of love in return.
Even with her psychic abilities on the fritz, she returns to America and the carnival sideshow act that she had previously found a home in–protection and love from a vampire that treats her like family. But tragedy strikes soon after she reunites with her friend, and she’s forced to go on the run with Vlad’s right hand man Maximus who was tasked with getting her to the Carnival safe and sound. Complicating matters is Maximus’ romantic feelings for Leila and her uncertain loyalties towards Vlad. As they go on the run to track down the killer, who can Leila trust, not only with her life, but with her heart?
Leila is such a strong, well-rounded character in these novels. She’s sure of what she wants and she’s not willing to settle for less when it comes to her relationship with Vlad. Even though it kills her to do so, she walks away when he’s not willing to outwardly love her back. She absolutely kicks butt in this book, further developing her electrical whip to rip vampire attackers to shreds, and also further honing her psychic abilities to dig into people’s pasts through touching objects.
Vlad grew so much in Twice Tempted. He’d vowed long ago never to love again, but he’d clearly let Leila get to him. Just how much she’s gotten to him, I won’t spoil the book, but he is definitely a different man when he’s with Leila at the end of the book. Otherwise, he’s still the Vlad that I know and love: tyrannical, violent, ruthless, and calculating. You get a close look at his torture methods and dungeon in this installment, and boy, is it bloody and a bit detailed, and quite a good read.
I give Twice Tempted a 4.5 out of 5. With excellent pacing, plotting, and character development that I come to expect from Jeaniene Frost, the second installment of the Night Prince series was exciting, heart pounding, and interesting. As for who was trying to kill Leila, I certainly didn’t expect it to be the person it turned out to be, that’s for sure. I can’t wait for the third and final book in this series.