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Early Review: Twice Tempted (Night Prince #2) by Jeaniene Frost

 

 
Overview
 

Author: Jeaniene Frost
 
Title: Twice Tempted
 
Series: Night Prince
 
Book #: 2
 
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
 
Release date: March 26, 2013
 
Publisher: Avon
 
Length: 384 pages
 
Heat level: High, sensual language
 
Review copy provided by: Publisher in exchange for honest review, without any other type of compenssation
 
Reviewer recap: Safely ensconced in the castle of the Prince of Darkness himself, the Vlad Basarov of legend, former circus performer Leila has seemingly little to worry about and everything to gain. Vlad, however, is not an easy man to love and his power over his people is absolute... including the woman he now considers "his" on a personal level. When the lovers have a falling out over Vlad's unwillingness to just say the words, Leila finds herself in an inferno of trouble with no guarantee that Vlad will know or care. The action is hot and the sex is scorching in this second installment in the Night Prince series.
 
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Writing style & finesse
9.0


 
Originality
8.5


 
World-building
7.5


 
Character development
8.5


 
Likeable/relatable characters
9.5


 
Plot tension
8.3


 
Flow & pacing
8.0


 
Heat &/or sexual tension
9.0


 
Total Score
8.5
8.5/ 10


User Rating
61 total ratings

 

Positives


Hot action, scorching sex, and VLAD the IMPALER!

Negatives


I have to wait how long for #3? *cry*


Bottom Line

There are some great moments in this book, spontaneous humor that is signature Jeaniene Frost and made me both giggle and laugh out loud. Twice Tempted gets the Night Prince series back on track with the old Night Huntress feel, and all the characters easily stand on their own. The sex is scorchingly hot (pun totally intended!) and the plot moves at just the right pace, with an intensity we haven’t yet seen from Leila and Vlad. Twice Tempted is a must-read!

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Posted March 24, 2013 by

 
Full Review
 
 

*** This review is spoiler free. Read on with confidence! ***

Vladislav Basarab is not an easy man to love nor does he love easily, a situation starkly evident in Twice Tempted.

Ms. Frost takes no pity on her characters, particularly the heroines in first person point of view. That intensity, the feeling that the character just never gets a break, is what made the Night Huntress series so addicting. Well, that and the fact that Cat kicked some serious ass. The Night Huntress World books fell a little short for me, missing the mark with third person point of view and less plot insanity, and I wasn’t wowed by Leila in Once Burned.  I’m not sure if it was the circus aspect or the fact that her abilities were more defensive than offensive throughout most of it, but in Twice Tempted, she really rises to the occasion. She’s stronger emotionally and psychically, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to achieve her goals. Like with Cat, sometimes that comes across as impetuous and bull-headed, but that’s also part off the charm – watching Leila grow as a character and seeing her complicated relationship with Vlad work through all its varied and sometimes completely unexpected landmines.

Vlad himself is back in true form, merciless and cold save for the exceptions he makes for Leila. I’ve loved his character since he first showed up on Bones’ doorstep, annoying the smack talk out of him and charming his woman.  It might have been tempting to write Vlad as uncharacteristically outwardly emotional or soften his mojo (har har), but Ms. Frost stays well within character and reaches down deep to give us glimpses of the man we’ve been hoping is entrenched behind all those shields.  At first I was a little disappointed that we’re being exposed to more circus storyline, but getting to learn juicy little tidbits about Maximus’s background made it worth the sigh.  There are also some rather unexpected turns of events throughout the plot that really keep you glued to the pages.

Vlad is lethal danger, ruthlessness, and determination all burned into a single focus – Leila – and when he turns that energy toward sex, it’s unrelenting and explosive. One of the great things about Jeaniene Frost love scenes is that they can be scorchingly sensual without needing to be explicit or technical. It’s not the where and when that sets the mood, but rather the how and why and what the characters feel.  The love scenes in Twice Tempted are masterfully crafted, fierce and soul-deep with wild, animalistic, heated abandon.  I’m pretty sure I have a (re)new(ed) crush on the Prince of Darkness.

Memorable Quotes

Sound, sexy advice…
“Don’t hide for anyone,” he stated, pushing my hair off my shoulder. “Only fools pity survivors their scars and you should never kowtow to fools.”
True and scary.
Vlad was cunning to the point of being a sociopath.
That’s the spirit, sister!
My whole body was drained, but the fight might not be over.  Bad guys didn’t stop for time-outs and neither could I.
That should keep your dungeon filled right up…
“I forgive you, but only because you said ‘please.'”
Smartass, I thought.  Then I groaned at the instant chorus of “Please!” mixed with cries for release from Vlad’s prisoners. No wonder he got so sick of the word.
“I’m only merciful to one person a day,” he threw over his shoulder. “As the saying goes, today isn’t your day and tomorrow doesn’t look good, either.”
*shudder*

His hands slid down my arms while he looked at me in a way that made me think of rapturous cries and blood dripping off steel. Possessiveness was so trivial by comparison.

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Rating: Twice Tempted

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.


2 Comments


  1.  
    Sophia Rose

    I am so glad that this one is good. I’m really looking forward to this one. I love the idea that Vlad is still Vlad and that its not a quick trip to romance.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.




    •  

      Thank you for commenting, Sophia! I enjoyed this one a lot and am really looking forward to the conclusion now.

      How do you like the new look of the site? Once you read Twice Tempted, come on back and rate it here through a comment or User Review at the top. Cool new feature!





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