Audiobook Review: Once Burned (Night Prince #1) by Jeaniene Frost (Narrator: Tavia Gilbert)

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Night Prince #1
Jeaniene Frost (Narrator: Tavia Gilbert)
Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy
June 26, 2012
8 hours and 25 minutes


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.


This series is in the same world as the Night Huntress series. You can read the Night Prince series without reading the other, but I highly recommend reading Night Huntress first. Many previous characters come to visit Vlad and you can understand their relationships more if you have had the pleasure of reading the other first, but Night Prince can stand on its own.

Now, I read Once Burned when it first came out in 2012. I LOVED it! I devoured each book as they came out, but then the fourth and final book came and I never got around to reading it. When a series you love comes to an end it’s hard to finish that last book, but now I’m going to, so I’m going back and listening to the series for the first time to refresh myself.


Once Burned is book one in the Night Prince series by Jeaniene Frost.

Vlad, oh Vlad. I love him. I loved him the moment he was introduced in the Night Huntress series and he is just as sexy and aragonite in his own series. I can’t tell you have happy I am that he got his own series. He’s damaged, dangerous, complex, and sexy. There is more to this Vampire than meets the eye. He’s lived through things that most people would have broke from.

Leila is a young women who had an accident that left her with some interesting side effects that changed her life. Her touch electrocutes anyone who she comes in contact with. Besides that she has the power to see the past and future just by touching an object. 

These two meet in their minds first, but soon she’s under his protect. I loved these two together. Leila stands up to Vlad and no one stands up to him. They work together to find out who wants Vlad dead, who wants to use Leila to do it, and as they work together they grow closer, but will Vlad every love. 

Frost is a talented writer. How she builds the romance and shows that a virgin heroine is not a burden, but a strong, capable, and special women. 

Narration: Tavia Gilbert did a spectacular job. I loved her voices for all the characters, but especially Vlad. She gave him that old world charm and cariama. The story and plot come to life. I adored the audio and highly recommend this series and the audiobook. 

Rated: 4.5 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

10 comments on “Audiobook Review: Once Burned (Night Prince #1) by Jeaniene Frost (Narrator: Tavia Gilbert)

  1. Another series I need to read!

    • One day, right ^_^! Thank’s for stopping in.

  2. I have not read this series, but is this Vlad from Cat & Bones series?

    • Yes it is Vlad from Cat & Bones series. We have Cat & Bones, then Vlads books, and then we have Ian, which I haven’t read.

  3. I have purchased this whole series on audio. I love Vlad but I have yet to read it. Sigh. So I didn’t want to spoil myself by reading your review. I’m glad to see you rated it so highly.

    • I understand not wanting to be spoiled. I do that too and books I’m excited about reading. I had fun re-visiting this series, though I still need to read or listen to book 4. Something about having a series end. I don’t always get to it quickly. Thank’s for visiting and I hope you enjoy.

  4. Love this series. Vlad and Leila are great. I can’t wait until you get to Ian’s stories!

    • I still have to read or listen to book 4, but ya, I can’t wait for Ian’s story. Thank’s for visiting!

  5. I loved this book and this series. I’m a fan of her books.

    • I’m a fan too and I love Vlad. I still need to read or listen to the last book in this series. That’s a goal for 2020 ^_^! Thank’s for visiting.