by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince #3
Published on January 27, 2015 by Avon
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Play with fire, pay the price.
Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…
Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…
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I love the Night Prince series and Bound by Flames was no exception, but wow are these books repetitive.
So here’s my issue with these books. I liked Vlad in the Night Huntress books as a secondary character but in his own series, he’s become a tad one-note with the anger issues and burning things. That’s his thing which is all well and good but when it becomes his primary reaction, it gets old.
But of course it’s going to come up because YET AGAIN Leila is kidnapped by the big bad. This has been the basis for three books.
It’s as if it’s all Leila is good for, having some awesome powers and getting captured. And her character has grown on me since Once Burned but I don’t get to know her much beyond how she handles capture and torture.
Which brings me to the actual story: where was it? Much like the last books, Vlad has an enemy. They want to destroy each other. Cue a few hundred pages of sizing each other up before Leila is taken and Vlad has to save her. The bad guy doesn’t have much of an obvious motive. Vlad and Leila have a luke warm romance that seems founded in one saving the other. And these books have slowly drifted downward in my opinion.
At least Bound by Flames had more of a balance between the romance and story.
By the end, you get SOME closure but still not enough, and these books definitely can’t stand on their own which I would have liked. Then again, I do still like this series as a whole, but not nearly as much as the Night Huntress books.
With only one book left in the Night Prince series, I just hope something new happens to end the books on a high note.