Wednesday, April 8, 2015

*Book Review* Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost (PNR)

Series: Night Prince # 3
Publisher: Avon
Released: January 27, 2015
Source: Library
Format: Paperback, 342 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance

*Book Blurb*

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…

Bound by Flames is the third installment in the Night Prince series, but not the final installment in the series. The final book will be released in 2016. Bound by Flames is once again told in the first person narrative by Leila Dalton Dracul, and takes place a few weeks after the end of Twice Tempted.

Things have changed for former carnie Leila Dalton who has the ability to hold electrical charges after an incident when she was Thirteen. She's no longer a human having been turned into a baby vampire to save her life thanks to Vlad's enemies continually kidnapping her, torturing her, and trying to kill her. She's also married to one of the most dangerous and powerful vampires of all time....Vlad Basarab Dracul. Now, she has to get used to the taste of blood, and the fact that Vlad has more enemies than Cat and Bones combined.

The relationship between Leila and Vlad has driven me to take a few shots of liquor because it has been mostly one sided with Vlad not wanting to open his heart again to anyone, and Leila showing that she perhaps needs to grow up a bit as a character. Vlad's enemies know that by harming Leila, they harm Vlad, but that doesn't stop Leila from wanting to do things her way. I shall say that Leila doesn't grovel and fall on her sword at Vlad's say so this time around. She's gained a bit of confidence and swagger, and hopefully by the time the final installment comes around, she will be just as badass as other female heroines Frost has written about.

So, here's a few things you should know. First, Vlad's mortal enemy is alive and kicking and making extreme trouble for Leila and Vlad. I will say that I had a hard time understanding why Frost went over the top in her desire to torture Leila...again! I understand that Frost is trying to make a point, but the use of flaying, tearing off limbs, starvation, and a rape situation, left me drained and angry.

Second, if you enjoy guest appearances, well you're in for a treat. Frost gives readers Cat, Bones, Mencheres, Kira, and Marie Laveau. Frost also takes her characters on a globe trotting journey from Romania, Germany, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Slovenia. It has been stated by trusted reviewers that one should read the final Cat and Bone story UP FROM THE GRAVE first before diving into Bound by Flames. Truth be told, I haven't read Up From The Grave yet, and don't think that I lost anything in translation or surprises by not doing so.

I have to say that I would have been perfectly fine with Frost ending this series after THREE books and giving Vlad and Leila their HEA. I don't think it was at all necessary to introduce yet another villain to whom Vlad has yet another connect to. I've been puzzling over this since I finished this book. I would have preferred Frost pit Leila and Vlad against different villains over the course of this series instead of just one major one. Like the Cat and Bones series, they faced a slew of villains and they weren't necessarily the same over the course of the series.

Finally, since this series is centered around one crazy hot dangerous vampire named Vlad, let's talk about absolutely brutal and bloody he gets in this story. Let's talk about the fact that he would burn down the world, threaten friends who have stood by him, and destroy his entire line to protect Leila. Let's close by saying that Frost doesn't disappoint with her sex scenes, and thankfully she's allowed Leila to come to terms with her own father. One hopes the final installment will be action packed, and that Leila doesn't get kidnapped, tortured, flayed, poisoned with silver, or tossed into a deep well. Just saying!

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