Review: Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost

Tuesday, May 14

Title:  Twice Tempted*
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince #2
Genre:  Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Avon
Format:  Paperback & ebook
Date/Year:  March 2013
Reviewed by:  Andrea

*This book was borrowed from the reviewer's local library

Summary from the publisher:

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.

My Musings:

The blurb says that dating the prince of darkness has it challenges, and does it ever!  I’ve always liked Vlad.  He’s such an unrepentant alpha bastard, that I can’t help but have a soft spot for him.  He entertains me like no other, but I could never be in a relationship with someone like that.  This book really drove that point home.  Leila is a strong woman, but putting up with the attitude and indifference from Vlad would be enough to break anyone.  It’s bad enough that he’s a vampire and barely conceals his contempt for her being human, but when you throw in his antiquated male chauvinist point of view, it’s too much. 

The book begins by throwing the reader right into the loneliness and heartache Leila is experiencing.  She is stuck in an unfulfilling relationship with a man uninterested in compromising.  She has the option of leaving him, but there are also various vampires just waiting to kill her, and those close to her, the moment she lets her guard down.  Leaving Vlad, and his protection, will definitely put her safety at risk.  There is also the bigger issue of her being in love with him.  She has some difficult decisions to make, and they’ll affect more than just her.

I was surprised by how much I was pulled into this book.  How could I possibly have forgotten how great the Night Prince and Night Huntress books are?!  The first chapter felt like visiting old friends that I hadn’t realized I missed so much.  Of course, there was the irritating but lovable Vlad.  Bringing him some humility is Leila, she such a great character.  She is strong, loyal, courageous, and passionate.  She embodies all the qualities I admire, so I couldn’t help but like her more and more as the book went on.  Vlad made me want to strangle him, but I could never stay angry with him for too long.

Twice Tempted has an excellent mixture of their continued relationship, which is far from becoming stale, along with adventure and suspense.  Leila and Vlad are not getting along, and someone is doing their best to kill her.  Making the killer’s job easier is an unknown traitor within Vlad’s inner circle who has turned against him.  It was fantastic, both fast paced and compelling.  The only complaint I have is the ending.  I realize urban fiction generally ends with a cliffhanger, but this one took me by surprise.  I felt the buildup of the suspense, but the ultimate climax and unresolved issues weren’t as good as I was expecting.  It was actually a bit anti-climactic, at least in comparison to other scenes in the book, and I didn’t realize it was the end.  I went to flip the page on my nook and realized there wasn’t any more.  I was a bit dumbstruck to realize it was done.  That’s not the best final thought upon finishing a book.  Still, up until that point I was loving it.  I absolutely recommend this book.


Overall: 4 stars
Sensuality level: 3.5

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Elaine May 19, 2013 at 4:04 PM  

Andrea, I just finished this book yesterday. I read the two Dark Prince books back to back and I agree Vlad can be a royal pill to deal with. I actually like him better in the Cat and Bones books.

That doesn't mean I'll stop reading his books though. I just wish they were published quicker.

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