Book #3 in the Night Prince series: Published 1/27/15
I received a signed copy of this from the author in a giveaway! (No review required.)
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 over protectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…
While I loved this book, I found myself having trouble connecting with it in the beginning. Perhaps too much time had passed since I read the last two books, or something about this one made me hold off giving it five stars like the other two in this spin-off series. Don’t get me wrong I still love me some Vlad, and Leila too… I am thrilled that Ms. Frost has decided to extend this series into another book. This whole world is a favorite of mine and I would be fine even with another spin-off series with cameos from beloved characters of past books.
Like I said this one took me a bit to get into. This could be from the sudden switch in genres, too long between books, or that the first 100 pages of this book were pretty dark and disturbing at times. I often wondered if I was reading a chick-lit paranormal title, this book was so graphic and violent at times. Granted much of it was recounting of events in flashbacks, but still, Ms. Frost sure did challenge my comfort zone in at least one occasion. I’m glad I stuck with it though, like that was ever in question…, it was interesting to see how Leila and Vlad handled the events of this book even though it shook their marriage quite a bit.
There were some fun, lighter situations as well, especially in the epilogue. But much of this books was one crisis after another. You could see their marriage and relationship growing stronger with each new obstacle they encountered. I appreciated how their dynamic changed. In the beginning we have Vlad almost using wrapping Leila in bubble-wrap and storing her in the most secure local he can find, but by the end they had truly become a team and were kicking ass together.
There were some familiar faces that popped up in this book, my favorites Cat and Mencheres played important roles in this story and I was happy with the closure that came about for Maximus. I am intrigued by the new ‘bad guy’ that was introduced at the end of the book and look forward to seeing what plays out with him. This was a great read, a little darker than the others, but wow what a ride.