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 . . .
Review by Andie from Mythical Cliffhanger
Unusually I’m going to start my review with the characters, because it seems that readers tend to hate the book because of the characters and the way they’re acting. Most of the readers have a problem with Leila’s behavior in this book. Some has issues with Vlad too. Personally, I have issues with both of them, but that makes them good characters.
They’re acting like humans (I know Vlad’s a vampire, don’t start!). Yes, sometimes Leila is overreacting, but their relationship isn’t easy. The girl needs attention, REAL attention and this is basically new to both of them. Vlad doesn’t really know how to handle that he’s in love, or even acknowledge it. He must learn it, and Leila does the right thing when she reminds him that she’s not like his previous lovers. He needs to fight for their relationship. They both have to work on it.
So Leila – because she has a strong backbone – takes the drastic, but necessary moves. That’s what I love about her. She doesn’t give up, she merely just takes her (love) life into her own hands. A relationship – no matter if it’s normal, or supernatural – always requires interaction between the two individuals. The lack of it might be dangerous, especially when you’re living in a paranormal world.
That being said, Leila has trust issues, so when someone attempts to kill her (again), she trusts only one vampire, and it’s not Vlad. Furthermore she’s letting the rest of the world believe she’s dead. Now that’s both smart and stupid. Smart, in a way, that while – it doesn’t matter that the story is written in Leila’s POV- we, the readers just know that Vlad couldn’t be behind the attack (because, DUH! He’s the hero, not the villain…), it’s not so simple for Leila. Especially after how they parted ways. So when Maximus, Vlad’s old (questionable) friend says and tries to convince her desperately that maybe she has struck too hard everyone’s favorite firestarter’s ego, Leila believes him (sort of), so the two run off together to find out who is the real bad guy this time. Of course, nothing works the way they plan to, and Leila’s abilities become deadly… unfortunately to herself and the time’s ticking.
Now let’s start with the positive qualities of the book:
- It’s fast.Entertainingly fast paced after a bit slower start, it quickly escalades and keeps the readers on edge. This makes it better than the first book. Once Burned was good, but it wasn’t a real adrenaline rush like Twice Tempted. More fight, more action, more danger, also it brings more secrets and mysteries.
- It’s funny.No, not like a stand-up comedy, but even though it’s still has the dark tone, like Once Burned, there are more funny/sarcastic dialogues.
- The twist.Not the first twist, or the last twist (that was really predictable), but the mid one. There’s a spy in Dracula’s cave. It took me a while to figure out, and eventually I did, only because the readers get such clear clues, that it’s hard to miss. Now, the other half of the twist is who the spy is spying for, right? I completely forgot about that character!! So maybe that was somewhere deep in my mind, but damn, the realization hit me hard, just like it hit Vlad.
- CAT!!Yes folks, Cat is in the book!! Not for long, but everyone’s going to love her part!
- Characterization– Besides the few tiny issues with Vlad and Leila, I didn’t have problem with the characters. I liked them, rooted for them, and wanted to kill some of them. Jeaniene, could you bring Gretchen and Ian together, please? That would be entertaining as hell.
- No love triangle.Don’t let the blurb scare you away. There is no love triangle, never will be. However, I might add, I love Max too.
- The POV.Leila’s point of view had its flaws earlier too, but wasn’t a real big thing. Sure we all want to get a peek into Vlad’s head, but frankly, I love him because I never know what’s in his head. So I was okay with Leila’s POV until Twice Tempted. And even now, the only reason I list it as a negative thing because most of the time we get the excitement out of Leila’s dying scenes. Seriously, she almost died four times. But for Christ’s sake, we all knew she wouldn’t die because she’s the freaking heroine plus we’re in the start/middle of the book and still had more than twenty chapters!! So our worry for her wasn’t true and it didn’t feel like I should have really worried. Maybe it could have worked if the story was written from more than one character’s viewpoint.
- The romantic Vlad.Okay, I was the one who said he needed to show his real feelings, but whoa. The way like it just flew out of his mouth all at once made it a bit too cheesy. He was sweet, but maybe too sweet. (Yeah, I know I’m indecisive, so what??)
- The cliffhanger…Seriously, this was cruel! I love cliffhangers, really, I do. But this?? What was this?? I don’t even… (No it doesn’t count in the final verdict. It’s just diplomatically worded my message that say “F*ck you, Ms. Frost, you’re cruel… but I love you!!”)
Overall: I was afraid that the lack of Vlad in the first half of the book, and a possible love triangle will make me hate the book, but my fears proved utterly invalid. It is really fast and enjoyable. It has a dark tone, but still entertaining. It’s filled with losses – in more than one way, secrets, and betrayals. A real Urban Fantasy with a massive storyline and strong characters.
Final Verdict: 4.5 stars