I finally got to this book after adding it to my wish list about two months ago, and it was well worth the wait.
This is the first book I have read from Jeaniene Frost, but it defiantly won't be the last.
Before getting to the review here is the summary of the book:
After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...
Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all--but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him - a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.
The reason I left it so long before buying the book was because it was marked at almost £5 which i wasn't sure I was willing to pay. Then I got an email from amazon saying it had dropped to £1.99 and there was no hesitation in me buying it. Which i am glad i did.
I loved the character of Leila as she wasn't your normal "why is this happening to me" female character. She very much accepted her fate and dealt with it the best she could.
I also loved the fact that while everyone one feared Vlad, Leila didn't hold back when it came to telling him exactly what she thought of him.
Even when she is kidnapped she uses her powers and makes own plan so she can escape from them, instead of just hoping someone was going to come along and save her.
She is very head strong as well. If someone, usually Vlad, tells her to do something and she thinks it isn't right or she can do more to help, then she will.
Vlad is the Prince of Darkness, he's strict, loyal to those loyal to him, and incredibly HOT! Which has nothing to do with the fact that he has the power to harness fire. Seriously he should come with a warning.
He knows Leila wants him and is very vocal in that knowledge. His ego should be a turn off but if anything it just makes you like him more. He does't like being disobeyed or challenged, which is something he has to learn to deal with more than once when Leila is with him.
Marty is a dwarf vampire that Leila has a performance routine with at the carnival they perform in. After losing his daughter he becomes the father figure in Leila's life, since Leila and her family are practically estranged due to her unusual powers, and the death of her mother. Though he isn't in the story a great deal, his character is still very important in regards to the decisions Leila makes regarding her circumstances.
This book was VERY well written, and to be honest after the books I have been reading recently that little plus point was like a God send.
It was unpredictable and kept you on your toes, even when I thought I knew what was going to happen, it turned out to be something completely different.
This has to be in my top three of best reads this year!
Can't wait until March 2013 to read the sequel. Already have it pre-ordered! Yay!