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TBR Challenge Review: Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost

Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost
Paranormal romance released by Avon on March 26, 2013

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 . . .

I really enjoyed Once Burned, and I was really excited when I learned Twice Tempted would be out this year. I liked Vlad when he had cameo appearances in Ms. Frost’s other books. (I actually haven’t read the Cat and Bones books, but liked her spinoffs a lot.) Anyway despite not liking series (especially ones that don’t really stand alone), nor first person point of view, I was into this book. (What faint praise, eh?)

Leila is an incredibly strong heroine. We’d already seen this in Once Burned, but here I liked that Ms. Frost took it to the max. Leila is the heroine everyone wants to read about, and wants to be. She has the strength to make difficult decisions, and not to settle. But, beyond having self worth and a clear idea as to her own importance and identity, she’s considerate. Leila is willing to admit when she’s wrong, and make concessions. Leila isn’t a wilting female, but she isn’t stupid about it either. (She might risk herself, but it isn’t necessarily reckless, or thoughtless.) I say this because her powers take a massive toll on her throughout this book.

Vlad is, well… Dracula – although nobody can call him that – of course. I felt, however, that he wasn’t as developed in this book. So much of what happens between him and Leila is implied, or hidden. While I love heroine centric books, it seems that Vlad almost faded from notice at times. His deeply possessive nature is entertaining, and a bit thrilling, but I just felt I would have liked to see a bit more from and about him. Vlad made huge sweeping romantic gestures, but they simply didn’t have the massive impact or thrill I might have expected.

I don’t know what it is about this book. There were emotional moments. Some when I almost got a bit teary, a few when I chuckled out loud. Leila is so real. And her inner (evil) voice of self doubt is something I think we can all relate to. And yet, something about it just felt… off to me. I know a lot of people loved it – but also that to some people, Vlad’s spinoff has been disappointing.

I’m in the camp that likes it, and will probably re-read it (although I will say I liked Once Burned a lot more…) but I really want this all to be done with by book three. Enough. Even though I really do like Vlad and Leila. So this is me crossing my fingers and hoping. I’d love to see them visit future books, with more than cameos, but these two need resolution. I think also because the “villain” in this case was minor. I know Leila and Vlad’s relationship needed a lot of developing, but it almost seemed secondary.

Twice Tempted is definitely a book I enjoyed reading. It’s a good book, and I happily recommend it to people who like Jeaniene Frosts’ paranormals. Even for people who like paranormal romances in general. (Although in this case I think reading the first book in the series is crucial. Even all the other spinoffs would be helpful, especially Mencheres’s story, Eternal Kiss of Darkness. However, personally, if Vlad and Leila’s doesn’t end with a third book, I might be tapping out. We’ll see. (Or, at the least, I’ll be waiting until the series ends to read all the books at once.)

Grade: C+

You can read an excerpt here or buy a copy here.

Upcoming x2!!!

First of all… next week? Massive Birthday Bash Blog Blowout Giveaway. At the last count, there are nearly 40 prizes up for grabs. Books, gift cards, and so on. (Well, okay, books and gift cards. Maybe some authors will include swag. I don’t know.)

I do know, however, that they’re freaking awesome.

So awesome they deserve to be mentioned by name. In alphabetical order, they are… Bobbie (aka @mamaboo7907), Kira Brady, Portia Da Costa, Alyssa Day, Keri Ford, Angie Fox, Roberta J. Gordon, Lynn Raye Harris, Kate Hewitt, Kelly Jamieson, Carolyn Jewel. Beth Kery, Farrah Rochon, Jennifer Wilck, and Beth Williamson. (Mary Kirkland should go in there too, but I convinced her to save her prize for her future guest post. Bad me!)  And… not a person, SAMHAIN!!! Samhain Publishing has offered fourteen prizes. Seven print books, and seven e-books, of any of their current titles. Anything available, just no ARCs. I’m…. blown away by their generosity. All these people (and one publisher) are the best. EVER! <3

So you know… keep an eye out for that. I hope to have it scheduled for noon, next Thursday. Or noonish. You know me. >.>

NOW though – something else. Author Jeaniene Frost is going to be guesting here soon, and her assistant tells me Jeaniene is very busy, so she plans on answering questions. You know I only do the author interviews for my Guest Author & A Giveaway features… so I’m putting it to you! Do any of you read Jeaniene Frost, and/or have any questions for her?

Here’s your chance to get them answered! (And to help me out. See how everyone wins here?)

Um… otherwise, that’s about it! How has your day been going? [I’m trying to refresh myself on stuff I don’t particularly want to… with the Michael Fassbender version of Jane Eyre keeping me company. :D]

p.s. – If all the future giveaways aren’t enough… Carolyn Jewel has shared an entire chapter of her wonderful upcoming book Not Proper Enough and is giving away three copies. Really. You need to read that post. And the book. The post will tide you over for now though.