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Book Review-Bound By Flames by Jeaniene Frost

Title: Bound By Flames 
Author: Jeaniene Frost 
Series: Night Prince 
Format: E Book 
Acquired: Self Bought 
Publisher: Avon Books 
Release Date: January 27 2015 
Pages: 342 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 

Blurb

Play with fire, pay the price.

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 overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…

My Review


Leila, has had to learn to adjust to a new way of life, being a vampire, and being married to the most

infamous one of all time. Her life has changed from working the circus, and with their enemy still alive, both Leila and Vlad are determined to bring him to an end. But Leila is about to face a danger and an enemy that could destroy her. Now Leila will have to face a perilous journey that she may not be able to overcome. Vlad has an enemy that has been alive for centuries, and knows his strengths and weaknesses, but when Leila is put in danger and Vlad will have to do everything in his power he has gained from the centuries to save her and to conquer his enemy. Will Vlad’s love for Leila be their destruction or their salvation…

Bound By Flame is the third installment, of the Night Prince series. Now with each book, I keep thinking, if I love it more than cat and bones…because right now they are tied. I can’t believe I am saying that, since Cat and Bones are just a classic couple, and a favorite, however Vlad and Leila are an empowering couple, and their bond is just so strong and I have adored every moment seeing them come closer, and with each book, the danger increases. I waited a whole year for this story to come out, and it was worth the wait. I couldn’t put this one down once…it was a phenomenal read, and I would recommend it to anyone that loves a romance that will get that blood thumping.
Now there are certain things, I would like to keep under wraps in this review, so I don’t spoil it too much. But I would like to discuss how the relationship between Vlad and Leila grows. In this story, Vlad and Leila really get tested, I mean REALLY tested. And what happens shocks me and I wished I had some wine to get me a bit a fortification for this story. It tested my strength and I had the hardest time refraining from skipping ahead, I had to reign my self-control in, and control the urge. There was quite a few heart wrenching moments that tugged at my heartstrings. At the beginning of this story, Vlad and Leila have only been married for a short period, and have barely scratched the surface on the “honeymoon” stage, and with their enemy growing, you see how the danger tests their resolve, and most importantly tests their love.
The characters themselves were just as wonderful as ever, and I found them to be equally compelling, you also see quite a bit of growth especially in Leila’s case, but also in Vlad. When they get tested, you see how they grow and become stronger willed individuals and the steam level—WOWZERS!!! I think I got burned reading this one…watch out and you just might want to bring out a fire extinguisher to take out the flames.
Oh and as a side note, at the beginning of the series I thought it was only going to have three books, but for those that don’t know…there will be a fourth book…YAY!! So happy. I just can’t get enough of this series.
Overall a sexually charged paranormal romance that is packed with danger, suspense, a crazy villain, a possessive hero, and a heroine that will win over your heart!! A HEARTSTOPPER!!
Favorite Quotes
You aren’t just my weakness, Leila …You are my destruction, because if I were to lose you, it would finish me.
My Rating

5 Blossoms

Heat Level

Steamy

Series Order
Once Burned (1)
Twice Tempted (2)
Bound By Flames (3)
Unknown (4)-Coming Out 2016!!

Short Book Reivew-Home For The Holidays

Home For The Holidays
Night Huntress (6.5)
Jeaniene Frost
Avon
E Book
Published November 2013
96 Pages
Paranormal Romance
ISBN  9780062322043
Authors Website

Synopsis
Tis the season to join Cat and Bones for some holiday cheer in this Night Huntress novella by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost.

They were looking forward to a normal holiday—at least as “normal” as it gets for vampires Cat and Bones and their otherworldly friends and family. But their yuletide plans are shattered when a mysterious stranger shows up and reveals long-buried secrets that threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer … and lives.

My Review
When I heard some outstanding reviews on this novella, I knew I had to get it. Jeaniene Frost has such a talent in this world that she has created. I have always loved Bones and Cat, and I enjoyed seeing a short story involving them which I found to be a good preparation for her next book Up From The Grave. It is set around late november, which is a good setting for the upcoming holidays. Cat and Bones are planning on having a get together with all their friends for Christmas, however when a stranger claiming to have a connection to Bones, Cat becomes suspicious after Bones and many of their friends act strange and unlike themselves. Cat will have to use every ability and strength to get to the bottom of it and defeat the enemy that wants to destroy them all. Normally I am not a big fan of novellas, but there are times when an author meets every expectation, and Frost excels. Even though it was under 100 pages, it almost felt like the size of a novel. There was no feeling of the story being rushed. The plot was engaging and the characters, as always, delightful. A Incredible addition to the Night Huntress series. WOW!!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
Halfway to the Grave
One Foot in the Grave
At Grave’s End
Destined For An Early Grave
This Side Of The Grave
One Grave At A Time
Up From The Grave

Book Review-This Side Of The Grave

This Side Of The Grave
Night Huntress (5)
Jeaniene Frost
Avon
Mass Market Paperback
Published March 2011
357 Pages
Vampire Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-178318-0
Author’s Website

Synopsis
Danger waits on both sides of the grave.
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance . . .
With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous “ally”; the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war . . . to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.

My Review

Summary 
With Cat’s new abilites threaten to unbalance everything they have worked for. Cat never realized what becoming a vampire would do, but now she wonders if she will be enough to stop the war that is rising and threatens them all. When Cat and Bones and figure out that there is a rising tension becoming volatile between ghouls and vampires. When Cat goes to the ghoul queen to find answers and who has been a sort of a ally in the past, but could easily stab them in the back, they don’t trust her. However they know everything they need to know would come from her. So when Cat and Bones go to see her, Cat is forced to drink her blood and a different sort of power runs through her veins. Cat never imagined the consequences of such an action, one that would change things and could put herself and everyone she cares for at greater risk. Only by using every available power she has will they be able to overcome the power that could destroy them.

My Thoughts 
As the fifth in the series, we see a growth of the relationship between Cat and Bones. This installment was a bit different than the others. I won’t say its my favorite one, it has the same sense of wit and suspense and sensuality, however the story line just didn’t draw me in as the others in the series. I did enjoy it quite a bit, and maybe its because its a re read…who knows. I didn’t feel like Cat and Bones have a strengthening in their relationship as the past books have done. There is quite a bit going on in the story that there isn’t a whole lot of focus on Cat and Bones. Even though there is a danger involved in this story, it wasn’t as provoking as in the past. There didn’t seem to be a life threatening danger, I felt like it was there but just on the surface. It was great to see more involvment in Bones and Cats friends such as Mencheres,Vlad, and Spade, Kira and Denise. Overall another enjoyable installment in this fantastic series, and even though not as entertaining as the other installments in the series, it was still a fun read.

First Line 
The vampire pulled on the chains restraining him to the cave wall.

Favorite Quote 
“Ask me if I sparkle and I’ll kill you where you stand,”

My Grade 
4 blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
Halfway to the Grave
One Foot in the Grave
At Grave’s End
Destined For An Early Grave
One Grave At A Time
  

Book Review-Destined For An Early Grave

Destined For An Early Grave
Night Huntress (4)
Jeaniene Frost
Avon
Mass Market Paperback
Published August 2009
385 Pages
Vampire Romance
ISBN 978-0-06-158321-6
Author’s Website

Synopsis
Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

Gregor believes Cat is his and he won’t stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor’s hold over her. She’ll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she’s ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave.

My Thoughts
Summary 
It has been six exciting years since Cat met her husband Bones, and they have journeyed on one adventure after another, never a dull moment. When Cat starts have horrible dreams of a man she doesn’t recognize in real life, but is able to trap her in her sleeping state, she and Bones investigate. They learn that Gregor knew Cat when she was 16 years old, and that her memory was wiped and has no recollection of him at all, even though he claims she is his wife and not Bones.  When Cat finds out that Gregor has the ability to steal her away in her dreams, she knows things are about to get ugly. Even though she is as curious as a cat about her loss memory, she also doesn’t want to risk losing the one man she loves with a desperation. Even though Bones is protecting her, Cat knows that it will be up to her to find Gregor’s weak link and use it against him, even if that means risking her own life to do it. It will mean using everything Bone’s has ever taught her and more…

My Thoughts 
As the fourth in the series, I think I am falling in love all over again with Cat and Bones. This is probably one of my favorites, I really like how the relationship between Cat and Bones escalates even further. There is also a few conflicts that test Cat and Bones even more than the last few books. To say it was emotionally provoking is a understatement. We could see that even though Cat and Bones love each other deeply, doesn’t mean they aren’t going to have issues like any other married couple right? that marriage is pure bliss? well in this book, we see how challenges and circumstances can test you but also make one stronger. Cat and Bones are challenged in ways they haven’t before, that affects their relationship but I do love a intense conflict, definitely tested my emotions, that’s for sure. I found this story to be full of one exciting thrill after another. It could be very intense at times, and I was laughing at one moment, and then crying the next. It had the sense of being on a roller coaster ride, ups and downs with a sensual twist to get your heart rate up! A outstanding addition to a marvelous series. I am so addicted to this series, or anything really written by this author. Her style is so enthralling and keeps the reader on the edge. FANTASTIC!!

First Line 
If he catches me, I’m dead.

Favorite Quote 
That’s what vampires do, Kitten. We always come for what’s ours, no matter the circumstances

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy  

Other Books In The Series 
Halfway To The Grave
One Foot In The Grave
At Grave’s End
This Side Of The Grave
One Grave At A Time

Book Review-At Grave’s End

At Grave’s End
Night Huntress (3)
Jeaniene Frost
Avon
Mass Market Paperback
Published January 2009
342 Pages
Vampire Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-158307-0
Author’s Website

Synopsis
It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.

My Review

Summary 
It seems like to Cat that everything is falling into place…finally. Bones is strong as ever by her side, but as she continues with her job and hunting down vampires, her cover keeps getting blown and now she and Bones may be in more danger than ever. When it is apparent that someone is hunting them, with quite a few instances that threaten them, they are resolved to find who is after them. What Cat never expects is that it would be a ex lover of Bones. It seems that Bone’s past is coming back to torture them both. Cat learns that sometimes you have to choose a side, and she knows that she will have to embrace certain vampire traits and her vampire side to survive. With Bones fighting at her side, she knows that they can defeat this new enemy that threatens their life and their love and everyone that they care about.

My Thoughts 

At Grave’s End is the third installment in the series and what a wonderful addition it is to the series. I have been wanting for quite some time, to get this series reviewed, since I have read it already once and fell in love with Cat and Bones. In the third one, the tension only escalates and we see a newer relationship form between this couple.  A bond stronger than they have ever had before and I will admit as I was reading it, there were a couple times that my vision got blurried with my tears, and it definitely was powerfully emotionally provoking. It takes a bit to get me to shed tears, but this author has a way of portraying certain emotions from her stories to her readers. Definitely action packed, intensely paced and full enough paranormal drama to make you want to laugh and cry and jump into the book and join in the action along with Cat and Bones and their friends.  A  Delight to read!!!

First Line 
The man smiled and I let my gaze linger over his face.

Favorite Quote 
“I want to know all of you, Kitten. What you show me, and what you try not to.”

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In The Series 
Destined For The Grave
One Foot In The Grave
Destined For An Early Grave
This Side Of The Grave
One Grave At A Time

Book Review-One Foot In The Grave

One Foot In The Grave
Night Huntress (2)
Jeaniene Frost
Avon Publishing
Mass Market Paperback
Published May 2008
357 Pages
Vampire Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-124509-1
Author’s Website

Synopsis
You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide…
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.
Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head – wanted: dead or half-alive – means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever … and Bones won’t let her get away again. Original.

My Thoughts

Summary 
Cat is now a agent for the government, leader of a team in hunting vampires. It has been four long years since she has seen Bones. Cat left Bones, with good intentions, wanting to protect him, and still after all of this time she still loves him deeply. But she also knows that they would never be able to have a future together. When she least expects it, he re appears back into her life, and she is shocked that he has found her. There is a part of her that is ecstatic beyond measure, but she knows how dangerous it is to have him in her life. But when it becomes clear that there is a price on her head, Bones is the only one that will be able to help. Being at his side though has certain consequences and she finds herself weakening against him, and before long she doesn’t want to resist him any long. Cat realizes that they stand stronger together than they ever would apart, but only if Cat realizes that their love is strong enough to stand against any tide.

My Thoughts 
I have just loved every book that has been written by this author. Its been quite some time since I have read One Foot in the Grave. As the second in the series, we see a continuation in Cat and Bones. The first one left off with Cat leaving Bones and starting a new life with a new identity and working for the government. I found Cat to be much stronger as a character in this one. I loved seeing the conflict and struggle between Cat and Bones, and I never liked how she left Bones in the first place. So I just adored seeing them get back together for good, and its always fun to see a intense plot unfold in such a fast paced way that makes you go to the edge of your seat. We still see the same sensuality and sexy intensity that comes along with Frosts writing. There is a certain way about her that she just captivates the reader instantly and makes it almost impossible to put it down. There is a sexy edge and a playful note to this story, a successful blend of romance, danger and intense emotion that will leave you thirsting for more. A Must read!!!

First Line 
I waited outside the large, four story home in Manhasset that was owned by a Mr. Liam Flannery.

Favorite Quote
“You called her Kitten? And she let you? She put me in a coma for three days when I called her that? My balls never recovered from her smashing them into my spine?” 
 “And well she should have,” Bones agreed. “She’s my Kitten, and no one else’s”  

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In The Series 
Halfway To The Grave
At Grave’s End
Destined For An Early Grave
This Side Of The Grave
One Grave At A Time
Up From The Grave