Series: Night Prince #2
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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.
**This review contains spoilers**
In this second instalment of the Night Prince novels we see a struggle between two strong individuals who seem to want two different things. Layla and Vlad's relationship seems very much one sided because Vlad refuses to admit his true feelings not only to her but to himself. After losing her Psychic abilities, Layla starts to believe that its one of the reasons Vlad has become distant. Unsure what the future holds for their relationship, Leila decides to leave and Vlad frustratingly let's her walk away.
Ive really liked Leila's character from the beginning. She is a strong female with a great power, who knows exactly what she wants and isn't afraid to stand up to the Prince of Darkness and often tells him like it is much to Vlad's frustration. She's a great match for his archaic personality. Vlad on the other hand is frustratingly arrogant and enigmatic. He is full on Alpha, violent and dark and refuses to be any other way, and I love him for it. He thinks Layla is in love with the idea of him and his attitude to that is, "This is who I am. Love me, love all of me." But he refuses to give in to his true feelings for her and insists on keeping her at arms length.
"You see, you don't want me to love you. You want the version you've made up. The knight, even though I am the dragon and I always will be."
After Layla returns to her old life, tragedy strikes and she finds herself running for her life with a little help from Vlad's right hand man who has feelings for her. Things go from bad to worse and Vlad and Layla find themselves not only having to deal with their relationship but also someone from Vlad's past who is determined to destroy the very thing they are both fighting for.
“He was impolite while making a point? This is Vlad the Impaler. His points usually come at the end of a long pole.”
I'm so glad that Vlad and Layla have been given a longer story than previous characters of the Night Huntress World novels. Even though we didn't always see a lot of Vlad in the Night Huntress novels I always felt he was a very strong character. I loved his and Cat's friendship in the books so the fact that he has found someone like Layla, who's character is developing into a great heroin, and that we get to read their story over the space of three books instead of just one is a huge bonus for me. Oh, okay...and also because I've always had a huge crush on the grumpy vampire.
It was great to see a little cameo appearance from Cat in the story and that we got to see her much loved mischievous side.
Twice Tempted had me hooked from beginning to end. The story is well driven, action packed and full of angst. It had plenty of emotion and as the story moves on I find Vlad and Layla becoming very close to the top of my favourite couple list. If I was to say anything negative, it would be that I wasn't quite expecting it to finish when it did. I read the last line and turned the page expecting to read more only to find that there wasn't any but that is only a minor thing. On the whole it was an enjoyable read but to be honest, I never really expect anything less from a Jeaniene Frost book. I look forward to more Vlad and Layla and I'm excited to see an old enemy return in book three.