Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.Bound by Flames (Night Prince #3, Night Huntress Universe #12) by Jeaniene Frost
Published by Avon on January 27, 2015
Genres: Adult Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback (342 pages)
Purchase: Amazon • IndieBound
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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…
Proceed With Caution:
This book contains graphic bloody violence, murder, death, captivity, torture, attempted suicide, simulated rape, and constant mentions of suicide and rape.
Bound by Flames is the third book of the Night Prince series, and it is necessary to read the previous two as this is a direct continuation of past events. Leila and Vlad are still searching for his nemesis, but turns out they didn’t need to look far, as he destroys Vlad’s castle and kidnaps Leila. Again. But the stakes are much, much higher this time.
Bound by Flames is definitely a step up from the other books. Not that they weren’t good, because they are enjoyable, but this one was on another level. The action starts immediately. There is no build up before everything comes crashing down (quite literally). It’s also incredibly brutal, graphic, gruesome, and disturbing. And that’s just the first several chapters. This book is going to be extremely triggering to a lot of people. The author did not hold back with the physical, emotional, mental, and sexual violence that Leila endures. It’s honestly extremely hard to read at times.
It’s strange that I would like this overtly violent book more than the previous two, which are more tame. However, Bound by Flames really moves the plot forward, rather than being a repeat of the previous two. Leila discovers more about herself, her abilities, and her husband than she ever knew before. She never gives up and refuses to give in. She will survive for her own sake, and then build herself back up to take down her tormentor. She no longer needs Vlad’s protection. They can protect each other and she can handle herself. This is the first time we’ve seen Leila and Vlad truly work together as equals. She can hold her own, and he finally sees that.
A lot happens in Bound by Flames, so I don’t want to spoil it. Vlad and Leila make a great team. I’ve enjoyed seeing her powers build and develop. She’s also become much more sure about herself as an individual and as a partner. There are also several fun cameos from Night Huntress, which will spoil that finale if you haven’t read it yet.
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