Summary: 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.
Source: I purchased a Kindle copy.
I enjoyed Twice Tempted a lot.
Despite the fact that Leila was a little mopey and made some drastic decisions, I felt like it was understandable and believable. It was obvious during Once Burned that Vlad fell for her. Everyone could see it. But he had to admit it. And if he wasn’t going to, then she would just go. Besides, Vlad is hard to read, so of course if he was trying to not be in love with her and was all stony, she would interpret that as him not caring.
I hate that the synopsis makes it sounds like there’s a love triangle. There’s no triangle, only Maximus just trying to stretch a straight line between Leila and Vlad into a triangle he can be part of. Twice Tempted was definitely the installment that dealt with betrayal. Who could Vlad trust? He’s had one dude come back from the “dead” to attack him and this time, he’s wondering who was behind the attacks on Leila.
Despite the initial drama, Leila and Vlad find their way and things become a bit more permanent. Also, without spoiling too much of the plot, I like that it did what was necessary to solve a conflict that all vampire/human relationships have. Because of Vlad’s proposal in book one, I think readers were all wondering what Leila would do.
My only issue is that Leila is a terrible decision maker. Well, I mean, she’s not too stupid to live or anything that bad, but she doesn’t quite understand what happens when she puts herself in danger. She may think she knows what she’s doing, but she’s young, not as strong as the people she’s up against, and she’s naïve. Even if things work out, she gets hurt. Yet, she acts like Vlad is overprotective for no reason instead of realizing just how terrifying it is to see someone you love, who isn’t as tough as you, consistently get into danger and almost die.
I loved the drama and the action, though, and I’m glad I picked the series up and continued to read it. I like the urban fantasy feel. I definitely recommend the series so far.