Title: Bound By Flames
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince #3: Night Huntress Universe #12
Trigger warnings: Kidnapping, torture, rape scenes (no actual penetration because it was for show but still graphic), survivors guilt, PTSD.
Well this was a very dark and emotional book. Jeaniene Frost really knows how to write a very hot scene but she also does dark ones just as well. This book had graphic torture with flaying, amputation, starvation, and pseudo rape. This was not an easy story for Vlad and Leila.
Vlad and Leila’s enemy really surprises them in this one and in the process kidnaps Leila (again). Unlike the previous kidnappings, this one was long and brutal for Leila. They really do a lot of physical and psychological damage to her, which causes PTSD later in the book. Leila was so brave and strong through it all. She is a fighter and this book shows she will do anything she has to to survive, which is what Vlad needs in a woman.
“You aren’t just my weakness, Leila….You are my destruction, because if I were to lose you, it would finish me.”
Vlad really shows how psychopathic he can be in this one. Leila’s kidnapping really breaks him and we see some very emotional scenes from him. He really lets Leila in completely in this one and it really helped solidify their strong relationship. I also love how Vlad supported Leila after rescuing her and understood that everyone deals with trauma differently. He was just wonderful about it and told her straight out he didn’t care what happened to her now, or in the future, as long as she survives.
While I wasn’t expecting such a dark book, I really enjoyed it. Vlad and Leila are such a strong couple but also both very damaged. They make each other better and really will be great leaders for Vlad’s line. They don’t have a HEA yet because they have a new enemy to deal with, but I am ok with that because I need more of these two.
Overall, this was an emotional rollercoaster ride that I couldn’t put down. I can’t wait to see what happens next for these two.
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