Cajun Crazy by Sandra Hill

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Cajun Crazy by Sandra HillCajun Crazy by Sandra Hill
Series: Cajun #11
Published by Avon on November 28, 2017
Pages: 384 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
two-half-stars

Welcome back to New York Times bestseller Sandra Hill’s Cajun country, where love heats up the Louisiana bayou . . .
Former Chicago cop Simone LeDeux is back home in the bayou, sharing a double wide in the Pearly Gates trailer park to help her mama recover from surgery. Her one rule: no Cajun men. Loved and left by too many double-crossing Cajuns, Simone puts bad experience to good use by opening Legal Belles: an agency that uncovers cheating spouses.

Suddenly she’s confronting a two-timer about to swindle his wife out of millions and antagonizing New Orleans bigwigs over an illegal sex club. Adam Lanier learns of the dangerous game Simone is playing . . . and the sexy single dad comes to her aid. Known as a rogue in the courtroom and a player in the bedroom, the ragin’ Cajun has Simone triply on guard.

With their crazy chemistry, danger on their trail, and infamous LeDeux relative Tante Lulu working her magical matchmaking, the bayou has never been this steamy.

When I read the synopsis for Cajun Crazy by Sandra Hill I was all on board to dive into its story and be taken on a crazy southern ride, but whether it was the fact that Cajun Crazy is the eleventh installment of Hill’s Cajun series or because of the intricacies of its story was so complex, I just couldn’t connect to the overall story given.

When first meeting the heroine, Simone, I found myself loving the strength she showed that exuded from the pages. The qualities that were made known about her character further endeared me to her and her possible journey within Cajun Crazy. I was following everything she experienced until she went back home, I simply couldn’t keep up with everything that was going on. It was also because of this disconnect I couldn’t give the romance the time of day.

Our hero’s, Adam, storyline was somewhat easier to follow because it somewhat felt like he was comfortable with his place in New Orleans. Plus, the supporting characters that surrounded him really made his character more attractive to me, I’m a sucker for a single father and young minded grandpa. Adam is definitely my kind of hero, but I just didn’t find the romance between Simone and him believable.

The mystery of Cajun Crazy was also lost on me because I found myself disinterested. The positives that I found with Cajun Crazy came from the individual characters of Adam and all the supporting characters, and Simone every now and then appealed to me. There were definitely a few laughs here and there, and moments where I would melt into a pile of adorable goo – mostly because of Adam’s little girl and his dad.

If Cajun Crazy sounds interesting to you give it a try and I hope that it works more in your favor than it did mine.

Into The Fire by Jeaniene Frost

Into The Fire by Jeaniene FrostInto the Fire by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince #4
Published by Avon Format: Kindle
Source: Library
Goodreads
four-half-stars

The reviews on Into The Fire really left me feeling as if Bound By Flames should’ve been the last Night Prince story I read. But always wanting to be someone that finishes what she started, unless of course I choose to be done with a series or story, I dived into Into The Fire and really ended up loving it.

One thing I was already spoiled on was Ian’s inclusion in Into The Fire, but other than some key scenes here and there and mentions, this story really felt like the conclusion to Vlad and Lelia’s story. But that miniature cliffhanger though!

Unlike Bound By Flames, Into The Fire touched and concluded the conflicts that were introduced. In addition to that, new characters and situations that yes will probably feed into Ian’s stories also made sense for the progression of Vlad and Lelia’s too.

The romance between Vlad and Lelia was on point like always, and the suspense was intricate and logical enough that I didn’t feel like I knew what was getting ready to happen with every page turn. I’m also, equally glad that Jeaniene Frost chose to bring back the demons into Into The Fire. Other than Denise and Charles’ story (what’s going on with those two?) I had completely forgot their existence in Frost’s Night Prince/Night Huntress world.

Other than Into The Fire ending Vlad and Lelia’s saga off with a bang and cry, except for that ending…I hope the Dracul’s get a short story or something, I can’t wait for Ian’s stories because I can already tell that it’s going to be bumpier than Vlad, Charles, Mencheres, and Bones’ combined.

Bound By Flames by Jeaniene Frost

Bound By Flames by Jeaniene FrostBound By Flames by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince #3
Published by Avon on January 27, 2015
Pages: 390 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

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 . . .

Unlike with Once Burned, I remember quite a few scenes and the opinions I had about Bound By Flames from the first time I read it, and I will admit that my reception of its story wasn’t all that good. Maybe during that first read I was sort of over Szygali’s villainous reign and reappearance, but whatever it was I wasn’t a victim to it this time around.

Bound by Flames was initially the end of the Night Prince series by Jeaniene Frost, and at the time that I first read it it didn’t feel like the conclusion to the series so I was ecstatic that she came out with the final book Into the Fire. I say that only because Bound by Flames felt like the climax to the series instead of the finale.

In this installment of the Night Prince series everything came to a head, Szygali seriously got taken care of, a new mystery character/villain was introduced and loathed at the same time, and Lelia and Vlad’s relationship was seriously taken to the next level in a way that I’m still iffy about because even though they seem to be okay with it I have a feeling it could definitely come back to bite them in the butt lol.

With some of the reviews I’ve read about Into the Fire I’m now iffy about reading its story, but I will because Vlad and Lelia stole my favorites throne from Bones and Cat effortlessly and it would be remiss of me to not continue on their bandwagon that I have been a faithful passenger of since the beginning.

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Once Burned by Jeaniene FrostOnce Burned by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince #1
Published by Avon on June 26, 2012
Pages: 346 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

She's a mortal with dark powers...

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

He's the Prince of Night...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

I can’t really remember the first time I read Once Burned, but I must have seriously skimmed through all the dialogue parts because in re-reading it this time it felt like I was reading an entirely new book!

I knew that I loved Vlad and Lelia’s characters and relationship but I couldn’t really pinpoint why, but after re-reading Once Burned I see why they left such a lasting impression on me. I was always intrigued by Vlad’s character from his cameo’s in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, and even then I always felt that he needed his own series because his presence was too dominant to be in some other character’s story.

I loved the relationship dynamics between Lelia and Vlad because with how potent Vlad’s character is, pairing him with someone like Cat would’ve been like adding two postive batteries together, they would’ve kept trying to stand alone. Lelia had an understated strength about her, even with all that’s she’s been through and had to endure with her present circumstances she’s very comfortable in her skin – even though she would probably disagree. If her personality would’ve been as stifling as Vlad’s they would’ve butted heads way more than they did and about way more meaningless things than what took place in Once Burned.

Even though this was a re-read I still felt the emotions and angsty situations as if it was the first time all over again.

Twiced Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Twiced Burned by Jeaniene FrostTwice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince #2
Published by Avon on March 26, 2013
Pages: 389 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Gifted
Goodreads
five-stars

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.

Twice Burned might very well be my favorite of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series. I don’t know if it was because of how it started, with that gut punch by Vlad, or the growth that both the main characters showed as they navigated through the latest villainous situation they found themselves in, but I loved this read.

In my opinion, Frost excels at creating story after story within a series where the villain could be the same person and still hold my interest. Usually I’m all for new villains within each new installment in a series, but I love how new elements are introduced that not only ramps up the overall series but the intensity that can take place between the main characters.

Szygali (correct spelling, I have no idea and I am too lazy to check lol), isn’t the best villain I’ve ever read about, but the history that Vlad and him share is so fascinating and complex that even though you want him to die a slow and agonizing death, you also want to milk the connection between the two until everything is revealed. What also made this villain so appealing was the minions he was able to pull to his side. I would say that some of the side kicks have shocked me but I’ve read too many books and too many twists to really be shocked anymore lol, but they were competently introduced and played their role(s) perfectly.

Also, Twice Tempted carried more steam than I think Once Burned did. Something about the unhinged way that Vlad expressed his need and desire for Lelia really made their relationship more believable and compatible, or I should say placed them on even ground.

After I finished Twice Tempted, I couldn’t remember what Bound to Flames entailed, but I have a feeling that it might be the end of Szygali and his reign of terror upon Vlad and his kin.