Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione (MoonBound Clan Vampire #1)
September 24 2013
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Riker
Kick Ass Chick – Nicole Martin
From Goodreads –
A WOMAN OUT FOR BLOOD
Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .
A VAMPIRE OUT FOR REVENGE
A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever.
Bound by Night is the first book in a new series by Larissa Ione. The MoonBound Clan Vampires series is a paranormal romance series following…a clan of vampires. Yeah…that is pretty obvious once you read the name of the series. Okay, let’s tell you something that you can’t tell just form the title. Bound by Night follows Riker as he finds a mate in Nicole Martin, a woman who is his worst enemy. Or is she?…
Da da duuuuummmm.
Quick tidbit before we continue: in this world, vampires are out and are often owned by humans as servants. Nicole Martin’s family has owned vampires for decades. They did not always treat them kindly as they primarily see vampires as objects. Basically, they treated vampires like dirt. The Martin’s also own companies that use vampires to help come up with vaccines to help cure human ailments such as cancer. Nicole is involved with the company and working on an anti-vampirism vaccine. Twenty years ago, Riker was mated to a vampire that was Nicole’s nanny so he saw firsthand how the Martin’s treated their vampire help. Nicole loved her nanny though but Riker was too blind to really see that. He just always assumed that Nicole was like all the others who lived in that house and that she too didn’t find it necessary to treat vampires with respect.
Riker (I love that name for a vampire hero!) was a solid character. Filled with anger when you first meet him, he slowly sees that Nicole is not the monster he made her out to be. I enjoyed watching his journey. Larissa wrote him well as everything he goes through and how he reacts is all within what you would expect from his character. From his anger to his falling in love, it all suits Riker.
Nicole is also a solid character. She goes through a lot in this book and you feel for her, but not once did I see her as a victim. She is a strong woman placed in a crazy situation. Her little quirks (like folding paper into origami figures when she’s stress) endear you to her even more than watching her deal with Riker and his cohorts alone. She possesses some of my favorite heroine traits: she’s strong, smart, clever and kind.
We do meet some other members of the clan but we mostly focus on Hunter, Myne and Grant. Grant is the lab-tech vampire-guy, Myne is the dark vampire with a seriously twisted backstory (that we have yet to learn) and Hunter is the clan leader. If what is hinted at is correct, Hunter is next in line for getting his story told. The epilogue was one of those that make your eyes open wide as it is filled with hints and twists – really good stuff too! I hope I’m right because I can’t wait to see how his story plays out. I also can’t wait for Myne’s book so I hope he’s next after Hunter. Then Katina then Badden then… There were plenty of characters that have a story to tell and I hope Larissa has the chance to tell them all.
The world created in this book is really good. I know – what else should one expect from a book by Larissa Ione as she builds some of the best paranormal worlds out there?! As I mentioned, vampires are out and being enslaved by humans. Things are actually better now. They were a million times worst once upon a time but twenty years ago vampires rebelled and rules came into play. Of course, not everyone follows the rules, which is where vampire poachers come in. And you still have wack-jobs who think it’s okay to treat vampires like they were not living beings but tools to study and toys to play with. The main villain in this book, and what looks like in this series, is such a wack-job. He is horrible which means he is fun to read. It’s only one book and I already can’t wait for him to find a painful end.
There is also a native-american twist to the vampires and their origin. I found this to be fascinating. There are even rival clans and rituals to the…well I’m not going to tell you as I think that would be too much of a spoiler. It surprised me and I assume it will surprise you too.
Overall, I enjoyed Bound by Night. Riker and Nicole make a good couple and I feel that their story is just beginning. I hope we see much of them in future books. I also want to see more Bastien (and that’s all I am going to say about him ;)). With this book, Larissa has managed to come up with another unique way to paint vampires and surround them with an interesting environment and a rich history. Can’t wait to see what else she has in store for the MoonBound Clan.