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I Belong


Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

Bound by NightTitle: Bound by Night

Author: Larissa Ione

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: MoonBound Clan Vampire (Book #1)

Publication Date: September 24, 2013

Format: Paperback, 392 Pages

ISBN-10:  1476700176 (Pocket Books)

ISBN-13: 978-1476700175 (Pocket Books)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: Vampires are the slaves of humans. The CEO of the company that promotes this slavery is kidnapped by a clan of rogue vampires. They need her help to rescue a vampire from a lab within her company. This is bound to go well…

Opening Sentence: The vampires were behaving weird today.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

As much as I love Larissa Ione’s other series, I was a little nervous about starting this one because I’d seen a lot of Goodreads friends say they had a hard time getting through it. Thankfully, I had no such problem. In fact, I read it in one day because I just could not bear the thought of putting it down. Coming from someone who’s had a hard time keeping up with her reading because of morning sickness issues, that is high praise indeed!

Humanity discovered the existence of vampires many years ago. When confronted with beings that are physically strong and age much slower than humans, someone inevitably thought of a way for the existence of vampires to benefit humanity: slave labor. Thus, vampires began being captured, defanged, and put to work in rich households. No one imagined that one day, their docile servants would rebel. But rebel they did. Twenty years ago, life started out normally for 8-year-old Nicole. She thought some of the vampires had been acting strangely, but no one else seemed worried. Then she heard the screams. As the vampire who had cooked meals for her all her life steadily approached her, she knew her life was about to change forever.

It’s now 20 years later. Restrictions against vampires are stronger than ever because of the rebellion. Nicole is back in the States after spending years in Paris. She’s now expected to take the reins of her father’s company, which is seen by many as being the primary facilitator of vampire slavery, as well as research done on vampires. Little does she know, her life is about to change again.

Unknown to humans, vampires who have avoided slavery live in clans. One such clan is MoonBound Clan. MoonBound Clan has a problem: a midwife from another clan was taken by Nicole’s company while she was under MoonBound’s protection. They must retrieve her or risk going to war with her clan. One of MoonBound’s members, Riker, has a plan: capture Nicole and use her to ensure the midwife’s safety and escape. As war draws closer, both Nicole and Riker will have to put aside their preconceptions about each other in order to work together. Will they find the midwife in time?

Nicole is another great Larissa Ione heroine. She’s strong and capable and surprisingly open minded given what happened to her as a child. Many times, she proves herself to be not quite what Riker expected, and that is a joy to “watch” as a reader. Riker has been through a lot in his long life, and has the issues to prove it. It makes him a little hard to like/connect to at first, but as he starts to open up, he becomes much more relatable. He might not be my favorite Ione hero, but he certainly made me warm up to him after a rough start.

The one thing that holds me back from giving this five stars is I did sometimes have trouble suspending my disbelief. If I thought about it too hard, I found myself questioning the plausibility of humans being able to enslave vampires. Luckily, I found the story so engrossing that I didn’t get too hung up on it, but it’s a factor that some readers may not be able to overlook. Overall, I found this book a joy from start to finish. I’m very excited to read book 2 later this year!

Notable Scene:

Panting, she crouched in the very spot where, just six months before, her vampire nanny had died, her unborn baby with her. Nicole shivered at the memory.

She’d been so excited about Terese’s baby. Terese had been the best nanny ever, always teaching Nicole new things, reading to her, asking her opinion on things as if Nicole were a grown-up. Terese would have been a great mommy to the baby. Secretly, Nicole had sometimes wished Terese were her mommy, too.

Tears stung Nicole’s eyes as she reached up and wrapped her necklace around her fingers, bringing the ring Terese had given her to her lips.

It’s a secret ring, Terese had said as she pressed it into her small hand. You can hide things inside it. I want you to have it. And remember what I said. Be a good girl and a good adult. You’ll have a lot of power someday. Use it well.

I love you, Nikki.

Terese had been killed half an hour later…by her own mate.

Riker.

The very name struck fear into Nicole’s heart.

Terese had loved him, trusted him. And he’d driven a blade into her throat.

Nicole would never forget Terese’s broken voice as she pleaded with him. She’d definitely never forget his face. His glittering silver eyes. His sandy hair that Terese said was silky-soft. His fangs that had been longer than Nicole’s finger.

All of it haunted her nightmares.

MoonBound Clan Vampire Series:

1. Bound by Night

2. Chained by Night (September 30, 2014)

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FTC Advisory: Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Bound by Night. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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