Monday, September 23, 2013

Book Review: Bound By Night (The Moonbound Clan Vampires #1) by Larissa Ione

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Bound By Night
The Moonbound Clan Vampires
By:  Larissa Ione
Published:  Sept. 24, 2013
Publisher:  Pocket Books  
Source:  Publisher
Mature Content:  18 & Up

GR's Summary

The first installment in a sexy new paranormal romance series by Larissa Ione, author of the bestselling Demonica series!

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 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.

My Thoughts

Bound by Night, by Larissa Ione gripped me and took me for one hell of a ride!  As I began the story, I was introduced to a world were vampires existed and were slaves to humankind.  They were treated like second class citizens, that were forced in to the roles of nanny, chef, gardner, and other roles of servitude to the wealthy.  They were experimented on against their will, beaten, and treated like animals.  The world building in Bound By Night was phenomenal!  The world Ms. Ione created felt eerily real, dark, and full of danger.  The story begins with Nicole as a young girl experiencing "a vampire rebellion," in which all of her family members are brutally murdered, and where she herself almost dies at the hands of the family's vampire servants.  

She reflects back on her vampire nanny, Therese, who she loved like an older sister, but who she believes was murdered before her eyes by her mate Riker.  After she survives the vampire attack upon her family, she comes to hate and fear most vampires, except she believes Therese was a good vampire.  She goes to live in Paris, and her half brother who wasn't at home when the vampire attack took place runs the family business, Daedalus, until Nicole comes of age and can take over.  The family business profits off of holding vampires in captivity against their will, doing medical research on them, testing weapons on them, and other top secret procedures.  Nicole has studied vampire physiology, and is an expert in the field.  When she returns home to Seattle, she works in her family's business to try to come out with ways to cure human disease and make life better for all humans.

Riker is the second in command in The Moonbound Clann.  His leader, Hunter is well respected, and Riker has become close with Myne, a vampire he rescued from death, along with the rest of the vampires in his clan.  The enemy clan, Shadowspawn, lent their vampire, Neriya, a gifted midwife to the Moonbound Clan.  Unfortunately, Neriya was captured for Daedalus, and unless she is returned in the alloted time frame, Shadowspell will declare war on The Moonbound Clan.  So Riker, captures Nicole, and threatens her to turn over Neriya, or she will be killed.  However, what Riker and Nicole could not anticipate was that they would both learn to let go of the stereotypes and prejudices that they had held on to for so long, become attracted to each other, care about one another, and eventually fall in love.  However, Riker can not bring himself to move on from Therese's death, and feels like he is betraying her by having feelings for another woman.  As the story progresses, secrets come to light, things between Nicole, and Riker become more complex, and everything that they feel for one another will be challenged to the maximum.

Bound by Night was such a fascinating story!  The characters had many steamy, swoon-worthy moments.  I grew attached to the secondary characters, and cannot wait to get Hunter and Aylin's story, as well as Myne's story!  The plot of the story was intricate, and flew by!  The world building was vivid and detailed, and Bound By Night has helped me to discover a great new series that I am excited to continue !

My Rating

I give Bound By Night by Larissa Ione 4 Powerful, Sensual, Magical, Alpha Male Stars!  If you enjoy a good paranormal romance, with a ton of sensuality, passion, action, and suspense, then read Bound By Night!  I believe fans of authors such as Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Shelly Laurenston will enjoy this gripping story!  

My Favorite Quotes

"I can feel you running through my veins, he said.  I can taste you on my tongue and smell your sweet spice.  But more than that, I can't stop thinking about you..."  (eARC, Loc. 2470)


"She licked her lips, and his gaze dropped to her mouth.  Kiss me, she thought.  Kiss me, and make me feel safe here.  When he lowered his head in agonizingly slow motion, she nearly wept with both relief and impatience.  Then his lips were on hers, warm and soft, and so very gentle.  A wonderfully shivery sensation spread through her insides as he licked and nibbled, alternating light pressure with firm kisses.  Oh, but he was amazing at this.  He blew away the memory of every man she'd ever kissed.  Hell, no one could compare to him.  Ever."  (eARC, Loc. 2470)


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About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione penned her first novel at the age of 13 and hasn't stopped writing since. She has been a U.S. Air Force meteorologist, an EMT, and a professional dog trainer, and you never know when one of those interests will pop into her novels.

She lives a nomadic existence with her U.S. Coast Guard husband and son, so her writing career has been a blessing -- a job that moves easily.

She writes dark paranormal romance for Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books,) and contemporary romance for Red Sage and Samhain. Under the pen name Sydney Croft, she writes erotic action adventure romance with partner Stephanie Tyler.


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  1. I love Larissa Ione! I have read all of her books and loved them.

    1. That's great Theresa! Well, this one was awesome too :)

  2. Love Larissa's books! Thx for the giveaway

  3. Ack! I thought this was way deep in a series, and gave my copy away. I am totally kicking myself now! So glad you enjoyed it, Lindy!

    1. Oh no! I really liked this one too :) Hopefully, you'll get to read it eventually.

  4. I've been dying to get my hands on this book since I read a review on it last week. The book sounds like one that wouldn't be put down.

  5. I've been looking forward to this ever since I finished reading Rogue Rider.

  6. This looks really great. I'm always looking for new paranormal books and I'm relieved that this one has some badass vamps rather than...sparkly ones :) Thanks for the awesome review!!!

    -Amber Terry-

  7. Did the author have any say over the design of her book cover? I know it varies from author to author with how much control they have.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I loved her Demonica Series, one of my favs! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  9. I'm a HUGE Demonica and Lords of Deliverance fan. From I first heard that Larissa was coming out with a new PNR series, I've been giddy with anticipation. I've passed giddy and am now full on drooling after reading your review. It sounds like Larissa has done it again with another great series for me to devour. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I've been afraid to try Ione's vampire series, because I don't believe any books could compare to how strongly her Demonicas affected me. Such masterful world-building and remembering to include flawed characters, who have to perform mundane tasks - I'm just in love. I also wish this book review contained less plot summary and more of the reviewers thoughts and feelings.


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