Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

16130410Bound by Night
(MoonBound Clan Vampire, #1)
By: Larissa Ione
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: Sept. 24, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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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.



1thoughtsThis is the first book by Lasrissa that I’ve read. I’ve heard nothing but great things about her Demonica and LoD series and when I saw that she was coming out with a new series, I was definitely interested in starting it. There’s just something about starting a series fresh and new with everyone else that gets me more excited about reading it than a series where everyone and their mother have read it except for me.

There are so many stories that are mixed in with this that you aren’t ever really bored. Between the prejudice between vampire/human races, Nicole’s company, Nicole’s charming brother and her feelings for Riker, you never have room to be bored. Oh, and that’s all just when we are in the pov of Nicole. We also read from Riker’s pov a lot, as well as a few instances where we get to bounce around in the heads of the other characters in the story.

The characters had a lot of personality and they each have their own demons that they need to face. There were a couple of times where I would get frustrated with the characters for their lack of either insecurity or pigheadedness. I also found myself gravitating towards other characters in the story as well. The way the story is laid out, it gives the assumption that every book will revolve around a different MoonBound Clan member. You get glimpses of the other characters struggles and desires and it all just helps build this story into a huge ball of awesomeness.

Even though there is romance or at least sexual frustration in this story there is also a lot of gruesome elements to it as well. Between battles, the treatment of vampires in Nicole’s company’s facility as well as that time of the month when they must feed and then mate. Everything in this book is so primeval that you don’t really feel like your reading a lovey dovey vampire romance novel.

“Nicole tried to fight . Tried to kick, hit, scream. But Boris was strong, and she was a petrified eight-year old girl with a broken leg. His dull teeth sank into her skin. Grinding, crushing sounds accompanied a storm of agony as he chewed into her throat.”

I may not have read Larissa’s other series but if this book is anything to go off of, then I need to pick them up as soon as possible. She knows how to write a story that is both true to the characters but gives the readers what they want. I for one cannot wait until the next story comes out. I’m really hoping for certain outcomes for some of the characters in this book but I wouldn’t mind a few surprises either.


1favequote“Maybe my magic vagina will cure you of all the traumatic acts my family has inflicted on you.” -Nicole


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