Series: MoonBound Clan Vampire #1
Published by Pocket Books on September 24, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Sexual Content: Several explicit sex scenes, references to rape
Reviewed by: Kate
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.
Taking place in a world that is so at odds with my normal paranormal romance reading, BOUND BY NIGHT was an exciting start to a new series that I can’t wait to continue. In BOUND BY NIGHT, though vampires have the expected blood drinking and super strength traits, they are also servants (basically slaves) to the humans, who try to domesticize them. Full of Native American-esque mythology, and a unique spin on the vampire’s place in the world, the first book in the MoonBound Clan Vampire series is definitely a keeper.
In my experience, if a romance novel has an irredeemable character, it is usually either the hero or heroine, not both. In the case of BOUND BY NIGHT, for the first half of the book or so, I honestly could not see a way the story could go that would make the past actions of either character acceptable. But that was the beauty of it- Ione deftly twisted together storylines and viewpoints to show Riker and Nicole, and by extension, the reader, that there are always multiple sides to every story, and that nobody fits into a little stereotyped box. Riker and Nicole both had to not only get over the actions they believed the other responsible for, but for their dislike for each others’ species as a whole, and that was a lot of what kept me invested. By the end, I admired Nicole’s intelligence and her “the buck stops here” mentality regarding her company, and Riker’s fierce loyalty and honor and was happy to see them manage to get past their differences to work out the possibility of being together.
The problem with this is that it starts out a bit slow. I had a hard time getting into the story in the beginning, because Riker and Nicole did seem so unlikeable. And for as smart as Nicole is, sometimes she can be a bit naive, which bothered me. But the world is a fascinating one, with such a twist on the typical vampire story that we’ve come to expect that I just had to keep reading more. And, as one can generally expect in a paranormal romance with vampires, there is definitely some fierce sex. The chemistry between Nicole and Riker is hot, even when they are focused on hating each other.
The epilogue of BOUND BY NIGHT is a total hook for book two in the MoonBound Clan Vampire series, CHAINED BY NIGHT. If I were the book throwing type, I would have thrown the book across the room at the frustration of having to wait for the next book. It isn’t a cliffhanger, but does give us a glimpse of what we’ll be seeing in CHAINED BY NIGHT, and I for one am more than ready for more of this series.Series Titles:
- Bound by Night
- Chained by Night
- Demonica series by Larissa Ione
- Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost