Author: Larissa Ione
Series: The Moonbound Clan Vampires #1
Publication date: September 24th, 2013
Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
The first installment in a sexy new paranormal romance series by Larissa Ione, author of the bestselling Demonica series!
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.
I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I randomly found out about this book when going through Edelweiss searching for new and interesting books that I could read and review for my site. It is no secret that I have a fondness for paranormal romance and usually seek those type of books out first above all others. When I read the synopsis of this book I was immediately interested. I requested the book and dived into it as soon as I got a small break in my review books. I was like a kid in a candy shop.
Bound by Night opens on the traumatic event in Nicole's life where all the vampires of her rich household turned on their masters and slaughtered all in this path. Nicole herself was attacked by a vampire chef that she used to be friendly with. Nicole was never one to look down on vampires or treat them as slaves since her vampire nanny was the best maternal figure she had in her life. After the attack, Nicole was weary of vampires, but she still kept her hatred of the species as a whole in check. She still felt the loss of her vampire nanny.
Riker, who was the lover and mate of Nicole's vampire nanny, has sworn revenge on the Martin family for enslaving his people and forming a company bent on keeping vampires in their chains for as long as possible. When he takes Nicole prisoner in an attempt to get her to release one of his people from her company's lab, he has to confront the fact that the woman he is determined to hate may not be the devil he believed her to be.
A rude awakening is had for both Riker and Nicole. They start to realize that what they believe of humans and vampires alike may not be the exact truth of the matter. They also have to confront an overwhelming attraction that seems to almost be destined by the cosmos, despite their determination to fight it all costs.
It has been a long time since I found a book that stuck with me. I set the book down two days ago and I realized I am in a major book hangover. I know there are dozens of books I need to dive into before their review deadlines come up, but I can't pull my mind out of the world Larissa Ione created. Her twist on the whole vampire/human dynamic is impressive. Normally you see humans as the slaves since vampires are clearly the superior race, not in Ione's world. It is always interesting to see how two races, destined to hate each other, end up coming together despite the odds. Nicole and Riker's relationship was a little weird since there were flashbacks where Nicole was a little girl and was seeing Riker interact romantically with her nanny, but it worked out with the story.
To put it mildly, I loved this book. I was scrambling to Goodreads to search out the release of the next book the very second I finished this one. August 1st, 2014, Larissa? That's too far away! What am I to do without my Moonbound Vampire Clan?!
Bound by Night draws it's readers into the world of vampires as slaves to humans and shows how despite what society dictates, love can blossom in the most unusual circumstances.