Bound By Night by Larissa Ione (Moonbound Clan Vampires #1)

Bound By Night by Larissa IoneAvailable: September 24, 2013 Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Pocket

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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.

As a huge Larissa Ione fan, when I heard she was releasing book one in a new series I knew I would salivate until I got my hands on a copy. I’ve been reading a lot of paranormal romance lately and so I think I was a bit burned out when I started this one. It takes something special to make me sit up and take notice these days but I had high hopes for a new Ione book.

As the first book in a new world building venture there is bound to be an onslaught of information and duller moments as the author tries to convey the back story, world and players in the game. I found there was some things I was still confused about at the end of Bound By Night but I hope upcoming books in the series will delve further and explain more. The supporting characters are all well written and mysterious enough to pique my interest into returning. The leader of the clan is of Native American descent and well….YUM. I look forward to seeing how Ione weaves Native American lore with that of vampirism.

Nicole has spent years trying to escape the fear she has from her tragic past. Working to find a cure for vampirism. Unaware of what her parents (now hers) company has been doing while she stowed herself away on another continent she is surprised to find how unfeeling and repentant her fellow workers have become. She may want to eliminate vampires but she has a heart and can’t bring herself to act so unscrupulously.

Riker only thinks of Nicole as the member of her family that got away. Her parents were notoriously bad to their house vampires and so when the uprising took place they were all slaughtered….except Nicole. Though only a child at the time he still holds her just as responsible as the rest of her family in the death of his mate so many years ago. When the opportunity arises, he snatches her in order to force her to help him retrieve another member of his claim from the grips of a rival group of vampires.

I enjoyed Riker and Nicole as a couple even though I don’t think I ever felt the heat that Ione was trying to get across. Riker spends the majority of the book fighting his guilt over the death of his mate even though he never truly loved her to begin with. His guilt was a huge wall between them that I thought should have been breached much sooner in the book. It made their relationship very difficult and without that, I couldn’t get into them past a surface level. So I enjoyed their conversations and interactions when they were together but the relationship aspect didn’t evolve the way I wished it had. Even after a monumental moment in the book I found I was just as disbelieving in Riker as Nicole herself was.

Bound By Night has plenty of action and set up for book two, which I’m hoping isn’t going to be a year from now. I had trouble with the romance parts but I found that I still enjoyed it as a whole and expect to enjoy book two more as Ione settles into her groove with the series.

I give Bound By Night by Larissa Ione 3.25 stars!

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