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Thursday, September 19, 2013

ARC Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

Format: .mobi (provided by Pocket Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: September 24, 2013

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.

Do we really need another vampire series in the paranormal romance genre? If it's Bound by Night then yes we do!

Just think, what if vampires weren't in control? What if they were living like outlaws in a modern world that trapped, enslaved and tortured them with scientific tests as if they were nothing more than lab rats? And what if, the origins of the vampire race was rooted in Native American folklore? This is the world the vampires in Bound by Night, the first book in an all new series by author Larissa Ione live in.

Nicole and Riker couldn't be more opposite, one is human, the other is a vampire. Nicole belongs to a powerful family that keeps vampire slaves and vampire renegade Riker wants revenge for what her family did to his. When he kidnaps her in order to force her to help his clan find one of their own, he doesn't count on being attracted to a human. Despite her bone numbing fear of vampires, Nicole feels the attraction too even as she tries to find an escape.

Before I talk about the book, let me just address one question I know a lot of readers want to know: How does it rate against the super popular Demonica and Lords of Deliverance series?

It doesn't. Bound by Night is in it's own category and it really isn't fair to compare it to two series that have been around for years and have developed a relationship with readers like myself. Is it in the same caliber? No. Bound by Night isn't as erotic in its love scenes (there aren't that many) and focuses more on both the legend of the vampire and the ongoing fight between them and the humans who want to enslave them. As a starter book for a future series it's pretty stable. It brings to life a new world and way of life for one of the most written about creatures in paranormal romance. Larissa Ione has brought a new take on the vampire legend for readers to enjoy, and in true Ione fashion, it's a dark, wild ride into the world of the paranormal that will leave fans wanting more.

Bound by Night gives readers a glimpse of a futuristic world that is almost the same as ours with a few differences. The story dips into the darker side of humanity that is brought on and fueled by fear, greed, anger and arrogance.

Oh and if the cover model looks familiar that's because he is. Colby Lefebvre was also on the cover of another paranormal romance, Eternal Demon by Laura Wright.

I loved the infusion of Native American legends into the story, that's really what makes Bound by Night different from other vampire tales and if that's not enough, there are a few interesting secondary characters to choose from: Hunter, Myne, Katina, Jaggar, Grant, Bastien and Aylin. My personal favorite is Hunter, the leader of the Moonbound clan. His story just might prove to be the most interesting out of the series.

I recommend this book to fans of Larissa Ione (of course) as well as readers who love paranormal romance and are looking for a different take on the vampire myth.

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  1. Love her books. I'm so going to have to pick this one up. Glad to hear it was so good!

  2. Good to know! :) I am totally going to read it!

  3. You should! What really made me like it was the Native American angle!

  4. Yep, I really liked it and I can't wait for the next book in the series!


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