Sunday, 28 September 2014

Book Review (388): Bound By Night (Moonbound Clan Vampire #1) - Larissa Ione

Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire #1)

Publication: 24th September 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 392
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Appropriate: Adult
Buy It: B & N | Amazon
Larissa Ione's bestselling Demonica series has captivated fans with its sensual blend of dark passion and demonic fury. Now she takes you to another intoxicating world—where a dangerous clan of wild vampires rules the night...


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.
My Thoughts.
I'm a huge fan of Larissa Ione's Demonica series, so I didn't expect anything less than an action packed, paranormal romance with extremely likeable characters plus an amazing plot, and that's exactly what I got!

The Moonbound Clan Vampire series is about a group of warrior vampires that are trying to live their lives without being captured and used as slaves by humans, Riker second-in-command has a big problem with humans, stemming from twenty years ago when his mate Terese was caught and made a slave for the Martin family whom are responsible for creating the Daedalus labs that experiment and torture vampires, after her death Riker doesn't believe that there's good in any humans, so when he kidnaps Nicole the heir to the company (after most of her family were slaughtered by their vampire slaves when she was younger) in return for a female vampire Neriya , he discovers that not only will Nicole's brother (her last remaining relative) betray her, but just maybe he may find something in her that he has been missing since Terese's death.

The interaction between these two is interesting, there's no insta-love here, at first they both hate what one another is for obvious reasons, and then a slow forming attraction gives way to sizzling chemistry and a passion that neither have ever experienced before,

The concept and world-building of this series is what kept me unwilling to put down this book, I cannot wait to see what happens in the rest of the series.

Larissa is an author you need to start reading a.s.a.p if you haven't already, this lady knows how to write great paranormal romances.

A great start to this all new take on vampires.

I give this 4/5 stars.

Many writers will tell you they began writing stories the moment they learned to wield a pencil. I’m no exception. But even as a child, I didn’t write “kid” stories. I preferred something more dramatic. Something that didn’t include Dick, Jane, and a dog named Spot. I wanted my dogs to have names like White Fang or Cujo. I’ll always have my parents to thank for that. They never censored my reading material (though I suspect that if they had truly known what was between the covers of some of the books, they’d have been a little more careful,) so when other girls my age were reading Laura Ingalls Wilder and Judy Blume, I was immersing myself in Stephen King and Jack London.
Considering my fiction preferences, it came as no surprise to anyone that my first short stories were tales of horror, and my first novel, penned at the age of 12, was an Alaskan wilderness story with a wolf hero.
Eventually, my interests changed. Oh, I still enjoy a good Stephen King novel, and Jack London remains a favorite, but I discovered some new favorites while I was in college. Robert Jordan. Marion Zimmer Bradley. Mary Stewart. Oh yes, I’d found fantasy. I devoured every novel I could find, and in time I started writing my very own fantasy novel. That novel is still a work in progress, thirteen years later.
Eventually, after I’d read just about every fantasy novel published, I had to switch to something else. That something else was straight historical fiction. Again I exhausted my supply, but my longtime friend from my Air Force days, Karen, came to the rescue with something I never thought I’d read. Something I made fun of her for reading.
She made me read a historical romance.
Thus began a passion for, well, passion. I wanted to write romances, and I wanted to see them in print. To help fulfill that dream, I joined RWA, writers’ lists and critique groups. In order to build some writing credits, I worked on some military and National Weather Service technical manuals. As my writing improved, I began to sell my work to print magazines like The Canine Journal and Dog Fancy, and to online publications such as
Then, in early 2006, while in the middle of recovering from hurricane Katrina (and after nearly giving up on writing,) I inked a 3-book deal with Bantam Dell with my collaboration partner, Stephanie Tyler. We write together under the pseudonym of Sydney Croft.
I also sold a series of dark paranormal romances to Warner, a sale that was extremely satisfying because I was finally able to combine my love of romance with the darkness that creeps into my voice, thanks to my youthful and still-present love of horror novels and dark fantasy. This sale also cemented my ability to write full time, a dream come true because of my husband's Coast Guard career and frequent moves. I can take my job with me! And happily, in March of 2009, the second book in this series hit the USA Today Bestseller list, and in April, the third book, Passion Unleashed, hit both the USA Today AND New York Times bestseller lists.
I've also written for Samhain, a wonderfully supportive publisher with a great list of authors.
Most recently, I sold a vampire series to Pocket Books…and I hope there are more to come!
For more on my journey, check out my FAQ page and my For Writers page under articles.
Oh, and the friend who got me addicted to romance? I paid her back by getting her hooked on Star Trek. Live long and prosper, Karen! (One day I WILL write that Star Trek novel!)

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