Sunday, September 22, 2013

ARC Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

Title: Bound by Night
Author: Larissa Ione
Source: Edelweiss
Genre: PNR
Length: Novel (400pgs)
Reviewer: CaroleDee
Pub Date: Sept 24, 2013 by Simon and Schuster

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.

Oh geez, I feel like I'm about to tell my best friend that her butt does indeed look big in those jeans :(

I love Larissa Ione's Demonica series. I've read it over and over again. Heck, they were part of the reason that I got hooked on PNR, which is why this review is so hard to write. The premise sounds promising, but as I started to read there were things that aggravated me:

Vampires have been used as slave for over 50 years. That's fifty years of humans being exposed to them and in all that time no one realized that they have the same emotions/wants/needs of humans? At first I wrote this off using examples of slavery from our past. For centuries our ancestors treated people different to themselves as nothing more than animals and felt no moral qualms, so, I used this reasoning and tried to move on. BUT it eventually got to be too much for me. Nicole's doctorate in vampire physiology leads me to believe that she's been exposed to vampires. A lot. Add to that the fact that her family owns a huge company that would lead to further exposure to vampires and I started asking questions. How in the heck in all that time did she not realize that they're just people that need a little sip of blood occasionally to live? It's just so unbelievable I wanted to pull my hair out.

Nicole as a character was just soooo naive. Poor little rich girl has all of the book smarts in the world, but streets smarts she is 'a lacking'. *I'm talking more than a couple of too stupid to live moments*

Then there's the originality factor. Maybe I have read too much PNR, so I'm jaded, but it just doesn't seem like there was anything new going on. 

Feuding vampire clans? Check. 
Idiotic heroine? Check. 
Alpha vampire male that hates humans but somehow falls for idiotic heroine? Check, check, check!

I have a feeling that if Bound by Night had been written and released three years ago I would have given it a solid 4 stars, but since the bar for the vampire genre has been raised in the last few years I'm letting it stand at as a 2 :(

Sorry Larissa, I still love you!


  1. Thank you for this. When it winds up as a free download on Amazon or B&N, then I'll get it, but before then, no. Even then, if the premise is just too outrageous and asinine, it will be a DNF.

    I can only read so much in a sub-genre at a time before it all tends to read the "same." That's why I'll switch and read other genres and sub-genres. It's keeps storylines fresh.

    1. I can't remember who it was, but on FB, when I was grumping about it not being overly original, someone pointed out that she may have written it 5 years ago, but her publisher made her wait to see if her other books would be successful. If I had to bet I would say they were right.


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