Monday, September 23, 2013

ARC review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

Tile: Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampires, #1)
Author: Larissa Ione
Source: Publisher request 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel 
Reviewed by Laurie 

The first installment in a sexy new paranormal romance series by Larissa Ione, author of the bestselling Demonica series!

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.

Bound by Night is spot on a true paranormal romance story. Larissa has created a paranormal romance that has all the elements that makes a story great. She developed a paranormal world, threw in some awesome main and side characters and she kept the romance tops. The story itself wasn’t confusing and you don't  get bogged down with too many characters or large world building. I always love it when an author can find the right balance in a PNR story. 

Some readers will find Nicole annoying, but I loved her. I loved the emotions her character went through during the story. She had some tough times to deal with, could she have handled them better? Well, of course she could have, we all can say that about our own life, but we say that after the facts. You have put yourself in her shoes, life is not always a walk in a park and we don’t always act the way we think we would when we are faced with the thing that scares us the most. Nicole’s greatest fear was to be turned into the thing she was told was the lowest life on earth and when she had to face that fear head on you better believe she was still scared, but I believe her character handled it well. 

Riker had his own issues that he needs to work out and yes, he could have handled them differently, but not everyone including characters, handle things the way we think they should. I loved the emotions his character had to deal with during the story.
I loved the different twist Ione wrote for the vampires. It’s not every day we read about a vampire race being slaves to humans.  I really enjoyed the Native American influence that is added to the story; I believe we’ll get into that more when we get into Hunter's story. 

Riker and Nicole have a HEA, but the story does leave you feeling somewhat on a cliffhanger for Hunter's story. Squeal, I can’t wait for his story.

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1 comment:

  1. I've been eyeing this one of the Galley review sites for a while so thanks for making my decision easier with your 5-star review. Hehe I should have known better... I LOVE Larissa Ione's writing!


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