Thursday, October 10, 2013
Bound by Night review
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...
A WOMAN OUT FOR BLOOD
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 VAMPIRE OUT FOR REVENGE
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 combines paranormal romance with urban fantasy by creating an entirely original world where the myth of vampires has been revealed as truth with startling results that place vampires in the role of slave. Those that remain free must hide themselves from future enslavement in powerful clans that live by their own rules and follow their own legends, while battling each other for positions of power. The vampires have grown tired of human control and these rebels will stop at nothing to gain their freedom, placing the main characters, Nicole and Riker, on opposite sides of the feud until they both realize the reality the share and the bond that will set them free from a painful past full of misconceptions.
Nicole has grown up in the shadow of her brutally murdered family, believing that vampires are horrific beasts with little to no feelings because of a terrible day when she was 8 years old and the rebellion began in earnest. On that day she witnessed Riker killing her beloved friend and vampire maid right in front of her very eyes, destroying somebody that loved and cared for her in a way that her parents never did. Her bias is understandable, and she dedicates her life to wiping all vampires from the face of the earth, using her hatred to fuel a brilliant, scientific mind, something that makes her reactions to Riker more surprising and extremely intense. She is an incredible character because while she harbors hatred towards the vampire race, she is able to keep an open mind once her perceptions have been replaced with the truth and the horrors of her family's company are revealed. Her actions from that point on are brave, risky, admirable, and they shape her into a very cool character. Riker has much the same type of turn-around, learning to set the past free and embracing the future, even if that involves facing his personal demons. He is an alpha vampire without the caveman attitude.
The Moonbound clan is a diverse group of warriors that promise to have exceptional stories of their own, and I am looking forward to that prospect, especially considering how this one ended. It isn't often that romance and urban fantasy mix in such an exciting way, combining the descriptive details of building an entirely new world with the emotional responses and sexy encounters of a romance. I was also insanely pleased that this was a story about love that comes from getting to know a person and liking what you find, having chemistry and exploring the possibilities, instead of an uncontrollable mating bond that magically determines who is or who isn't your life mate. Bound by Night is about two people from opposite sides of a war between vampires and humans that defy the odds by falling in love. A 4-star treat that vampire fans can really sink their teeth into!
~reviewed by Anna