by Larissa Ione
Series: MoonBound Clan Vampires #1
Published on September 24, 2013 by Pocket Books
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romance
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.
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My initial reaction to Bound by Night was similar to that of any (paranormal) romance: predictable. That’s why we read them, right? We know how it goes.
Girl meets guy.
Girl and guy have some unexplained attraction to each other despite *insert reason to keep them apart.*
Girl and guy go against the odds and come to some understanding that allows them to be together regardless of aforementioned reason.
Girl and guy end up together, happily ever after.
I’m not against any of that, but it does make a story nothing more than average unless the author can somehow twist it to add a little extra something to the pot. For Bound by Night, Ione gives us an…interesting take on vampires. The world knows about them, and have for some time. Long enough that humans have enslaved vampires.
That’s right, folks. The weak humans have made vampires–their natural predator–into butlers and maids. I mean, if Ione wanted to be original, she certainly has that going for her here, but now she’s ventured into the land of nonsensical. Since it’s fiction, I’ll let that go for now.
Our story opens with a flashback to a time where our heroine, Nicole, was a child and her family was brutally murdered by vampires. Let’s just say she has a reason to hate them. Now an adult, Dr. Nicole Martin has taken over her family’s company and is working to keep vampires in chains. Enter Riker, a vampire in the MoonBound Clan and with a particular interest in destroying the Martin line once and for all. He kidnaps Nicole but finds out there’s more to the story he believed concerning their past. Cue romance.
The chemistry between Riker and Nicole is undeniable. Ione sets that up from the start and really weaves it into her story. For the first half of the book or so, I watched the romance escalate in typical “romance genre” fashion–awesome. Then things took a turn downhill and the rest of the plot ventures into Crazyland. It was as if Ione started writing a paranormal romance and decided that she wanted to move away from the love and into the action of an urban fantasy. While I see many books performing this crossover (and usually fairly well at that), Ione almost split her book in two between the sub-genres. It smeared the hint of greatness that this book could’ve had if it stuck with just one, or wove the two more seamlessly. As it is, the romance was lost and there went my interest in the characters.
It didn’t help that the author’s writing style bored me. Story? Average. Writing? One-way trip to snoozeville.
So, characters. Nicole wasn’t necessarily a hard character to like. She definitely has some misconceptions about the vampires (despite being a so-called expert on them), but I thought she was a decent heroine. Riker has the brooding vampire down, but is sexy as hell so that’s okay (right?). The rest of the cast fell into a) asshole humans, b) male vamps who think they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread, or c) female vamps oppressed by said male vamps. When it came down to it, there wasn’t much variety in Ione’s characters and they all blurred together by the end.
For my first taste of Ione’s writing, I’d say it was average all around. If you’re a fan of this author, no doubt you’ll enjoy this first book in her new series. And to those who have yet to read anything by Larissa Ione, give this book a shot. It’s certainly not a bad book.