Bound by Night [NOOK Book]

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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 she narrowly survived a massacre: her family’s vampire slaves rebelled and killed everyone in her household. Twenty years later, Nicole now dedicates herself to finding a vaccine against vampirism…and ...
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Overview

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 she narrowly survived a massacre: her family’s vampire slaves rebelled and killed everyone in her household. Twenty years later, Nicole now dedicates herself to finding a vaccine against vampirism…and eradicating the gruesome memories that give her nightmares.

Riker, a member of the wild vampire Moon Clan, is haunted by his own demons—his wife Lorraine had been captured and enslaved by the Martin family. It was during a botched escape attempt that she was killed, along with their unborn child. Still wracked with grief and anger, Riker is now fueled solely by the desire to rescue vampire slaves…and slaughter their owners.

When Riker stumbles upon Nicole in a chance meeting, he immediately recognizes her as a member of the Martin family that once enslaved his wife—and she recognizes him as the wild vampire she saw kissing a pregnant slave in the moments before her violent death—an image that has haunted her dreams for years.

When Riker kidnaps Nicole and they spend a night together in a cave on the way back to his clan, suddenly they begin to realize that they aren’t as different from one another as they may have thought—and they’re finding themselves drawn to one another…
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
Nicole Martin, CEO of the anti-vampire Daedalus Corporation, is kidnapped by wild vampires intent on securing her help—one way or another—in rescuing one of their own from the clutches of the company she’s only just begun to run. When she’s brought to the vampires’ secret compound, where her family name is reviled and nearly everyone wishes her dead, she thinks her worst nightmare has come true. But aside from one escape attempt, Nicole falls quickly into cooperating with the vampires, even to the point of saving a vampire’s life rather than abandoning him and escaping. From there, her emotional connection to one of her captors develops at a lightning-fast pace, with the erotic connection coming out of left field. The frantic action fails to move the plot, and the hot supernatural sex does nothing to make the romance feel less artificial or forced. Agent: Kimberly Whalen, Trident Media Group. (Oct.)
Lara Adrian
"Sexy, dark and suspenseful... Larissa Ione brings to life a riveting new world filled with sizzling sensuality, dark wit and wicked hot demons. Larissa Ione is an exciting voice in paranormal romance!"
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"With violent consequences. Ione does what she does best: deliver paranormal romance with a sexy and dangerous bite!" —-RT Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476700199
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Series: Moonbound Clan Vampires , #1
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 8,893
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Larissa Ione is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Demonica series, The Lords of Deliverance and Sydney Croft books, and other contemporary novels. An Air Force veteran, she traded in her career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion for writing. She lives in Wisconsin with her US Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, Hexe. Visit her at LarissaIone.com.
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Bound by Night

GO FUCK YOURSELF.”

Hunter, MoonBound clan’s leader, leaned back in his chair and gave Riker an expectant look. “Go fuck yourself . . .?” He made a come on gesture with his fingers. “Finish the sentence.”

Riker rolled his eyes. “Go fuck yourself . . . sir.”

Nodding his dark head in satisfaction, Hunter kicked his boots up onto the scarred oak conference table. “Better.” He laced his fingers together over his abs, his deeply tanned skin making his white T-shirt seem even brighter. “Now, as I was saying before being told to do something anatomically impossible, if we can storm the Martin residence with enough of our warriors, we can take hostages. The humans will be forced to give Neriya back to us.”

Another warrior seated at the table, Baddon, flipped a pen toward the ceiling. “Why don’t we get ShadowSpawn to pony up some muscle to help?” Without looking, he snatched the pen out of the air. “It’s their female we’re trying to rescue.”

“I already tried,” Hunter said grimly. “They insist that because Neriya was taken by the humans while in our care, we’re responsible for getting her back, or they’ll declare war on the eve of the new moon.”

Katina, the clan’s only senior-level female warrior, hissed. “That goes against every vampire custom and protocol there is. No one declares war so close to moon fever.” She braced her elbows on the table and leaned forward, as if ready to launch herself at anyone who dared argue with her. She’d certainly done it before. That table had seen a number of brawls over the years. A few dents even belonged to Riker. “You know they wouldn’t do it on the eve of the full moon, when the males need to feed.”

“No clan would risk that,” Baddon said. “But females mean little to ShadowSpawn except as breeders. They don’t give a shit if the females miss a new-moon feeding.”

“Fuck ’em,” Katina spat. “Let them come. Our warriors are well trained and powerful. We’ll give them the fight of their lives.”

As much as Riker wanted to agree with her, the odds were in the enemy clan’s favor. Not only did they outnumber MoonBound clan three to one, but ShadowSpawn had no code of ethics and made no distinction among males, females, and children when it came to killing in battle or otherwise. As ruthless and cold as Riker could be, even he had boundaries, and murdering noncombatant women and children was a hard line in the sand.

“Wendigo legend is based on ShadowSpawn,” Hunter reminded them. “They’re killers, cannibals who have destroyed clans up and down the West Coast. Neriya was lost while she was a guest in our home. Make no mistake; if we don’t return her to ShadowSpawn, we’ll feel their wrath. They’re desperate to get her back.”

Understandable. Vampire mortality rates during childbirth were dangerously high, and Neriya’s rare ability to deliver babies safely made her precious among their people. Her gift was the reason she’d been with MoonBound in the first place. ShadowSpawn had allowed MoonBound to borrow her for a birth in exchange for weapons and a case of prepackaged human blood that Baddon had stolen from a delivery truck.

“I’m not afraid of them.” Katina shifted, her leather jacket squeaking against the back of the chair. “Riker has prepared us for this. We can win, even if we have to scatter into the forest and fight like guerrillas until the end of time.”

“Perhaps.” Hunter’s gaze went to the far wall of the conference room, where a painting depicting a bloody battle between two vampire clans hung next to other vampire and Native American artwork. “But our females and children will be dead. What will we have won?”

Riker had lost a female and a child, so he knew the answer to that.

And he wished like hell he didn’t.

Hunter signaled to one of the clan’s maidens, who brought over a tray laden with a leather flask, glasses, and a ceremonial pipe. Hunter waited until she left the room before saying, “Now, let’s do the peace thing.”

Peace? Riker was nowhere near ready to toast to a “good hunt” and smoke to “plentiful blood.” Their clan was in danger from a rival vampire clan whose members were savage animals, and until the threat was over, Riker wasn’t going to back off or play nice. Not even with the male who had led MoonBound clan for nearly two hundred years.

“Didn’t you hear a word I said?” Riker whipped a dagger from his weapons harness and sank the blade into the table, where it vibrated as violently as the temper pulsing through his veins. “I don’t give a shit if you’re Supreme King Alpha Commander of the Known Universe. You’re going to listen to me.”

One ebony eyebrow climbed up Hunter’s forehead, and the other three warriors stopped moving and breathing. All except Baddon, anyway. He traced one of the skull tats on his forearm and let out a soft holy shit whistle.

“Someone’s feeling his oats today.” Hunter folded his arms across his broad chest and studied Riker with deceptively calm, half-lidded eyes that were as black as his hair. “Why don’t you make me listen? And then tell me why I shouldn’t fire you as my second before I toss you into the pit for a month.”

Summoning his military sniper training, Riker inhaled a slow, measured breath in order to steal a few precious seconds to set up his next shot. He’d stepped over the line by disrespecting Hunter in front of the senior warriors, and Riker would take his punishment like a good little vampire later. Right now, he had to knock some sense into his thick-headed clan leader.

“You’re a great chief, Hunter,” Riker said calmly. “But urban battle and covert ops are my specialty, and I’m telling you that in this case, a stealthy surgical strike is going to be more effective than numbers and brute force. If my plan for rescuing Neriya doesn’t work, you can rally the clan for a larger assault, but you’ve got to let me do this my way. You’ve trusted me in charge of our warriors for more than thirty years, so trust me enough to handle this now. I can get her away from the humans who captured her. We’ll return her to ShadowSpawn before they have a chance to come after us.” Riker popped his dagger from the wood and sheathed it. “And you don’t want to fire me because you’ll be stuck dealing with Myne on your own. Which is also why you shouldn’t drop me into the pit.”

Hunter appeared to consider what he’d said. Although Riker was only half kidding about why Hunter shouldn’t fire him or drop-kick him into the pit used for nonlethal punishments, there was some truth to what he’d said. Myne and Hunter, the only two pureblood male vampires besides Baddon in the clan, got along like two tomcats in a bag, and neither would admit that he needed the other.

“Where is the bastard, anyway?” Hunter asked, and Riker shrugged. Myne wasn’t one to share his plans.

“Patrolling, probably. Not my day to watch him.”

Jaggar, a male who had worked with the CIA before being turned into a vampire fifty years ago, cleared his throat. “Riker’s right about stealth. I’d feel better if we had a whole team going in to rescue Neriya, but until we have more intel on her situation, it might be wise to let Riker go in the way he wants to.”

“Especially with the increase in hunters and poachers lurking in the forest lately.” Katina growled, her pearly fangs flashing in stark contrast with her brown skin. “A large group of vampires heading toward Seattle’s billionaire district is a lot more likely to attract their attention than one or two of us.”

Except for the sound of the cuckoo clock ticking on the wall behind Katina, there was silence as Hunter looked each of them in the eye. Finally, like a great cat rising from its jungle resting place, he dropped his feet onto the wood floor and unfurled to his full, impressive six-foot-seven height. Those who had been born vampires instead of turned into them were generally taller than most humans and turned vampires. They also got to keep their natural eye color, unlike turned vampires, whose eyes always became some shade of silver as their fangs grew in.

“I’ll give Riker a shot at doing it his way.” He jerked his head toward the door. “Out. Everyone but Riker. Fill in the other senior staff. We’ll let the rest of the warriors know what’s happening when we need to.”

“What about general clan members?” Baddon asked. “Everyone is on edge.”

“I’ll speak at dinner. Assure everyone there’s nothing to worry about for now.” Hunter nodded at the door again. “Go.”

Jaggar, Baddon, and Katina filed out, each shooting Riker a sympathetic glance as they went. Once the door closed, Riker got to his feet and moved away from the table, waiting for the dressing-down.

It came in the form of a right hook to the face.

Riker hit the wall hard enough to make the picture frames rattle.

“Don’t disrespect me in front of the others again.” Hunter glanced down at his knuckles. “Also? You have a hard face to match your hard head.” No one went from pissed to playful in a split second the way Hunter did.

Tasting blood, Riker tested his jaw. Nothing broken or loose, but he’d feel it for a while. “You didn’t learn that the first ten times you decked me?”

The truth was that Hunter had held back. Riker had never felt the full brunt of his chief’s anger, but he’d seen it. If Hunter had wanted to, he could have shattered every bone in Riker’s skull with a single blow.

Hunter gave a lazy shrug. “I’m a slow learner.”

That was a load of crap. The ancient vampire came across as a laid-back, couldn’t-give-a-shit slacker who liked video games, Sports Illustrated, and muscle cars, but he was a lot smarter than anyone who didn’t know him gave him credit for. His calculating mind was blade-sharp, his smiles frequent, and his nature affable and calm, outwardly, at least. He’d never ruled with an iron fist—and he didn’t need to. Respect for his leadership kept the clan running smoothly.

“You won’t regret this,” Riker assured him. “I can do it.”

Doubt all but billowed from Hunter’s pores as he lifted the ceremonial pipe from the tray. “If this were any other mission, I wouldn’t be concerned. You know that.”

“I know,” Riker admitted. “But you know I’m right about this. I’m familiar with the Martin house. I’ve memorized the grounds. I’ve studied every detail of their security, both inside and outside the house.”

“Studied?”

“Okay, stalked. But my point is—”

“I know what your point is. And I know how much your hatred for the Martins has eaten at you. Hatred makes you sloppy. Makes you focus so completely on revenge that you’re blind to the dangers around you. Makes you—”

“Makes me determined to succeed.”

Hunter put his back to the wall and propped one foot behind him, his pose casual, his expression as serious as Riker had ever seen it. “Your mate was a slave in the Martin household. How can you be sure you can do what needs to be done without that history coloring your actions? A pissed-off bear will run straight for the hunter with a gun.”

“Because this is my home.” Riker met his leader’s gaze head-on. “This is my family. And if I screw up, I lose everything.” He glanced over at the depiction of MoonBound’s battle with the now-extinct CloudStrike clan. “We all lose everything.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Awesome!

    This new series is tantalizing, fresh and hypnotic. This is a great new series that rates up there with the BDB series from JRWard. I am hooked and can't wait for the next chapter (can't wait for Myne's book)

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

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    Bound by Night is the first book in a brand new series by Lariss

    Bound by Night is the first book in a brand new series by Larissa Ione. It takes an interesting and very unconventional twist to the vampire/human story.




    Nicole Martin watched her family brutally murdered in a slave rebellion in her home. Now 20 years later she is given the reins to a company that thrives on the exploitation of vampires. Unhappy with many divisions of the company, Nicole sets in motion plans to dismantle controversial departments of her families business holdings. Many on the board are unhappy by this turn of events. Nicole finds herself framed for ordering 20 vampires to be “inhumanly” destroyed(murdered).




    Riker is a vampire and a member of the “wild” MoonBound Clan. Watching his mate die as a slave in the Martin family home has fueled his hatred for humans for years. When a situation with a rival vampire clan causes Riker to infiltrate the Martin home, he finds himself in a bit of a dilemma...to obtain his goal he must kidnap Nicole...when he'd rather just kill her.




    Now enemies are face to face and soon discover that they aren't much different. They are both fighting for their lives and their very survival lay in each other's hands.




    This is a great start to a new series. 




    Ione did what she does best...created totally new parallel environments with her dark and gritty world building...made great snarky and witty characters...fabulous secondary characters that you can't wait to uncover their stories... I am looking forward to reading more in what is sure to be a sexy and exciting new series.




    I received this ARC copy of Bound by Night from Pocket Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication September 24, 2013.




    Written by: Larissa Ione
    Series: The Moonbound Clan Vampires
    Sequence in Series: 1
    Paperback: 400 pages
    Publisher: Pocket Books
    Publication Date: September 24, 2013
    ISBN-10: 1476700176
    ISBN-13: 978-1476700175
    Rating: 4
    Genre: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
    Age Recommendation: Adult

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

    I couldn't put it down. Just as amazing as BDB. Can't wait for t

    I couldn't put it down. Just as amazing as BDB. Can't wait for the next installment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Major squueeeaaaaa! Another kick-butt book by Ms. Larissa Ione.

    Major squueeeaaaaa! Another kick-butt book by Ms. Larissa Ione. This woman is like one of my favorite authors EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! She's got another book coming out later this year (Reaver's story) that I'm aching to read, but let's focus on this book, shall we?




    Bound by Night is the first book in Ms. Ione's new Moonbound Clan Vampires series, a totally different world from the one created for her Demonica/Eternal Riders series. In it, vampires are known to humans and are pretty much second class/slave-class citizens. There's a movement to free all vampires, but they haven't gotten there yet.




    Nicole was born to a human family who created much of the vampire-controlling technology and drugs out there. When she was a child, her family's vampire slaves rose up and killed everyone but her, and even she was savaged by one of them. Understandably, she grew up totally anti-vampire, yet she focused on them in her biologic research.




    Riker's wife once belonged to Nicole's family. He was never in love with her as it was a clan marriage, but he understandably has some definite hatred for Nicole and what she represents (she's recently become CEO of the entire corporation her family owned, over her half-brother who's not very happy about the situation).




    This book does a lot of world-building, getting to know the environment for which characters will move. There's the evil corporation that's doing research on unwilling vampire subjects (it's technically illegal to kidnap/research on vampires, but what the law doesn't know......), opposing vampire clans, all along a very interesting take on how vampires came to be.




    Nicole and Riker are thrown together when Riker kidnaps Nicole in hopes of rescuing a rival clan's healer. She quickly learns there is more to vampires than the savagery she witnessed as a child, and that the vampires are much more than simple savages in need of being domesticated. Nicole is smart and brave, even compassionate toward one who she believes killed her beloved nanny in childhood (Riker, who of course turns out to not have killed the nanny at all).




    The plot is complex and incredibly rich. I totally love this new world of Ms. Ione's and will eagerly be waiting for the next book in the series! 5-star rating without a doubt.




    Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

    It was an OK read for me as well.   It took about 35 pages befor

    It was an OK read for me as well.   It took about 35 pages before I could feel commited to continue, I almost gave up.
    I do love Ione's books, but this was very predictable for a new series.  You can read other reviews for the storyline.
    It does have interesting concepts, but overall the plotline (different but predictable) and characters (stereotypical) fell flat.  How many times did we have to 
    hear the internal dialogue of each character whining about their feelings and miscommunications?  I felt like I was in a bad romance novel.
    OK, we get it already....With Ione's extertise, you'd think she'd be able to come up with other conflicts for the characters to mull over.  It also seems like Hunter will be the next book, and then perhaps Myne.  Hunter wasn't interesting on any level, and Myne was only slightly more interesting.  This is not a good start for a new series I can wait to read.  This is not a series on my can't wait  until  the next one list.   

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Excellent!

    Love Larissa's books and this one is a fantastic start to a new series. Excellent book that you won't want to put down. Can't wait for the next book in this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Fantastic

    Great twist on vampires. Excited for more stories!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    I read a lot of vampire novels. Sometimes I get tired of the sa

    I read a lot of vampire novels. Sometimes I get tired of the same old thing - a lot are the same type. This book was refreshingly different. Vampires enslaved by humans. Just different. Enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend.
    Thanks

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Loved this novel

    I am in love with these characters and the fresh take on vampires
    Gimme a girl with spirit and will power over any damesel in distress
    Can wait for the next in the series I have alreay pre-ordered it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Wow

    One of my most enjoyable reads of the whole year! Cant wait for the second book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Highly recommended-you must check it out.

    Very steamy vampire story. Kept you totally engaged and could not put it down. It just took me three days to read the whole book. Loved it.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

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    OMG. COULD. NOT. PUT. IT. DOWN. I've had this on my TBR shelf fo

    OMG. COULD. NOT. PUT. IT. DOWN.
    I've had this on my TBR shelf for a while and just wasn't up for vampires.....what an idiot!
    I started this book after work today and only put it down long enough to race to the bathroom periodically and then still thought about taking it with me.
    A whole new look at vampires and seriously intense and HOT! Without the sex it would have been great...with the sex scenes it was blockbuster! I like this world very very much and CANNOT wait to see what happens next!!!
    KUDOS LARISSA!!!

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    Highly Recommeded - a must read

    One of my new favorite authors. Couldn't put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Interesting new series. It has potential, looking forward to the next one.

    I enjoyed this story. It is the first in a new series and I like the world she created. Lots of possibilities. I look forward to the next one. Riker and Nicole are great together. Nicole is an awesome heroine, and Riker is her perfect match. Enjoyed reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Awesome

    I was a little hesitant to start this series because I love her LOD & Demonica series so much, but this was an awesome read and I am really looking forward to the next book!

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  • Posted December 24, 2013

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    This book was so good, I couldn't stop reading! And after readin

    This book was so good, I couldn't stop reading! And after reading the epilogue, I'm desperate to get the next book!

    Larissa Ione, author of Bound by Night (The MoonBound Clan Vampires) has a different idea of vampires, which I found to be refreshing. The story begins with an 8 year old girl whose family's business is to capture & sell vampires as slaves to humans. The family company does research on vampires as if they are animals or aliens. But, the vampires rebel against the family, leaving 8 year old Nicole barely alive... 20 years later, we see Nicole all grown up and has a head full of what vampires are. Throughout the book, Nicole comes to some realizations about her family and the creatures she's been studying. I found myself hoping that Nicole would be turned into vampire. She was, but not when I thought she should or even how I thought she would. Ms. Ione built a great foundation for her characters and the world they lived in. It was an odd sort of believable to me.

    One thing I would like to have had a better understanding of would be how vampires were subdued. How were they captured? It's not really made clear here. It's obvious that vampires are stronger, faster, formidable predators. So, how did they fall into slavery? Am I left to my own imagination? Perhaps, this will come out better in the next books in this series!

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  • Posted December 7, 2013

    Highly Recommended!!!!

    So amazing!!!! I was constantly on edge about what was going to happen next! i just couldn't put the book down. I love Larissa Ione and her characters! they have such depth and passion that you feel like they are part of your family! This is a must read for anybody who loves vampires and werewolves.

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

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    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest re

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    It took me a little bit to get into this book. I had it for weeks before I was able to read it and I was just itching to get it started. The blurb on the back was very compelling and it sounded like my kind of book for sure. I was right.

    Bound by Night starts out with a crazy violent attack on the humans by their vampire servants. It sets the scene for some of what happens in the rest of the book. Vampires have become enslaved by the humans. Nicole’s family has been the leading the world in research of vampirism. She herself has grown up and taken a position in research where she can look for a vaccine against the virus or whatever it is that causes vampirism. She hates vampires. As a child, she lost both of her parents in the violent attack at the beginning of the book. Prior to that, she lost the only person with whom she felt close to, her nanny, who happened to be a vampire and was killed by her lover. When she is kidnapped by Riker, the vampire who killed her nanny, a crazy adventure begins.
    So, here’s my problem. She HATES vampires. She is very adamant about this fact. But she almost immediately falls for someone who not only IS a vampire, but is THE vampire that killed her “beloved” nanny! Who does that? I’m not really a fan of insta-love, so this bothered me. Along with the fact that HE KIDNAPPED HER!!! I have a problem with people who fall in love with the epitome of who the kind of person they supposedly hate. To me, this takes away from the believability of the story. Yes, I know. This is vampires. They don’t exist. This is fiction. But I like for there to be at least some standard level of believability to the story. The rest of the story was fine. It’s just the whole falling in love with your kidnapper/vampire thing I have a problem with. I also get that the story wouldn’t be the same without those elements, but they just don’t work for me.

    Aside from my issue with the above scenario, the rest of the book content was great. Riker was the stereotypical hot vampire. He played the role well. The interactions between Nicole and Riker were pretty steamy.

    There was love, angst, and enough action to keep your attention. Plus there were the ongoing underlying questions as to whether or not Nicole and Riker were really going to hook up. I would really like to see more of this author’s work and what else she has to offer in this series.

    There were twists in the story that I didn’t see coming, and while the ending was somewhat predictable, it wasn’t disappointing.

    I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes vampire romance books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Great!

    This story was fascinating and I can't wait ti read the next one!

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pocket Books and Edelweiss.)
    20 years ago, 8-year-old Nicole was attacked by a vampire and almost killed, and has since been living abroad. Now back, it’s up to her to take over the family business, but unfortunately this business involves capturing and neutering vampires to use as slaves – a practice that Nicole doesn’t agree with.

    Riker lost his mate and their unborn child 20 years ago, and hasn’t had a real relationship since. When he crosses paths with Nicole, he begins to feel things that he hasn’t felt in a long time, and he wants her, even if he can’t admit it to himself.
    Can Nicole make a difference in stopping the vampire slave trade? Can Riker have a relationship with someone new after what happened to Terese? And is Nicole really so against mating with a vampire?


    This was an enjoyable paranormal/vampire erotic novel, but I felt like it was more about the sex than the romance.

    Nicole was an okay character, and I liked that she tried to stick up for herself, even when the odds were stacked against her. I did find it a little odd how much she liked vampires after being attacked and almost killed by one, but well-done to her if she decided not to hold a grudge.

    Riker was an okay character, although even when he tried to get emotional over Terese and her child it was a bit obvious that he hadn’t really felt all that much for her.

    The storyline was okay, although we got the fairly standard vampire romance issues of not being able to get pregnant, and death in childbirth. There were some twists in the story that I didn’t see coming though, and the work that Nicole’s father had been doing in the lab was quite an interesting change.

    The romance in this one was more of the erotic persuasion really, and while I thought that the ‘love’ scenes were well written, it was more an erotic story rather than a love story.
    This story did remind me of similar books by Keri Arthur and Kelley Armstrong, but didn’t have enough love and romance to compare to J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, unfortunately.

    The ending was okay, and fairly happy, if predictable, and we were then left with an epilogue which was nothing more than a teaser/cliff-hanger for the next book.
    Overall; an okay vampire erotica story, but look elsewhere if you want love and romance.
    7 out of 10.

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