September 23, 2013

Book Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

Title: Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire #1)
Author: Larissa Ione
Release Date: September 24th 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley

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.

My Thoughts

I’m a big fan of Larissa Ione, especially her ‘Lords of Deliveranceseries, so I was eager to see what she could do with her own brand of vampires.

The first half was slow and a bit long-winded with its background, history and world building etc, but that sometimes happens with the first book in a new series. Allowances tend to be made for that fact. But I also didn’t really care for either Nicole or Riker all that much. I found them both to be very self absorbed and bitter. I really couldn’t find many redeeming features.

However, the second half picked up considerably. Events (no spoilers!) brought out another side to the characters, revelations about them changed my opinions of them, the story began to take on an interesting shape and I was very pleased with how it all played out. This was the Larissa Ione I have come to love.

Overall, I enjoyed where this book went, it just took a long time to get there.

I’ll reserve judgment on the authors new vampire world until the next installment but I think it shows promise, a reasonable 3.5 star read.

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