Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

Monday, July 14, 2014

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 . . .

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.
Ash's Review:
    I've been in a funk.  A slump. Burntout.  Call it what you will, I have just NOT had the desire to read lately.  In the past month I think I have read maybe 4 books. That's pathetic. I can usually knock out 4 books in a week.  Then we got a review request for the second book in this series, Chained by Night.  I am a HUGE Larissa Ione fan.  I absolutely LOVED her Demonica series.  So I jumped at the chance to be able to review something else of hers. But first, I needed to read the first in the series.  And read I did.  In literally 24 hours. I neglected housework. I read while I nursed the baby. I read while I should have been sleeping.  I basically just read!  Anyway, enough about my funk.... Let's get to the book. 
    Bound by Night is about vampires..... But it's a different kind of vampire story.  Humans know about the existence of vamps. And they have enslaved the vampires and forced them into a life of servitude. 
    Nicole Martin is the CEO of a company that is the vampire's number one enemy.  Her company sells vampire "slaves" along with using them for research and experiements.  Nicole's parents started the company before they were brutally murdered during an uprising of vampire slaves.  Spending most of her life hating and being terrified of them, Nicole has turned that fear in to a mission to learn everything she can about the physiology of vamps.  But when she is kidnapped by Riker, she quickly discovers that she knows very little about these creatures.
    Riker is a vampire warrior of the MoonBound clan.  He is on a mission to rescue a female vampire with a special ability when he kidnaps Nicole in hopes of using her to get the missing vamp back safely.  He despises Nicole's company and family.  Because of her family, he lost his mate and his unborn child.  It does not take long for him to realize he may be all wrong about Nicole Martin.
    I devoured this book.  It grabbed my attention from the prologue and did NOT let go.  I loved Nicole's courage and the fact that even though she was facing what she feared most, she did not shrivel up and die like most people would.  and Riker..... WOW.... Riker was something else. I loved how loyal he was to his mate that had died.  
    I really liked the fact that there was not a whole lot of does he love me, does he not.  They fought their feelings, but it was not drawn out.  There is nothing worse than chapter after chapter of "we belong together, but we can never be".
    I love Larissa's writing, I love her story telling and I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.  September can NOT get here soon enough for me. 
    I am giving Larissa Ione's Bound by Night a whole dang bottle of White Zin.
About the Author:
Image of Larissa IoneAir Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge...just in case. She lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.
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