The new series by Larissa Ione is one that I have been looking forward to for a while (it will be the first non-Demonica world book I have read of hers), and Doug Meeks kindly sent over his review for the first book, Bound by Night. It is officially released today…
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…
Whatever it was I thought I was expecting from this book I was pleasantly shocked. It was not as erotic as the Demonica series and not a boring celibate YA novel.
Riker and Nicole make a very unlikely pair but Ms Ione pulled it off very well I thought. Riker blames her family for the death of his only love and Nicole (who was raised by the same vampire nanny) blames HIM for the same death. Nice touch, must have been a writing challenge.
They both have some secrets and hangups to deal with, the required level of angst is here but there is a great overall story yet to be told.
Some people are having a hard time with vampires as slaves but when you are outnumbered by 10,000 to 1 and the humans have weapons. It is not so hard if you have an imagination.
The fact is that humans are mostly portrayed as evil in this novel, something that would normally bother me a bit but it was done exceptionally well for those who appreciate good writing.
At the heart of the story it is still a boy meets girl theme with a mountain of things in the way of it ever happening. You will enjoy the story, I should mention that if you are expecting Demonica this is not it.
This is a new original world that the author has created and it should be interesting to see where it goes and you have to be able to suspend your belief system to really enjoy paranormal romance or urban fantasy so why would this book be any different?
I give it 4.5 Stars and can’t wait for the next one, great hook at the end for the next book (no not a cliffhanger).
Does anyone else have this title on their list? I just got the notice that my copy is on the way – now I just have to work it into my “schedule”.