Bound By Night
Author: Larissa Ione
Publisher: Pocket Books
Date of Publication: September 24, 2013
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…
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.