Friday, September 20, 2013

Review - Bound by Night

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 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 Review:

It took a little bit to get familiar with the story, setting and world.  And since I was reading on my kindle I can safely estimate that it was about 20%.  But once that point was reached it was a non stop unable to put down until finished story.

This is great start to a new series, and since it is a new series and a new world, although much like our own, it does have a bit of a learning curve to get used to what is going on around the characters.  This would account for the slower start and I do not anticipate it being an issue in future stories.

Nicole Martin is an interesting character.  Who she is and what she has become was highly influence by the events that happened when she was a child.  When the vampires that were kept as servants revolted and killed her family.  Riker was also there that night and while he was not directly involved with the uprising.  What Nicole saw him do has greatly affected her.

When Nicole moves back home to work in the family business headquarters she becomes not only a threat but also a tool to be used by vampires who are trying to live without the threat of being held as servants.  When Nicole and Riker meet face to face one night, they not only have instant distrust and mutual dislike but compelling attraction as well.

When Riker takes Nicole to use her as leverage to get what the vampires want from her company, they have to learn to get along and not kill each other for at least the time they are forced to be in contact.  As Nicole learns more about the vampires and starts to see them from a new perspective, Riker also begins to see Nicole as someone who is not just our to capture and study them but also as someone who can be not only an asset but also an overwhelming temptation who just might be able to help him conquer the demons he has lived with for years.

Watching Riker and Nicole fight and adjust to each other as they come to know more than just their personal viewpoints to what can only be called love even as neither is quite ready to accept it is a fun and entertaining ride.  Along with the truths Nicole learns about not only her childhood but also her only remaining family and company she is supposed to run makes for an exciting backdrop to their relationship.  Only we are familiar with the characters and setting of the story it doesn't stop moving and keeps going at a pace you cant help but keep up with.

There is a lot we learn along the way about the current race of vampires and where they come from.  And a lot we learn about some of the major issues troubling their race, which Nicole and her scientific background can help them overcome, the more we are drawn into the story and this world.

While this book does have a conclusion to the story we are being told there is a hint as to what will come next.  I cant wait to find out where the story goes from here and what else we can learn about how the vampires came to be.  We get a glimpse at the end of the book but its not enough to completely satisfy.  I am sure once you read this one you will be waiting just as impatiently as I am for more stories from this world.

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