When I heard Larissa Ione was starting a new series, I was skeptical and excited at the same time. Why? Well, I love all but one of her books and that one book actually scared me it was so violent. It is the only book of her’s I ever just picked up without reading the synopsis. Bad me. But that doesn’t meant I won’t try any, in fact I dove right into this the minute I was approved on NetGalley and I was blown away with just how much I loved this story.
Bound by Night is the first story in Larissa Ione’s new series, MoonBound Clan Vampire. It seemed like a pretty unique take on human/vampire stories. The story starts of with a young Nicole Martin’s family being slaughtered by their slave vampires. Nicole barely survives being brutalized and bitten by a vampire who’s fangs had been removed. So you can imagine the scar tissue left from that experience. Shipped off to France, she grows up hating vampires, not wanting to be around them and researching a way to cure or vaccinate against vampirism. When called back home twenty years later, Nicole takes over the company her parents built and gets herself embroiled in conspiracies she has nothing to do with.
Riker is still haunted twenty years later by his mates death while carrying their unborn child. He blames the Martin family and their company for everything that has happened to him. When he recognizes Nicole as the child his wife nannied for, he decides it is time to get revenge while also saving a midwife vampire from a neighboring clan. Under the gun, MoonBound Clan must return the midwife or go to war. Kidnapping Nicole isn’t the hard part. The hard part is not feeling anything for her as each of their stories unfold and they learn that maybe they don’t know all they think they did.
The two are against a clock to prevent war, not get caught by the humans and to stay away from each other. The sexual tension builds as each wall standing between these two gets torn down piece by piece. As we learn more and more about this world, we see the switch of humans being the evil ones and vampires just trying to survive.
I loved watching this world build. The nuances that we take for granted with vampires are blown away one by one. The humans play the greedy, evil people who enslave vampires while starting programs to breed vampires that are docile. The vampires are mostly trying to survive and protect their clans, but they have more heart that any of the humans I saw. Then there are some special characters I wanted to know more about and can’t wait for more books in this series.
Nothing is ever black and white with Larissa Ione, she loves the gray areas that have us thinking if even our moral code is what it should be. Secondary characters help fuel the gray areas as you learn a little about each one. Well, I wanted to know more and I really wish I could make her write faster. There is Lucy, Myne, Katina, Grant, Bastian and the clan leader, Hunter, that I am dying to get to know better.
While this spin on vampire/human relations may not be new, it was a new take on it for me. Getting to know this world, fall in love with characters I didn’t think I could and to see just how vicious and loving people can be. The hero is alpha, hard, but still has good heart. Throw in a heroine who is stubborn, but stronger than even she gives herself credit, this makes a story I want to read again! Larissa Ione is a master at writing paranormal worlds I keep coming back for more, and this one just added to the need to pick up every book she has written.