Bound by Night, Book 1 of The MoonBound Clan Vampires, by Larissa Ione
Published by: Pocket Books
Review by: Dani Hoots
Bound by Night follows Nicole Martin and Riker, a human and vampire, as they try to right wrongs of both of their pasts while also trying to survive. As a young girl, Nicole’s family was killed by rioting vampire slaves and she was left scarred both physically and mentally. Now she is the president of her family’s company that performs experiments on vampires to help with medicine and science. Riker had lost his wife to Nicole’s family, making him hate all the Martins and wanting revenge on what they did to her. Now he needs her to help save a fellow vampire from being killed. As they start working together, Nicole and Riker start developing a relationship that neither of them can explain, and the more they dive into her family’s company, the more they realize how corrupt it is.
Will Nicole betray her family’s company and side with the vampires? Or will she betray her new love and help go back to performing unethical experiments?
The author does a great job giving all her characters a unique voice and attitude. I love her scientist vampire and how “off” he is at times, reminding me of some of my professor in college. She can easily make you terrified with the creatures she created, but later have compassion and love them as well.
I really enjoyed Riker as a character, more than Nicole, due to his depth and what he was willing to do for what he felt like was his duty to the clan. He is also drop dead gorgeous and sexy, like a lot of vampires I know…
As for Nicole, there is some things I don’t think she would do that Larissa Ione has her do, such as falling in love with this vampire so early in the book. I think could have been more interaction leading up to it, especially after the traumatic experiences she had as a child. She reminds me a bit of Buffy mixed with Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned…
The novel has a very gripping plot, with many ups and downs, surprises and twists. One problem I did have, though, is the change of view midway through the book to a different character other than Nicole and Riker. This only happens once or twice and really breaks up the flow of the story. This and some of the flashbacks made the story feel less connected and could have been stronger if they were executed better.
So I give this novel a 4.0/5.0. I really enjoyed it and found the story to be fascinating, but there were a couple of things that I thought could be better. I will also be reviewing the second book in this series soon, so check back for that review as well as an interview with the author!