Bound by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampire #1)
Pocket / September 24, 2013 / $7.99 print and digital
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.
In Bound by Night, Larissa Ione has created a dark, violent world where vampires have been enslaved—and nearly hunted to extinction—by humans. The vampires who have managed to escape live on the fringes of civilization, divided into brutal territorial clans that kill their enemies with cold efficiency. Some of the clans embrace modern technology, while others embrace their Native American ancestry and they observe the old traditions. No matter to what clan they belong, Ione’s vampires are the stuff of nightmares—especially those of Nicole Martin’s.
Nicole Martin grew up wealthy and surrounded by vampire servants whom she thought of as beloved members of her family. She never knew the extent of the hatred they harbored for her kind until they revolted and murdered her parents. Nicole saw Therese, her beloved nanny, die as well. Although she survived the attack, she contracted the vampire virus, and has dedicated her life’s work to finding a cure.
Nicole makes no secret of the fact that she hates vampires and her worst nightmares came true when she was kidnapped by the MoonBound clan. They want to use her as leverage to free a captured female who was under their care. Failure to return the female to her clan will result in an all-out war. Nicole is now not only a hostage; she is forced to work alongside the vampire she fears the most, Riker. If the vampire cannot be freed, her life is forfeit.
Thrown into a life or death situation with the ghosts of her past forces Nicole to come to terms with her fear of vampires, but also with the possibility that the virus she contracted could make her a monster as well. Riker and Nicole have to work together if she has any hope of surviving and if he has any chance of freeing the captive vampire. Their animosity toward one another gives way to a mutual trust that slowly grows into something that neither of them had planned.
Big mistake, He might not like her, but he hadn’t been in this position with a female in decades, and his body didn’t care what he thought about her. All it cared about was how her curves fit against his hard muscles and how her pelvis was rocking against his. It also had immense appreciation for the way her magnificent breasts rubbed against his bare chest. He slid one hand to her butt to hold her still, but all he accomplished was putting her sex in direct contact with his. He had also discovered that her ass was rockhard and a nice handful. “Stop that,” he ground out.
“Screw you.” She bucked harder, and he hissed at the blatantly sexual motion. Behind the fly of his jeans, his rapidly swelling cock rubbed against her smooth slacks, creating a blistering friction that made him lightheaded with sudden need.
“I mean it, Nicole.” His sexed-up voice was gravelly, rusty from disuse. “Stop thrashing.”
She sank her nails into his chest and tried to push again, but the little pinches of pain only added to the soaring pleasure as lust surged through him, hot and potent.
“Or what?” Almost before the words were out of her mouth, she became very clear about what was going on. He saw it in the way her expression went slack and her skin flushed pink, felt it in the sudden taut set of her muscles. “Oh,” she breathed.
God, she was a study of female perfection right not, with her hair fanned out in a messy pool on the ground, her panting breaths, her full lips open and glistening. She looked like a woman who needed a mattress, a lot less clothing, and a male willing to use every dirty trick in the book to make her mindless with ecstasy.
As Nicole and Riker forge a tenuous relationship means they manage to get beyond their shared distrust of one another—even though it isn't easy. Riker can’t get past the fact that his mate died while enslaved by humans. He is suspended in a state of stasis—unable to move on with his life and possibly a new love because he feels as if he is betraying his mate. Nicole is still dealing with the violent deaths of her parents that left her an orphan. She is not sure what she is more afraid of, becoming a vampire or losing her heart to one as Riker slowly breaks down her defenses.
Larissa Ione’s Bound by Night embraces the darker side of the lore. Her imagining of the vampire origins is a refreshing change of course from the Vlad the Impaler myth that permeates the genre. Ione doesn’t tie up her storylines with happy endings and good triumphing over evil, but instead offers a glimpse of what is to come. In Ione’s world, vampires may be the ultimate predator, but until they can put clan feuds behind them, humans still hold the power.
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