Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bound by Night ( MoonBound Clan Vampire #1 ) by Larissa Ione

Bound by Night by Larissa Ione


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.




Wow! Finally a vamp story that give us something different from the other PNR I've read. I always thought that vamp stories had been beyond exhausted. Here we have vampires as human slaves, hunted by evil humans and treated like lab rats. How much worst can it be? Larissa Ione build a world whereby humans are evil and vampires are victims to the human's greed of power and wealth. 

Nicole Martin is a research scientist and the heir of Daedalus corporation (sounds familiar? Think, Daemon Black!) and had been raise by a loving vamp nanny, Teresa. Daedalus is the company that experiment on vampires and trained vampires to serve as slave for the humans. Her fear towards vamps had sealed when she saw Teresa being murdered by her own mate, Riker and Nicole subsequent being attacked by their family vamp chef. 

Finally coming back to Daedalus to fulfill her destiny as an heir, she found out that the company had been operating unsanctioned experiment by her half-brother, Chuck. Nicole later got kidnap by a deadly vamp that is non-other than Riker, the man she feared most. Riker demanded her help to release a vampire that had been captured by Daedalus. 

Riker is one if the best fighter of MoonBound Clan. He had extreme hatred towards humans and the Martin family in general for taking his mate away from him and subsequent lead to her death. He is having a hard time moving on since Teresa's passing. Now he had a mission to avoid a war between two vampire clans by saving a vampire from Daedalus by capturing Nicole and blackmailing her brother, Chuck. 

Meeting Riker brings on a whole different experience to Nicole. She realize that she had been wrong about the vampires in general. They are not raging animals that needs to be subdue and treated as slave. She also see the ugly side of humanity that exploit the vampires for their own benefit. Meanwhile, Riker is also surprise to find out that Nicole is not an evil Martin set out to destroy his people.

Riker is this poor tortured soul that still riding the guilt of the death of his mate. She is his responsibility and he let her down and he can never forgive himself. I thought his history with Teresa is one sad story that make my heart ache for him. Despite his strong feelings for Nicole and knew that she is different from other humans, he still think he is betraying Teresa by canoodling with the enemies. I kinda want to smack him for taking such a long time to come around his senses, though. 

I thought the world building was brilliant. Is a mixed of paranormal and science fiction element within a compelling plot. The vamp community is facing difficulty in their survival and Daedalus been creating new developments to fight against vamps. Nicole had been studying vampire physiology and instead of using her skill to exploit the vamp, now she decided to help them instead. 

The ending was really touching and emotional. I had a thing for hero who is selfless and when Riker made the ultimate sacrifice for his clan, I just flat out love him. Well, Nicole is also not one damsel in distress and she came out with some brilliant moves towards the end. Love this two couple and honestly, I wish Book 2 still continue with their story, although I suspect is gonna be about Hunter, the MoonBound Clan leader.

Rating 5/5