Review–Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampires #1) by Larissa Ione

Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampires #1)
by Larissa Ione
Summary: Larissa Ione's bestselling Demonica series has captivated fans with its sensual blend of dark passion and demonic fury. Now she takes you to another intoxicating world—where a dangerous clan of wild vampires rules the night...
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.

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So I guess I should thoroughly read a synopsis. But when I saw clan of vampires, I thought coven. And when I saw they had a name like MoonBound, I thought maybe it some off the grid coven, like other vampire books, and the moon represented their movement at night as opposed to the day. I pictured some sort of underground, maybe dirty, maybe full of spies type of thing hidden from the human world. I can certainly tell you the last thing I expected was to encounter primitive vampire tribes living in the woods with teepees and what not. In Bound by Night, not only are vampires somehow tribal (which I totally don’t understand), but they are also enslaved by humans, bred like cattle, experimented on, and answer doors. What?

If I completely ignored my brain shouting that this was all wrong, the story was enjoyable as a light paranormal romance. The human girl owned the terrible company responsible for the enslavement of vampires, but somehow had no idea, she’s kidnapped, she realizes her error with the help of some sexy vampire renegade. All of that was hot and fun, even though I wanted to bash her over the head for being such a naïve and ignorant CEO. Once I got over the completely ridiculous premise, I actually enjoyed the book. The romance was fun, Nicole got smarter, the side characters were enjoyable, and Riker was hot.

I thought the whole premise was completely ridiculous, though. They should have been some sort of shifters or sorcerers or something that fit better with a primitive tribal society. Vampires are not natural or tied to the earth and I don’t think they fit inside of that mold at all. They are the sophisticated type that are anomalies because their existence is the opposite of what is healthy for the earth. And also, I highly doubt a strong, fast, and cunning race could be enslaved the way they were for stupid humans. It was entirely too much for me and I could not go along with it. Any enjoyment I had for the writing and romance is basically negated by the ridiculousness of the plot.

I still recommend the book because maybe tribal vampires being enslaved doesn’t bother you. And if it doesn’t, then you’ll probably love the book. I’d even pick up the rest of the series if I wasn’t so bothered by the premise.


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