ARC Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione – Vampire role reversal

September 20, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

ARC Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione – Vampire role reversalBound by Night by Larissa Ione
Series: MoonBound Clan Vampires #1
Published by Pocket Books on September 24, 2013
Source: Netgalley
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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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.

Whenever I pick up a new vampire novel, I think ‘what makes this stand out next to other vampire novels?’ Bound By Night added a completely new dimension to vampires as we know them – with vampire childbirth and conception as a new concept. The mythology behind the clan culture of the vampires and vampires being used by humans as slaves was also a new one, which immediately fleshed out a new and different world in Bound by Night.

Our heroine Nicole, is the CEO of Daedelus Corporation and a renowned scientist after studying vampires and how they are bred. She’s an empathetic, fierce, and brave strong female character which I really adored. She’s haunted by her dark past where 20 years ago, she was attacked by a vampire who killed her maid Terese, the closest thing she had to a mother. When she’s captured by the sexy, brooding vampire called Riker, all her values are thrown out the window as she grows over the course of the novel by realising they are only people.

The romance between herself and Riker is strangely perverse, given that the two have such a vicious hate for each of their races. When they learn that the incident 20 years ago ties them closer together than ever, they bond strongly and their romance is developed over the course of the novel. The sex scenes are fierce, passionate and done well, with quite a lot of angst as they realise the depth of the feelings for their most hated enemy.

Characterisation was a strong point with many strong males in this novel including Myne, the brutal, strong, loyal best friend of Riker’s and Hunter, the leader of the MoonBound clan and with super powerful vampire abilities.

It took me a while to get used to the world building in this novel. When humans became aware of vampires, they started enslaving them and using them for their own devices and even using them as scientific fodder. Usually humans are the ones being used as food or slaves and it’s reversed in this novel, which doesn’t entirely make a lot of sense. The MoonBound clan and the ShadowBound clan trading with each other was also an interesting concept. Larissa Ione fleshes out the world without brushing over the detail, as we delve into child conception, pregnancy serums, vampires as parents and the whole concept of it.

Bound by Night is thrilling, dark, sexy, disturbing and vicious and lovers of paranormal romance and Larissa Ione will love this novel. It features strong, dominant sexy males and a great courageous main character with a heavy dose of mythology and action. As my first Larissa Ione novel, I’m keen for more in this series to find out what happens to these vampires.

I received an ARC copy of Bound by Night from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Bound by Night will be released on September 24, 2013.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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16 responses to “ARC Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione – Vampire role reversal

  1. I haven't actually read that many vampire books, at all. They don't really appeal to me, which is kind of weird since I love vampires in movies and TV. For me though, all the stuff I love (the horror, the mystery etc…) it just doesn't seem to translate as well into a lot of vampire novels, especially those that are YA. Most of the time it seems like the vampires are just there to make a good love story, so a lot of the great stuff about them gets lost.

    BUT this sounds like the vampire novel I've been waiting for! One that really takes time to build the world and the mythology.

    Thanks for a great review!

    – Allie @ Little Birdie Books
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    • Maybe you haven't stumbled upon the right vampire books, Allie! I think YA vampire books are more romanticised than anything, but there's some great adult ones – my favourites are the Night Huntress series and the Pretty When She Dies trilogy – my review here for something super dark, gritty and gory.

  2. That's interesting that the vampires in this book can give birth and that they are used as slaves. It's quite original. I've heard good things about this author's books and you've got me very curious about this one. I love the sound of the romance. I'm a huge fan of romances that are antagonistic.

    Anyways, I'm glad that you enjoyed this so much, Jeann.

    Lovely review!
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