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Bound by Night [Format Kindle]

Larissa Ione
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Bound by Night


Hunter, MoonBound clan’s leader, leaned back in his chair and gave Riker an expectant look. “Go fuck yourself . . .?” He made a come on gesture with his fingers. “Finish the sentence.”

Riker rolled his eyes. “Go fuck yourself . . . sir.”

Nodding his dark head in satisfaction, Hunter kicked his boots up onto the scarred oak conference table. “Better.” He laced his fingers together over his abs, his deeply tanned skin making his white T-shirt seem even brighter. “Now, as I was saying before being told to do something anatomically impossible, if we can storm the Martin residence with enough of our warriors, we can take hostages. The humans will be forced to give Neriya back to us.”

Another warrior seated at the table, Baddon, flipped a pen toward the ceiling. “Why don’t we get ShadowSpawn to pony up some muscle to help?” Without looking, he snatched the pen out of the air. “It’s their female we’re trying to rescue.”

“I already tried,” Hunter said grimly. “They insist that because Neriya was taken by the humans while in our care, we’re responsible for getting her back, or they’ll declare war on the eve of the new moon.”

Katina, the clan’s only senior-level female warrior, hissed. “That goes against every vampire custom and protocol there is. No one declares war so close to moon fever.” She braced her elbows on the table and leaned forward, as if ready to launch herself at anyone who dared argue with her. She’d certainly done it before. That table had seen a number of brawls over the years. A few dents even belonged to Riker. “You know they wouldn’t do it on the eve of the full moon, when the males need to feed.”

“No clan would risk that,” Baddon said. “But females mean little to ShadowSpawn except as breeders. They don’t give a shit if the females miss a new-moon feeding.”

“Fuck ’em,” Katina spat. “Let them come. Our warriors are well trained and powerful. We’ll give them the fight of their lives.”

As much as Riker wanted to agree with her, the odds were in the enemy clan’s favor. Not only did they outnumber MoonBound clan three to one, but ShadowSpawn had no code of ethics and made no distinction among males, females, and children when it came to killing in battle or otherwise. As ruthless and cold as Riker could be, even he had boundaries, and murdering noncombatant women and children was a hard line in the sand.

“Wendigo legend is based on ShadowSpawn,” Hunter reminded them. “They’re killers, cannibals who have destroyed clans up and down the West Coast. Neriya was lost while she was a guest in our home. Make no mistake; if we don’t return her to ShadowSpawn, we’ll feel their wrath. They’re desperate to get her back.”

Understandable. Vampire mortality rates during childbirth were dangerously high, and Neriya’s rare ability to deliver babies safely made her precious among their people. Her gift was the reason she’d been with MoonBound in the first place. ShadowSpawn had allowed MoonBound to borrow her for a birth in exchange for weapons and a case of prepackaged human blood that Baddon had stolen from a delivery truck.

“I’m not afraid of them.” Katina shifted, her leather jacket squeaking against the back of the chair. “Riker has prepared us for this. We can win, even if we have to scatter into the forest and fight like guerrillas until the end of time.”

“Perhaps.” Hunter’s gaze went to the far wall of the conference room, where a painting depicting a bloody battle between two vampire clans hung next to other vampire and Native American artwork. “But our females and children will be dead. What will we have won?”

Riker had lost a female and a child, so he knew the answer to that.

And he wished like hell he didn’t.

Hunter signaled to one of the clan’s maidens, who brought over a tray laden with a leather flask, glasses, and a ceremonial pipe. Hunter waited until she left the room before saying, “Now, let’s do the peace thing.”

Peace? Riker was nowhere near ready to toast to a “good hunt” and smoke to “plentiful blood.” Their clan was in danger from a rival vampire clan whose members were savage animals, and until the threat was over, Riker wasn’t going to back off or play nice. Not even with the male who had led MoonBound clan for nearly two hundred years.

“Didn’t you hear a word I said?” Riker whipped a dagger from his weapons harness and sank the blade into the table, where it vibrated as violently as the temper pulsing through his veins. “I don’t give a shit if you’re Supreme King Alpha Commander of the Known Universe. You’re going to listen to me.”

One ebony eyebrow climbed up Hunter’s forehead, and the other three warriors stopped moving and breathing. All except Baddon, anyway. He traced one of the skull tats on his forearm and let out a soft holy shit whistle.

“Someone’s feeling his oats today.” Hunter folded his arms across his broad chest and studied Riker with deceptively calm, half-lidded eyes that were as black as his hair. “Why don’t you make me listen? And then tell me why I shouldn’t fire you as my second before I toss you into the pit for a month.”

Summoning his military sniper training, Riker inhaled a slow, measured breath in order to steal a few precious seconds to set up his next shot. He’d stepped over the line by disrespecting Hunter in front of the senior warriors, and Riker would take his punishment like a good little vampire later. Right now, he had to knock some sense into his thick-headed clan leader.

“You’re a great chief, Hunter,” Riker said calmly. “But urban battle and covert ops are my specialty, and I’m telling you that in this case, a stealthy surgical strike is going to be more effective than numbers and brute force. If my plan for rescuing Neriya doesn’t work, you can rally the clan for a larger assault, but you’ve got to let me do this my way. You’ve trusted me in charge of our warriors for more than thirty years, so trust me enough to handle this now. I can get her away from the humans who captured her. We’ll return her to ShadowSpawn before they have a chance to come after us.” Riker popped his dagger from the wood and sheathed it. “And you don’t want to fire me because you’ll be stuck dealing with Myne on your own. Which is also why you shouldn’t drop me into the pit.”

Hunter appeared to consider what he’d said. Although Riker was only half kidding about why Hunter shouldn’t fire him or drop-kick him into the pit used for nonlethal punishments, there was some truth to what he’d said. Myne and Hunter, the only two pureblood male vampires besides Baddon in the clan, got along like two tomcats in a bag, and neither would admit that he needed the other.

“Where is the bastard, anyway?” Hunter asked, and Riker shrugged. Myne wasn’t one to share his plans.

“Patrolling, probably. Not my day to watch him.”

Jaggar, a male who had worked with the CIA before being turned into a vampire fifty years ago, cleared his throat. “Riker’s right about stealth. I’d feel better if we had a whole team going in to rescue Neriya, but until we have more intel on her situation, it might be wise to let Riker go in the way he wants to.”

“Especially with the increase in hunters and poachers lurking in the forest lately.” Katina growled, her pearly fangs flashing in stark contrast with her brown skin. “A large group of vampires heading toward Seattle’s billionaire district is a lot more likely to attract their attention than one or two of us.”

Except for the sound of the cuckoo clock ticking on the wall behind Katina, there was silence as Hunter looked each of them in the eye. Finally, like a great cat rising from its jungle resting place, he dropped his feet onto the wood floor and unfurled to his full, impressive six-foot-seven height. Those who had been born vampires instead of turned into them were generally taller than most humans and turned vampires. They also got to keep their natural eye color, unlike turned vampires, whose eyes always became some shade of silver as their fangs grew in.

“I’ll give Riker a shot at doing it his way.” He jerked his head toward the door. “Out. Everyone but Riker. Fill in the other senior staff. We’ll let the rest of the warriors know what’s happening when we need to.”

“What about general clan members?” Baddon asked. “Everyone is on edge.”

“I’ll speak at dinner. Assure everyone there’s nothing to worry about for now.” Hunter nodded at the door again. “Go.”

Jaggar, Baddon, and Katina filed out, each shooting Riker a sympathetic glance as they went. Once the door closed, Riker got to his feet and moved away from the table, waiting for the dressing-down.

It came in the form of a right hook to the face.

Riker hit the wall hard enough to make the picture frames rattle.

“Don’t disrespect me in front of the others again.” Hunter glanced down at his knuckles. “Also? You have a hard face to match your hard head.” No one went from pissed to playful in a split second the way Hunter did.

Tasting blood, Riker tested his jaw. Nothing broken or loose, but he’d feel it for a while. “You didn’t learn that the first ten times you decked me?”

The truth was that Hunter had held back. Riker had never felt the full brunt of his chief’s anger, but he’d seen it. If Hunter had wanted to, he could have shattered every bone in Riker’s skull with a single blow.

Hunter gave a lazy shrug. “I’m a slow learner.”

That was a load of crap. The ancient vampire came across as a laid-back, couldn’t-give-a-shit slacker who liked video games, Sports Illustrated, and muscle cars, but he was a lot smarter than anyone who didn’t know him gave him credit for. His calculating mind was blade-sharp, his smiles frequent, and his nature affable and calm, outwardly, at least. He’d never ruled with an iron fist—and he didn’t need to. Respect for his leadership kept the clan running smoothly.

“You won’t regret this,” Riker assured him. “I can do it.”

Doubt all but billowed from Hunter’s pores as he lifted the ceremonial pipe from the tray. “If this were any other mission, I wouldn’t be concerned. You know that.”

“I know,” Riker admitted. “But you know I’m right about this. I’m familiar with the Martin house. I’ve memorized the grounds. I’ve studied every detail of their security, both inside and outside the house.”


“Okay, stalked. But my point is—”

“I know what your point is. And I know how much your hatred for the Martins has eaten at you. Hatred makes you sloppy. Makes you focus so completely on revenge that you’re blind to the dangers around you. Makes you—”

“Makes me determined to succeed.”

Hunter put his back to the wall and propped one foot behind him, his pose casual, his expression as serious as Riker had ever seen it. “Your mate was a slave in the Martin household. How can you be sure you can do what needs to be done without that history coloring your actions? A pissed-off bear will run straight for the hunter with a gun.”

“Because this is my home.” Riker met his leader’s gaze head-on. “This is my family. And if I screw up, I lose everything.” He glanced over at the depiction of MoonBound’s battle with the now-extinct CloudStrike clan. “We all lose everything.”

Revue de presse

"Sexy, dark and suspenseful... Larissa Ione brings to life a riveting new world filled with sizzling sensuality, dark wit and wicked hot demons. Larissa Ione is an exciting voice in paranormal romance!" (Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight Awakening)

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  • Editeur : Pocket Books (24 septembre 2013)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 vampire serie 18 octobre 2013
Par sand
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Ok je suis fan donc partiale mais cette auteur maîtrise à la perfection toutes les clés de la romance bite lite et plus. Bref, tous les ingrédients sont réunis pour passer un très bon moment et si cela n'est pas d'une grande originalité les personnages sont tellement attachants que l'on en oublie l'application de la "recette magique" du best seller à l'américaine. J'attends la suite avec impatience.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Take on the Vampire Myth 25 septembre 2013
Par Jess - Publié sur Amazon.com
Any first installment into a series can tend to be a little wobbly on its feet at first, especially when the author is known for only one series (and a popular one at that), and this one was no true exception.

I admit, I had a hard time just sitting back and enjoying the book on its own without drawing quite a few comparisons between the characters and events in this book, and the popular Demonica/Lords of Deliverance books. However, I soon found that I really enjoyed her fresh take on the vampire myth, turning them into a subjugated race fighting for both freedom from and revenge against their captors. The in-fighting between clans, the evil corporations, the hunters sent in to bring down rogues and escapees -- all of these added up to a thrilling world in which to set the story.

On top of that, the animosity between Nicole and Riker, along with their growing understanding of each other, not to mention the growing attraction that they both attempted to fight, added the perfect amount of tension, and of course, the trademark heat and chemistry that we've come to expect from Ms. Ione kept things quite interesting even during the times between fighting.

While I was a little weirded out by the in-your-face age difference between Nicole and Riker, and was perhaps a bit distracted by some of the parallels that could be drawn between this story and the Demonica/LOD series, it was the world-building that really made me fall in love with this tale. I can't wait for more books to help explain the history behind the enslavement of the vampire race, as well as the stories behind the various rogue clans. The teaser for the next book in the series has me salivating to get my hands on it, and leaves me with no doubt that this series is going to be one to watch.

A very solid 4/5, and definitely a series to watch.

{I received a copy of this title free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The full review is available on The Romanceaholic.}
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Vampires are the slaves?! 1 octobre 2014
Par Jamie E. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Welcome to Larissa Ione's latest vampire series! An interesting story of slavery, loyalty, revenge and a hot 'n sexy romance.

Nicole is a human woman and New-found CEO of Daedalus Corp. She inherited the company from her parents who were massacred in a vampire rebellion attack when she was a young girl. Her illegitimate half-brother, Chuck, has been ruining it in her place until she was ready to take the reins. But what she thinks she is getting may be more than she expected.

Daedalus Corp is a scientific companies working on vampires. TO create vaccines, to understand them, breed them and worse... Nicole only knows some of what the company is. But when a few vampires, Ryker and Myne, kidnap her and demand she release a certain vampire, her rose colored glasses are finally removed...

Now I am not sure if this book is a futuristic book or just an alternate timeline but regardless, in this reality most vampires are slaves to humans. Often collared, De-fanged and used however humans see fit. Yet there are still free vampires out there who are fighting back.

Nicole grew up thinking as vampires are the enemy and Ryker thought the same of humans. Both share a past with Terese who was Nicole's nanny and Ryker's mate. Nicole is about the learn how much more there was to her death, her families company and vampires in general. And Ryker needs to learn that not all humans are that bad.

While I liked all the characters, Myne is probably one I wish we had gotten to know better and hope to learn more in future books. Bastien has me very curious about with his ability and we even had a mad scientist in this book with an affinity for kool-aid!

Nicole sort of annoyed me at times. While I like how she presents herself and is strong in many ways, she is also lived a naive life. I kept wondering why she never question the attack, or how she thought vampire experimentation is okay. She'll confront a wrong if shoved in her face but otherwise seemed to have her own interests at the forefront of life. She never questioned the order of vampire exterminations that her company obeyed, in which her signature was on the order. I mean, if you didn't sign it, WHO DID? I would have thought she would have realized things were wrong and need her attention. But it took a kidnapping to get her to wake up. Sad

Ryker I loved. Ryker with a good heart but a few too many chips on his shoulder. He loves sticking his foot in his mouth on areas that quickly come to bite him in the butt all too often.

I was not a big fan of the Indian backround for the creation of vampires. and The end did nothing to fix that. While I am curious enough to continue the ending alone almost cost this 1/2 a star. It just doesn't seem necessary and it's overkill. I will leave it at that.

So overall enjoyable. Some very steamy, almost rough sex scenes so this is very much adults only. Bit of intrigue and science blended in. The characters are well done and each unique. The slavery aspect is new but I wish I knew a bit more of what is going on there.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.**
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 This did not work for me... 4 octobre 2013
Par BookWorm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As a huge fan of Ione (and one who is counting down the days until "Reaver" comes out), I was really excited about this new series.

I'm not exactly over the whole vampire thing (haven't read every single series out there), so the fact it was about vampires didn't deter me from looking forward to this book.

This ended up reading like a very drab version of the TV show "True Blood" - there is a lot of talk about government entities and laws related to vampires. Even with all the descriptions, it STILL makes no sense that vampires are physically more imposing than humans and yet become slaves so easily.

Setting aside all the problems I had with the basic premise, I found the characters to be roughly sketched and very generic. The heroine was very weak and had incredibly good reasons to hate vampires, but falls in love/lust with one quite quickly given that she had had nightmares about that same vampire her entire life!

Riker, the hero, also had good reasons to detest humans and yet also breaks 20 years of celibacy because he just couldn't resist this particular human. Why? There was absolutely NOTHING special about her and, in fact, she was a person who had spent her whole life researching vampires and treating them like test subjects. If anything, he should have hated her MORE than the average human out there.

I've read some Ione books that left me disappointed, but I still liked them and thought they were better than most PNRs out there. This one was not a well written book. The world building was boring and didn't make much sense. (It was like Ione was so invested in creating a vampire world that was "different" that she forgot to focus on making it interesting or at all plausible.)


In addition, the breaking point for me was the introduction of a 20 year old character that had been abused his entire life - since the day he was born. The descriptions of the boy and how he'd been treated (and how he was emotionally scarred by the abuse) are very disturbing and made the book kind of hard to read. I know it's a PNR and that PNR's can get really dark, really fast, but they are still meant to be escapist fare. This book was a bit more realistic (especially with the use of vampirism as a metaphor for slavery), so it was lot harder to digest things like rape and child abuse.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A very different take on vampires 24 septembre 2013
Par C Thilmany - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Nicole Martin's family is involved in the business of vampires; particularly experimenting, brainwashing and making servants out of them. This is great (and safer) for the humans and has made her family rich, but isn't especially appreciated by vampires. Most of her family is wiped out during an uprising when she was 8 and the company is led by her half brother until she's old enough to take over. But does she want to?

Riker, a member of the renegade vampire Moonbound Clan kidnaps Nicole in the hopes of using her as collateral for the release of a female vampire recently captured. A war will break out between renegade clans if this gifted vampire isn't released. Nicole is vastly surprised by what she learns both about her company as well as about vampires. She and Riker are shocked to discover how drawn they are to the other.

The author does a great job of creating the culture and characters while telling a story that grabbed me right away. And I was along for the emotions and tensions felt by the heroine; an intelligent, tough, but compassionate woman. The story moves along at a good clip, and partway through it I had to call a friend and tell her about this book. She didn't appreciate it quite as much as I did, finding it unrealistic for humans to get the upper hand over vampires.

This is the first book in a new series that gives us a very unique culture when it comes to vampires. I haven't seen anything else like it. It appears that each book has a couple du jour and this one sets up the situation for the next book in the series.

Read as an ARC via Edelweiss/Above the Treeline.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Wildly Imaginative Vampire Folklore, but it's missing the essential spark 19 juillet 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
To be quite honest, this is my 2nd attempt at reviewing this book. The first time that I tried to read it, I just couldn't get into it, so therefore I just gave up on it, and called it a day.

After taking the time to read it again, I have to say that although it wasn’t totally captivating, that this was a fairly good read.

Not only was the world-building nothing like I’ve ever immersed myself in before, but the mythology supporting this story was creative if not peculiar.

So, in order to just get down to it, here are my main kudos/issues with this book:

Kudos: Creative back story, Sexual Angst, H/h with a rocky history, and moments of captivating brilliance in the storyline.

(Nagging) Issues: A fair amount of lag, a storyline that didn’t always flow well, characters that were slightly irritating, predictability concerning the peak moment of the story, and last but not least, the reviled cliff hanger that keeps you hanging.

Other than that, this book was decent.

Giving this one: 3 solid stars.

***ARC supplied by the publisher & Netgalley in exchange for an honest review****
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