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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

{Happy Release Day} CHAINED BY NIGHT by Larissa Ione -- with reviews!

Today is a two-fer! 

Books 1 and 2 of

 Larissa Ione's Moonbound Clan Vampire series, BOUND BY NIGHT 



Book Title: Bound by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampire #1)
Author: Larissa Ione
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publishing Date: July 2013
Length: 400 pages
Source: Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review

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

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is one of those reviews where I have so much to gush about that I do not know where to start. And I don't want to gush too much and give ANYTHING away because I really hate when other reviewers do that. This book was AWESOME. Why was it so awesome? Where do I begin...

Larissa Ione, who I have not read before, builds her world so well that you can practically smell the scents, taste the desire for vengeance, and feel the emotions as they run the gamut. It is masterful. I read a TON of paranormal romances and many of those are about vampires. But none I have read were like this. Not only do you have this world that is seamlessly built from story-telling with a background that was shown and not told, but you are fully immersed immediately in the emotions of the main characters. You feel your sympathy rising as the story unfolds and you're silently cheering on your characters as you read. So yeah: the characters were well written, the world was built well, and I sank deep into this story and my reader zone and was happily there for a few hours.

I really loved the hints of vampire origin and where Larissa is taking us. It's different and new and well-defined, which I think is hard for any author to come to a genre that so many favor and bring something fresh to the plate. I loved it. I loved Riker & Nicole and their interactions. I loved watching them fight their prejudices and attraction to one another. I loved watching them fall for one another. I loved how it developed. I just plain loved and enjoyed the hell out of this book! 

Book Title: Chained by Night
Author: Larissa Ione
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publishing Date: Sept 30, 2014
Length: 400 pages
Source: Publisher for honest review

Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction—or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation.To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader’s daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.

But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress’s identical twin sister?

 Disclosure: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

I think I may have given too many stars to book one of this series (I gave it 5 out of 5) because this one blew the first one out of the water. Not only do we get a continuation of the story, but we also get a more indepth view to the origin of the vampires and a romance story that packs a bigger punch. In case you're confused, please be assured that book one was NOT a cliffhanger. It's just that book 2 picks up nicely from a thread of book one with different characters.

Hunter has agreed to marry the rival clan leader's daughter. In his quest to protect her when she travels to his clan, he mistakenly grabs her twin sister, thinking it is his betrothed, and begins to fall for her as they hide and wait for a good time to return to his home. Determined to break the curse that plagues him, Hunter must negotiate three deadly tests with his chosen one at his side. While he has this worry on his mind, he also has politics, humans, and an annoying betrothed to deal with and the twin sister he's fallen for to win over.

The characters are better, the world building is better, this book just kinda grabs you by the ears and yanks you face first into its pages as you read. I really loved and enjoyed BOUND BY NIGHT, book one in this series and thought it would be impossible to top it, however I was proven wrong! Hunter and Aylin are perfect, absolutely perfect together. I loved getting more in depth to the mythos that Larissa Ione is building and cannot WAIT to read more in this series. 

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