Series: MoonBound Clan Vampires #1
Also in this series: Chained by Night
Also by this author: Chained by Night
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2013-09-24
The first installment in a sexy new paranormal romance series by Larissa Ione, author of the bestselling Demonica series!Nicole Martin was only eight years old when she narrowly survived a massacre: her family’s vampire slaves rebelled and killed everyone in her household. Twenty years later, Nicole now dedicates herself to finding a vaccine against vampirism…and eradicating the gruesome memories that give her nightmares. Riker, a member of the wild vampire Moon Clan, is haunted by his own demons—his wife Lorraine had been captured and enslaved by the Martin family. It was during a botched escape attempt that she was killed, along with their unborn child. Still wracked with grief and anger, Riker is now fueled solely by the desire to rescue vampire slaves…and slaughter their owners. When Riker stumbles upon Nicole in a chance meeting, he immediately recognizes her as a member of the Martin family that once enslaved his wife—and she recognizes him as the wild vampire she saw kissing a pregnant slave in the moments before her violent death—an image that has haunted her dreams for years. When Riker kidnaps Nicole and they spend a night together in a cave on the way back to his clan, suddenly they begin to realize that they aren’t as different from one another as they may have thought—and they’re finding themselves drawn to one another…
The moment this story started I got the impression that there was going to be a lot of backstory to cover and that the romance was going to be drawn out because of the backstory. I’ll tell you that my impression was right. There had to be a lot of backstory to this one because the vamp Riker wanted nothing but revenge on Nicole. See Nicole’s family owned vamps as slaves and one of those slaves had been Riker’s mate. So I expected there to be background but I felt like the story was overtaken with way too many other things going on. Many of the pages during the first 2/3rds of the book were about Nicole’s company and what they did to vamps in order to calm them down for slavery or what medical experiments they did on them in order to help cure disease in humans. Vamps were basically disposable to humans and they used them for everything that would make their lives better. Since Nicole was at the forefront of this with her family company Riker hated her. I felt like this direction for the book went on way too long. Then it felt like a climax was reached with the company problems about 2/3rds of the way through the book. Then all of a sudden it was as if that portion of the story was over and Ione decided to switch directions to the MoonBound clan fighting another clan. Basically I had whiplash from the sudden change in direction. I do have to say that I enjoyed the last 1/3rd of the book much more though because it finally felt more like a paranormal romance instead of an investigation into some boring company. I just ultimately felt many times that I didn’t know where this book was going.
Aside from the plot turns and the craziness with all of that I also felt like the characters did a 180 at the same time that the plot did. Nicole and Riker were basically against each other for almost 300 pages and then suddenly they couldn’t stand to be without one another. I don’t know I had a hard time buying all of this and I was a little sick of the book.
Overall, the last 1/3rd of the book did get much better but should we all read a book waiting for it to get better in the last 100 pages. My first dive into Ione’s writing and sadly I’m left feeling rather unimpressed.
She lives a nomadic existence with her U.S. Coast Guard husband and son, so her writing career has been a blessing — a job that moves easily.
She writes dark paranormal romance for Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books,) and contemporary romance for Red Sage and Samhain. Under the pen name Sydney Croft, she writes erotic action adventure romance with partner Stephanie Tyler.