Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SUNNY - ARC REVIEW: "Chained by Night' by Larissa Ione

Chained by Night
by Larissa Ione
Book 2 in the MoonBound Vampire Clan series

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.a

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?
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I am thrilled to say that I loved this book!  This is exactly what I’m looking for in a PNR.

1) This story features an honor-bound hero willing to sacrifice for his happiness for the security of his clan 2) a woman who, due to a physical disability, has been underestimated and abused most of her life.  She blossoms under these circumstances. 3) There is serious tension between the clans and with humans whose prejudices are being riled.

Hunter has made a bargain to wed a rival clan’s princess.  She has a reputation for being a bitch, and she is.  Accompanying her to the nuptials is her twin sister, Aylin.  Aylin is born with a deformed leg and has been abused and treated worse than a second-class citizen within her clan. Because of this, she has had to learn to hone her other capabilities and she is a survivor.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, Aylin ends up on a Quest with Hunter, where Aylin shows her fortitude, intelligence, courage and loyalty. Hunter is drawn to her light:

But Aylin had gotten under his skin, and for all his experience fighting enemies, he had no defense against a female whose strength humbled him, whose voice soothed him, and whose touch drove him wild.

I love an underdog story and watching Aylin’s overcome her past and shine is pure pleasure.  Seeing how she stands up and wins the hero makes me feels like all is right in the world.  Unfortunately, this all takes place in a world where the vampires are up against an increasingly prejudiced and paranoid human population.  They are outnumbered and outgunned.  A confrontation is looming in the horizon.

There are great secondary characters.  The bad guys are really bad and the good guys are complicated: Rasha, Samult, Myne, and Baddon.  These folks have many layers and I’m looking forward to future books to see how the author takes us down to the core.

Because this is a Larissa Ione book, you know that there is going to be great sexual tension and intense interaction between the hero and heroine.  However, this story is also a prime example of a great balance of romance and dramatic adventure.  The relationship plays well into the suspense enhancing, not distracting from, the storyline. 

I loved this story.  I recommend this story.  I look forward to re-reading this story (something I rarely do). 


Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

See where it started with Book I of the MoonBound Clan Vampire Series
Bound by Night

Thank you to the author and publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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