Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Book review: Chained by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire #2) by Larissa Ione @LarissaIone @Pocket_Books

Chained by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire #2) by Larissa Ione 

Paranormal romance
Paperback/eBook, 416 pages
Expected publication: September 30th 2014 by Pocket Books

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Larissa Ione sets the night on fire with a thrilling new novel of irresistible hungers and immortal enemies in a world as sensual and dark as her Demonica 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.

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?

First in series: Bound By Night review

In Bound By Night, Larissa Ione's introduction to the MoonBound Clan Vampire series, I immediately took notice of this engaging story with its' own unique world and conflicts and intriguing characters. Chained By Night has made me a fan of both the author and her series.

Where do I begin? As a fan of vampire stories (yes, even after all these years), I'm always on the look-out for new books. The second book in Ione's gritty series showcased Hunter's predicament. As the leader of the MoonBound Clan, his job is to keep his vampires safe. The world has turned ugly with humans becoming hunters and slaughtering the vamps for sport or reward. To keep peace among the clans, Hunter has agreed to marry the daughter of a rival clan leader. He doesn't like her and neither do the readers. Rasha is a walking spoiled princess and unaccustomed to the better ways of living Hunter has created for his people. Her twin sister, Aylin, is her opposite and we already know there's a chemistry between her and Hunter from book one. When Rasha's bridal party is attacked by hunters on their way to Hunter's secret compound, the leader joins the fray to rescue his bride. Except his fiancee turns out to be Aylin as he realizes the real woman he's interested in is off limits to him.

The author really expounded upon her worldbuilding here with lots of information on the creation of the vampires and a certain demon's key role. Before Hunter can marry he must endure certain trials and the one who accompanies him may surprise readers. Gritty, dark, dangerous and still steamy in parts, Chained By Night dares to expose every little detail about this strange new world. Hunter's trials are exciting, violent and page turning. He's a pure Alpha male who doesn't mind taking a break to play a Wii game. How quickly he jumped onto my Top Ten favorite PNR males.

Aylin is also a terrific character. Accustomed to being the unwanted one due to a birth defect with her leg, she should be the typical broken female, but she isn't. Kind, compassionate, and strong in unusual areas, she's not ashamed to use her intelligence in a coven of bullies and sexist pigs. When she enters Hunter's world, she's shown respect and care and is made to feel accepted. I thoroughly enjoyed her scenes with Hunter and thought they made a fantastic couple. 

The MoonBound Clan Vampire series has quietly and quickly made room for itself on my shelf of beloved paranormal romance books, right beside others by Ward, Adrian, Moning, Rice, Kenyon, Frost, Sands and Cole. I know I should have picked up this author's Demonica and Lords of Deliverance series. At least I found this one on time. Tumultuous, sexy and riveting, Chained By Night had my fingertips tethered to the sides of my paperback and is sure to satisfy any fans of paranormal romance. I can't wait to see what the third book is about.

Rating: 4

Cover comment:
I like the symbolism of the cover photo with Aylin chained and Hunter kneeling in front of her to free her, but the image does make me think of certain other books featuring chains (not that I'm saying this is bad or anything). I wish I could tell if the model acting as Hunter has long hair or not. 

Book source:
I received a promotional copy from the publisher in return for my honest review. Thank you Simon & Schuster.

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