If a book makes my brain happy and my lady-pants horny, then that book is unicorn that poops diamonds and world peace.
Soooooooo yeah, we're talking vampire romance novels, but unlike SOME bitey-bite fluff-puffs I could mention (#NoJudgement) THIS ONE ACTUALLY DOES THE GOOD! Because I'm a stupid dipshit, I didn't think it would, and I was bad-wrong. Dude, this is Larissa Ione; author goddess second only to Sherrilyn Kenyon.
While I did initially side-eye Bound By Night upon first reading its setup, that didn't last long. Since I am professionally deranged, the porn-plot-sounding premise gave me a kinky, kinky thrill.
The book plays the “Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach” shtick when Mr. Hero Vamp snatches Miss Heroine Human and brings her back to his lair. But unlike Peach, Nicole kicks ass! She's a smart, kinda-traumatized scientist who is, whoops, family member to the CEO of Bad Guys Incorporated, so girl can handle herself.
Our pointy-teeth sex god, Riker, is on a mission to save his vampire clan and to do it, he needs the chick who kind of enslaved his dead wifey. Now, if after all that setup you're still a no-go in the Interested Department, then FOR SHAME YE HEATHEN...
...because dat world building was everything.
Bound by Night is a universe where vampires aren't a secret, and they're crapped on by humanity. Throw in the scientific slant most of the book takes at vampirism, which lets Nicole be smart and cool and the chick I wish I could marry, and DAMN we get a solid-ass story!
Then there's all those cool secondary peeps!
The characters populating our clan are HELLA witty and interesting, like Mr. Sarcastic Myne and his titanium vamp teeth. There’s Hunter, a video-game-lovin' clan leader; Grant, the sweetheart scientist nerd; Lucy, the endearing, developmentally challenged candy-loving teen vampire; Aylin, the physically handicapped vamp with a heart of gold and oh my god just so many good characters!
All of those precious babies won my heart, but our heroine Nicole definitely got first prize, because dude!
“Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying. In fact, let’s try sex again. Maybe my magic vagina will cure you of all the traumatic acts my family has inflicted on you.” - Nicole.
I CAN'T BREATHE FROM THE FUNNIES! So, yeah, our female lead was hilarious and intelligent and, like, human...As in human-human, as in a person with layers and nuance and flaws.
She was kind of screwed up, but endearingly so. She was damaged but strong; she stands up and knows when to shut up and I JUST LOVE HER HARD!
But more on my heart-boner for Nicole later, because next up? Dat hero!
Aside from this book being SEXY AS SMUT, but the good kind of smut, with emotional and intellectual engagement…Aside from the fact that the romance elegantly and viscerally rips out your feelz, there's Riker.
Riker, man. RIKER!
This dude comes equipped with a tragic past, but he wasn’t a big moping emo-face about it. He’s sad, yeah, and definitely not over his man-pain. BUT! Our boy doesn’t spend his time sipping a glass of B positive, staring out the nearest rain-soaked window.
He’s a military dude through and through, and gets shit DONE despite the big manfeelz he’s toting. He legit makes this book a giant ride of emotional fun.
Plotting wise, our story is one part action-stuff and two parts emotion-feelz.
Internal conflict is busting all over the place. Nicole and Riker are hella tied up in each other’s past dealing with new wounds and old.
External conflict gets a nice workout, too, because we’ve got some battle scenes, some Black Ops missions, and even some science-y bits thrown into the cake pan.
If you like kinetic and dynamic character-driven stories where everybody is interacting out the ass with everybody else, then this is definitely your jelly jam. It’s a fun, creatively well written story. It's damn near perfectly paced with not one dry spot, and whoops my brain just made that last bit dirty.
But in my defense? This book has some HELLA intense hot sexy-times so blame it and not me.
I mean, guys. No guys really, like, for real. VAMPIRE TEETH DID NAUGHTY NAUGHTY THINGS ON THE LADY FUN-PLACE!
And I, for one, unabashed kinky bitch that I am, THOROUGHLY approve!
Point being this book’s so good, I lack much criticism to spew at it. Okay, so yeah, there might be a few unnecessary or rush plot points here there and yonder, but overall the book's like two degrees from perfection.
Any story where our heroine plays The Hero makes me happy, so CUE MY HAPPINESS.
I mean, Nicole legit busts in to save Riker’s distressed damsal-ass from the super-duper bad vampies! PLUS when it's her turn to get kidnapped, she's the one responsible for instigating her own rescue mission! I LOVE THAT SO HARD I MUST SCREAM MY LOVE!
Yes, I might have thought our OTP were pretty quick to start doing the Opening Up dance after just 100 pages, but hey...considering what all went down before that, there ain’t no shade in my game.
Bound By Night is exactly how you write a good vampire romance with action and suspense and sexy playtime and beautiful romance and heartbreak and all the good stuff. Now, please, shut me up, AND GO READ THIS BOOK!
I don’t even have a spoiler section for you this time around, so, really...shut me up, and go read this book.
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**spoiler alert** The female character MaryAnne has traveled to South America on the assumption her role was to help one of the Carpathian women. She'**spoiler alert** The female character MaryAnne has traveled to South America on the assumption her role was to help one of the Carpathian women. She's human, yet knows of the Carpathian world. She has been bonded to Manolito- a Carpathian she only briefly met a few months back. Finding him in the forest, where he had been laid to rest by his brothers after supposedly being poisoned, both he and MaryAnne are somehow trapped within the forest and are partially in a nether world, of sorts. Finding the "main house," Manolito is still somehow trapped between the spirit world and the real world. Eventually he breaks free of his trapped state, only to discover soon after that MaryAnne, is lifemate, is part wolf- a society that is practically extinct and far stronger than his society. Yet the two at the end of the novel mate for life and MaryAnne turns Carpathian.
As I said before there seemed to be little to no plot with this novel. There lacked a substance to the book, and is by my mind a "cotton candy" type of novel. The only true enjoyment laid in the fact that the character play between the two main characters was intense. Still, not one of my favorites at all.
Overall, not impressive. While the book did have it's share of enjoyable moments, it carried over its boring, dull moments, too. I enjoyed the charactOverall, not impressive. While the book did have it's share of enjoyable moments, it carried over its boring, dull moments, too. I enjoyed the character interaction of Toni and Ian, the occasional historical references, and early scenes of the book. However, I found Sparks to be far too chaotic with her subplots. There were subplots in subplots, none of which tied together or given adequate attention. Toni's best friend, Sabrina, being attacked by evil vamp. Sabrina being committed. Toni working for the "good vampires." Their neighbor being a secrete Were-animal. Toni being attacked by evil vamps. Ian looking for his true, vampire love...the list is truly endless. While I do understand a book must have subplots, my irritation comes from when the mini-plots don't tie together seamlessly.
Summed up in two words, quite simply, this book? Easily forgettable. ...more