Bound by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires Series #1)

Bound by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires Series #1)

by Larissa Ione

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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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476700199
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Series: Moonbound Clan Vampires Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 52,455
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Larissa Ione is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Demonica and  connected Lords of Deliverance series, as well as the MoonBound Clan Vampire series and other contemporary novels. An Air Force veteran, she traded in her career in meteorology to pursue her passion for writing. She lives in Wisconsin with her US Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, Hexe. Visit her at

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Bound by Night


    Hunter, MoonBound clan’s leader, leaned back in his chair and gave Riker an expectant look. “Go fuck yourself . . .?” He made a come on gesture with his fingers. “Finish the sentence.”

    Riker rolled his eyes. “Go fuck yourself . . . sir.”

    Nodding his dark head in satisfaction, Hunter kicked his boots up onto the scarred oak conference table. “Better.” He laced his fingers together over his abs, his deeply tanned skin making his white T-shirt seem even brighter. “Now, as I was saying before being told to do something anatomically impossible, if we can storm the Martin residence with enough of our warriors, we can take hostages. The humans will be forced to give Neriya back to us.”

    Another warrior seated at the table, Baddon, flipped a pen toward the ceiling. “Why don’t we get ShadowSpawn to pony up some muscle to help?” Without looking, he snatched the pen out of the air. “It’s their female we’re trying to rescue.”

    “I already tried,” Hunter said grimly. “They insist that because Neriya was taken by the humans while in our care, we’re responsible for getting her back, or they’ll declare war on the eve of the new moon.”

    Katina, the clan’s only senior-level female warrior, hissed. “That goes against every vampire custom and protocol there is. No one declares war so close to moon fever.” She braced her elbows on the table and leaned forward, as if ready to launch herself at anyone who dared argue with her. She’d certainly done it before. That table had seen a number of brawls over the years. A few dents even belonged to Riker. “You know they wouldn’t do it on the eve of the full moon, when the males need to feed.”

    “No clan would risk that,” Baddon said. “But females mean little to ShadowSpawn except as breeders. They don’t give a shit if the females miss a new-moon feeding.”

    “Fuck ’em,” Katina spat. “Let them come. Our warriors are well trained and powerful. We’ll give them the fight of their lives.”

    As much as Riker wanted to agree with her, the odds were in the enemy clan’s favor. Not only did they outnumber MoonBound clan three to one, but ShadowSpawn had no code of ethics and made no distinction among males, females, and children when it came to killing in battle or otherwise. As ruthless and cold as Riker could be, even he had boundaries, and murdering noncombatant women and children was a hard line in the sand.

    “Wendigo legend is based on ShadowSpawn,” Hunter reminded them. “They’re killers, cannibals who have destroyed clans up and down the West Coast. Neriya was lost while she was a guest in our home. Make no mistake; if we don’t return her to ShadowSpawn, we’ll feel their wrath. They’re desperate to get her back.”

    Understandable. Vampire mortality rates during childbirth were dangerously high, and Neriya’s rare ability to deliver babies safely made her precious among their people. Her gift was the reason she’d been with MoonBound in the first place. ShadowSpawn had allowed MoonBound to borrow her for a birth in exchange for weapons and a case of prepackaged human blood that Baddon had stolen from a delivery truck.

    “I’m not afraid of them.” Katina shifted, her leather jacket squeaking against the back of the chair. “Riker has prepared us for this. We can win, even if we have to scatter into the forest and fight like guerrillas until the end of time.”

    “Perhaps.” Hunter’s gaze went to the far wall of the conference room, where a painting depicting a bloody battle between two vampire clans hung next to other vampire and Native American artwork. “But our females and children will be dead. What will we have won?”

    Riker had lost a female and a child, so he knew the answer to that.

    And he wished like hell he didn’t.

    Hunter signaled to one of the clan’s maidens, who brought over a tray laden with a leather flask, glasses, and a ceremonial pipe. Hunter waited until she left the room before saying, “Now, let’s do the peace thing.”

    Peace? Riker was nowhere near ready to toast to a “good hunt” and smoke to “plentiful blood.” Their clan was in danger from a rival vampire clan whose members were savage animals, and until the threat was over, Riker wasn’t going to back off or play nice. Not even with the male who had led MoonBound clan for nearly two hundred years.

    “Didn’t you hear a word I said?” Riker whipped a dagger from his weapons harness and sank the blade into the table, where it vibrated as violently as the temper pulsing through his veins. “I don’t give a shit if you’re Supreme King Alpha Commander of the Known Universe. You’re going to listen to me.”

    One ebony eyebrow climbed up Hunter’s forehead, and the other three warriors stopped moving and breathing. All except Baddon, anyway. He traced one of the skull tats on his forearm and let out a soft holy shit whistle.

    “Someone’s feeling his oats today.” Hunter folded his arms across his broad chest and studied Riker with deceptively calm, half-lidded eyes that were as black as his hair. “Why don’t you make me listen? And then tell me why I shouldn’t fire you as my second before I toss you into the pit for a month.”

    Summoning his military sniper training, Riker inhaled a slow, measured breath in order to steal a few precious seconds to set up his next shot. He’d stepped over the line by disrespecting Hunter in front of the senior warriors, and Riker would take his punishment like a good little vampire later. Right now, he had to knock some sense into his thick-headed clan leader.

    “You’re a great chief, Hunter,” Riker said calmly. “But urban battle and covert ops are my specialty, and I’m telling you that in this case, a stealthy surgical strike is going to be more effective than numbers and brute force. If my plan for rescuing Neriya doesn’t work, you can rally the clan for a larger assault, but you’ve got to let me do this my way. You’ve trusted me in charge of our warriors for more than thirty years, so trust me enough to handle this now. I can get her away from the humans who captured her. We’ll return her to ShadowSpawn before they have a chance to come after us.” Riker popped his dagger from the wood and sheathed it. “And you don’t want to fire me because you’ll be stuck dealing with Myne on your own. Which is also why you shouldn’t drop me into the pit.”

    Hunter appeared to consider what he’d said. Although Riker was only half kidding about why Hunter shouldn’t fire him or drop-kick him into the pit used for nonlethal punishments, there was some truth to what he’d said. Myne and Hunter, the only two pureblood male vampires besides Baddon in the clan, got along like two tomcats in a bag, and neither would admit that he needed the other.

    “Where is the bastard, anyway?” Hunter asked, and Riker shrugged. Myne wasn’t one to share his plans.

    “Patrolling, probably. Not my day to watch him.”

    Jaggar, a male who had worked with the CIA before being turned into a vampire fifty years ago, cleared his throat. “Riker’s right about stealth. I’d feel better if we had a whole team going in to rescue Neriya, but until we have more intel on her situation, it might be wise to let Riker go in the way he wants to.”

    “Especially with the increase in hunters and poachers lurking in the forest lately.” Katina growled, her pearly fangs flashing in stark contrast with her brown skin. “A large group of vampires heading toward Seattle’s billionaire district is a lot more likely to attract their attention than one or two of us.”

    Except for the sound of the cuckoo clock ticking on the wall behind Katina, there was silence as Hunter looked each of them in the eye. Finally, like a great cat rising from its jungle resting place, he dropped his feet onto the wood floor and unfurled to his full, impressive six-foot-seven height. Those who had been born vampires instead of turned into them were generally taller than most humans and turned vampires. They also got to keep their natural eye color, unlike turned vampires, whose eyes always became some shade of silver as their fangs grew in.

    “I’ll give Riker a shot at doing it his way.” He jerked his head toward the door. “Out. Everyone but Riker. Fill in the other senior staff. We’ll let the rest of the warriors know what’s happening when we need to.”

    “What about general clan members?” Baddon asked. “Everyone is on edge.”

    “I’ll speak at dinner. Assure everyone there’s nothing to worry about for now.” Hunter nodded at the door again. “Go.”

    Jaggar, Baddon, and Katina filed out, each shooting Riker a sympathetic glance as they went. Once the door closed, Riker got to his feet and moved away from the table, waiting for the dressing-down.

    It came in the form of a right hook to the face.

    Riker hit the wall hard enough to make the picture frames rattle.

    “Don’t disrespect me in front of the others again.” Hunter glanced down at his knuckles. “Also? You have a hard face to match your hard head.” No one went from pissed to playful in a split second the way Hunter did.

    Tasting blood, Riker tested his jaw. Nothing broken or loose, but he’d feel it for a while. “You didn’t learn that the first ten times you decked me?”

    The truth was that Hunter had held back. Riker had never felt the full brunt of his chief’s anger, but he’d seen it. If Hunter had wanted to, he could have shattered every bone in Riker’s skull with a single blow.

    Hunter gave a lazy shrug. “I’m a slow learner.”

    That was a load of crap. The ancient vampire came across as a laid-back, couldn’t-give-a-shit slacker who liked video games, Sports Illustrated, and muscle cars, but he was a lot smarter than anyone who didn’t know him gave him credit for. His calculating mind was blade-sharp, his smiles frequent, and his nature affable and calm, outwardly, at least. He’d never ruled with an iron fist—and he didn’t need to. Respect for his leadership kept the clan running smoothly.

    “You won’t regret this,” Riker assured him. “I can do it.”

    Doubt all but billowed from Hunter’s pores as he lifted the ceremonial pipe from the tray. “If this were any other mission, I wouldn’t be concerned. You know that.”

    “I know,” Riker admitted. “But you know I’m right about this. I’m familiar with the Martin house. I’ve memorized the grounds. I’ve studied every detail of their security, both inside and outside the house.”


    “Okay, stalked. But my point is—”

    “I know what your point is. And I know how much your hatred for the Martins has eaten at you. Hatred makes you sloppy. Makes you focus so completely on revenge that you’re blind to the dangers around you. Makes you—”

    “Makes me determined to succeed.”

    Hunter put his back to the wall and propped one foot behind him, his pose casual, his expression as serious as Riker had ever seen it. “Your mate was a slave in the Martin household. How can you be sure you can do what needs to be done without that history coloring your actions? A pissed-off bear will run straight for the hunter with a gun.”

    “Because this is my home.” Riker met his leader’s gaze head-on. “This is my family. And if I screw up, I lose everything.” He glanced over at the depiction of MoonBound’s battle with the now-extinct CloudStrike clan. “We all lose everything.”

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    Bound By Night 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This new series is tantalizing, fresh and hypnotic. This is a great new series that rates up there with the BDB series from JRWard. I am hooked and can't wait for the next chapter (can't wait for Myne's book)
    Sailon More than 1 year ago
    Bound by Night is the first book in a brand new series by Larissa Ione. It takes an interesting and very unconventional twist to the vampire/human story. Nicole Martin watched her family brutally murdered in a slave rebellion in her home. Now 20 years later she is given the reins to a company that thrives on the exploitation of vampires. Unhappy with many divisions of the company, Nicole sets in motion plans to dismantle controversial departments of her families business holdings. Many on the board are unhappy by this turn of events. Nicole finds herself framed for ordering 20 vampires to be “inhumanly” destroyed(murdered). Riker is a vampire and a member of the “wild” MoonBound Clan. Watching his mate die as a slave in the Martin family home has fueled his hatred for humans for years. When a situation with a rival vampire clan causes Riker to infiltrate the Martin home, he finds himself in a bit of a obtain his goal he must kidnap Nicole...when he'd rather just kill her. Now enemies are face to face and soon discover that they aren't much different. They are both fighting for their lives and their very survival lay in each other's hands. This is a great start to a new series.  Ione did what she does best...created totally new parallel environments with her dark and gritty world building...made great snarky and witty characters...fabulous secondary characters that you can't wait to uncover their stories... I am looking forward to reading more in what is sure to be a sexy and exciting new series. I received this ARC copy of Bound by Night from Pocket Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication September 24, 2013. Written by: Larissa Ione Series: The Moonbound Clan Vampires Sequence in Series: 1 Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Pocket Books Publication Date: September 24, 2013 ISBN-10: 1476700176 ISBN-13: 978-1476700175 Rating: 4 Genre: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance Age Recommendation: Adult
    Luv2readNYC More than 1 year ago
    It was an OK read for me as well.   It took about 35 pages before I could feel commited to continue, I almost gave up. I do love Ione's books, but this was very predictable for a new series.  You can read other reviews for the storyline. It does have interesting concepts, but overall the plotline (different but predictable) and characters (stereotypical) fell flat.  How many times did we have to  hear the internal dialogue of each character whining about their feelings and miscommunications?  I felt like I was in a bad romance novel. OK, we get it already....With Ione's extertise, you'd think she'd be able to come up with other conflicts for the characters to mull over.  It also seems like Hunter will be the next book, and then perhaps Myne.  Hunter wasn't interesting on any level, and Myne was only slightly more interesting.  This is not a good start for a new series I can wait to read.  This is not a series on my can't wait  until  the next one list.   
    ledoux99 More than 1 year ago
    I couldn't put it down. Just as amazing as BDB. Can't wait for the next installment.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Love Larissa's books and this one is a fantastic start to a new series. Excellent book that you won't want to put down. Can't wait for the next book in this series.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Great twist on vampires. Excited for more stories!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Will try another one of the books. It's a good and enjoyable read though, I admit, the vampire backgrounds and so forth are not the "normal". Kept me interested!
    paranormal-fanAR More than 1 year ago
    I read a lot of vampire novels. Sometimes I get tired of the same old thing - a lot are the same type. This book was refreshingly different. Vampires enslaved by humans. Just different. Enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend. Thanks
    Bonjen More than 1 year ago
    This was about a person that believed one thing growing up because her father told her that and she lost her family when she was about eight years old. When Nicole Martin was Twenty-eight years old she works for the company that her father made try to make it so vampires better salves. When her family was killed so was one of the vampire salves that was with child. So the vampire that was the father of the child tried to get her and the child out of salverly but she died and Riker thought his child was too. Now would be the time to Buy the book and it would be worth it just to find out about the people in it. I will be getting more from this author. Thank you for writing books for us to read.
    Gina04 More than 1 year ago
    I am loving the new take that Larrissa has done with my vamps. It can be sad sometimes when you find a vamp book to read and it dont grab ya. But Larissa once again has shown me why she is the master at what she does.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Glad I was wrong!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Not her best work. There are some areas that feel a bit half done, like it lacks details for the first book in the series. Still one of my favorite authors.
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is a great book•It keeps you wanting more•I am looking forward to the next book in the series•
    bookaholicGE More than 1 year ago
    To say that I am surprised that this is a great book is a complete and total lie! I have read every book in Larissa Iones Dominica series and have been patiently waiting for her next book to come out in December. I have received this book as an ARC from Netgally for my honest review. At 8 yrs old Nicole Martins life came crumbling down when her family is massacred during a rebellion her families vampire slaves. Barely making it out alive she has used the experience to help her focus on creating a vaccine against vampirism. Riker, a member of the wild vampire Moon Clan, has hated the Martin family for years because the Martins kept his wife as slave. When Riker tried to help her escape his wife and unborn child were killed. When the Moon clan finds out the Martin family has something they need or all hell will break loose; Riker will stop at nothing to get back what his clan needs. When you throw two wounded souls into situations were it boils down to help each other or die if you work alone Riker and Nicole know that it is a no brainer what the decision will be. Together Riker and Nicole do the unthinkable, but can they ignore the pull of the full moon, the pain of the past and the uncertainty of the future. The book is sexy, heartbreaking, and undeniably a great start to a new series. Great job Larissa Ione!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I just loved this book. There was so much suspense in every chapter. All the characters were great and the story was a real page-turner. I couldn't put it down. It was easy to read and I was sad when it was over. Starting the next one right now!
    krykaimat More than 1 year ago
    Great New Series! This is the first book a new series by Larissa Ione and I loved it! It has a great twist on the Vampire lore and what would REALLY happen if humans found out Vampires were real. It follows a woman whose family made billions on turning vampires into the perfect "servants". She paints a fairly realistic picture of how humanity as a whole has acted in the past and will in the future. Ms. Ione has done a good job with building a world with characters we are going to want to see more of.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Otiginal idea and excelent writing.are definatrly the high point og this The relationship between the two main characters ?.
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    Write more wat it is about pl?
    reececo331 More than 1 year ago
    Bound by Night  By Larissa Ione Bound by Night is a new twist on the urban legend of Vampires. It is a dark look into the human psyche, looking into the dark reaches of man mind and how they treat those different from themselves.  Vampires live among us, born as legend says from Native American tribes over 400 years before this book takes place.  The legend states that two warring chiefs killed each other and Crow and Raven fought over their dying bodies, creating the first vampires. But this is not the thrust of the story, humanities reaction to the growth and divergence of vampires has changed many things. First it was a threat, and then it was a desired ability or resource. Then the Martin family found it to be a trade, to trade in vampire slaves.  People that were captured and acquired that were vampires were considered a different breed. They could be defanged and used as slave labor, either as manual labor, for the home or business or for the sex trade. This monopoly gave the Martin family power. Power that corrupted like it always does.  Nichole is the surviving daughter of the Martin family. She had watcher her family die in a slave uprising that nearly claimed her life.  She survived because of the scientific development of a serum against vampirism.  But her body rejected the serum in strange ways. At her majority when she was beginning to find her way into the family business, things began to crumble. She was blamed for the deaths of vampires at one of her facilities, she was kidnapped. Both incidences brought her to the realization that she did not know what she was getting into. This is a great start to a series that may rewrite the whole idea, and mythos of the vampire genre. Bound by Night is a great story that will change how people look at vampire stories, and what our world is like. 
    matiah More than 1 year ago
    A new series by Demonica author, Larissa Ione, is a great read that is more than just your usual flat romance/erotica novel.  I am a huge fan of her Demonica series, so when I seen she had a new novel out I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!   I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review.  Well, I can say I wasn't disappointed in the least and I can't wait to get the next novel in this series. This is the first novel in the MoonBound Clan Vampires Series.  Yes I said vampires.  Now, don't groan.  I know some of you are thinking oh yeah, just what I was waiting for yet another vampire novel.  Now I will agree, this particular genre has been a bit overdone especially since the Twilight/True Blood phenom.  But Ione has added an original twist to her vampire lore.  Ione has intertwined vampire lore and the Native American heritage in a way that is unique and very engaging.   In Bound by Night, there are no sparkly vampires or vampire night clubs.  Instead vampires are hunted and enslaved; seen as nothing more than animals fit only to serve humans.  Vampires are the new slave trade, and Nicole Martin's family has made a fortune selling and exploiting vampires.  That is until a slave rebellion changed Nicole's life forever.   Riker is a turned vampire.  Ex-military and commanding member of the MoonBound Clan, he hates humans.  His mate was taken and turned into a slave by the Martin family and he blames them for her death.  So when the opportunity arises to kidnap one of the last surviving Martins, who happens to be head of a vampire research company, he jumps at the chance.    The novel's characters are strong and engaging.  Each one has allowed their own prejudices to be the driving force behind their own lives.  But events force them to face their own preconceived notions throughout the course of the story.  One thing I enjoyed about this novel is that is Ione used paranormal romance to highlight greater societal issues.  The characters in this book are reluctant to believe the other isn't a horrible monster.  They are happy living in their own bubble of hatred and it isn't until they are forced to burst that bubble, to ensure their own survival, that they truly begin to challenge their own views.      The writing was well done.  The story moved at a pleasant pace, I never felt things were bogged down or moved too quickly.  The lemony scenes are tastefully done.  There is no slurping or squishy noises, honestly why do writers put those things in books?  This isn't a smut for the sake of smut kind of book, which have their place don't get me wrong.  The sex between the characters is important and serves as a turning point. I will go ahead and tell you, there is no cliffhanger but events are set in motion for the next book.  The next book is due out soon so you won't have long to wait for the next installment.  So happy reading!
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