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Heroine: Nicole Martin – Human, Afraid of Vampires
Hero: Riker – Vampire, Looking for Vengeance
Nicole Martin, whose parents own the Daedalus Corporation – an anti-vampire company, grew up in a house full of vampire servants. She grew up not fearing them and even loved her vampire nanny. Until one night when the vampires decided to rebel, taking her family’s life and almost taking her life. Twenty years later, Nicole lives in fear of vampires. Having your throat gnawed on by a deranged vamp is sure to do that. So, when two hulking vampires break into her home and demand she release a vampire her company supposedly captured, Nicole is terrified—and indignant and defiant. She's not about to cower in fear, even if her body desperately wants her to.
Which leaves Riker, a turned vampire, with no choice but to take her hostage until she complies. Having a human in their clan's home – especially a Martin – rankles. Badly. What's even worse is the way his body reacts to Nicole. Riker, who lost everything because of her family, has more reasons than most vampires to hate her. But no matter how much he wants to hate her, he can't seem to do just that.
The beginning did start slow for me, which is odd since it was full of action. Too many fight scenes in a row can make my eyes glaze over though. Once the bam! bam! bam! of actions scenes went away, and we got to the heart of the story, I was hooked. I wouldn’t call it a Romeo/Juliette type of romance, but there is a sense of that fatal attraction. They are mortal enemies. They should hate each other. But Nicole and Riker have sizzling chemistry they can’t deny. These two make angry make out sessions downright combustible. Hot, hot, hot. Nicole may be his captive but her heart and tenacity captivate Riker. And Riker's fierce protectiveness has Nicole more than willing to let go of her preconceived notions on vamps. They might come from different sides, but they find common ground.
I will admit to some reluctance over the idea of vampires being slaves to humans—especially when these vampires have no real weakness. They can go out during daylight. Things like silver and garlic are no problem at all. Plus, they’re faster and stronger than humans. It makes me question exactly how they became the enslaved race. After a while, I simply let that niggle of doubt go and rolled with it. I suppose humans are crafty with their weapons and their military and their research. It could happen.
Bound by Night has an interesting world and an inventive take on the vampire mythos. The more that was revealed about the clans and their origins, the more interested I became. It really came alive on the page and in my mind. Plus, the ladies and gents in this book have the classic Ione character traits we all love—they’re stubborn, they’re sexy, and they kick butt. Alpha males and their equally fierce mates. You gotta love that! While this didn’t hook me quite like her other series, I’m definitely continuing on with this world.