“Both twins would be the death of you. But only one of them will choose to bring you back.”
At the end of Bound by Night, Hunter, second generation vampire and leader of the MoonBound clan struck a deal with the enemy clan leader of ShadowSpawn. The condition of the deal was that Hunter must mate with the brutal leader’s daughter, Rasha, in exchange for the release of Riker’s mate, Nichole. This promised union not only secured Nicole’s release, but will ultimately provide peace between the rival clans and a united front against the coming war with the humans. Putting the safety of his clan above alls else, Hunter not only has to mate a woman he despises, but he also has to face three deadly tests with his intended in order to break an ancient curse against their firstborn child and any future children.
After humans attack ShadowSpawn’s team on their journey to MoonBound, Hunter rescues who he believes to be his future mate. Knowing of Rasha’s unlikable character and volatile behavior, he is surprised at the instant attraction he feels while tending to her wounds as well as her lack of a sharp tongue and overall gentle nature. When Hunter offers his vein to give her strength and healing, primal desires overtake both and during the heated moment Hunter calls out Rasha’s name. She immediately pulls away and yells for him to get off her. And then to Hunters horror and surprise the female announces that she is not Rasha. She is Aylin, Rasha’s twin sister
“She was an impossible combination of wary and unguarded, as if she didn’t trust others but wanted them to trust her. Her spirit seemed desperate to burst from her with an explosion of energy, but something was holding her back. She reminded him of a bird with clipped wings or a wolf on a chain, wanting to be free but unable to make it happen.”
Back at MoonBound clan’s headquarters, Hunter summons the demon, Samnult, in effort to arrange the “warrior’s worth clause” series of tests. Samnult informs him he is free to take either twin with him and they are to meet at the portal near Lake Chelan day after tomorrow. When Hunter informs Rasha that the time is set, she refuses to accompany Hunter, planning her own agenda with regard to the curse. Regardless of having no fighting experience and a lame leg, Aylin steps forward and volunteers to go with Hunter. As the journey unfolds, both are pushed to the limit on what they are to endure physically and mentally. During the tests Hunter begins to see how much Aylin is willing to sacrifice for him and his unborn children. Their mutual attraction and desire deepens and now Hunter must face his most difficult decision. Will he follow his responsibilities to his clan or will he follow his heart.
“Screw the challenge and the danger and the demon. He had a feeling that Aylin was the true menace to his future.”
The MoonBound Vampire Clan series introduces us to a most unconventional PNR world. A world where vampires, with a connection to Native American mythology, are purchased and enslaved by humans. Those that are not captured are in rogue clans throughout the world. While Bound by Night laid the background to this uniquely dark realm and introduced many of the characters in the MoonBound clan, Chained by Night is definitely more character driven with a steadier pace. True to Larissa Ione’s history, this series is a widely driven storyline and arc that builds throughout each installment. Where Ione’s past series have offered a more sexually charged vibe throughout the entire book, this series is a slower, more sensual burn that gradually increases between the characters throughout the action of the storyline. While I did not feel a strong connection between Riker and Nichole in Bound by Night, Hunter and Aylin’s chemistry and connection is immediate and intense. Aylin is a fierce and beautiful heroine. Shunned as a second born by her family, she is a woman of great strength and compassion and sacrificed much throughout her life. Hunter is a loyal, honorable, and fearless leader; willing to surrender his own happiness for the good of his clan. Together, Hunter and Aylin are a fabulous couple to witness with an unmistakable chemistry that permeates throughout the story.
Larissa Ione never fails to deliver solid and engaging storytelling, transporting the reader into a world of action packed dark and gritty goodness. Secondary characters continue to be vital to the storyline and I am hoping that Myne’s book is next. Readers who enjoy escaping into a captivating and seductive PNR world will definitely enjoy the MoonBound Vampire Clan series.
“If anything I do makes you uncomfortable,” he said softly, “I’ll stop.”
“If you stop, I’ll kill you.”
“Noted.” He should have known she’d leap into this fearlessly. This was the female who had volunteered to travel to a dangerous demon realm and fight to the death. Sex certainly wasn’t going to scare her.