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One to Love by Tia Louise (Review)

21841965Title: One to Love (To Hold Series)
Author: Tia Louise
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Publish Date: October 9th 2014

Tattoos, bad boys, love…
Boxing, fame, fortune…
Loss.

It’s the one thing Kenny and Slayde have in common. Until the night Fate throws them together and everything changes.

Their chemistry is undeniable, their love blazing hot, but is history destined to repeat itself?

It’s a story about fighting. It’s about falling in love. It’s about losing everything only to find it again in the least likely place. And it’s about the one hit you never see coming.

A STAND-ALONE, ONE TO HOLD NOVEL. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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AUTHOR’S NOTE: ALL books in the “One to Hold” series are stand-alone romances. The suggested reading order is One to Hold, One to Protect, One to Keep, One to Love.

 

~Karen Ponders~

He I sit in my thinking tree, reviewing the newest book by Tia Louise.  Trust me the climb up into the tree was long and hard.  So glad the book One to Love was worth it. The book is the newest installment in the One to Hold series by author Louise.  In getting ready for this review Ms. Louise provided me the book One to Keep, well I have to say the series is engaging and Louise has drawn me into the lives of the people loved and protected by the Alexander-Knight LLC.

One to Love is a heart-wrenching story about love, regret, loss,  forgiveness, and learning to live again after tragedy. The One to Hold series by Tia Louise are all stand alone books, but at the same time the characters and the relationships that they have with each other interconnect them. Kenny Woods was introduced in the book One to Keep, as a tattoo artist and friend of the main character Patrick Knight. She is bright and pixyish; but she has a tragic past that has formed how she lived since she was twenty-one.   She has been living in her hometown of Bayville New Jersey and working as a personal trainer. She really has shut herself off from experiencing a full life, since tragedy took her husbands life when she was twenty one. Enter Slayde Bennett, the new maintenance man for the health club where Kenny works. They are attracted to each other but Slayde has his defenses up and Kenny has be trying to live a more open life; and Slayde just happens to be the recipient of her new life outlook. Poor guy he didn’t know what hit him.  Slayde is learning to live with regrets.

The story that unfolds is both heart warming and heartbreaking as both of these characters open themselves up to love and the course of love doesn’t always run smoothly; and in this book it smacks the characters up side the head with a wake up call. Sometimes people make the wrong choices and those choices can devastate so many lives.  Learning to live with regrets can be extremely hard, but its better than living a half life.

 

 

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Tia Louise is a former journalist, world-traveler, and collector of beautiful men (who inspire ALL of her stories… *wink*)—turned wife, mommy, and novelist.It’s possible she has a slight truffle addiction. And she will never look at a family restroom the same way again. ONE TO HOLD is her debut adult romance.

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Liulf by Victoria Danann

Liulf_CoverFULLswTitle: Liulf: Alpha of the Mahdrah Ahlee (New Scotia Pack #1)

Author: Victoria Danann

Genre: Paranormal Romance 17+

Series: New Scotia Pack

Publication Date: October 18, 2014

Publisher: Andromeda LLC dba 7th House

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~ Synopsis ~

WHEN HE COULDN’T FIND HER IN HIS WORLD, HE WENT ELSEWHERE.

First of a series of three novellas about the Brothers Cu Ahlee.

USA TODAY Bestselling author, Victoria Danann, wrote this series as a follow up, based on Moonlight, Best Vampire~Shifter Novel of 2013.

For a thousand years the highlander werewolves of Scotia have enjoyed the protection of the fae monarchy, but the straining population has forced them to adapt or die. Or move.

Liulf has spent centuries waiting for a true mating while others settled for comfortable compatibility. When he emerged as the new alpha, little did he know he’d find her when he leads his pack to a new world.

 

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What reviewers are saying about Liulf.

“Victoria Danann has done it once again. I could not put this down until I was finished. It moved along at an amazing pace that was just perfect, the characters will grab you and you cannot help but fall in love with them and the story. Wow, this is an amazing read.”- Joy Whiteside

“I got so lost in Luilf’s world I forgot mine.” - Pam James

“…fulfills that hunky shifter kilt hunger from the get go.” - Nelta Mathias Baldwin

“…this is a spin off to (Knights of Black Swan) and I have to tell you I loved it.” - LIsa High

“As always Victoria Danann hits it out of the ball park with another amazing story.”Bobbi Kinion

 

 

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Liulf squatted on the castle parapet with his back to the sound of the ocean crashing against Girnigoe’s black craig cliffs. If he let himself think about the damp cold or the January wind that tried to penetrate flesh and bone, he’d start to shiver in a way that would rack his whole body…. So he’d learned to focus on other things. Looking east, over the land he loved, he felt a sense of pride and history. And memory. In his slightly less than four hundred years, he’d covered every inch of pack territory in wolf form and much of it in biped form as well. He knew he was blessed with good things, but that didn’t fill the underlying emptiness that he couldn’t quite pinpoint. Lack of purpose maybe. There wasn’t much satisfaction in guarding a border without an aggressor.

That very day a wolf had said it was easy for Liulf to make reckless choices because he didn’t have a mate. Liulf had kept his face passive, but inside the words had stung. It wasn’t as if he could control destiny. What Lycan didn’t want to find his mate? Well, perhaps Conn would prefer to be a bachelor wolf forever.

It was true that Liulf could have settled for a bitch who was merely compatible, as most did. But he hadn’t because he knew there was more. There was mating that was, well, magical. He wouldn’t say so out loud because his brothers would never stop razzing him if he did. But he lived with a constant yearning that never subsided, spoken or not.

All the carousing in the world wouldn’t take the edge off his desire. And he should know. All he had to do was keep from cursing the Fates until they saw fit to gift him with the one. The one he knew was out there.

MY NOTE ON LIULF:

A snippet from an early review says: “This is a wonderful off shoot of that series (Knights of Black Swan). In MOONLIGHT, we learned that wolf shifters were having a rough time. Humans were spreading into their lands and using high powered weapons to kill them in wolf form. Towns and cities were destroying the wild areas.”

This couldn’t be more timely since we learned just 2 weeks ago that the planet has lost HALF of its wildlife in just the past 40 years. Certainly the wildness of werewolves is a metaphor for that part of us that longs for the call of Pan.

 

 
 

 

~ About the Author ~

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USA Today Bestselling Author

2013 Winner in the categories of:

  • BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES – Knights of Black Swan
  • BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL (GENERAL) – A Summoner’s Tale
  • BEST PARNORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL (Vampires & Shifters) – Moonlight

My early work (eight-years-old) would be called fan fiction today. I began by writing my version of Bobbsey Twins novels on legal pads that my dad brought home from the office. As an only child – in the days before children became little electronic receivers – there was often not much to do other than seek amusement in my own head.

Childhood fantasies involved being the only girl (for some odd reason) at a ranch for wayward boys. Yes. I do realize this sounds vaguely familiar. T hose fantasies were supported by real life events because the boys included me in the afternoon neighborhood games whether it was cowboy/Indians or G.I. Joe.

When I left the Bobbsey Twins behind I didn’t write again until I was married with children and in my mid-twenties. I completed a paranormal romance and gave it to my spouse to read. After hearing his criticisms I didn’t write again for decades. At the time I didn’t understand that he’s the absolute farthest thing from my audience.

It turned out to be a blessing because during that time that I didn’t write, I lived an extremely full life. I traveled a lot, raised a family, got an education (I have an M.A. in Psychology.) and explored my compulsion to be a spiritual seeker. The fantasies were a constant companion throughout. The faces and names of the characters changed as I matured, but they remained a source of comfort. T hey helped me through hellraising teenagers and three near-death scares.

By the time I started writing again, I had something to say. I write cross-genre with uniquely fresh perspectives on paranormal creatures, characters, and themes. Add a dash of scifi and a flourish of fantasy to enough humor to make you laugh out loud and enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. My heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, psychics, or past life therapists. My heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners – usually – whether they be elves, demons, berserkers, werewolves, or vampires.

If you’re interested in me personally, I am also a classically trained musician who defected to Classic Rock. This is Roadhouse, the very best in Classic Rock, taken near The Last Concert Cafe, Houston Texas, 2011. I’m the utility player which means I play rhythm guitar, keyboards, sing back ups and a few leads. I authored and illustrated Seasons of the Witch calendars and planners for fifteen years. I live in T he Woodlands, Texas, which is why I sometimes joke about being the witch in the woods. Married. Four children. One very smart, mostly black German Shepherd dog.

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Passionate Bites by Various Authors (Paranormal Box Set)

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18478103Destined by Brenda K. Davies

Terrified of becoming mated like her parents, Isabelle has locked herself away in order to avoid their fate. She is content to stay sheltered amongst her family, hidden away as she lives out her days away from the human race, and the world. Despite her determination to remain alone, her world is rocked when a person from her parent’s past arrives at their door, bringing with them the powerful, and stunning vampire Stefan. Though Stefan is not expecting to arrive at a nest full of vampires, he is immediately drawn to the vibrant, often defiant, and willful Isabelle. To his surprise, Isabelle does everything in her power to avoid him, and her desire for him. No matter how hard she tries to fight it though, Isabelle begins to realize that trying to deny her destiny may just destroy them both, as there are some things that cannot be stopped. But just as she begins to let her guard down, Stefan’s dark and deadly past catches up to him and threatens to destroy them both.

Meet the Author

74578_397193390363166_1096902927_n-2Author of the adult paranormal romance, Vampire Awakenings Series, and historical romances. I also write young adult under the pen name Erica Stevens.

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damoncoverThe Protectors Damon by Teresa Gableman

Damon DeMasters is a vampire warrior who has taken an oath to not only protect his own kind, but humans as well. Crimson Rush is the new drug on the streets and it’s their duty to find who is behind the selling of vampire blood and stop it. As a social worker, Nicole Callahan fights for the right of every child placed in her care. There’s a war now as vampires have stepped out into the spotlight taking their place in society and the children are at the heart of it all. Damon and his fellow warriors have been ordered by the Vampire Council to train Nicole and her colleagues against the dangers they now face in their new world. Even as sparks fly and tensions mount, Nicole and Damon depend on each other to protect the children of both races.

Meet the Author

198215_1628571076727_2801624_nTeresa lives in Ohio with her husband, son, their dog Cin and her son’s snake, Steve Irwin. She is a third degree black belt in Taekwondo, is a huge Mixed Martial Arts fan and follows her husbands MMA fight team, G-Force, which her son fights for. When not writing she is either screaming like a crazy woman at MMA fights or reading in some quiet corner with her Kindle. She loves books that are fast reads filled with romance, humor, sexy alpha men and the women who drive them crazy.

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STsmashwordsCoverA Summoner’s Tale by Victoria Danann

Named BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL of 2013, REVIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARDS, the Paranormal Romance Guild. While the devastatingly seductive ex-vampire, Istvan Baka, is forced to relive his tragic life as human and confront his past as vampire, a very pregnant Elora Laiken faces an ultimate test of survival when she’s attacked by assassins from her dimension of origin. While their friends and mates mount respective searches and epic rescue efforts, these two friends and almost lovers, joined by a mystical bond, separated by distance, must simultaneously struggle alone through their own personal tortures in pain and darkness. This is the story of Heaven McBride, a Black Swan demonologist who was temporarily assigned as Baka’s assistant. When he turns up missing, Heaven agrees to submit to hypnosis to help the rescue effort with possible clues about his disappearance buried in her subconscious mind. During those sessions, she proves that love can wait patiently through lifetimes for the chance to blossom and be fulfilled. She also inadvertently reveals that she’s been hiding a unique musical talent. She’s the once-in-a- generation summoner, who can call any creature with her flute. Even vampires.

About the Author

Victoria120x180My first book was published May of 2012. I write cross-genre with uniquely fresh perspectives on paranormal creatures, characters, and themes. Add a dash of scifi and a flourish of fantasy to enough humor to make you laugh out loud and enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. My heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, psychics, or past life therapists. My heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners – usually – whether they be elves, demons, berserkers, werewolves, or vampires. My first book, My Familiar Stranger, was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance of 2012 by both Reviewers’ Choice and Readers’ Choice Awards. All of my books have opened on the Amazon Best Sellers list and earned Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK awards. For books published in 2013, Black Swan won three awards. 1. Best Paranormal Romance Series 2. Best Paranormal Romance Novel – A SUMMONER’S TALE 3. Best Vampire~Shifter Novel – MOONLIGHT.
Author Bio
If you’re interested in me personally, I am also a classically trained musician who defected to Classic Rock music. I’m the utility player which means I play rhythm guitar, keyboards, sing back ups and a few leads. My band has covered everything (note for note) from Styx to Led Zepellin to Rush. We have played biker bars at 3:00 am to 10 people and played Warrior Dash to 35,000. I live in The Woodlands, Texas which is why I sometimes joke about being the witch in the woods. Married. Four children. One very smart, mostly black German Shepherd dog.

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16089837Luca’s Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2)

An erotic paranormal romance… Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn’t do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can’t deny the enigmatic attraction he’s developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he’s determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan. Samantha doesn’t want to be a witch, yet that’s exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha’s worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca. In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who’s been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?

About the Author

5785692Kym Grosso is the award-winning author of the bestselling erotic paranormal romance series, The Immortals of New Orleans. In addition to romance, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum. Kym lives with her husband, two children, dog and cat. Her hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit. Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow- covered mountains. On any given night, when not writing her own books, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.

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19162511DARKNESS SERIES, 1 & 2 – K.F. Breene

Sasha has always known she was different, but now she also knows that the sha19162557dow men she’s seen all her life, are real. With a life goal of fitting in, Sasha hopes her strange abilities will finally make true friendship a possibility. Unfortunately, her magic doesn’t function like everyone else’s. What she thought would make her belong, sets her apart now more than ever. Stefan, all but promised to a different woman, has tried to keep his mind on his duties instead of the irresistible and free-spirited human. But when she is threatened, he can’t keep his distance any longer. He realizes he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe, and more importantly, make her his. Just when one thing clicks into place, another spirals out of control. Stefan’s clan isn’t the only group that would benefit from an extremely rare type of magic. And their enemies will stop at nothing to get what they want.

About the Author

7010202A wine country native, I moved to San Francisco for college just shy of a decade ago to pursue a lifelong interest in film. As I settled into the vibrant city, it quickly became apparent that, while I thought making and editing films was great fun, I lacked cinematic genius. For that reason, my career path quickly changed direction. My next goal was a strange childhood interest, conjured at the dining room table while filling out a form. For some reason, my young self wanted to be an Accountant. Thinking on it now, I wonder how I had any friends. Regardless, it was the direction I finally took. While I could wrangle numbers with the best of ‘em, and even though I wore the crown as the most outspoken, belligerent accountant in the world, my mind got as stuffy as my daily routine. It was here that I dusted off my creative hat and began writing

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honeymoonbite_133x200Honeymoon Bites by Sharon Hamilton

Anne caught her husband cheating before their wedding cake was cut, so she takes her honeymoon in Tuscany alone. Bitten by a vampire on her wedding night, she is left for dead, until Marcus Monteleone, her 300 year old fated mate, rescues her. Will they be able to navigate Marcus’ rocky and dangerous past to have an immortal future together?

About the Author

5752621Romance novelist with three series: SEAL Brotherhood (Accidental SEAL, Fallen SEAL Legacy) Golden Vampires of Tuscany (Honeymoon Bite, Mortal Bite) The Guardians (Guardian Angel Erotic Romance) Heavenly Lover, Underworld Lover Lives in wine country, Northern California. When not writing, she is getting vera vera dirty in her flower and vegetable gardens.

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BBB02_1700x2550Midnight Captive by Arial Burnz

After seven years, James Knightly returns as a master swordsman, ready to captain a ship and wed his childhood sweetheart, Cailin MacDougal. Waiting for him is a dagger-toting hellion for a bride, an immortal father-in-law, and an enemy bent on threatening the family James holds most dear–the MacDougals. Broderick MacDougal is lured away from his family with the promise of a way to protect them from his clan enemy. Broderick unravels the beginning of a prophecy that will lead to redemption for all vampires. The cost, though, may be the very soul of the woman he would die for…his wife Davina.

About the Author

Arial_2003Arial Burnz has been an avid reader of paranormal and fantasy for over thirty years. With bedtime stories filled with unicorns, hobbits, dragons and elves, she succumbed to crafting her own tales, penning to life the magical creatures roaming her dreams. Having a romantic husband who’s taught her the meaning of true love, she’s helpless to weave romance into her tales. Now she shares them with the world. Arial Burnz lives in Rancho Cucamonga, California, with her husband (a.k.a. her romance novel hero)—who is also, quite coincidentally, a descendent of Clan MacDougal—along with their dog and two cats.

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22232612The Nightlife San Antonio by Travis Luedke

Vampires, Mafia & Mayhem: The Nightlife San Antonio is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy. All she wanted was to escape the police. All he wanted was to get laid. They both got more than they bargained for. EMT on call, Adrian Faulkner resuscitates a beautiful woman after a Mexican mafia shootout. He can’t explain why he picks her up in the hospital parking lot three days later and then ducks the San Antonio police and the Feds. Well, the hot sex might have something to do with it. She needed to hide. With no memory of even her name, she didn’t know from who. She only knew she wasn’t safe. Adrian soon learns she is much more than a damsel in distress, and he’s stuck with her. It isn’t long before the past she cannot remember begins to catch up with them both…

About the Author

6517376#NSFW author of the violently sexy NIGHTLIFE SERIES (Vampires, Escorts & Strippers). Has auditioned for Christian Grey in 50 Shades film. He is currently catching a 3rd degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, and loving every minute of it. As the author of the Nightlife Series novels, Travis lives very vicariously through his writings. He invites you to enjoy his macabre flights of fancy, but be warned: The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

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15781629Blood and Snow: volumes 1-8 by RaShelle Workman

Every thousand years the Vampire Queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, and this time she’s chosen Snow White. Snow isn’t an ordinary girl. She doesn’t know that yet. When Snow gets bitten by a Hunter, her life is thrown into a whirlwind of change where instead of worrying about what to eat, she has to fight not to drink the blood of fellow high school students. She becomes a revenant – not quite human, not quite vampire. With the help of an eccentric old Professor, his seven adoptive sons, and her best friend, Snow learns to control her blood craving. Sort of. She drinks a bloodlust tea, but she’d rather drink from her Hunter. Or, a human. She also discovers a whole other realm, one filled with fairies, dragons, and magic. And not only does the Vampire Queen want her, but there’s a pendant called the Seal of Gabriel created for Snow by the Vampire Queen’s twin sister.And Snow’s supposed to use it to restore balance to all magical creatures. Including vampires.

About the Author

6-7-14me2RaShelle Workman is the author of the popular Blood and Snow series. She loves to reinvent fairy tales teens and adults can sink their teeth into. Her stories include kissing, vampires, werewolves, witches, aliens, and more kissing. Her books: Sleeping Roses, Exiled, Beguiled, and Dovetailed have foreign rights contracts with a Turkish publisher. RaShelle is also one of the co-founders of Indie Recon LIVE, a self publishing conference that will debut October 10-11, 2014 in Sandy, Utah.

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

 

Book II of The MoonBound Clan Vampires series

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 Title: Chained by Night

Author: Larissa Ione

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Pocket Books

Published: September 30, 2014

 

 

 

Synopsis:

THE FUTURE OF HIS TRIBE

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.

THE LOVER OF HIS SOUL

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?

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~ Karen Ponders ~

In Chained by Night (MoonBound Vampire Clan #2), Larissa Ione weaves dynamic Urban Fantasy world-building and Native American lore to create a story which pumps new life into the vampire genre. Only Ione could successfully blend an epic tale of vampire clans, demonic trials and a heart pounding love story into a story of sacrifice, betrayal and redemption.

The story in Chained by Night takes place shortly after the close of Bound by Night (MoonBound Vampire Clan #1) in which the author introduces us to her creation of the vampire culture and a world that mirrors our own but with a unique twist that sets it apart. (See below for a review of that book)

The world that Larissa Ione has created is one where vampires in general are treated as wild animals; they are not classified as human beings and have no civil rights under the law. Most vampires are kept as slave labor by rich humans who have abused and betrayed their own humanity by keeping any being as a slave. In her first book Bound by Night, the author sets up the world; in Chained by Night, she expands on the world she has built. The human race portrayed so far has sunk to its lowest common denominator… there are no human beings I would want to associate with portrayed in the world Ione has created in her books.  Free vampires do exist and live in the ‘wild’ in clan communities. They are hunted like animals and they have prices on their heads.   With the exception of the MoonBound Clan, the ‘free’ vampires live in a savaged hard world, one not of their own making, so I can’t judge even the bad vampires too harshly; they are being hunted to extinction and no matter how long lived they are, it is only a matter of time before they disappear from the earth. Larissa Ione’s books are not just about vampires but serve as a commentary on the same social issues we deal with daily in our country as evidenced by the number of  people who are disenfranchised due to race, social status or economics.  In Ione’s books the world is not black and white, and sometimes grey is the color you have to be in order to survive.

At the heart of the book is a tale of duty versus love.  The leader of the MoonBound Clan is Hunter who is devoted to his people and his devotion has led him to agree to mate the daughter of an enemy clan.  The daughter of the enemy clan is  spoiled and heartless, a woman who had been denied nothing because of her strength and position in her father’s clan.  Her deformed twin comes along to be her decoy during her wedding serving as a sacrificial lamb in the event the enemy human or enemy vampires should strike. The tale that Ione spins pitting Hunter’s obligation to seek peace against his own selfish desires is one that tore at my heart.  In the end Hunter has to make a choice.  Is he willing to make peace for the good of all the people in his clan. . . or is he willing to sacrifice all for the love of one woman?

As with all of Ione’s books the characters, even the minor ones are completely fleshed out so that I, as the reader, had a complete experience of being immersed in the world and culture she created.   Everyone from the youngest vampire to the oldest matters and contributes to the whole of the community.  It is the strong sense of community in this book which just makes me want to read more in this series.

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About the Author

About the Author

Larissa IoneAir Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

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