Alexander and his brothers want nothing to do with others of their kind. They escaped 100 years ago from their vampire communities, anxious to be free of the oppressive rule of the Order... and of the fear and disdain heaped on them because of their father. And while their new lives have been good ones, it all comes crashing down when Alex goes through his vampire maturation a century ahead of schedule. The transition takes away his ability to live in the sun and centers his life on finding his one true mate.
Sara stumbles across Alex while he is going through his transition, saving him from the sunlight that could have killed him. The two experience an attraction, a bond, neither can deny. Circumstances band them together as Alex works to locate the dangerous Impure (vampire-human hybrid) who is wreaking havoc on vamp culture... and to keep Sara safe from the psychotic human trying to kill her.
There is a lot going on and sometimes I felt like it took away some of the attention from the romance. From the problems Sara is fighting with her brother, to the Impure plot, to the mysterious female cutter in the psych ward, to the crazy stalker, and the pureblood vamp vying for Alexander's attention... I think I would have like things a bit more streamlined. It IS the first book in the series, though, and I realize there is much foundation the author has to lay. I just felt like with so much going on, every element ended up stretched a little thin.
For instance, Alex had the potential to be a really good tortured hero, but the depth of his torment was not as deeply explored as I would have liked. His misery and lifelong rejection could have been an angsty gold-mine, but instead, it was a relatively small point.
We were treated to some pretty good sexual tension, and the payoff was good --I just wish we didn't have to wait so long for it. (And frankly, I wish she didn't use the word "cunt" so much.) I liked the dynamic between the brothers and enjoyed the hints at the relationship possibilities between Gray and Dillon as well as Lucian and Bronwyn.
I also liked the interesting spin the author puts on vampire culture, where the vamps are actually kind of prudish as opposed to super-sexual. The world building was clear and easy to understand... and I look forward to seeing where she takes the series next. 3 stars.