Vail is a vampire who hates his own kind. He was raised in Faery and has sustained himself on the essence of the Fae. But he was kicked out and is now having to make his way in the mortal realm. His step-father has reached out to him, inviting him into the family business. Vail is wary, but he accepts the job when he is tasked to find a missing vampiress named Lyric and the stolen Fae gown she was last seen wearing. Of course, he’s not doing it out of the goodness of his heart, but because his stepfather has agreed to help him find his birth-father, Constantine, as payment. Vail has always wanted to get his hands on Constantine, so he could kill the vampire who raped his mother all those years ago.
There is more to the Lyric’s disappearance than meets the eye. Was she kidnapped or did she run away? Is her disappearance about the stolen Fae gown or something more? Finding her is easy for Vail. Not so easy, is fighting his attraction for her. It takes no time at all for the two of them to get physical (and can I just say “Yay!” for that.) Of course, finding Lyric is only half the mission. Vail also needs to get his hands on the dress, but Lyric is resistant to put it back in his hands. And the two end up working together, to figure out what is really behind her mother’s deal to hand over the dress to a member of the Unseelie court.
There was a lot I liked about this book. I am always a sucker for a good tortured hero. And with a name like “Vail the Unwanted,” you know our vampire qualifies. It’s easy to see how Vail’s hate for vampires reflects the disdain with which he has been treated his whole life. I loved watching Lyric worm her way into his heart and help teach him his worth. She is a likeable heroine and it was very easy to root for them as a couple. The sex was great and so was the emotion behind it.
My only beef was the combination of information overload and black holes in the history at the beginning. It felt like there was a lot of backstory we were getting on Vail in a very condensed form…. especially when it came to Vail’s murky family ties. This probably would not have been the case if I had read Seducing the Vampire, the story leading up to his birth.
It was absolutely worth braving a little confusion, though. The story was action packed and the love story was really good. 4 solid stars.