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A dark and sexy debut paranormal romance
In the dark, fear and desire are one...
Alexander Roman wants nothing to do with those of his vampire breed. Fate places him at the door of Dr. Sara Donohue, who is dedicated to removing patients' traumatic memories. But as their world's collide, Sara and Alexander are bound by something even stronger as one becomes hunter and the other, prey. And Sara's only chance of survival is to surrender to the final-and most unimaginable-desire of her life.
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Just when it seems every possible vampire twist has been turned, Wright launches a powerful series with a rich mythology, page-turning tension, and blistering sensuality. Wealthy, reclusive brothers Alexander, Nicholas, and Lucian Roman long ago rebelled against the restrictive Eternal Order of vampires. When a superpowerful part-vampire Impure starts attacking purebloods, the order forces Alexander to undergo a dangerous physical transformation. As a side effect, he develops a fierce craving for his as yet unidentified true mate. To Alexander's dismay, he forms a bond with human psychiatrist Sara Donohue, who saves him during a vulnerable moment. Wright pulls off the tricky task of creating enough of a resolution to satisfy readers while sustaining tension for the sequel. The connection between Sara and Alexander resonates on many levels, and readers will look forward to following them and other intriguing characters through succeeding books. \n
Its a Whole New World
So I have been working my way through Laura's series. First Bayou Heat, then Masters of Seduction. After that it was the Wicked Ink Chronicles and followed by the Cavanaugh Brothers, with Wicked Firsts and Sinful Seconds in between. I finally started the Mark of the Vampire, and I am pleased to say I am glad I did. Laura has created yet another incredible world that follows its own rules. She has created a rich universe and an interesting new take on a very old theme. She did a great job of world building and introducing her audience and bringing them along for the ride, without making them feel lectured to or lost.
I fell in love with Alexander immediately. And not just Alexander, but all of the Roman brothers. I am a sucker for damaged. And Laura does that to perfection. She creates damaged but not broken, because damaged can be fix, broken is just that, broken. Sara was also an easy character to understand and quickly learn to love. She was so brave and at the same time, not a ball busting witch. Its hard to create that balance in a female character, but Laura does it well. She also has created an amazing supporting cast that I hope I get to see more of.
I read an interview with an author once that said you can take the most used formula for a story (his was for the sword/barbarian/elf/magic genre) and make it unique and different by the characters you create. The vampire mythos is popular and well used, but Laura has created compelling characters that I can't wait to get to know better. Based on her other series, I am sure this one will not disappoint.
I tried not to like this story. There was so much that was wrong with it. I stuck with it because I’ve enjoyed other books by Laura Wright. I am glad I’m done and have not decided if I’ll continue this series. Sara and Alexander are a weird couple. Alex is the oldest of the three brothers. I think it was that bond that kept me in the story. They are very different but great as a unit. Lucian is my favorite. Okay. How can Alex be this powerful vampire, sleeping with Sara and not know she was a vampire. In fact, she was staying in a house full of 300 year old vampires and no one new she was one. She went with Alex to the vampire village and everyone there thought she was human. Weird. And yet I was captivated. I do recommend. I really can’t explain why. By the way, lots of unanswered questions and unexplained terminology.