Once again, in the interest of being fair to D.B. Reynolds, I feel that it is necessary to disclose that I am not a fan of paranormal romance, so please keep that in mind when reading this review.
Duncan, Raphael's longtime second in command is finally ready to become a master vampire. Though he will always see Raphael as his sire, it's time for him to have a territory of his own. With that in mind Duncan travels to Washington with a few people loyal to Raphael and is met by some of his own children. He kills Victor and becomes not only a vampire lord, but the representative of Vampires in government because his territory is Washington.
Duncan quickly discovers that Victor, the former lord was very corrupt. Emma Duquet, who has no interest in vampires or their politics arrives in what she calls the embassy to find out what happened to her best friend Lacey. It appears that Victor invited Lacy to one of his special parties and no one has seen her since. Duncan promises Emma that he will look into the disappearance of her friend.
When Lacey is discovered dead, Duncan promises Emma vengeance - the only thing that can hope to bring peace to her broken heart. Though Emma and Lacey are not actually related, Emma considered her, her sister. They were both children of the foster care system. Once again, we have a woman whose parents are missing, and who had a troubled background fall in love with a vampire. Can this trope be anymore cliché at this point?