Jules Gerard is a Guardian, a vampire who has vowed to kill other vampires who kill humans and to never make another vampire himself. When Jules learns that the man who turned him into a vampire is alive and still making new fledglings in Baltimore, he is determined to go down there and put a stop to it. Ian Squires was Jules's friend before he betrayed Jules by turning him into a vampire and using glamour to commit unspeakable acts against him. Jules believes that the world would be a better place without Ian in it, and he's going to make that happen whether he has permission from Eli, the leader of the Guardians, or not.
When another guardian, Carolyn, a mortal PI who dates Jules's vampire nemesis, learns that Jules is going to Baltimore on this suicide mission, she sends her best friend and business partner after him to make sure that he's safe. That was my first problem with this book. You're going to send a mortal to protect a vampire? Really. But okay. I went with it. So off goes Carolyn's friend Hannah to "protect" Jules and keep him out of trouble. Along with Hannah, Eli has sent Drake, a Killer who works for the Guardians (and that inherent contradiction also isn't lost on me), to bring Jules back in one piece. Eli is friends with the master vampire of Baltimore and has her permission to send his Guardian in to retrieve Jules, so long as none of her vampires are hurt in the process.
That's it in a nutshell, but I've gotta say this story was way too convoluted. Jules goes to Baltimore without a plan in mind, which is fine, but after realizing that he's outgunned by trying to kill his maker, who is stronger and older than him, he still doesn't have one. And this is even knowing that he's got a human tailing him who he now has to protect and a Guardian Killer who is determined to bring him back to Philly. But that wasn't even my biggest problem with this book. My biggest problem was the fact that these vampires are wimps. No, really. These aren't alpha heroes, no matter how much they claim to be, because just when you think you've met a strong vampire (as Jules was in the first book in the series) he's off getting beaten up by someone more powerful or rushing headlong into danger that a kindergartner could see coming. And Hannah isn't much better. A more foolish human being I've never read about--or at least can't recall at the present moment. She said it best herself on page 207, "Jesus, Hannah. You're too stupid to live." That statement made me sigh with relief because at least someone else realized it too, even if she didn't do anything about it.
I have the next two books in this series, but I just don't know that I can read them. There are so many great vampire series out right now that I just don't have the heart to waste my time with one that's just so so. For fantastic vampire series with plots that make sense and heroes that can actually protect themselves and their women, check out Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series beginning with A Hunger Like No Other (The Immortals After Dark Series, Book 1) or J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series beginning with Dark Lover: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (The Black Dagger Brotherhood).