Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts
This book was a gift to me for my birthday. Thank you C & L. Everyone loves Nora Roberts. I read often and as yet had not read anything by her. In any of her various incarnations. Lisa has sent me the first half dozen of the In Death series she writes under JD Robb. Still I didn’t read. Another friend has lent me another series she has written. Still I didn’t read. Blood Brothers –stuck in a care package alongside some sinfully delicious chocolate chip cookies– changed my feelings regarding this author. See, ultimately, I was worried that she may not live up to the hype. I was wrong.
Blood Brothers is the first installment of the Sign of Seven Trilogy. It follows three men (Caleb, Fox and Gage) who unknowningly set something evil loose on their 10th birthday. The town of Hawkin’s Hollow now experiences this evil every seven years for one week around their birthday. This evil brings chaos, mayhem, and murder to this tiny town. This year a writer, Quinn Black, has come to research Hawkin’s Hollow for her new book. This book focuses on Caleb and Quinn.
I loved this book. I thought the writing was clean and strong. The plot was well thought out. The backstory on the ultimate evil was original enough to suit me. The romance was there without making the book a romance novel. I anxiously await the next installment, The Hollow, coming out this May. I will probably dig around and find the other Roberts’ books that are currently hiding under my bed to read in the very near future.
One note though. The romance is written very much like a romance novel romance. I am not sure exactly what is different about it; however, it is a distinction that I clearly made. It is more than a paranormal series with romance overtones. It is more than a romance novel with a paranormal twist. It is, in my opinion, one of the rare books that can be both.