When a young tortured Brandon Noble first met Angelina Jones, his tutor’s sister, he was just a gawky teenager paralyzed by his puppy love for her. But five years can do wonders for a body. When Angelina, now a hardened policewoman, finds a handsome, naked stranger in her brother’s apartment, she would have never guessed that it was the same boy from her past.
Brandon has left his cruel, abusive family behind in the isolated backwoods of Kentucky. In leaving his home and denying his birthright as one of the Brethren, Brandon now has provoked the dormant hidden resentment that his elders hold for him.
As sparks begin to fly between Brandon and his “Lina,” something very carnal is awoken deep inside him. Now not only will he and Lina have to battle his enemies, but together they will have to war against the raging demon inside Brandon. Brandon must win on both fronts or he will loose Lina forever.
Sara Reinke has done a wonderful job writing this very unique story. Dark Thirst is fast-paced and the plot absolutely arouses your imagination. Brandon Nobel is not your normal hero. He is bullied and cruelly punished his entire existence. He had been attacked as a young child leaving him deaf, mute and a disgrace to his vampire family. In my opinion he needs to be protected and to be saved.
Angelina Jones is quite the opposite. She is rough and tough, an adept cop that can not only take care of herself but Brandon, as well. Also it is Lina who does the protecting when Brandon’s heinous family, the Brethren, comes to kill him. Personally this role reversal twist for me is scrumptious and a welcome surprise.
Brandon’s family, aka The Brethren, regards humans as cattle(despicable). They partake in incestuous marriages, and then go on blood lust rampages on their farm hands. I can see why Brandon turned his back on his own family traditions. The worst one is Caine Noble, Brandon’s brother — what a piece of work. He stands out most for me.
All of the Nobel family treat Brandon in an appalling manner, but it is done more by ignoring him and withholding love. Caine goes out of his way to torment him and enjoys it far more than normal sibling teasing. From the first time he was introduced into the story by a participant in abusing Brandon, I wanted someone to kick his butt.
Now for the part that threw me a bit. Lina getting captured by Caine was awkward and threw me out of the story — she is way too strong of a character to be kidnapped, but I recovered quickly and enjoyed Brandon’s rescue. But what perplexed me more were the racial comments against the African American character Lina. I can handle racism between humans and vampires, but such a cliche picture of rural Kentucky — the incestuous marriages and the degrading remarks — I could have done without.
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Zebra (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1420100548
- ISBN-13: 978-1420100549