"Dark Thirst is a masterful read!"

As child, Brandon Noble is attacked, his throat slit and head trauma that is so severe he is left without his hearing. He grows up within the family unit called the Brethren, a vampire dynasty that dominates the Kentucky landscape. Because of his injuries, most of his family considers him damaged and an unfit member.

Even with the torment and pain inflicted by siblings and family members, Brandon still manages to keep his humanity, when the rest have let the bloodletting rule their lives, taking lives without thought or care. But not Brandon, he fights against becoming the horrible creatures his family turns into during that time. He escapes to his former deaf teacher's apartment, fleeing to keep from becoming a monster like the rest of the Brethrens.

Jackson Jones' sister, Lina, finds a stranger in her brother's apartment she is watching while he is out of town. She spies a nude, dripping wet man that she does not recognize at first until she subdues him. Brandon's scar from ear to ear is the clear giveaway to his identity. He is nothing like Lina remembers. He is no longer that scrawny kid her brother used to tutor, but a finely muscled man that takes her breath away. When she finds out why Brandon is at her brother's apartment, she will become involved in a dangerous web that weaves them together from that point on.

Dark Thirst is the first book in a series by authoress Sara Reinke. In a vein that is constantly drawn from, Ms. Reinke crafted brilliantly contrived characters that will break your heart, make you thirst for justice, while getting caught up in the tale. The writing is so well done, you will swear you taste, feel, and experience the lives of the characters as the story unfolds.

In the beginning of this novel, it seemed hard to think Ms. Reinke would be able to give the character of Brandon, mute and unable to hear, and the disparaging way in which his family treated him, viability--believability. Not only did Brandon capture this reader's attention, but her heart too. His unfailing courage and ability to cope in situations most would crumble, coupled with the woman that would enter his life, made the world fall away and time cease to exist.

In this novel, Ms. Rienke's talent outshines most of the top authors in the field of paranormal romance. Dark Thirst is a masterful read!

The next book in the series, not yet titled, will be about Rene and Tessa, characters you will meet in Dark Thirst. This reviewer cannot wait to see what Ms. Reinke conjures up for them.

Reviewed by Janalee Ruschhaupt
Posted June 5, 2007



When Brandon Noble and Angelina Jones first met, he was an awkward teenager harboring a crush on his tutor's sister. Five years later, Angelina is a streetwise cop who's sure she's seen it all, until Brandon comes back into her life—lean, handsome, possessing a strange, powerful allure. and a terrifying secret.


Brandon is one of the Brethren, an ancient clan of ruthless vampires. Like other Brethren families, the Nobles have accumulated great wealth and prestige, never marrying outside of their kin, never leaving the isolated Kentucky farmlands where they live, undetected, among their prey. Horrified by his birthright, Brandon shunned the ritual of the first kill, earning the Brethren's lasting wrath. But the exhilarating passion he and Angelina share rouses the primitive impulses he has tried so hard to deny. And even if Brandon can protect Angelina from his enemies, can he save her from his own dark thirsts?

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Dark Thirst
(The Brethren: Book 1)
by Sara Reinke

Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
July 1, 2007
Available: July 3, 2007
ISBN #142010053X
EAN #9781420100532
320 pages
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Sara Reinke

Dark Hunger
Book of Dragons: Vol. 5 of 5
Book of Dragons: Vol. 4 of 5
Book of Dragons: Vol. 3 of 5
An Unexpected Engagement
Book of Dragons: Vol. 2 of 5
Book of Thieves
Book of Dragons: Vol. 1 of 5
Book of Days

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