Dark Thirst, the first book in the Brethren Series from Sara Reinke (2007), just didn't hold my interest.
From the publisher:
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?
Although initially excited about an inter-racial relationship (Angelina is black, Brandon is white), there just had to be the usual "jungle fever" attitude because Angelina's black ex-boyfriend left her for a white woman. Does that make Angelina a reformed bigot or a hypocrite when she falls for Brandon? Don't know and don't really care because I didn't "like" her, either way, though I admit that's a trigger point for me in any book, movie, or t.v. show. Just call negative inter-racial relationship stereotypes something I'm biased against!
Injured as a child, Brandon is deaf and mute, plus abused by his family, and I found him much more interesting. If only Angelina had been a match for him, interest-wise, and then if the book had moved at a steady pace, I might have liked this story.
I won't be bothering to read the second and third selections, and any other upcoming additions, in the series.
And, always, I would love to hear comments from anyone who has read and liked a book that I didn't like--or didn't like one that I did. The best part about reading book blogs is that everyone has different taste in reading material.
My overall personal rating of Dark Thirst is a C.