Demons and Ghosts Rule in Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts

Posted May 14, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Demons and Ghosts Rule in Blood Brothers by Nora RobertsBlood Brothers by Nora Roberts
Series: Sign of Seven #1
Published by Jove on November 27, 2007
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Every seven years, there comes a week in July when the locals do unspeakable things--and then don't seem to remember them. The collective madness has made itself known beyond the town borders and has given Hawkins Hollow the reputation of a village possessed. This modern-day legend draws reporter and author Quinn Black to Hawkins Hollow with the hope of making the eerie happening the subject of her new book. It is only February, but Caleb Hawkins, descendent of the town founders, has already seen and felt the stirrings of evil. Though he can never forget the beginning of the terror in the woods twenty-one years ago, the signs have never been this strong before. Cal will need the help of his best friends, Fox and Gage, but surprisingly he must rely on Quinn as well. She too, can see the evil that the locals cannot, somehow connecting her to the town--and to Cal. As winter turns to spring, Cal and Quinn will shed their inhibitions, surrendering to a growing desire. They will form the cornerstone of a group of men and women bound by fate, passion, and the fight against what is to come from out of the darkness...

 

Quick Summary
Almost 21 years ago, Caleb Hawkins and his two best friends hiked into the woods to celebrate their 10th birthday (they share the same day). What they experienced forever changed them and released a phenomena that affects their town and its residents every seven years. As the the 3rd seven-year anniversary approaches, Cal has agreed to work with paranormal researcher Quinn Black to chronicle the town and its strange history. She gets more than she bargained for and he realizes an extraordinary connection with her.

 

First impressions
I was prepared for a witch story with the requisite hocus pocus, one reason why I put off reading the series. What I was pleasantly surprised to find was a much richer story that’s fairly complex. Yes, there’s a hint of witchcraft but maybe a bit more of wizards and demons, dating back centuries. The connection between the three friends is no coincidence but what that is still requires explanation. At first blush, I liked all three who have distinct personalities in spite of their common bond.

 

The romance
Yet another story where I really liked the heroine. Quinn is smart, witty, confident and has to watch her calories. She and Cal had a great first impression and made no bones about. Such a pleasure to not have to wade through that annoying dance of pretense about their feelings or trying to deny them. They were refreshingly unapologetic about it. I loved their relationship and both characters.

 

The bottom line
If there was any downside to this story it’s that it is part of a trilogy with a continuing story arc. While the romance reaches an apex, the mystery of the strange seven-year phenomena continues on. You do get some answers and an abundance of clues, though. I’m glad I finally decided to read this series and am pretty happy it’s much more interesting than my imagination about it. On to the next book!

 

Jonetta + Cat

 

 

About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. She married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland where she worked briefly as a legal secretary. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”

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2 responses to “Demons and Ghosts Rule in Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts

    • I have some definite Nora favorites that I’d recommend. Her Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy and Chesapeake Bay Saga are two of her finest series. My favorite of her romantic suspense is Montana Sky. If you ever sample, I’d try one of these first. She writes male perspectives incredibly well and Blood Brothers is a good example.