The Brethren are ancient group of vampires that live isolated in a farm in Kentucky. Brandon Noble, a member, was beaten and his throat was slit he walked into a robbery as a little boy. Since then he's been deaf and mute, known as the weakest member of the family, he's being isolated from everyone until his father hires a tutor, Jackson Jones, who's also deaf, and becomes Brandon's closest friend until he's fired. Unlike the others, Brandon is terrified of his birthright, of letting the bloodlust take over to make his first kill so the first chance he gets, he runs away to the only person he trusts - Jackson. But Jackson is away and Brandon ends up meeting again with Angelina, Jackson's sister who is a now a cop. Brandon has always had a crush on her since she visited Jackson at the farm years ago.
Angelina "Lina" Jones is stunned to find Brandon in her brother's apartment; she thinks he's a burglar at first. The kid who she thought was cute and shy has turned into a gorgeous, albeit still very shy, man. She wants to help him but Brandon's very tight-lipped about who he's running away from. They're attracted to each other, but are keeping secrets. Secrets that Brandon refuses to share and that Lina is determined to discover.
I felt there was too much of an emphasis on Brandon being white and Lina black. The first half of the book was rather boring with much of it being about Brandon's past and how he came to be the shy, super stud vampire he is now. Once while reading I thought it seemed more like reading about a boy running away from his Mormon family instead of a vampire sort of mafia family. I wanted to just stop reading but felt obligated to finish and I'm actually glad I continued. Most of the time I felt really sorry for Brandon.
Half way through things got interesting when Emily and Caine, Brandon's brother and sister, found him with Lina. Brandon decides to run away and leave Lina behind in order to protect her and make his family follow him. Then all of a sudden Tessa, his twin sister, shows up wanting to help him. Brandon founds out that The Grandfather - the boss of the family - has sent the Elders who are extremely powerful after him intending on killing him. Brandon decides that he doesn't want to keep running and finally stand up to Caine who has made his life a living hell.
The book only felt like a paranormal romance in the second half. I would have liked it much more if Reinke hadn't spent so much time on the past although I do understand that that helps us the reader understand Brandon better, I still think some of it was unnecessary. Overall, it was enjoyable and I give it a 3.
I do look forward to the next book in the series; I'm hoping Reinke will spend more time in the present than in the past.
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?