Author: Nora Roberts
Series: Sign of Seven #1
Publication Date: November 27, 2007
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, descendant 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...
I’ve had this book since it was first released a few years ago. Somehow, it and a couple of other books were stored away, still in the never opened Amazon box. I found them a couple weeks ago and they’re just like new. I’m so glad I found it, because I probably wouldn’t have sought it out again. I’ve read a few books by Nora Roberts, but none of the paranormal type. It turned out to be pretty good. Of course there is romance and sexy time, but the paranormal aspect of it was interesting.
The story starts with Cal, Fox, and Gage going off to secretly camp at a place called pagan rock for their 10th birthday. That’s right, all three boys are from different families, but all born on the same day. They’ve been best friends since birth, regardless of having very different upbringings. When they get into the forest where the pagan rock is, unexplainable things happen. That night, something changes them and the town. Every 7 years, for 7 days, some of the people in the town go completely crazy…. suicides, murders, rapes, arson. The three boys know it’s because of them and what happened in the woods that night, but they don’t know how to stop it.
When the 3rd anniversary is getting near, Quinn, a feisty, determined journalist/author goes to Hawkins Hollow to research the rumors about the town. I love Quinn, she’s such a fun character. It doesn’t take long for things between her and Cal to start heating up. I seriously loved the exchanges between them. Then two other women, Layla and Cybil, go to the town, and scary things start happening to all six of them. An evil entity seems to be stalking and trying to hurt them, so they need to figure out why. The entity is stronger and showing up earlier than usual. Cal, Fox, Gage, Quinn, Layla, and Cybil have to stop it, before it’s strong enough to destroy the town…. maybe more.
Blood Brothers was a pretty quick read that I enjoyed. There were actually a few parts that were creepy. Not super creepy, but it had its moments. I have to say, though, the sexy time moments were better than the creepy time moments. It’s a Nora Roberts book, so I guess that’s kind of expected. But I will definitely read the next two books of this trilogy.