Dark Passages by Sara Reinke (The Brethern #4)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Novella

Publisher: Bloodhorse Press

My Copy: Sent To Me


In Dark Passages, Tristan Morin is a vampire on a mission: to not fall in love with Karen Pierce. To do so would prove that humans and Brethren were meant to be physically and emotionally bound to each other — something he, as a full-blooded Brethren, refuses to believe. It would be so much easier if Karen wasn’t beautiful. And if there wasn’t something about her that draws him like a moth to a flame, damn near impossible to resist.

Karen has always felt an inexplicable attraction to Tristan. More than just the fact he’s strikingly handsome, it’s as if being with him is something natural, comfortable and right. But soon a brash choice on his part leaves her heartbroken and confused, and a sadistic new enemy will put their tentative love — and their lives — to the ultimate test.


I want to say I liked this book but from the very beginning I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe it’s because it’s book 4 in a series I’ve never read. I hear you yelling…now why did I read it if it’s book 4? Well simple. I was pressed for time, generally authors do a pretty good recap at the beginning of each book….but honestly, it wasn’t the back story that had me shaking my head. This is a novella, so inherently short…however half of it read like a medical journal. The author HAS to have knowledge of the medical field or else she has done a TON of reading in various medical books. It had a lot to do with blood types, antibodies and all kinds of stuff. Stuff, I really didn’t care about. When we are talking romance novels, I don’t need to know the specifics…unless you plan on testing me later. Give me a general overview and I’m good.


Tristan and Karen are fighting their attraction. More so Tristan then Karen. Karen is seriously jonesing for this hunky vamp. They sleep together and she is imagining a picket fence and the whole nine yards. When he blows her off she’s devastated. She then gets invited to a impromptu trip to sin city with Tristan and his uncle. Seems there is a vamp on the loose that would like to sample her blood. Somewhere along the way Tristan and Karen are forming a mental connection. One Tristan can’t deny any further.


I liked Tristan well enough, though I thought his reasoning for not wanting to be with Karen was slightly juvenile. I mean, if you love someone then letting your pride get in the way seems wrong. There is obviously a lot of back story from the past few books but I really didn’t need to read it to understand that he felt connected to her and was letting his mind get in the way of his happiness.

There was a altercation in the book were he gets slapped. Huh? Punched fine..slap…no. Guys should never slap. I kind of laughed at loud at the thought of two male vamps slapping each other around. Where were the teeth? The growling? The strength? Instead I got a full grown older male slapping the younger vamp because he got a bit mouthy. Nikki likes alpha’s.

Karen seemed to rely on Tristan for her happiness a lot. She hung on his every word at times. Some of that was the connection she felt with him and part of it was the fact that she wanted him so badly. Her role in the climax of the book helped me to like her more when she finally stepped up to the plate and helped out. Her inner dialogue was very “I love him, why doesn’t he love me” for most of the book.


I think the heart of the series has a lot of promise. Sara writes well and she does a great job at the imagery. I just think this one fell flat for me because of the abundance of medical terminology and the inability to connect with the main characters. I do have the 1st full length book in this series as well, and will read it.


I give Dark Passages by Sara Reinke 2.50 stars

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