I always like to read a series in order, but after reading "Be Mine Tonight" (Brotherhood of Blood #1), I really wanted to get to another book quickly. This was was equally well-written, overall. Smith does write strong heroines, and all the vampires are sensual, tortured souls - totally up my alley!
You don't need to read them in order, but it appears with some small touches Smith includes that it helps. I can't wait to read the others - she has a new fan!
Thank you Smith for getting back on track with the story at hand. This is the third in the series and is more like the first in that there is more of a plot and less of the steamy bedroom scenes. As with the other reviewers, you can read these as stand alone books, and they do not have to be read in order. I agree that it did end too quickly with questions unanswered, but that only makes you anxious for the next in the series.
I liked the historical setting and the idea Smith came up with for vampires. They were created from drinking from the Blood Grail of Lilith. This one also had references to Jack the Ripper - she worked him in as part of the Order of the Silver Palm that is up to something evil, involving the attempt to capture the Brotherhood.
This is the third in the series. This one deals with Saint who is one of five young men who became vampire after drinking from a chalice.He goes to a safe house in London that was established by Reign as a safe place to rest, feed and hide. It is a brothel run by Madeline, rescued by Saint, when he found her alone and pregnant in an alley years ago. Some of the girls in the house have been murdered and Saint has been asked by Maddie to find the killer. Ivy, Maddie's daughter is now grown and finds herself still attracted to Saint after having a crush on him as a teenager.
I don't know why I continue to read Kathryn Smith's work expecting to like it. This was my fourth attempt at her, third within this series, and I still can't call any of it better than mediocre. The problem is, I keep getting sucked in by the good premise but let down by the execution.
This book, for example, was about a Jack the Ripper type killer preying of prostitutes who service vampires. For that alone I wanted to love this book. Saint is one of the owners of the house of women who cater to the needs of himself and his fellow vampires. Ivy is the daughter of the madame of the house. Though not a prostitute herself, she is no shy virgin. Her main occupation is taking provocative pictures of the ladies as an artform. It comes to her attention that the women being murdered are all ones she has photographed, and she and Saint undertake to stop the killer before more women parish.
As I stated I think this book has an excellent premise. I even like the characters. Saint is your generic romance hero, everything you might want and expect. Attractive and rakeish, yet caring and attentive. Lacking in uniqueness, but likeable nonetheless. Ivy, on the other hand, suprised me with her originality of character. Oweing to the unusual circumstances of her life, she is neither bashful and innocent nor tough and jaded. She's artistic, self-assured, stubborn, and brave. And she almost managed to make the story worth reading for me.
My issues with this book are the same as my issues with all books by this author. I want to stress that if you've been reading this series so far and you've been enjoying it, carry on because it's much the same. If like me you've been holding out for the series to progress or improve, however, don't waste the energy. The problem for me is that Smith has no idea how to build suspence. The outcomes of every plot thread are so predictable. I should not be able to guess from chapter 2 who the villain is. I should not be able to figure things out long before the main characters start to peice things together. There should be twists. And I should care about the people that are dieing but...the author gives me no reason to. So in this book as with the previous two in the series, I was just bored through most of it. I only skimmed to the finish to make sure I didn't miss anything...and I didn't. So I give this book two stars for the attempt, but I'm giving up on Kathryn Smith for the time being.
I can't wait to see how this story line climaxes, but I'll be sad when it does, as I'm thoroughly enjoying the journey.
Much like Gena Showalter's "Lords of the Underworld", the heroes are suffering due to their own actions, although not in such a brutal manner. There is also a group, or society trying to end them. The biggest difference is the Lords have added members as the plot moves along. Brotherhood of Blood has a finite number of members and the "bad guys" have a specific goal, not just to kill all the Brotherhood.
This series will climax way before I get tired of it.
I really enjoyed this book. Yes, it's another vampire book and it's a quick read but it really keeps your attention and you just don't want to put it down. I love stories with the independant female and the guy with the bad boy past. They try to keep their distance but the energy between them is so strong and it's like you're rooting for them to get together as you're reading the story. LOL. Either way, great read and anyone who enjoys the paranormal romance stories will really like this book.
Bookfanatic reviewed Taken by the Night (Brotherhood of Blood, Bk 3) on
I tend to like or dislike Kathryn Smith's Brotherhood books. This particular book was great. I loved the heroine. She was very much her own person. Outspoken, strong, assertive and caring. She's not one of those too stupid to live heroines that one finds so often in these types of book. It's not often that the heroine is raised in a whorehouse as the daughter of the madam. Granted it's a prestigious, well run brothel, but the heroine's upbringing is very unusual. The hero is your typical Brotherhood vampire which means he's incredibly sexy, loyal and caring. The book can be read as a stand alone, but makes more sense if you've read the first three books in the series..