Review & Giveaway: Dark Passages by Sara Reinke

Posted 10 June, 2011 by Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side in Giveaways / 19 Comments

Dark Passages: Tristan & Karen
Author: Sara Reinke
{The Bretheren Series ~ Book #4}
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Bloodhorse Press, LLC
Format: ebook
Source: Courtesy of author for review

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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. (Goodreads)

My Romancing Thoughts:

Definitely an author to put on your list!

Tristan Morin is a pure blood vampire, also known as The Brethren. He’s grown up in a life of privilege and even after continuing the family legacy by becoming a doctor, still feels alone in the world. There’s only one person that makes him feel complete, the one person he should have never set his eyes on, Karen Pierce. Karen is a human doctor hired by his grandfather Michel to work with the Brethren and who Tristan has madly fallen for.

The Brethren have been known to mate with humans, but as a pure-blood Brethren, Tristan is completely against this idea. He cannot fathom that a human and Brethren can truly be destined for each other, this belief of his is the sole reason he pushes Karen away after sharing a night full of passion. Heartbroken, Karen leaves Tristan and vows to forget about him. Her plans to get Tristan out of her mind and heart are coming along until she’s invited to a weekend getaway to Vegas by Tristan’s extravagant uncle Mason. This unexpected trip will not only reunite her with the man who has broken her heart, it will test her willpower as well as Tristan’s.

This book starts off hot and sultry, fooling the reader into believing it’s more erotica but as you delve deeper into the characters, you see a genuine romance. The world building of the Brethren was fascinating and although some readers might argue that there is a lot of medical terminology involved in Reinke’s writing, I was quite intrigued by it. The relationship between Tristan and Karen is taken to the next level in this book but it’s apparent that this isn’t just some fling, these two people have worked and shared moments together which is refreshing, the concept of two characters who get together and are instantly in love with each other does get old after a while. The danger that ensues on their trip makes the story adventurous and there are some shocking revelations towards the end that piece everything together.

Dark Passages is a passionate story with delightful characters. This is my first book in the series but I will waste no time in reading the rest. A recommended read to anyone looking for a heartfelt romance with a bit of family secrets and rich drama.

My Rating:
4 Roses Rating

 About the Author:

“Definitely an author to watch.” That’s how Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine describes Sara Reinke. New York Times best-selling author Karen Robards calls Reinke “a new paranormal star” and Love Romances and More hails her as “a fresh new voice to a genre that has grown stale.” Find out more about Reinke and her books at

For more information on Sara Reinke, please visit here:
Learn all about The Bretheren Series here.

I have one ecopy of Dark Passages to give away to one lucky winner! 
To enter, just leave a comment with your name and email address for a chance to win!

You must be 18 years or older.
Contest will run until June 17, 2011, 11:59 EST.
Winner will be chosen by and have 48 hours to respond via email.
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19 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: Dark Passages by Sara Reinke”

  1. I remember reading the first chapter of Dark Passages a few months ago on a blog. I was intrigued by Tristan. I would love to read the entire story.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. What a treat, I would love to win Dark Passages and I thank you for the giveaway opportunity. What fun I am having following your blog.


  3. Thanks, guys, for all of the awesome comments! I tell you what, Lori, if you’d like, you can draw two winners – I’ll send them each a signed paperback copy of “Dark Passages,” not an e-one. 🙂

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