Be Mine Tonight (Brotherhood of the Blood Series #1)

Be Mine Tonight (Brotherhood of the Blood Series #1)

by Kathryn Smith

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I am called Chapel . . .

For nearly six centuries I have roamed the night, a mortal man no longer. Would that I could undo the past — when I entered the sanctuary of the Knights Templar to wrest from them the Holy Grail, only to discover the chalice I raised to my lips was not the sacred relic but a hellish cup of damnation. Now I shun the day and all things human, driven by an ungodly thirst. And yet...

Never have I known a maiden the like of Prudence Ryland, whose beauty and spirit awaken a heart I feared long cold and dead. But her young life is slipping away, and she also seeks the deliverance of the Grail — unaware that the cost of her search could be her soul. I must help Prudence, for in six hundred years, no other woman has stirred my passions so. But dare I tender to my beloved that which she most desires — the sensuous "gift" of forever that is both rapture and a curse: my immortal kiss?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060848361
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/27/2006
Series: Brotherhood of the Blood Series , #1
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Kathryn Smith has always loved happy endings. From the bedtime stories her wildly imaginative mother told, to the soap operas she wasn't supposed to watch, Kathryn loved to speculate as to how the characters would end up. Needless to say the entire Smith household heard about it when things did not go as young Kathryn thought they ought. Through her school years, Kathryn wrote stories and books for her friends to read. Even during college, when she studied journalism, her need to make up her own tales often drove her to late nights at the typewriter, writing about sexy men and the women they fell in love with. Fortunately, Kathryn's idea of sexy has changed over the years. Instead of rock stars and spies she writes about lords and...well, spies. The best part is she gets to share these stories with a few more people than were in her homeroom class!

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Be Mine Tonight

By Kathryn Smith

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Kathryn Smith
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060848367

Chapter One

Tintagel, Cornwall

"You talked Papa into buying a parcel of land because you believe the Holy Grail is hidden there?"

Prudence Ryland knew her sister would not understand. "Yes."

Caroline's pretty face was marred with concern beneath the brim of her riding hat. "Darling, isn't this clutching at straws?"

Perhaps Caroline understood better than Pru had first thought.

Squinting against the sun -- her foolish little cap did nothing to shield her eyes -- Pru set her jaw. "Perhaps."

They were riding back from the village, Caroline on a gray mare, Pru on a chestnut gelding. With the men out hunting and their sisters busy at needlework, Caroline and Pru had desperately needed something to pass the day -- something that required air and exercise. Anything else would have left Pru alone in her head -- something she tried to avoid these days.

The afternoon was warm -- too warm for a velvet riding habit, as pretty as her dark green one was. But Caro had wanted one last ride before her pregnancy denied her the exercise. Sweat trickled beneath the boning of Pru's corset, making her itch. She would try to scratch if she thought it would do any good. Instead, she clenched her jaw and urged her mount into a trot.

Her sisterremained silent, blast her. Caroline knew she couldn't stand awkward pauses. She always had to fill them. "Will it not be worthwhile if the Grail is there?" Pru didn't mean just for her own benefit either, but for the benefit of the entire world.

"Only if it does what the legend claims." Caroline shook her head, the sun catching fire in the copper of her hair. "Really, Pru. The Grail is as elusive as Noah's ark! Don't you think that if it really existed, someone would have found it by now?"

Yes. No. "Perhaps no one has thought to look in the right spot." Perhaps she truly was grasping at straws, but what else could she do?

Caroline's green eyes were bright with worry. "I am worried about you."

She wasn't referring just to this hunt for the Grail. Pru glanced away. Of course her sister worried. Everyone in her family worried. They would continue to worry until . . . until she wasn't there to worry them any longer.

She turned a bright smile on her sister. "I am fine, Caro."

Her sister recoiled as if spat on. "You are not fine! You are -- " She stopped, choking on her words. Oh, no, she wasn't going to cry, was she? Poor Caroline, she was the most emotional of all of them -- the one with the kindest countenance and sweetest temper. Her hair and eyes were as bright as her spirit, while Pru's own auburn and hazel pairing was darker, more shadowed. Caro cried at the drop of a hat, and it broke Pru's heart every blasted time.

Smile gone, Pru leaned over -- at the risk of toppling herself to the ground between the two horses -- and touched her sister's arm. "I am fine, Caro. No matter what happens, I will be fine." She honestly believed that, but it didn't make the truth any easier to accept.

Caroline nodded, sniffing back her tears. Prudence righted herself as they turned down the lane to their father's estate. She and Caroline talked of trifling things for the rest of the ride -- mostly books they had both read and the new typewriting machine that Caroline's husband Walter had brought her. Their earlier conversation hung over them, however.

A small group of gentlemen were gathered in the horseshoe-shaped drive. It wasn't an entirely surprising scene. Thomas Ryland was a very sociable man and was often off visiting friends, or being visited; and with his family in residence for a month's visit or longer, other gentlemen from the area often joined the various outings. It was obvious, from the size of the group -- and the object they were clustered around -- that this was more than mere sociability.

Their father was about to go touring in his -automobile -- a "racing car" manufactured by the Daimler Company. Obviously the other gentlemen were there for a demonstration of the motorized carriage's capabilities. Even Prudence was aware that Daimler's racing car was capable of reaching speeds in the vicinity of fifty miles per hour. She knew because her father had told her, not because she had experienced such exhilaration firsthand. He never drove that fast with her in the vehicle.

Ever since attending the automobile show in Richmond earlier that summer, Thomas Ryland had become obsessed with the new mode of transport and was one of the few people in the area to own such a contraption. Pru's sister Georgia thought it dangerous, and that a man their father's age shouldn't indulge in such a pastime, but Pru loved the snappy little conveyance, with its red exterior and black leather seat. Her father refused to allow her to drive it -- claiming that he feared for her safety.

Hmpf. She saw how her father careened about like a madman. She could not be any worse at it than he. It was something she would have to discuss with him, because she didn't want to waste the remainder of her life being treated as though she were made of glass.

There was a time when he would have indulged his youngest daughter's desire to take the Daimler for a jaunt. A time when his biggest worry would have been for the car, not for Prudence.

The grooms had seen them approaching the house and were there waiting for them. Pru and Caroline dismounted and greeted their father and his guests. Their father shot Pru a look that covered her from head to toe, lingering on her face as though searching for some sign of fatigue or pain. Dear Papa, he was so very protective. She smiled at him, and bade he and his companions a good day.


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Be Mine Tonight (Brotherhood of the Blood Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 118 reviews.
CooperTX More than 1 year ago
It was the saddest romance I have ever read. Granted the ending is predictable, but it was a sad journey. It lacked action and passion. There was romance, but not enough of the other two. What I found painful about this story was the main characters having sex as the heroine is suffering from advance uterine cancer, UGH! @. This was story told in a very Victorian era sort of way. If you have read Kresley Cole or J.R. Ward, this series is nothing like them. I think I'll past.
ashley_amelie More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because it was recommended to me through whatshouldireadnextdotcom as being similar to Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Despite this being a bodice-ripper (in a literal sense too!), I found the character of Pru refreshing. In forcing the character to deal with her own imminent mortality, Kathryn Smith gives more depth to Pru than I see in the average romance novel. This is something light to read when you already have the weight of the world on your shoulders, and I'm interested enough in the side tale of the Blood Grail to read the next book. I approve.
FastReaderMJ More than 1 year ago
Was surprisingly good...I thought it would be more like a cheesy, romance novel with no story...I was wrong. This book had a good story and kept me interested to the end. I will read the next one in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I got this book, I thought it would be a so-so book. Boy, was I wrong. This is an excellent book. If you love Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Series, then you will love this. She writes in such a way that you feel for Pru and for Chapel and want them to get what they want most. This book was so good that I can't wait to read the rest in the series.
SeaJ More than 1 year ago
I have read many books and a wide selection of authors. I have found Mrs. Smith to be one of the good ones. I loved the story lines, history of characters, and pace in which the entire story moves. I could see her scenes in my mind like a movie and look forward to reading more of her work. I could not put the book down. I started with the first and continued thru the entire series with in 2wks I had them all read and looking for more like them.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Chapel used to be a courageous yet arrogant man, who feared nothing. Six centuries ago, he crashed the inner sanctuary of the Knights Templar in order to gain immortality by drinking from the Holy Grail they guarded. He penetrated their barriers, defeated their guardians, and drank from the cup. Now he knows six hundred years later that he will roam forever condemned satiating his hellish thirst drinking blood at night.------------- However, he has found a reason to live when his eyes feast upon brave Prudence Ryland, but she is dying from ovarian cancer. Her only hope to live rests with drinking from the same cup that has condemned Chapel to be outside anything holy. However, he offers an alternative means to eternity his passionate kiss of death and rebirth if he dares.---------------- This is a magnificent vampire romance with an intriguing plot twist involving Prudence¿s health making her choices between 'unlife' and death. The story line is fast-paced as Chapel wonders whether he should condemn his beloved to a life of sorrow and regret though he admits love makes it worth while. Pru is a fabulous protagonist symbolizing much more than a strong protagonist with a dilemma she embodies life¿s complexities of much of the modern biological ethics debate this inside a paranormal romance will have readers toast Kathryn Smith for this excellent thought provoking thriller.----------- Harriet Klausner
fairypenguin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually hate giving this book 3 stars because I whole heartedly believe in the potential of the series. The world-building, the setting, the mythology use-it's all very intriguing. But this book fell short. Chapel became a vampire when he drank from a mystical cup known as the Blood Grail, having mistaken it for the Holy Grail. Six hundred years later, in the year 1899, Pru Ryeland is searching for the Holy Grail in hopes of curing her terminal illness. Chapel fears that what she will actually find is the Blood Grail and that she will become cursed as he believes he is cursed. But as he begins to fall in love with Pru, his belief in his own soul-less nature is challenged. The use of history and mythology is fun, interesting, and well put together. The time period and setting is rich and unique, and in fact is one of the few things that sets this book apart from other paranormal writings. Chapel is a surprisingly sexy, if somewhat frustrating character. He is loyal, determined, and fun. His love for Pru is heartbreaking. First of all, Pru's terminal illness is-it's never given an exact name, so I assume uterine cancer-the biggest plot point/conflict in the book. I am not at all making light of cancer but it's presence in the story is,dare I say, drawn out to the point of dull? We expect her to be saved, obviously, whether she finds the Holy Grail or becomes a vampire. But it takes THE ENTIRE BOOK. We are forced to watch Chapel hem, haw, and struggle with his own self-pity while the love of his life suffers unnecessary pain. And Pru's cancer is a seriously painful one. I don't know how well Smith researched the disease but I happen to know from what I've witnessed that 1)Even early stage cancer patients are often exhausted, suffer from easy bruising, and tend to have compromised immune systems, and 2) The physical reality of advanced uterine cancer does not usually allow for any kind of comfortable sexual relationship. So the fact that Pru is so active right up until the very end is seriously problematic. Despite all of this, I still have high hopes for the series. While I did not care for the terminal illness plot-line, I enjoyed Smith's style and imagination.
reading_crystal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very interesting book. I haven't been that interested in historicals lately, but this one was set around the turn of the century and featured some history from the mid-1100's an era of time I am interested in. It had some of the elements of the Templars who I find fascinating and also vampires which I enjoy reading. This was a sweet and sexy book. Pru is dying of cancer and wants to find the Holy Grail in hopes of prolonging her life. When this quest brings here close, Chapel becomes part of the story. Chapel was turned to a vampire a long time ago when he drank from what he thought was the Holy Grail, but was instead the Unholy Grail. He has now vowed to protect others from drinking from this. In this book we get brief introductions to the other brothers in the brotherhood of the blood, just enought to whet our appetite, but this book is mainly about Chapel and Pru and Pru's family. A very engaging book that I am glad I read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put this book down!!! So wonderfully enthralling that I stayed up all night reading it. I really want to read all of the books in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating couldn't put it down!
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This actally involved all my emotions. Kept me involved from the first page. It had plenty of plot and drama to keep the story line moving and it kept me glued. Hated that it had to end. I will definitely look for more of her books.
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