Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts
This is the first in the "Sign of Seven" trilogy (Nora does love her trilogies!), and is one of those titles that for the last year, I'd have a fleeting thought of it, then forget to go get it off the shelf!
This time, though, I snapped up the audio version, knowing I was going to be in the car a lot in the coming weeks!
When they were ten years old, Caleb, Fox and Gage, childhood friends and "brothers for life" inadvertently released an ancient evil at the "Pagan Stone", which plagues their small town every seven years. Now approaching their next birthday, knowing it's time for "the seven" to appear again, they join forces to try and stop evil for good.
Of course, there are women involved, who seem to do most of the heavy lifting. ;-)
This first story focuses on Caleb, the level-headed boy, who quickly falls for Quinn Black, a journalist on the hunt for a new "ghost story", who somehow is connected on her own to the pagan stone...
This is vintage Roberts - great chemistry between the characters, some snorting laughter, a dose of creepy, and swift, easy storytelling. I really, really enjoyed this tale, and have already checked out the next in the series!
Note: I listened to the audio version, narrated by Phil Gigante. I found his female voices a bit off-putting at first, but his narration grew on me. I'm disappointed he doesn't narrate #2.